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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 HERALD-ZEITUNG.COM I Sunday, September 18, 2011 | 9A  Texas redistrictmg trial wraps up  The Associated Press  SANAKTOMO  Attorneys tor the state on Friday defended new election districts drawn by the Republican-I('d Legislature, saying they were designed within th(‘ law, with more consideration given to county lines and fX)l-itic s than race and ethnicity.  Tlie Texas attorney general's office wrapped up the 10-day trial with closing arguments before a panel  of three ft'deral judges, who indi( at-ed before adjourning that they would wait for the justice Department to weigh in on the' new Texas rcdistricting maps Ix'tore issuing a ruling.  S(’veral minority anfl Demcx ratic groups filwl a lawsuit over the rtKlis-tricting maps af)proved during the summer, alleging new voting district lines are illegally discriminatory because they camouflage a  statewide* surge in Hispanic growth during the past det ade. TTie'y argue the growth warrants the creation of districts in which Hispanics have enough vf)ting strength to elt>ct the candidate of their choic e.  Texas rcKeivtYl four n(*w seats in the U.S. House based on the most recent census population count, rhat was more than any other stat(' and came in th(' wake of a (x^ula-tion b<K)m f>verwhelmingly driven  by Hispanit s The l egislature was tasked with updating the district lines.  Plaintiffs argue<l the surge in Hispanic growth warranted those’ residents getting more representation in new districts, yet the Rqiublican plan splits \ lis{)ani( and bla< k (om-munitic*s so that cons(*rvative while residents would be more likely to win sc'ats in ( ongress.  The Tc'xas NAA( \\ also among  the plaintiffs, has arguc'd growth in Texas' black pof)ulation merits at least one new district with a largc>-ly blac k |x>pulation on the congressional maf).  The new congressional m.ip, signc'd this summer l)y Kc*[)ubli( an Gov. Ri< k Pc'rry, was drawn with the goal of f)rot(H ting .ind exp.uul ing state's 2 OOf’ tn.ijorilv in Washington. The state 1 louse maf) also w.is part of th(' l.ivvsuits.  Obama: Search continues Pass jobs for missing woman  bill now  The Associated Press  WASHINGTON  Prc'sident Barac k Obama is kc'c'ping up his ap )c>al for [)ublic supfiort of nis $447 billion [)ropc)S-a I to l)oost jobs and con sumer s|)C‘nding by urging Americans to press Congress to [)ass the lc‘gisla-tion. "No more division or ck'lay," h(> said.  In his vvc'c'kly radio and Internet address Saturday, iu' focLisc'd on a message that has become central to a )re*sidency struggling to ac dress stubbornly high unemployment numbers and dipping approval of his handling of the c'conomy.  The    president  announc c'd his jobs k'gisla-tion to a joint session of ((¡ngre^ss last vve'C'k and has siiK V gone' outside Washington to bLiilcI a (<isc* for its |).issage. He has been to Virginia, Ohio and North C arolina.  "T he No. 1 issue for the pc'o[)le I mc'c't is how we (an get back to a place vvhc're we're creating gcxxl, middlc'-c lass jobs that pay wc’ll and offer some* se*c uri-t\," he said.  His address Saturday (.ime in thc> fac e of sobc'r-ing public opinion ratings tor the president. A New York TimcvC'BS Nc*ws poll released f riclay shovvc'd nearly half of those sur-vc-yt'cl worric'd the c’cono-niy was hc*aded for another recession and nearly thrc'e out of four said they bc'lic'vc’ th(' country is on the wrong track.  Obama's proposal would rc'duc e [)<iyroll taxes on workc'rs, c ut them in half for niost businc‘ssc's and offer incentives for employers to hire. It would spend tens of billions of dollars on new public works [)rojects, extend unc'mployment IxMiefits for long-term jobless and hc'lp states and localities avoid layoffs oi teachers and emergenc y workers.  On Monday, Obama |)lans to s[)ell out a longterm debt stabilizing plan that aims to cut the deficit by about $2 trillion over 1 {) years. ()bama is making his proposal to a special congressional committci'e that has bc^en c hargcH:1 with lowering dc'ficit by $1.2 trillion to $1 ..S trillion.  "But right now, we've got to get ('ongress to pass this )obs bill," Obama said.  Obama's jobs plan has rec eived a tepid rece[)tion trom Ke[)ublicans, who are willing to consider some of his tax relic'f |)roposals, but not his spcHiding plans.  I iis pro|)osal to pay for tiie plan with limits on tax deductions and closing cor()orate tax loopholes is tac ing stiff GOP re^sistance and i’ven [democrats have pushed back on some of those provisions in the past.  The president is exi)c'cte{| to seek a new base tax rate for the wealthy to ensure that niillionaires [>ay at least at the same percentage as middle income taxpayers. A White House official, re(|iiesting anonymity, said the proposal will be included in the plan (be president will announce on Monday.  The Associated Press  DELTA, Utah  Authorities planned to resume scorching the* ruggc'd Utah desert today as part of a nc'arly two-year invc'stiga-tion into a missinj^ mothc'r after three days of cligging in what had l>e‘en ckscrilx'd as a shallow grave turnc'd u[) no remains.  (\idaver ck)gs l(’d [)olicc* to the site Wc'dnesday just off a dirt road near the base' ofTo|)az Mountain, a popular rock-hounding spot in remote central Utah. The area is more than 1 U) miles from the location where* Susan Powell was last st*en at her West Valley (it\' h( )mc' on Dec. 7, 2()()9,  "We ho[K-d we would find th(‘ hard c'viebnce that e*ven -  bxly wanted," West Valley Cit>' 11. Bill M<‘rritt s.iid Satur day.  Instc’ad, authorities found small c harrc'd c hips of wckkI in the hok'.  "They obviously hav(‘ some tyfx* of human ckxom position on them because that's what the ck)gs are hit ting on," Merritt said.  The wood chips were bc‘ing brought back to Salt Lak(‘ i'ity for further (*xami-nation.  Authoriti('s have’ been searching the arc>a since Monday. On Wednesday, th(‘y said thc'y found human remains but latc’r bac k trac kc'd, c larifying th.it c adav c’r ck)gs had ale^rtc’d the^m to the site but no rt'mains had bc’en found.  GM, UAW forge contract  The Associated Press  DETROTT  Tbc’ Uniti’d Auto Workc'rs union won $S,()0() ''igning Ixmuse's and the [X)ssibility of swc'c’ter protit-shanng c hex ks as [)<irt of a nc^v four-year c ()i> trad with ('.encTal ^V)to^s ( o„ Kvo jx‘(^)le brie.^c'd on tlx' talks said Saturd.iy.  The ck’cd, which was reached late Friday, also inc lucks a $2- to .$ ?-[X‘r-hour [)ay raise t< >r entry-levc’l work-C’rs ovc’r the life ot the contract and gu.irantc'cs of more’ union jobs, the*y said. Both askc’d to rc’main anonymous  b('( ausc’ th<’ dc’tails of th(' (ontr.ict haven't bee>n rc’vicwed bv all lo( al union l(’a(k’rs.  Workc’rs could ge*t profit-shiiring c hec ks that are larger than the roughly $4,(XK) thc’v rc'cc’ivc'd basc'd on the com-(hiiH's c’arnings last vc'ar. But the* tonnul.i was c hangc’d so it is ti('d onK to (iM's North Amc’rican financial results, said the pc’ople.  The GM deal will serv(‘ as a template tor contracts that still must b(‘ nc’gotiatc’d with ( hr\ slc’r (iH >up LI ( and Ford M( )tor (o.  .©rail rdiginis  'riiéiry in c7%qufZ0cape  IVwl (ind Water (, ;(U'd(T> Pvc^ks-sinuiU I iibli'U'p iim! [ (Hiiitutu.s iiu!«)f:rsT Cut. Kct I’ciuls.  1 ,il\ (1 fit.'« l)i.Mij>jK (innij \V(it<-rliil!.s.  Latxje ( ontincTcuvi cn* (. I'oiituiXK ,  Wl . i(in <l<i it lot’ YOU i»‘ .siipp \ you spilli d icU  riB  rv/oli II    a': oil I  I ! I ui'{uivliaN H    L I I • »,  I II    Ki 3 I i.vh I r \ .  rciiS I Amv lit II    I ' ' -  sT? I - . II    < I  f-.  i , ..... 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Mondale, who h.id be>(’n diagnosc’d with l)rain can c er yc’cjrs e’arlic’r, di(’d (’arly Saturday, said tamiK s|)ok(^wom.ln Lynd.i IHkT se*n said.  In <» staie’ment e’maile’d to friends, th(’ lormc’r vici’ prc'sick’nt said h(‘ and his wife’ "must ri'port that our wondc’rful daughtc’r, f U’iinor Mond.ile Poling, attc’r her k>ng and gutsy battle’ ag.iinst cancc’r, went up to heav(’n List night to be with h(’r angel,"  Monckile, the middk’ of three’ { hildrc’fi l)orn to Walter and loan Mondale, stumpi’d for hc’r tathf’r in his tailed c.impiiign to unseat Prc’sident Kon.dd Rc’agan in I ‘)84. She also mack’ (alls in he’r tath(’r's  last c am[)aign in JOOJ, whc’n the tormcr vi( (' )r<'s-ick’nt look the ballot s ot ot Minnesot.i's IJ.S Sen, I’uil Wc’llstone, who died in <i plane’ ( r.ish just days bctore the el(‘( tion.  Mondale’ was marri(‘fl three times; to ( hu ago B(’ars ott(’nsiv(‘ linem.in Kc’ith Van Horrn’, to tellow I )j ( iff’g Thunder and !o fvvin ( itic’S ro( k musK lan ( h.in Poling ot The Suburbs.  Mondale and Poling mar-ric’d in 2(K)S, shortK .ith’r h(‘r ( ari( er w.i^ diagnosed.  Daughter of Ted Kennedy dies  Ttie Associated Press  WASHINGTON  Six yc’ars attc’r sh(‘ w.is ck'emc’d < anc c’r-free, Kar<) kc’iuK'dv <i( ((’ptc’d the Prc’s ick’ntial ^U‘(lal ot I re(’ck)m on behalt ot h(’r fatlu’r, )ust w(‘('ks betofi’ Sen. Idw.ud K<'nned\ died b.iltling ,i brain tumor.  Howc’ver. her own lung (ancer tr(’atnient surgc’rv and grueling (h(’mothc’rap\ and radiation h’tt her pinsK ally vveakc’nc'd, hc’r brother Patrick K(’nnc’d\ said. She died Frid.n at ag(’ SI atter he’r daily workout at  a Washington health (lub.  "I l('r hc’art gave out, " said P.itrick K(’nn(’dy, a tormer (ongressman trom Rhode Island. 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