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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10 — Herald-Zeitung — Tliesday, April 5t 2011 Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung S Beckie Whittier laughs while playing the role of a prosecutor during Monday night' mock trial for City University participants at Municipal Court. City University offers members of the community an opportunity to learn about the City's services and operations by attending nine weekly sessions. Monday's meeting covered teen and municipal court and a presentation by the New Braunfels Police Department. Some Civic Instruction Kristyn Jameson and her fellow City University "jurors" are sworn in during Monday’s mock trial at Municipal Court. Participants learned about court proceedings through a public intoxication trial scenario. BUDGET water into the sea to be released into the envi- CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Only one Republican, the lead House budget writer, spoke in favor of the bill. Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, who sponsored the legislation, acknowledged the plan "is not perfect," but promised to keep working to make it better. Republican Speaker joe Straus also said work on the budget would continue. "Balancing our state budget requires very difficult choices, and I want to congratulate every member for their hard work in passing House Bill 1," Straus said. " Ibis is a significant step in the process, and the Texas House looks forward to working with the Senate on the final legislation." The budget next goes to the Senate for consideration. "Thank (kxl for the Senate," quipped Rep. Harold Dutton, a 1 iouston Democrat. CONTINUED FROM Page 1 including getting back the independent voters who swung Republican in last year's midterm elections. Obama ran once on hope. This time he will run on his record as well. That means vot- ^P^Rivc rC rest ■* - »umllq Drntni. r.a Read our Blog: river i “Like” us on Facebook: t.iceb<K) Watch us on YouTube: you tube, com/nvercref tdcntal 830.625.7611 I’ublic education, representing more than half the state budget, faces historic cutbacks and would fall almost $800 per student short of what current funding laws require for basic classroom instruction. The plan also cuts full-day prekindergarten, teacher incentive pay, college financial aid and numerous other education programs. With massive teacher and school employee layoffs expected, experts said it's the first time since the current school finance structure was put in place in 1949 that public schools would get less than called for under state funding laws from one budget to the next. "This budget harms my children and all of our children," said Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio. "It hurts our state's efforts to grow an educated workforce." Last month, the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board ers will evaluate him on what he has gotten done, including laws to reshape health insurance and Wall Street behavior, and the promises he has not delivered upon, including immigration reform and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A huge part of his challenge will be to spark the voter inspiration that often got lost in the slog of governing. His new campaign video gave a nod to the challenge. A woman named Alice from Michigan said: "We're paying him to do a job. So we can't say, 'Hey, could you just take some time off and come and get us all released data showing the state would lose 335,000 jobs if the House budget proposal became law. The board said the budget would eliminate 188,787 state jobs by the end of 2013 and private companies would eliminate 146,457 jobs under the House plan. The House also stripped about $100 million in higher fees from the budget — sort of. The charges would be contingent on the approval of separate legislation. Those fees include items such as higher pesticide license fees and an "annual child support service fee" charged by the attorney general's office. In the Senate, leaders are searching for "non-tax revenue" and have vowed to put billions more in public education. That sets up a budgetary battle that could stretch into the final days of the legislative session — or provoke a special session this summer. energized?' So we better figure it out." Obama filed his candidacy paperwork Monday, about 20 months from Election Day, so he can begin raising money in earnest for a potential campaign fund of $1 billion or more. More than a dozen Republicans are seriously considering trying to unseat him, but none has declared yet. What comes next is a loud, undefined, unpredictable White House contest. The early party primary voting is not set to begin until next year. Obama, as both president and candidate, is trying to keep those two roles separate. "Even though I'm focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today,” he said. I’OKYO (AP) — Workers began pumping more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, freeing storage space for even more highly radioactive water that has hampered efforts to stabilize the reactors. It will take about two days to pump most of the less-radioactive water out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, whose cooling systems were knocked out by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Radioactivity is quickly diluted in the ocean, and government officials said the dump should not affect the safety of seafood in the area. Since the disaster, water with different levels of radioactivity has been pooling throughout the plant. People who live within 12 miles (20 kilometers) have been evacuated and have not been allowed to return. The pooling water has damaged systems and the radiation hazard has prevented workers from getting close enough to power up cooling systems needed to stabilize dangerously vulnerable fuel rods. On Saturday, they discovered that some radioactive water was pouring into the ocean. The less-radioactive water that officials are purposely dumping into the sea is up to 500 times the legal limit for radiation. "We think releasing water with low levels of radiation is preferable to allowing water with high levels of radiation JARAN CONTINUED FROM Page 1 “We’re also doing a competition between all of the fifth-blocks (periods) to see who can raise the most money,” Cooper said. “All that they raise will go to the American Red Cross.” Canyon Middle School principal Patti Vlieger thought it to be such a good idea that she’ll treat the winning fifth-period class to an ice cream party. Julie Jerome, Comal ISD Communications Director, said campuses throughout the district began raising funds on Monday, and will continue their drive through HOOPS CONTINUED FROM Page 1 points. The Bulldogs went 7:07 without a field goal — missing 13 shots — and the Huskies went from down 25-19 to taking a 33-26 lead. The second Connecticut run Saw the Bulldogs go 6:09 without a basket, and the Huskies took a 41-28 lead on a jumper with 7:32 to play. Butler missed nine shots in that span, and when Andrew Smith scored—he converted another one of the many ronment," said Junichi Mat-sumoto, an official with plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. Workers need to get rid of the highly radioactive water, but first they need somewhere safe to put it. Much of the less-radioactive water being dumped into the sea is from the tsunami and had accumulated in a nuclear waste storage building. The building is not meant to hold water, but it’s also not leaking, so engineers decided to empty it so they can pump in the more-radioactive water. The rest of the water going into the sea is coming from a trench beneath two of the plant's six reactors. More water keeps pooling because TEPCO has been forced to rely on makeshift methods of bringing down temperatures and pressure by pumping water into the reactors and allowing it to gush out wherever it can. It is a messy process, but it is preventing a lull meltdown of the fuel rods that would release even more radioactivity into the environment. "We must keep putting water into the reactors to cool to prevent further fuel damage, even though we know that there is a side effect, which is the leakage," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan's Nuclear Safety and Industrial Agency. "We want to get rid of the stagnant water and decontaminate the place so that we can return to our primary task to restore the sustainable cooling capacity as quickly as possible." April 18. “For many of us, especially our younger students, giving whatever we can helps to make some sense of the disaster that has struck Japan,” Jerome said. “This drive is an opportunity for those who wish to donate.” Jerome said the districtwide effort is completely voluntary. Donations can may be made to any campus or to Comal ISD’s central office at the Support Services Building, located at 1404 IH 35 North in New Braunfels. “I’m very proud of my students for thinking of the big picture,” Cooper said. “It’s a good opportunity for them to run with their ideas, and to see how they will all play out” misses — the crowd gave a sarcastic cheer. At 22-19, it was the lowest scoring first half since 1946. Butler was 6 for 27 from the field (22.2 percent), including 5 of 14 from 3-point range. The Huskies weren't much better, shooting 29 percent (9 of 31), and they missed all five of their shots from behind the arc. The scoring was extremely slow. The Bulldogs started 2 of 15 from the field, both baskets being 3-pointers in nine attempts. The Huskies reached the championship game by beating fourth-seeded Kentucky 56-55, while Butler moved on with a 70-62 victory over Virginia Commonwealth, just the third No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four. due to low inflows CANYON LAKE—Beginning today, C iuadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will decrease the release rate out of Canyon Reservoir from the current rate of 130 cubic feet per second (cfs) to meet the current reservoir inflow of 70 cfe at Spring Branch. Under Canyon Reservoir operating agreements, when the inflow average is less than 90 cfs for at least 45 consecutive days, the release will equal the inflow. The 45-day trigger has been met and the release rate will change daily based on inflow. Although flows will be lower, areas of the Guadalupe River will still be viable for recreational use. Releases from Canyon Reservoir are based upon several factors including natural inflows, licensed flows for the project, senior water rights, contract releases from the conservation pool for cities, industries and other downstream users, and bay and estuary flow requirements. The elevation of Canyon Reservoir is 906.69 feet above mean sea level (msl). The Corps of Engineers is responsible for managing releases of water from the Canyon Reservoir flood pool between elevations 909 and 943 msl. When the reservoir is at or below normal “conservation pool” elevation of 909 feet, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) is responsible for managing the stored water portion and releases below 909 msl. WATER CONTINUED FROM Page 1 management area,” one where critical groundwater shortages are occurring and expected to worsen. But local voters have failed to act to protect the aquifer, voting to reject the formation of a groundwater district twice, in 1995 and in 2001. Not having the protections of a groundwater conservation district means the state’s “rule of capture” still prevails and users can pump as much water as they want. TCEQ’s proposal would also add an unprotected area of the Trinity in Ttavis County to the Austin-based Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. But TCEQ also acknowledges that Judge Keeper “may also consider other district creation options.” following Wednesday's meeting is scheduled a decisive "hearing on the merits" June 22-24, also at Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos. The hearing on the merits will be held before the TCEQ's three-member commission, which will decide by vote on whether a groundwater district will be formed. 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