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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas MAY ZEITUNG SPORTS Experience has helped Spurs gain a 20 lead in Western Conference Page BA NEWS Senate members agree to allow public schools to offer Bible classes as Page 3A jffipJIMHMBHMBJBBMBMBMKBMBMMBjttM Officials prepare to clamp Bu f Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 166 16 2 sections CLICK 5OO 40 chance of rain High Low 86 68 Details 1B DEARABBY 31 CUWJSIWDS It COMICS 21 It FORUM 4A SA SPORTS on pum fraud By Matt Joyce The Associated Press DALLAS AP Com missioner Todd Staples said Wednes day his office is increasing penalties for gas stations that cheat drivers with inaccurate fuel a fraud that drivers are more sensitive to as prices climb to record Starting the minimum fine will be quadrupled for pumps that exceed the states tolerance for meas urement Its the first Offending gas stations face stiffer penalties penalty increase since Gas prices are high enough with out consumers being shortchanged at the said who announced the change at a busy Dallas gas Drivers need to have every confidence they are receiving exactly what they pay for every time they fill Staples noted that Texas fuel ven dors already have a 96 percent com pliance rate with state But lofty prices have drivers focus ing on their gas Consumer complaints about faulty pumps increased 109 percent from fiscal year 2004 to said David the Agriculture Depart ments assistant commissioner for regulatory Inspectors found violations in fiscal year Theyve flagged pumps from September through the department Average retail gasoline prices in Texas are setting record highs with each passing according to the AAA Texas survey of regulargrade Wednesdays average was a record per up 14 cents from last weeks average of The record before this week was in the wake of Hurricane Rita in Sep tember We have heard a number of com plaints about inaccurate said Jason cofounder of the Web site a consumer advocacy site diat tracks gas It may not be diat theres more of that going on right but people are paying more attention because of the high gas The state Agriculture Department See Page 8A Center of attention focus on August deadline despite months of delays by rain By David Saleh Rauf The HeraldZeitung Chad Rathke refuses to let a little rain slow down the of the New Braunfels Civic But the cigarchew ing superintendent of con struction at the centers expansion might soon have to succumb to a grim reality 14 inches of rain twice the average for this time of that have pounded the area in the past three months have caused and his crew of about 75 to miss a total of 22 work days since As a result of the wet condi the first phase of con struction and renovations at the site are two months behind Phase which includes construction of a new main a new exhibition hall and parking five meeting the addi tion of bathrooms and catering and kitchen began in August of See Page 7A iwlllpop i Photos by DAVID Crews continue work on the new portion of the New Braunfels Civic Center despite rain delays that have put them behind Workers move around large section of scaffolding inside the main room of the new portion of the New Braunfels Civic Center earlier this FAR LEFT Rock used for the exterior of the citys new civic center is cut to size and matched for color in a lot across the street from the building Officials meet to begin work on loop plans By David Saleh Rauf The HeraldZeitung State and local officials who were asked to help hammer out specifics for the creation of an outer loop around the city gathered Wednesday at a invitation only con ference at the New Braunfels Civic The second in a series of meetings for the New Outer Loop Study was designed to give RI Rivera the consulting firm hired by the Texas Depart ment of insight from state and local entities about the feasibility of a proposed route for the creation of a The exact location and route of the loop wont be determined for about two more TXDOT officials It was mainly to pick folks said Greg TXDOT area engineer for New Braunfels and The final study will show a route that is submitted to both Comal and Guadalupe About 50 state and local officials were bro ken into groups of seven and given tasks to complete throughout the Officials exam ined a variety of questions and potential See Page 3A Senate slashes guest worker program as White House pushes bill By Julia Hlraaftfald Davis The Associated Press WASHINGTON AP The Senate voted Wednesday to slash the number of foreign workers who could come to jhe on temporary visas as part of a broad bipartisan immigration A new guest worker program would be capped at a year under the which passed 7424 over strong opposition by the Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the pro posed by Jeff D would interfere with a cen tral component of the White Housebacked immigration That plan provided for worker visas plus an option to increase that number to if market con ditions demand The Bingarnan amendment would eliminate this critical flex ibility and cut the size of the tem porary worker program in Gutierrez said in a His comments came as the administration urged the Senate to approve the immigration legis lation despite fresh criticism from See Page 7A DPS on lookout for bad drivers Motorists urged to be safe on roadways this weekend From Staff Reports Despite high gas many Texans plan to pack up and head out of town for the Memorial Day The Texas Department of Public Safety has put together a game plan to help drivers remain safe on the states roads and high Well have our troopers on the streets and highways targeting those drivers who are said Jack command er of the highway patrol in San We will remove drivers from the highways who decide to make alcohol consumption part of their travel game If that driver is not we will arrest he Mothers Against Drunk Driving statistics show that alcohol related fatal accidents are a concern for officers over the Memorial Day In 358 fatal traffic accidents happened on Memorial according to MADDs nationwide Out of those See Page 7A FIND IT IN OUR MORE IH IT FOR YOU Search
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