New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
6A New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Wednesday, July 24,1985
Amarillo nuke site blasted
(AP) — Critics and supporters of the U.S.
Department of Energy’s proposal to store nuclear waste in the
Panhandle aired their
differences at a public briefing where some said the plan could hurt farmland and water sources.
A crowd gathered at the Amarillo Civic Center Tuesday to talk about the department’s proposal to locate the nation’s first high-level nuclear waste repository in Deaf Smith County 30 miles west of Amarillo. Two other sites are being considered.
Angela Lamb, district manager ot the Texas Department of Agriculture, said the DOE has failed to protect its own laboratory workers from radiation hazards.
“DOE’s record for health and safety is about as clear as the Amarillo sky in a heavy dust storm,” Mrs. Lamb said.
Other people at the briefing expressed a lack of confidence in the energy department’s ability to construct a safe high-level nuclear waste respository in Deaf Smith County, the Amarillo Daily News reported.
Mrs. (.amb said she doubted that the DOE underground waste dump could be constructed without damage to the Ogallala Acquifer and Panhandle farmland.
Deaf Smith County is the one of the state’s top agriculture producing county.
Don Hancock, a member of the Southw est Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, N.M., said he does not believe a permanent seal can be constructed in the shaft to
Hospital workers treated for rabies
ABRINE IAP) — Sixty-eight employees of Hendrick Medical Center have received the first of five inoculations against rabies after coming in contact with a man who died of the disease, health officials said.
The employees were those who might have come in contact with Santiago Martinez, a 19-year-old man who died of rabies on May 20, the Abilene Reporter-News reported today.
At a press conference Tuesday, Hendrick officials said once again that the risk that Martinez might have passed the disease to other humans is very small and that there is no risk to the community.
There have been no documented cases of rabies being transfered from one human to another, except in the case of corneal (part of the eye) transplants, Dr. B B. Trotter, chief pathologist at Hendrick said.
But, because rabies is almost always fatal, about IOO Hendrick employees who might have come in contact with Martinez during his stay here were informed of the risks of catching the disease and offered the opportunity to be inoculated.
The five inoculations are not as painful as the ones from just a few years ago. In the past, 18-21 shots in the abdomen were required. Modern inoculations are administered to the arms or buttocks at various times over the course of a month, the Reporter-News said.
The vaccine is being supplied by the Texas Department of Health. Hendrick will pay about $19,000 for the vaccine, the newspaper said.
MADD offers free cab rides for drinkers
HOUSTON (AP) - Twenty-five local businesses that serve alcohol are joining forces with a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to offer free cab rides for intoxicated patrons.
Businesses that serve alcohol pay $400 if they wish to participate in the experimental project, sponsored by Yellow Cab Co. and MADD’s Harris County chapter, said Bill Kiilingsworth, director of the project.
The participating businesses will receive ride vouchers to give to taxi drivers when a client needs a ride. Yellow Cab then bills MADD for the service.
MADD has sponsored the free cab ride program on New Year’s Eve for the past four years but will now offer it throughout the year, Kiilingsworth said.
ne program has been offered on a test basis since February, but Kiilingsworth said it was so successful that MADD is trying to recruit more business members.
I .ast New Year’s Eve, 850 people took advantage of the ride vouchers, and not one drunken driving fatality was reported for the first New Yeai Eve in several years, Kiilingsworth
lineal club managers say they ve found the program to be successful and financially feasible.
Artie Brown, general manager of St ude baker's club in southwest
Houston, said his business joined the ride program because it has worked hard at getting employees to be responsible about serving alcohol.
Brown said the program was economical for Studebaker’s, which also used to pay on its own for patrons'cab rides.
Keeley White, public relations director for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston, said the hotel has not used the service often but values it '‘since we can be held liable.”
‘Because we have several restaurants and bars, we want to give them safe rides home,” she said. “It’s nice to know they will be able to come back again.”
Ex-leader's son-in-law charged in cocaine case
HOUSTON (AP) — The son-in-law of a former Bolivian president arranged for the shipment of HO kilograms of cocaine from South America, an assistant U.S. attorney charged during the Bolivian national’s cocaine trafficking trial.
During the first day of the trial Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Albert Ratliff said Jorge Arroyo, 25, was a “broker putting one deal together after another.”
Arroyo, son-in-law of former Bolvian President Hugo Banzer Suarez, is charged in a nine-count indictment with conspiracy, importation, distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Ratliff said Arroyo arranged for the shipment of multi-kilogram loads of cocaine from South America, then distributed the drug from Houston and other states.
But Arroyo’s attorney. Kent Schaffer, said his client, a Bolivian national living in Houston, was implicated in drug dealing by two Houston drug informants who were looking for a way out of their own difficulty.
The informants tried to involve Arroyo in a drug transaction because
• • •
they knew his family ties would interest the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Schaffer said. Banzer was a front-runner for Bolivian president in a July 14 election.
Texas' Leland meets with relief organizer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Mickey Leland presided over the Select Committee on Hunger in relatively obscure days before pictures of starving people in Ethiopia gripped the world.
On Tuesday, he shared the lights and cameras as celebrities visited Capitol Hill seeking assistance in their efforts to aid African famine victims.
At a news conference in one of the House office buildings, Leland sat beside Bob Geldof, a member of the Irish rock band, the Boomtown Rats, as Geldof described the logistical and political problems of getting famine aid across vast undeveloped land to those who need it.
Geldof, 32, started an international rock star effort on behalf of famine victims w hen he organized Band Aid last year to record “Do They Know It s Christmas” and donated the proceeds to famine aid. U.S. artists followed suit with “We Are the World,” and the effort culminated July 13 with the massive Live Aid concert held simultaneously rn london and Philadelphia.
“I have never met anybody so knowledgeable about the issues involved who comes from his realm,” Inland said. “He is unbelievable.
‘Tm really excited that he would take the time to learn about the issues surrounding Africa, not only the hunger, but the nuances of the politics that come into play not only in Ethiopia, but the other countries that he’s studied evidently.”
Inland said Geldof came to Capitol Hill hoping for cooperation among Congress, relief agencies and particularly U.S. AID. the Agency for International Development, and Band Aid. which is now a private famine relief agency.
• • •
Workers compensation eyed for rate hike
AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Insurance is considering recommendations from both its staff and from industry experts that Texas’ rates for workers compensation insurance should increase.
During a long hearing Tuesday the three-member board was urged to allow increased premiums to cover increased operating costs, unexpected insurance losses and hot competition within the state.
The board will make its decision later.
The state board staff called for a 27.5 percent hike, which would raise premiums paid by Texas employers by about $500 million based on the $1.8 billion insurance sold in 1984.
Industry spokesman said the rate increase should be 40.8 percent, which would increase premiums by $730 million.
“We are just coming out of the most difficult period in the history of the insurance industry,” Edwin Budd, chairman of the Travelers Corp., told the board. “During this period, we did suffer painful losses in Texas. In the last three years, we had an operating loss of well over $48 million in our casualty-property business. In 1984, we lost more than our entire payroll ... Recently, we have had to put severe restrictions on both new and renewal (workers compensation! business.”
Charles Porter, chief actuary for the board, said he considered the staff-recommended 27.5 percent raise “fair and reasonable” and adequate for to cover business risks taken by finns in Texas.
Donald Frahm, president of Hartford Fire Insurance Co., said his firm is represented by more than
600 Texas independent insurance agents. “We have, however, been viewing with increasing concern the deterioration in our Texas underwriting results, both for workers compensation anad other lines. During the period from 1980 through 1984, our workers compensation loss ratio has risen from 68 percent to 95.9 percent,” Frahm said.
“We have the largest share of the (workers compensation) market in Texas,” said Dan Stevens, Dallas, chairman of the Texas Employers Insurance Association “I don’t know her to brag or cry.”
Bob Davis, Dallas attorney representing the Texas Compensation Consumers Association, questioned all witnesses closely as to whether much of the increased rates was not caused by the intense competition in the state.
Porter said 2 percent of the increase recommended ay the staff was caused by a change in state law, effective Sept. I, that would increase minimum weekly oenefits from $35 to $37 a week. Maximum benefits would increase from $203 to $217 a week.
However, Porter said, the remaining 25.2 percent was caused by increased operating costs and losses aaid by insurance firms on injuries and deaths reported for employees.
The staff recommendation would allow firms 19.7 percent of their premium income with 80.3 percent reserved to pay expected losses.
However, the staff recommended that 7.2 percent of :he cost of expenses come from investment income, lot from premiums.
r~* BUY ONE AT
' REG. PRICE
GET 2ND FOR ONLY
Saturday. July 27th
Select From: Rabiits Foot Fern, Boston Fern, Pothos Ivy, Swedish Ivy, Creeping Charlie, Airplane Plants, Miniature Crepe Myrtle, Bougain-villas, Purslane, Oakleaf Ivy, and many many more.
Sale Good July 17th Thru 29th
ScRulz Cursor u
• ■ BWR
• I Set-up* Av ailable
(h(K) to IMH)
Call 379-0602 I*
I* » • • •
IWuuiitul fevers art Smiles Iroin (iud
LU <lr*n built MAM A ktipM
jN. I loved luinJ.ii
I 420 JOG
gL * Giveaway*
Details and Entry
214 W. San Antonio
•ate W 3o,o,
Levi v U ond .egu^
oie a (099®^ ovaua^'04' ^ me*
GJR AnthonyV scores