New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Walter “Skippy” Forman
Walter Forman, 66, was bom on March 22, 1944. He passed away January 3,
2011. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Forman; six children, Lori Forman and Douglas Forman both of Elmira, N.Y,
Stacie Forman Clark of Florida, Christopher Forman of Wichita, Kan., Katrina Clark and Michael Gay Forman of New Braunfels; sister, Mary Stockton of Bastrop, Texas.
He has 26 grandchildren. He was a Vietnam Veteran and did nursing for 35 years.
Memorial services were held at Eden Hill on January 7, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Flome for Viola Kolenberg, 86, of New Braunfels who passed away on Thursday, Jan. 13,2011 at Eden Hills.
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NASA NAMES BACKUP FOR GIFFORDS' HUSBAND ON SHUTTLE
WASHINGTON — NASA announced a backup shuttle commander Thursday in case they need to replace the astronaut-husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a mass shooting last weekend.
Officially, Capt. Mark Kelly, who is Giffords' husband of more than three years, is still the commander for the final scheduled flight of the space shuttle program, NASA said. The shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on April 19 on a trip to the International Space Station.
THOUSANDS GATHER FOR ARIZ. GIRL'S FUNERAL
TUCSON, Ariz.—The casket for Christina Taylor Green seemed too small to hold the grief and despair of the 2,000 mourners who packed into St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Thursday to say goodbye to the 9-year-old girl whose life began and ended with two of the nation's most soul-searching moments.
Reminders of the innocence of the bubbly girl born on Sept. 11,2001 were everywhere: A group of little girls dressed in frilly dresses and white tights craned to see as their friend's casket rolled into the church and Christina’s best friend sneaked them a wave from her place in the line.
464 DIE IN BRAZIL SLIDES, SURVIVORS RELATE HORRORS
TERESOPOUS, Brazil — It was a scene of muddy destruction in mountain towns north of Rio Thursday, where at least 464 people were killed when torrential rains unleashed mudslides in die pre-dawn hours Wednesday, burying people alive as they slept.
Officials would not venture guesses on how many people were missing. Rio state's Civil Defense department said on its website that 210 people were killed in Teresopolis, 214 in nearby Nova Friburgo and 40 in neighboring Petropolis. It said about 14,000 people had been driven from their homes.
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Hutchison plans to retire next year
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a moderate Republican who has easily kept her Texas seat for nearly two decades even as the state grew more conservative, announced Ihursday she would retire next year at the end of her term.
Hutchison, a former television reporter and University of Texas cheerleader, said in a letter to supporters that she would not seek re-election in 2012.
She made similar statements when toying with whether to return to Texas to run for governor, but Gov. Rick Perry’s surprisingly decisive victory against her in last year's GOP primary ended her state office ambitions, at least for now.
The senator, now 67 with two young adopted daughters, said the last two years
have been difficult on her family. But last year, she said she had to stay in the Senate to fight the health care bill that ultimately became law rather than resign and focus on her gubernatorial ambitions.
In her letter, the state's senior senator said she had intended to leave office sooner hut was persuaded to stay on to ' avoid disadvantage to our state."
1 felt it would be wrong to leave the Senate during such a critical period," Hutchison said. "Instead of putting my seat into a special election, 1 felt it was my duty to use my experience to fight the massive spending that has increased our national debt; the government takeover of the our health care system; and the growth of the federal bureaucracy, which threatens our economy."
Hutchison said she would "continue that fight" until the end of her term. She is the first senator to announce retirement plans ahead of the 2012 election.
Although she holds more moderate views than many Texas Republicans, Hutchison remains very popular. Some polls during the governor's race suggested that Texans didn't want her to be governor only because they wanted her to remain in the Senate.
Her decision closes one of the more remarkable and eventful political careers in a state full of them. It is also likely to prompt a bruising race to replace her.
Within hours of her announcement, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst inched closer to entering the race, even as he began presiding over a legislative session in Austin.
"I fully intend to explore running for the United States Senate, and should I run, I will run with the intention of winning and continuing to serve the people ofTexas just as I have done throughout my career," the I louston multimillionaire said.
First elected to the Senate in 1993, Hutchison won a special election to replace Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, who left his seat to serve as President Bill Clinton's treasury secretary. She was elected to a full term in 1994 and comfortably won reelection in 2000 and 2006.
Hutchison's career in Texas politics stretches hack more than 30 years, beginning when she was elected as a state representative in 1972. It was while serving in the Texas statehouse that she met her husband, Ray Hutchison, a successful bond lawyer.
Lt. Gov. says 8,000 state jobs cut in draft budget
AUSTIN (AP) — The first draft of I’exas' new budget will eliminate an estimated 8,000 state jobs and stay wittiin available revenue, which is almost $8 billion lower than the last budget, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday.
The initial "bill is not going to be pretty, it never is," he said. The Texas House is expected to make the bill public on Tuesday.
Dewhurst added that he opposed across-the-board reductions and said lawmakers would go through the budget agency by agency to find cuts to nonessential services in order to make up for the drop in revenue.
The lieutenant governor said state jobs will be eliminated as agencies are combined to become more efficient. But he added that most of those positions are currently empty and will not result in more people unemployed.
Dewhurst left open the possibility of tapping the state's $9 billion Rainy Day Fund, but he said the baseline budget proposals will stay within the $72.2 billion the state expects to collect in taxes and fees. He ruled out any new taxes.
"We must live within our means," Dewhurst said. But he added that he is hopeful an improving economy will make additional funds available before lawmakers are expected to pass a final budget in May.
Dewhurst rejected outside estimates that Texas faces a $27 billion deficit, but acknowledged that many programs will be cut to balance the budget, something required under the Texas Constitution. The $27 billion estimate is derived from the loss in revenue, the end of federal stimulus spending and the forecast increase in costs to educate and care for a growing
Utter Thursday, Republican Rep. Jim Pitts of Waxahachie, the lead House budget writer, said the state "can't not cut education.
"We will be cutting every article in our budget," Fitts said.
Rep. Craig Eiland, who serves on the House budget-writing committee with Pitts, predicted college financial aid programs like Texas Grants likely will be closed to incoming freshman and that public schools would lose up to $6 billion in state funding.
"It will impact every school in this state," Eiland said. The state's teacher retirement fund and health insurance for retired state employees also
would suffer, he said. Medicaid payments to doctors and nursing homes will take a hit, Hiland predicted.
Texas had a similar budget crisis in 2003, Dewhurst said, and that experience will help him and other state leaders deal with the current shortfalls.
Fie said he hoped to protect spending on public education and public safety, while maintaining essential funding for the Department of 1 lealth and Human Services.
And while he insisted there would be no new taxes, Dewhurst left open the option of refining the business franchise tax. He said that tax had failed to generate the income lawmakers expected.
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