New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUSTIN (AP) — Republican governors of Texas since Reconstruction have been as rare as, well, Republican governors of Texas since Reconstruction.
George W. Bush, whose swearing-in was scheduled today, becomes only the second Republican governor of the state. Bill Clements was elected in 1978 and 1986.
“I can’t wait to serve you for the next four years,” Bush said during a
round of pre-inauguration activities. “I am fully prepared to be your governor. And I can't wait to do so. It is a huge honor.”
Appearing at a Republican Party fund-raising luncheon Monday with former GOP Gov. Bill Clements, Bush got a preview of what awaits him.
“lf you can't be president, the next best thing is governor of this great state," said Clements, 77, who was elected in 1978 and 1986.
‘I can’t wait to serve you for the next four years. I arn fully prepared to be your governor. And I can’t wait to do so.’— George W. Bush
Bush and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, a Democrat re-elected last November, were scheduled to be sworn in at noon in ceremonies on the front steps of the Capitol.
Outgoing Democratic Gov. Ann Richards is traveling in California and won’t attend, her office said. Bush praised her for being “extremely helpful” during the two-month transition period.
With one eye on final preparations
and one on the weather, Bush made a whirlwind tour of Austin on Monday.
He appeared at receptions, spoke to the GOP luncheon, met with the news media and attended an evening musical gala. His father, former president George Bush, attended the evening concert and was scheduled to attend the swearing-in and parade today.
Offering a preview of his inaugural address and plans for his four-year term. Bush said he expects a good
reception from the Democratic-co trolled Legislature to his calls f reforming welfare, education, juven justice and the state’s system of ch lawsuits.
“It’s a result of having won an ele hon by 352,000 votes, particularly ot in which I stressed issues and philosc phy. So long as I stick to philosoph I’ve got an excellent chance ... of hav ing substantive reform,” he said.
Retarded San Antonio man executed
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A mentally retarded man was executed early today for raping and killing a 14-year-old niece during a rampage in San Antonio that also claimed the life of his estranged teen-age wife.
Mario Marquez, 36, in a final statement just before receiving lethal injection, acknowledged the killings 11 years ago, asked for forgiveness and said he understood he was paying with his life.
“I am sorry for all of the burden I caused my family,” he said. “I hold no ill will against the prosecutor and those that brought me here tonight. I forgive all of you.”
The lethal drugs began flowing into the veins of his arms at 12:13 a.m. CST. Eight minutes later, he was pro
nounced dead, making him the second condemned killer to die in Texas this year and the 87th since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. The figure is the nation’s highest.
About IOO people gathered outside the prison in downtown Huntsville, a crowd significantly larger than previous recent executions. About two dozen death penalty opponents carrying signs and candles were outnumbered by students from nearby Sam Houston State University, many of whom said they favored capital punishment and were drawn to the scene by a much-pubhcized live television broadcast from the prison by the ABC “Nightline” program.
A smattering of applause broke out
from die crowd as witnesses emerged from the prison following the execution.
Attorneys had argued that Marquez, a sixth-grade dropout with an IQ of about 65. should not have been put to death because of his diminished mental ability, which they termed was that of a 5- or 6-year-old child.
Prosecutors argued, however, that Marquez knew right from wrong.
“He raped and killed two teen-age girls,” said Ed Shaughnessy, an assistant Bexar County district attorney who took the case through the appeals courts. “I don’t think you need much more than that. He’s a continuing menace to organized peaceful society.”
Clinton promises help to California flood victims
Police Track Down Suspects in Slaying Of Officer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police who went on a late-night chase through Bandera County brought two people back to San Antonio early today, reportedly to question one of them about the weekend slaying of an officer.
Although officers refused comment early this morning, police told the San Antonio Express-News they wanted to talk about the patrolman's death with one of the people taken into custody around 11 p.m. Monday.
“We are not releasing any information at this time,” Det. Louis Martinez said around 3 a.m. Martinez refused to say whether any charges had been filed and he would not elaborate on any details.
Sources told the Express-News for today’s editions that one man was under surveillance by undercover officers in Bexar County.
He was wanted for questioning in the death of patrolman Fabian Dale Dominguez, 29, who police said was killed about 5 a m. Sunday as he returning home from work in his own car.
Two Round Rock High School Graduates Arrested In Slaying of Friend
AUSTIN (AP) — Two Round Rock High School graduates murdered, mutilated and attempted to bum the body of A former classmate over money and property, Travis County authorities say.
Stephanie Lynn Martin and her boyfriend William Michael Busenburg, both 22, were being held early today in
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the Trav is County Jail in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Michael Hatton, officials said.
They were to be charged today with murder in the death of Hatton, also 22. Ms. Martin and Busenburg face charges of theft, auto theft, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, said Travis County Sheriff Terry' Keel.
Hatton's body was found last Wednesday in a picnic area at Pace Bend Park. He died of a shotgun blast to the head and his hands had been severed with a hacksaw and his body burned in attempt to hide his identity, he said.
“They were taking every step possible to make it difficult to identify him,” Keel said. “They came close.”
tourists at the country’s most popular attraction, the Angkor Wat temple complex.
The group’s Cambodian guide was also killed, and Mrs. Hadden’s husband, James Hadden, was seriously wounded. He was taken to a hospital in Singapore.
Mrs. Hadden, 49, taught for 15 years at the university’s Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin. Specializing in better ways to inform the public on how to reduce risks to human health and the environment, she wrote two books and more than 60 articles.
“She was one of the most committed and dedicated professors that you good working relationship with students. She wanted everyone to catch the excitement of learning.”
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Nobody claims they can fool Mother Nature, but President Clinton wants California voters to believe he at least makes it easier to cope with her.
In a one-day visit loaded w ith political implications, Clinton today was touting his administration’s goodwill effort after last year's earthquake and promising even more help for this year’s flood victims.
With 54 electoral votes at stake in the 1996 presidential election, the White House cannot afford to look laggard in responding to California’s natural disasters — fires, floods, mud slides or earthquakes.
"You could bill yourselves as a full-service disaster area,” Clinton joked Monday night, arriving in south-central Los Angeles to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Today is the first anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, which killed 61 people, injured at least 9,000 and caused $20 billion in property damage, buckling highways and crumbling homes. It was the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
The White House said nearly $11.5 billion was made available in recovery efforts, with direct aid going to more than 600,000 people.
Clinton was visiting California State University at Northridge today to talk to quake survivors, tour rebuilding projects and address the community.
Afterward, he was expected to visit flood rescuers at a local fire station. He was then traveling to Roseville, Calif., to walk a flood-stncken street and talk to local residents.
Storms battering California for almost two weeks created floods and mud slides that killed at least 11 people and caused an estimated $300 million in damage.
Eager to show his sympathy, Clinton produced special radio and television
Professor Slain in Cambodia Remembered as Dedicated Teacher
AUSTIN (AP) — As a professor at the University of Texas, Susan Hadden wanted “everyone to catch the excitement of learning.” As a girl, she dreamed of traveling to Cambodia to see the ancient temples.
She finally made it to Cambodia, only to be killed Sunday when gunmen opened fire on a van full of
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addresses for California last week. Aides bragged that the administration took less than an hour to approve Republican Gov. Pete Wilson’s request for federal aid.
More than 10,000 people already have applied for the aid, hoping for loan guarantees, temporary shelter or direct aid. Several agencies have anted up, including the Transportation Department, which released $5 million Jan. 12 and was to provide another $15 million today.
Applauding the resiliency of Californians, Clinton told the crowd Monday, “You keep coming back!”
Aides shrug off suggestions that Clinton’s disaster response was politically motivated. But they said it was important to get the federal government involved quickly and visibly; otherwise, voters blame the president.
“I think Americans have the right to expect the government to act swiftly. I don’t think there’s anything political about that,” press secretary Mike McCurry said.
Clinton, who won California in the 1992 election and has always found political solace here, has watched his
political fortunes sag in recent months The most recent Los Angeles Time poll showed him with a 50 percen approval rating in the state, higher than his national average. But that was in October, and the political landscape has changed drastically since then
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Brown lost to Wilson in November, despite Clinton’s efforts in her campaign. California Democrats lost three seats in the House in the midterm elections, and the Republican landslide meant a loss of power for California Democrats who had been running powerful congressional committees.
Aides cite Clinton’s immigration effort, the quick response to the earthquake and the administration’s plan to cushion defense cuts as reasons the president should hold California in 1996.
Clinton arrived in California after stopping in Denver for another King birthday commemoration. After the King event in California, he headed to a reception with supporters, including singer Barbra Streisand.
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