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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Friday,December 19,1997 □ 5A cl Texas Briefs McVeigh: 'I Havt no foar of evocation1 DALLAS (AP) — Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh expects his appeals to fail and to spend the rest of his life on death row, hi wrote in a letter to The Dallas Morning News. “Because of the intense public pressure and demand for my blood, I do not see an appeals court ruling in my favor,” he said in the letter postmarked on Monday. “I have no fear of execution,” McVeigh wrote. “If anything, death by execution is much more predictable than normal life or combat — because I at least know when and how I’m checking out.” Portions of die seven-page, handwritten letter, received by the Morning News on Thursday, were published in the newspaper's online edition Thursday night. The April 19,1995, truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people, was the worst case of domestic terrorism in American history. Rates for high-risk SWB wants to increase monthly charge for local calls AUSTIN (AP) — Southwestern Bell wants to raise the cost of local phone service for many of its customers, though some would see no changes and callers in two small communities would get a rate cut and a refund.    , SWB’s rate plan, filed Thursday with the Texas Public Utility Commission, faces approval from the PUC before it could take effect. It would increase local phone rates by $40 million a year in Texas. PUC officials said it could take about two months to review die plan. Bell charges residential customers between $8.15 and $11.05 a month for local phone service based on the number of residential and business lines a caller can reach without paying long distance Charges. Customers who can reach more numbers with local calls pay more than those who have local access to fewer lines. limy of our local calling areas have soon tremendous growth in business and residential telephone lines. It’s Important that wa align local calling areas in the right rats groups to make sure everyone is treated equally.’ —SWB Texas President David Cole Business customers pay between $19.15 and $28.25 a month for local service. The highest rates are charged in Houston and would be charged in Dallas if the PUC approved the changes. Bell said the number of local phone lines has grown in nearly every part of the state, prompting the need to increase rates. “Many of our local calling areas have seen tremendous growth in business and residential telephone lines,” SWB Texas President David Cole said. “It’s important that we align local calling areas in the right rate groups to make sure everyone is treated equally.” In all, rates would go up in 50 of Bell’s 300 calling areas. That would affect about 2.5 million customers. . Bell has a total of some 9 million phone lines in Texas — about 78 percent of all lines in die state. “This is what happens when monopolies are let loose and there is no competition,” said Janee Briesemeistef, of Consumers Union. Ms. Briesemeister said telephone companies for some time have argued that it is more cost efficient to serve densely populated areas. Now, she added, Bell is using the excuse of more lines in an area to increase rates. Bell’s rate plan calls for cuts for customers around Roby in West Texas and around Poteet, soudi of San Antonio. Monthly rates would fall 65 cents for Roby-area residential customers and 45 cents for residential customers around Poteet. Business customers would see monthly drops of $1.05 around Poteet and $1.50 around Roby. All customers in those areas would split a $50,000 refund because they previously were overcharged for local service, Bell said. The highest residential rate increase is 65 cents for customers around Dallas, from $10.40 a month to $11.05. Business line rates would go Gunman releases children in day-care siege AUSTIN (AP) — The state insurance commissioner has lowered automobile liability insurance rates for high-risk drivers in the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association, the last resort for many drivers who have been turned down for coverage in the standard market. The reduction by an average of 3.9 percent, announced Thursday by Insurance Commissioner Elton Bonier, is similar to that recommended by administrative law judges who heard testimony concerning the rate. TA1PA had requested a 22 percent increase. Texas law requires liability insurance. Most drivers assigned to TAIPA are considered high-risk because of poor driving records or no prior insurance coverage. TAIPA assigns drivers to various insurance companies, which can charge rates set by the insurance commissioner. About three-fourths of drivers assigned to TAIPA carry only mandatory liability coverage. Taachar admits moulting 9»yaar-old student-—^ ’TYLER, Texas (AP) -a*A tonner Tyler third-grade teacher has pleaded guilty to molesting a 9-year-old student. Michael Craig Lollar, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors say the incident happened in May at Clarkston Elementary School, where Lollar taught. He turned himself in Aug. 4 and resigned as a teacher. Lollar has asked that a jury sentence him. The punishment phase begins Jan. 20. Until then, Lollar is free on $75,000 bond. Mies costars fugitives with food stomp rolls WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in 24 cities captured almost 2,200 fugitives after checking food stamp rolls, a sweep that will save taxpayers $3.1 million, administration officials said Thursday. Vice President Al Gore announced that the computer crossmatching program, made legal by last year’s welfare reform law, will be expanded nationwide in the coming months. “We want to provide a safety net for the needy, not a hammock for fugitives and felons,” Gore said at a White House event attended by state and local police officials. Texas is one of only six states participating in “Operation Talon,” rolling the program out in Dallas, Tarrant and McLennan counties. “I am proud that Texas is one of the first states to kick felons off the food stamp rolls under a groundbreaking federal-state effort,” said Texas Department of Human Services Commissioner Eric Boat. As of earlier this week, law enforcement officials in Texas had arrested 221 fugitives. Removing ineligible felons from the food stamp rolls in those three counties alone should net $324,000 in annual savings, state officials said. aigas PLANO, Texas (AP) — A gunman who took 80 children and five adults hostage at a day-care center released his last two captives Thursday night — his own son and stepson — and then surrendered. No one was hurt. James Monroe Lipscomb Jr., 33, surrendered shortly after 9 p.m., some 30 hours after the siege began, Police Chief Bruce Glasscock said. Glasscock said there were no terms of surrender. “Hs was tired,” the chief said. “The children were getting tired, and I think he started thinking about the welfare of the children.” Lipscomb gave up right after freeing his 5-year-old son, James Lipscomb III, 5, and 7-year-old stepson, Xavier Jones. Police took Lipscomb to the city jail. Spokesman Carl Duke said the man was charged with aggravated kidnapping and could face additional charges. Earlier Thursday, the gunman released his last adult captive and a little girl. Televised images of the 2-year-old girl, clutching a teddy bear and with her arm around the neck of a woman who was carrying her, angered the suspect and he cut off talks with police for two hours. By noon, though, telephone contact had resumed, and by nightfall talks were said to be going well. After the surrender, Glasscock credited a negotiator who was able to build a strong rapport with Lipscomb. “Those negotiators are exhausted, both emotionally and physically,” Glasscock said. The gunman released dozens of children and three adults from the Rigsbee Child Development Center in the early hours of the standoff. Another adult was released just before midnight, while the last adult was freed about 4 a.m. Thursday. Seguin mexican /legion Alt E. KINGSBURY • SEGUIN. TX Bood Ole" I Boys' J* New Year’s Eve; K * 8-12:00 * e F J J Public Welcome! 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