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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ WEEKEND CRIME, 2NBFD investigates possible arson; NBPD involved in high speed chase ■THE STATE, 3Despite rain, drought in Texas worsening ■ MOST WANTED, 9$200 Reward: Comal County's 10 Most Wanted TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500End to madness: UConn defeats Butler 53-41 UConn S3 Butl«r 41 The Associated Press HOUSTON — Kemba Walker scored 16 points and Connecticut beat Butler 53-41 on Monday night to give Jim Calhoun his third national championship, something only four other coaches have done. The Huskies did it with defense holding the Bulldogs to a Final Four-record low 18.8 shooting percentage (12 for 64). Connecticut capped one of college basketball’s best postseason runs, winning six games in the NCAA tournament after winning five games in as many days to win the Big East title. It was the second straight year Butler lost in the championship game. Last year they were beaten 61-59 by Duke. Walker didn't match his 25.0 average in the tournament, but the Huskies didn't need a lot of points playing defense as they did. Calhoun, a Hall of Famer who has won the three titles in four Final Four appearances, joins lohn Wooden (10), Adolph Rupp (7), Mike Krzyzewski (4) and Bob Knight (3). The 68-year-old Calhoun became the oldest coach to win a national championship. The oldest had been Phog Allen of Kansas who was 66 when the Jay-hawks won in 1952. Shelvin Mack, who led Butler with 13 points, hit a 3 with less than a second to play in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 22-19 ► STATE BUDGET TX House approves two-year budget By April Castro The Associated Press AUSTIN — The Texas House approved a bare-bones state budget late Sunday, making massive cuts to public education and health care programs for the poor, but promising to keep working to improve the $164.5 billion spending package. The House plan for 2012-13 was approved by a 98-49 vote, largely along party lines. Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. The budget underfunds schools by almost $8 billion less than state law requires be spent. Medicaid is underfunded by more than $4 billion. It makes cuts to highways, prisons, state parks and dozens of other programs. In all, the budget proposal spends $164.5 billion over the next two years in state and federal dollars. That's about $23 billion less than what is in the current budget. Republican leaders, in firm control of the Legislature, are vowing to balance the budget without raising new taxes. Before the vote, Democrats rose to speak in opposition to the bill. "I believe we will rue the day that we took many of the actions that we took in House Bill 1 and we will feel the ill effects of the dismantling of our infrastructure, I believe, for years to come," said Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto. See BUDGET, Page 10 CISD KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN TO HELP TSUNAMI VICTIMS 1 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Eighth-grader Lucy Zapata, 14, left, sells Canyon Middle School principal Patti Vlieger a badge she designed to raise money for the Japan disaster relief effort.The idea for the fundraiser was that of fellow student Justin Ortiz. ‘THERE IS HOPE, JAPAN’ By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung The idea came from one eighth-grader at Canyon Middle School, and the art that went with it came from another. From there, it spread to the entire school district. Justin Ortiz and Lucy Zapata came up with something truly inspiring to help victims of last month’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan — an effort called “Jeans for Japan.” “Justin wanted to do something to help out, and his friend Lucy came up with a drawing,” said Jennifer Cooper, a reading teacher at the school. Zapata's illustration, “There is hope, Japan,” will be used for advertising for a fundraising drive and as badges for “jeans week” for teachers. Staff members who donate $5 toward the effort will receive a badge and may wear jeans for two weeks. Students are asked to donate $1. Students will be carrying around containers for their coins. See JAPAN, Page 10 Obama opens presidential campaign for second term President has both advantages and disadvantages of an incumbent going into 2012 race lead and Chase Stigall hit a 3 just 22 seconds into the second half for a six-point lead — the biggest of the game by either team to that point. After that, it was all Huskies. Butler had two long droughts in the second half as Connecticut built the lead to as many as 13 See HOOPS, Page 10 ► TRINITY AQUIFER Hearing to focus on Trinity protections TCEQ has requested formation of conservation district By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A state hearing on the formation of a Trinity Aquifer groundwater conservation district in Comal County will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos. Comal County Commissioner Scott Haag will be on hand to seek “party status” for the county in the proceedings that will continue before State Office of Administrative Hear-ings Judge Paul Keeper of Austin. The county, in January 2009, filed a resolution supporting the creation of a groundwater conservation district. The April 6 hearing foUows a request by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the creation of a groundwater district to protect the subterranean water supplies of the Trinity Aquifer in western Comal. Under the TCEQ plan, the western Comal County territory would be added to the Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District of northern Bexar County. State environmental officials are calling for the formation of the protective groundwater district because the Trinity Aquifer has been designated as a “priority groundwater See WATER, Page 10 Vol. 158, No. 124 10 pages, 1 section President Barack Obama By Ben Feller The Associated Press WASHINGTON — No longer the fresh voice of change, President Barack Obama embarked on a bid for re-election Monday by asking a divided, anxious electorate to let him finish the job he won in 2008. He's getting an early start against a Republican field that's still undefined, but he's saddled with an ailing economy that still isn't working for millions of voters. Obama began with an effort to recapture his outsider's touch of 2008, bypassing a public statement from the White House in favor of an email sent to millions of supporters. He offered a kickoff video in which official Washington is ignored and even Obama himself only makes a fleeting appearance. What the campaign wanted voters to see instead were people like them speaking of real-life concerns and their faith in Obama, against wholesome backdrops in every clip: a church, a farm, a family in a kitchen, an American flag. Yet this time around, Obama carries both the benefits and baggage of being the establishment candidate. The president now owns an economy that is adding jobs but still leaving millions of people without help or work. As the incumbent, he can blow into town on Air Force One, draw unparalleled free media coverage and command all the other perks of the presidency. 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