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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Hsrald'Zeltmi T uesday, April 19,1983    8 House budget ignores teachers AUSTIN (AP) — House budget writers, trying to avoid new taxes, have brought their working draft to within the amount of money Texas is expected to have on hand over the next two years. The draft proposes no new taxes, but Gov. Mark White’s hope of a 24 percent salary hike for schoolteachers was chopped down to the minimum 4.5 percent annual raise already guaranteed teachers by state law. State taxes have not been raised since 1971, and House Speaker Gib Lewis has said he is committed to a budget that stays within existing revenues to avoid new taxes. Members were able to pare $173 million off their working plan Monday, bringing the document within Comptroller Bob Bullock's estimate of what the government will have in its treasury during the 1984 <J5 spending period. The state constitution requires budget writers to stay within the limits of the comptroller’s revenue estimate — or raise taxes — and Bullock has reduced his estimate by $2.8 billion since last fall, blaming reduced tax collections on retail sales and oil and gas. Most of the amount cut Monday came as a result of simply adjusting the anticipated rate of inflation downward from 6 to 4 percent. An anticipated inflation rate of 6 percent had been written in to the Legislative Budget Board’s draft of the budget when the appropriations committee first started working on it Feb. 14. Committee members also slashed pay raises for “exempt,” or top state workers who had been scheduled to receive 6 percent increases in both 1984 and 1985. According to the House panel’s budget, they would get raises ranging from 4.5 to 3 percent in the first year and nothing in the second. Previously, the committee eliminated any salary increases for schoolteachers beyond the automatic 2 to 4.5 percent a year already mandated by law. No bottom line figures were available after Monday night’s working session in the appropriations committee, but staff member Ron Lindsey agreed the document was about $170 million “in the black” — that is, that much under Bullock's latest revenue estimate of $21.9 billion for major funding items. In the Senate, members of the Finance Committee came up with a budget Sunday night that was $400,000 under Bullock’s forecast. The Senate bill, which still faces debate on the Senate floor, cuts funds for highways, the mentally retarded, colleges and state employees’ pay, but requires no new taxes. Senate budget writers worked Monday on riders — attachments to budget items stipulating how that money is to be spent. The Senate panel’s bill also includes a “wish list” of items in case more money becomes available. This list includes $600 million for teacher pay raises. Later in the session, the House and Senate versions of the budget will be merged by a 10-member conference committee. Exxon bomb Manager finds explosives DALLAS (AP) — A bomb containing about a pound of gunpowder — the second explosive device discovered at area Exxon service stations — was found stashed in a pipe leading to an underground gasoline tank, authorities said. The bomb was found by the station's co-owners, who were inspecting the line at the Dallas station, and was disarmed by police explosives experts, authorities said. Another bomb exploded Friday at a Grand Prairie service station after a caller telephoned the Exxon regional office in Dallas and warned officials about the device. No one was injured in the blast. The caller directed company officials to a note attached to a telephone booth at the service station. The note demanded payment of 250 gold krugerrands, worth about $112,000. Police went to a telephone booth at the station, found the note and were awaiting phoned instructions when the bomb exploded in a garbage can. The bomb found Monday was similar in construction to the first device, police said. The station's co-owner. Jack Throne, said the device was wrapped in plastic near the openir.g of the gasoline tank. "We thought it was trash or something that someone had stuck in it," he said. “We brought it inside to examine it. We cut the plastic, and it had a lead pipe in it. We got suspicious and took it back outside.” Company officials had received no new communications from the extortionist, Exxon spokesman Joe Tucker said Monday. "We're working with the authorities on this ... We've been {advised not to comment on the form or content of the note,” found at the Grand Prairie station, Tucker said. “As an additional precaution, Exxon is inspecting all of its stations ... in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” Tucker said. The inspection was being conducted by company experts, he added. After Friday’s explosion, Exxon asked its area dealers to conduct their own safety inspections, but “nothing unusual was reported,” Tucker said. Police Sgt. Ron McCracken said Dallas police had entered the case, which already was being investigated by the FBI, U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Grand Prairie police. “We’re investigating an attempted bombing," he said. FBI agent Don Baxter acknowledged that the FBI had included Monday's attempted bombing in its investigation of the extortion threat against Exxon. "We only have one investigation going,” he said. Oil rig radar considered to track drug smugglers WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is negotiating with oil companies for permission to place radar equipment on offshore drilling rigs to track drug smugglers crossing the Gulf of Mexico, the Beaumont Enterprise reported today. The oil rig radar units are part of a US. Customs Service plan, also using radar-equipped airplanes, balloons and helicopters, to throw a “radar blanket” from Honda to California, the Texas newspaper said in a copyright story. “Bandits are moving seven flights < daily) into Texas, undetected, according to information I have from Customs,” said Bob Mills, a minority staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee. “These radar planes and rigs would give customs an early warning when and where these guys would be coming in,” Mills said. Mills described the negotiations with oil companies as “sensitive,” but said he expected most of the firms to cooperate. “It’s a motherhood and apple pie type of issue,” he said. One of the issues in the negotiations is the cost of the novel operation, he said. “They are trying to figure out if the radar would intefere with drilling operations, where the operator would sleep, who would feed him, how he would get to and from the bases and who would be responsible for him if the platform collapsed,’’ Mills said. The Customs Service also plans to take over surplus military planes and helicopters, outfit them with radar and use them to track, chase and arrest drug smugglers under the plan drawn up by Sen Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., and Rep. Glenn English, D-Okia., the newspaper said. DeConcini, ranking Democrat on the committee, is considering plans to earmark $18.3 million for the anti-drug smuggling program, he said. “There’s no doubt we need to extend the radar capabilities of the Customs Service," DeConcini said. “It’s just a matter of finding BRONCO’S SATURDAY—OPEN AT NOON HAPPY HOUR TILL 9 SUNDAY-OPEN AT 5 LADIES NIGHT UNESCORTED I LADIES DRINKS UNESCORTEI LAU1&? NR ED LADIES DRINKS WEDNESDAY MEINIG NICHI JACK Ii COKE 25' 1.10 Defendant's stepmother next in 'death tape' trial BRAUNTEXI 290 VV San Antonio 625 4411 BRAUNTEX 2 He ii ofraid He is rorolly olone He is 3 million light yeors from home srtvtN spic i of ag i EX the Extraterrestrial IHJj 8HOWT1MES TUES THRU THURS 7:00 ONLY ClTVlU1* %\ .5® the resources in a time of tight budgets,” he said Oil company spokesmen contacted by the newspaper either declined comment about the program, or said they knew nothing about it. Standard Oil of Indiana, which owns 66 offshore rigs, has not been approached by the government for help, but would cooperate in any “legitunate way,” said Margaret DuRois, a    company spokeswoman in New Orleans. Keep the wheels turning X°Cw^ef Fibrosis. BROWNSVILLE (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of killing two people, one who unwittingly tape recorded his own death, says he plans to put his client’s mentally ill stepmother on the witness stand. Attorney James Mardis is attempting to prove 21-year-old farmer Paul Wolf was temporarily insane when Wolf bludgeoned his wife’s former husband and his fiancee July 16.1982. Wolf is on trial m state district court for the slaying of Leticia Castro, 26, a fourth-grade teacher in Pharr. He faces trial later for the slaying of construction foreman Billy Staton, who had intended to record the animosity displayed toward him by his exwife and Wolf, her new husband, over court orders giving him rights to visit his daughter, Melanie, by Mrs. Wolf. Instead he recorded his own killing in a tape prosecutors call “23 minutes of murder." Mardis said Wolf was unable to cope with the stress that led to his sudden act of violence because Wolf was raised by a mentally ill stepmother and a hard-driving father who didn’t display affection toward his children. Wolf returned to the witness stand in his own behalf a third time Monday, but often slurred his words, hung his head and seemed confused. State District Judge Darrell Hester called Wolf’s demeanor “strikingly strange.” “Mr. Wolf, if you think you’ve got 12 fools for a jury you’re going to be sadly surprised,” Hester said after Wolf continued to disobey his orders to speak clearly Monday. Wolf broke down several times during his testimony last week, but answered his attorney’s questions lucidly. Hester said Wolf was suddenly acting "crazy” Monday. “Any 10th grader could see through the act.” Hester told Wolf after he excused the jury Monday. “You’re only hurting yourself.” Earlier in the day, Hester said lie had to presume Wolf had taken drugs or alcohol and ordered him to remain in the Cameron County Jail until the trial is finished. He had been free on bonds totaling $100,000. Wolf testified he hit Staton on the head with an iron bar, went outside where Miss Castro was waiting, and then he and friend Glenn Henderson each clubbed her with a hammer. Wolf said he and Henderson then dumped the bodies in separate Rio Grande Valley drainage canals. Cameron County District Attorney Rey Cantu, however, alleged Staton's tape recording “doesn’t lie” and shows that Miss Castro and Staton were ambushed. Wolf has testified he and Henderson had planned to videotape the visit between Melanie and Staton to demonstrate how the 24year-old child reacted. £iu)taiie uafuabCw (int ijMit (itftfecliiw! TMK Vinal ATI fez* IU 35 Cd McQueeney I xii ( ourtyarJ C enter    t>25-8!33 rn > ip \ SHOVniMF> 7:15 9:00 % 4 ~ -.....i * ;R But Melanie began to cry when Staton came to pick her up and "I just lost control,” Wolf said. Henderson, who is serving a life sentence for his guilty plea to Miss Castro’s murder, has testified the attack was planned. Several witnesses, including social worker Connie Ellis, Mrs. Wolf’s brother John Ziegler of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Wolf’s stepfather Leonard Pyle of l,a Feria, testified Monday that Melanie would scream and cling to her mother when Staton came to pick her up. “The worst part was her (Melanie) saying, help me, mommy, help me,’” Ziegler testified. But Cantu alleges the Wolfs got “so worked up" over the visitation arrangements that Melanie also became upset. Cantu's cross-examination of Wolf was aimed at getting Wolf to acknowedge he was not temporarily insane when he killed the pair. Wolf testified he put mud on the steering wheel of Staton’s car to hide his fingerprints after he dumped the car in a drainage canal. The defendant also said he disposed of his bloody clothes in a canal and poured yellow paint on his living room carpet to cover a spot of blood left by Staton’s head wound. The Herald Office Hours: MomFri. 8:30-5:00 Metbelberg Ila lie A Dancer s Paradise IN 35 Haw Braunfels (I mile north of Holiday Inn) FRIDAY. APRIL 22 9-1 AM MORNING BENEFIT CANYON FFA C-W & ROCK AOM. S3.50 SATURDAY. APRIL 23 9-1 AM COUNTRY SHADOWS C—W A ROCK ADM. S3.50 SUNDAY. APRIL 24 6-10 PM SENIOR CITIZENS BENEFIT RUSS MORGAN ORCHESTRA ALL TICKETS *10.00 10% DISCOUNT FON CROUPS OF IO OR MORI IF BOUGHT BY APR 22 BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE Beer Wine Snacks and Sal Ups Available CALL FOR RESERVATIONS ANO TICKETS (512) 625 2577 ;