New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Burn that midnight oil
White still faces 400 bills, including tuition hike
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Mark White says he still has some 400 bills to consider before a midnight Sunday deadline.
Among those remaining are the $37.2 billion state budget, a bill to triple college tuition and one to require motorists to wear seat belts. They must be signed or vetoed by midnight Sunday, or they become law without White’s action.
The governor said anti-crime legislation he signed Thursday shows the state can protect its citizens.
“We are doing something about crime in Texas. We are doing something about criminals and we are doing something for victims,” White said.
The victims’ bill of rights calls for notifying and explaining procedures in the criminal process to victims, including pretrial release of suspects, trial, sentencing and parole.
It also provides for written input from victims regarding the physical, financial and emotional effects of crime on them, and says that will be
considered by the parole board before a prisoner is released on parole.
The legislation to have parole laws explained to Juries was sponsored by Sen. Buster Brown, R-Lake Jackson.
The bill allows juries considering punishment recommendations to be told the effects of parole laws and “good time” rules on the length of time an inmate serves in prison.
Another bill signed by White will require lawyers to bring up an error in an indictment before the time of trial. The state then will have an opportunity to correct the error.
The governor also praised bills that he said will help crack down on inhalant abuse.
The bills increase penalties for possession and use of toxic inhalants, better define abusable glues and spray paint, specify which cannot be sold to persons under age 17 and give greater flexibility in commitment proceedings for chronic abusers.
As for bills he has yet to sign, White said he is
inclined to approve the measure tripling state college tuition to $12 per semester hour this fall.
White said he is satisfied that the bill includes sufficient funds to permit poor students who are otherwise qualified to attend college.
White also said he is weighing the seat belt bill.
“I hate to see government interfere with individual liberties and I hate to see government mandate decisions that might be wise for citizens to adopt on their own,” he said.
“At the same time, I don’t like to see these increasing numbers of deaths on the highway, many of which could be prevented by the use of seat belts.”
Other bills signed by White included:
— A measure that would authorize a foreign trade zone if a Texas location is selected for the Saturn automobile manufacturing plant.
— A bill to allow hearsay or second-person testimony in child abuse cases.
— A bill calling for suspension of a driver’s license if the driver carries no liability insurance.
Texas comes out ahead in clean water funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas and other high-growth states will come out ahead if final approval is won on amendments to the Clean Water Act.
The Senate Thursday unanimously approved the measures to continue federal aid for wastewater treatment. The states with booming growth would get a bigger share of the money if the amendments are approved by the House and become law.
The action allocates funds at three times the level sought by the Reagan administration. It came after big-state lawmakers dropped a threat to tie up the legislation with a filibuster.
The lawmakers from larger states were opposed to a revised allocation formula that would have cost their states almost $290 million a year in
“Texas and other high-growth states have been shortchanged for too long,” Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, a ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee which developed the new formula for distributing funds.
A compromise resulted in a formula that would shift about $225 million from 19 states, most of them bordering the Great I^kes and Atlantic Ocean, and give it to mostly smaller states, many of them in the South and West.
The big winners would be Texas, $34.4 million; Washington, $25.2 million; and Florida, $25.2 million. The big losers would be New York, $43 million a year; California, $37.7 million; and Ohio,
The bill, approved 94-0, was sent to the House. The revised funding formula appears headed for trouble there, where a House committee recently endorsed a continuation of the current program into the 1990s.
Bentsen said the new formula would give Texas an additional $270.8 million over the next nine years for construction of wastewater treatment facilities.
Under the old formula, Bentsen said, Texas would have received $691.5 million through 1994 compared to the new formula’s $962.3 million total.
Father shoots himself after assault sentence
DALITS (AP) — Moments after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his 12-year-old daughter and being sentenced to seven years in prison, a man fatally shot himself in the Dallas County Courthouse, authorities say.
State District Judge Jack Hampton said he had just pronounced sentence on Jerome Roady of Mesquite when the shooting occurred about 4:15 p.m. Thursday in a woman’s restroom directly behind his courtroom.
Roady, 39, died at 8.50 p.m. while in surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital, assistant administrator Claude McCain said.
Governor appoints S. A. mayor as Aggie regent
AUSTIN (AP) — San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros has been named by Gov. Mark White as a new member of the board of regents of Texas A&M University.
Cisneros, 37-year-old graduate of A&M, will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of H.R. “Bum” Bright, Dallas oilman and principal owner of the Dallas Cowboys
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professional football team, who was appointed by former Republican Gov. Bill Oements.
The term will extend to Jan. 1,1987.
Anti smut march coming to Dallas
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The Rev. Jerry Falwell says he and other television evangelists will lead an anti-pornography march through Dallas against the parent company of 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Falwell said television preachers will bring busloads of people from all over the nation for the I^bor Day march against Southland Corp., which is headquartered in Dallas.
The preachers want 7-Eleven to stop selling Playboy and Penthouse magazines nationwide.
Woman seeks Texas
Supreme Court seat
AUSTIN (AP) — San Antonio Court of Appeals Judge Shirley Butts has announced as a Democratic candidate for the Texas Supreme Court.
If she is successful she would be the first woman elected to the state’s highest court.
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Hijackers hit TWA; one hostage shot
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -Hijackers seized an Athens-to-Rome TWA flight today with 153 people aboard, mostly Americans. The pilot said the hijackers had beaten passengers, threatening to kill them and blow up the plane.
The plane was refueled in Beirut and was forced to fly to Algiers, where it landed at 9:30 a.m.
Two American women passengers who were freed from the plane in Beirut reported shots were fired, and one said a man was wounded.
The hijackers, who were reportedly armed with grenades, machine guns and pistols, forced the pilot to fly to Beirut for fuel After 2^ hours it took for for Algiers, the capital of Algeria, where the airport was closed to all other traffic.
In Beirut the hijackers freed at least 17 women and two children, who were then flown on a lebanese plane to I camaca, Cyprus.
Initial reports said three hijackers were on the Boeing 727, but some of the freed passengers said they only saw two.
The hijacking was the third this week involving the Beirut airport.
One freed hostage, Irma Garza of I^aredo, Texas, said the hijackers had shot a black man,
apparently a passenger, in the neck. She said the man did not appear to be in serious condition, adding she did not know why he was shot.
Mrs. Garza was flown with other freed American passengers to Lamaca, Cyprus. She said two young gunmen ordered passengers to put their hands behind their heads and confiscated their passports.
Frances Reynolds, 67, from the Chicago area, said: “There was some shooting but I didn’t dare raise my head to see what was happening. (The hijackers) were beating people on the heads. I didn’t see it, but I could hear the thumps.”
A yellow escape chute was lowered from the plane’s front door. The freed passengers slid down to the tarmac and raced to a fire station.
In a statement to reporters relayed by the Beirut control
tower, one hijacker said the
“organization of the oppressed in the world" was responsible for the hijacking. He demanded that all Lebanese Shiite Moslem
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Israel is holding about 700
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