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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas APRIL ff ERALDZEITUNG NEWS CAR CRASH SPORTS SOFTBALL Canyon girls defeat i No one was hurt in a single Hays to take second I car accident that sent the place in District j driver into an empty Page 6A i fireworks Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 141 16 2 sections CLICK 20 chance of atoms High Low 85 54 Details 2B DEARAB8Y 4t CLASSIFIEDS 4t COMICS M CROSSWORD H FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS SA TV GRID 41 Senate gets tough on predators Lawmakers pass bill that permits death penalty for repeat sex offenders INSIDE Citizen of the Year and Unsung Hero honors to be awarded Page 3A By Jim Vertuno The Associated Press AUSTIN Texas Senate on Tuesday passed its version of Jessicas a gettough measure on sexual predators that includes a possible death penalty for those who are twice convicted of raping children younger than I can think of no more solemn duty than the protec tion of our most innocent and vulnerable said Bob the Greenville Republican who sponsored the The bill creates new categories of sexually violent offenses against children younger than breaking out new categories for crimes committed involving date rape deadly weapons and cause seri ous bodily Such or any aggravated sexual assault on a child younger than auto matically carry a minimum sen tence of 25 years in A second offense carries life in prison or the death The bill also enhances pun ishments for most sex crimes against children and extends the statute of limitations for prose We want to deter We dont want But if a crime we want to give our prosecutors the tools to make Deuell The bill is named Jessicas Law after Jessica a Florida girl who was abducted and More than a dozen states have passed versions of Jessicas Law to crack down on sex and Texas Rick Perry deemed passage of a child sex offender bill a legislative Texas version would make it the sixth state to allow some child sex offenders to be sentenced to Critics have questioned whether the death penalty is constitutional in cases where the victim does not Speaking their piece Election opponents share promises for New Braunfels future By Suzanne Ashe The HeraldZeitung New Braunfels City Council Dis trict 2 Keep NBNB spekesmanrKevmWebband Dis trict 6 Councilman Ken Valentine each got five state their political positions at a luncheon The Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association invited the can didates to speak at their regularly scheduled meeting to keep with their mission of providing mem bers with opportunities for network personal growth and profes sional Mark Goodner District 2 city council candidate Mark Goodner told the audience that with his business he believes he can bring vision and accountability to the city council if I have experience building cohesive he The city is See Page 8A District 6 recall election Its not Just about the Its the tranquility and safety in our Ken Valentine New Braunfels is growing and changing dally need to pull It In the direction we want to KevinWebb District 2 candidates I Watch for the League of Women and HeraldZeitung voters guide in Sundays edition of i who to cast their i early may do so In the Jial County Room 101A between 8 and 4jO larly voting May 2 and May I will fake place from and 7 and from 9 until f on May 6 ftatiait May takft Place from 7 to 7 Legislation improves fee collections By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung A state law implemented this past year appears to be helping Comal County better Senate Bill passed during the 2006 legislative mandated that coun ties with a population greater than and cities with more than resi dents follow a specific plan to improve the collections Comal whose population is cur rently estimated by the Census Bureau to be more than was one of six local counties along the cities of Austin and San implement ed the mandated collection improvement program in April The program is designed to manage cas es in the instance where defendants who have been found guilty are not ready or able to pay all court fees and fines when The program has been successful hi many and weve seen See Page 8A east The real Issues are parks and economic board of directors qualifications to be Jay Patrick Mark Goodnw Bill would impact women seeking to get an abortion By Liz Austin Peterson The Associated Press AUSTIN Doctors would have to per form ultrasounds on pregnant women seeking an but the patients wouldnt be required to see the images under a bill a Senate committee approved Republican Dan Patrick said he hopes women connect with their unborn children after seeing the sonogram and decide against haying an Im interested in protecting the lives of the unborn and giving a woman an option before she makes that fatal choice for that for that to look at that ultra said a conservative radio talk show host from suburban That might persuade her to save that See Page 8A First Commercial N A Is IH mttiil Is li We have extended our hours 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