New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
135 killed in Chilean quake
SANTIAGO, Ollie (AP) — Authorities enforced * curfew to prevent looting and rationed water today in areas of central Ollie hardest hit by an earthquake that killed at least 135 people, injured
2,000 and destroyed 4,900 homes.
Thousands of people camped out for a second night in debris-strewn streets, driven from their homes by aftershocks of the Sunday earthquake that knocked down walls, severed communications and swayed skyscrapers in Santiago and other cities in an 800-mile-long area of the Pacific coast.
The Chilean government imposed a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in much of the earthquake zone to prevent looting, which was reported overnight Monday in some heavily damaged commercial districts.
Electric power and water were interrupted in various locales. In the coastal city of Valparaiso, authorities were rationing water.
Capt. Miguel Angel Payet said in Lima, Peru, that he landed his Aeroperu jet with 123 passengers aboard at the Santiago airport three minutes after the quake cut communications with
Francisco Cuadra, chief spokesman for the military government, said Monday night that 135 people were known dead and about 2,000 injured as a result of the five-minute earthquake. He estimated that 4,900 homer, were destroyed and 21,000 others damaged.__________
the control tower.
“I thought it was strange that the runway lights were flickering and that the ground dust was so heavy, but I never thought it was an earthquake,” Payet said. He added that those aboard felt the aftershocks when he was parking the DC-8.
Francisco Cuadra, chief spokesman for the military government, said Monday night that 135 people were known dead and about 2,000 injured as a result of the five-minute earthquake. He estimated that 4,900 homes were destroyed and
21,000 others damaged.
Authorities said the hardest-hit areas outside Santiago were Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, coastal cities in this narrow country that stretches 2,600 miles along South America’s western shore. The three cities have a combined population of about 6 million.
Deaths also were reported in the cities of Rancagua and San Antonio.
Eleven more bodies were found in the rubble of collapsed buildings Monday night, and officials said they expected the death toll to rise as communications were restored and reports came in from outlying towns.
The worst single quake-related incident occurred at a Roman Catholic church in San Bernardo, just outside the capital, where IO people were killed as they attended Sunday evening
“Some of the people started outside, but others moved closer to the front of the church,” said the Rev. Bernardo Herrera. “It’s too bad more didn’t stay inside because the facade of the church collapsed on those who went out.”
Study says budget cuts to take $56 per Texan
WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas would lose $56 in federal cash for every state resident under President Reagan’s proposed domestic spending cuts in fiscal year 1966, according to a study released today.
Texas would get $900 million less than the amount of federal money it would need to maintain current levels, according to the report from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The public employees’ union said the cuts would amount to a $14 billion reduction below the amount of money needed to maintain the status quo nationwide.
In per capita reductions, Texas ranked fourth among all the states, the union said.
The list included federal grants to
local and state governments for programs such as bilingual education, job training, subsidized meals, welfare and transportation programs, and programs that pay individuals, such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income and college student aid.
The biggest reduction in Texas’ share of the federal money would be in general revenue sharing, which Reagan proposes to eliminate. The state would need $239 million in fiscal 1965 stay even, the AFSCME report said.
Next largest would be a reduction in Medicare of $188 million from the projected need of $3.7 billion.
Texas would have to get $19.9 billion for fiscal year 1986 to maintain current program levels, the report said.
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Farmers begin week with march, protest
WASHINGTON (AP) - Placing white crosses on the Mall to commemorate the growing number of bankrupt farms. Midwestern grain farmers began lobbying for higher guaranteed commodity prices to cover production costs
Members of the American Agriculture Movement Inc , who marched here Monday to kick off a week-long lobbying effort, say they also want strict production controls in the farm bill being debated in Congress
We just want a fair price for our product so we can survive,” said DeVere Manderfield, a farmer from Waucoma, Iowa, who participated Monday in the AAM's “March for Panty.”
“If inflation goes up, why can’t we charge more for our higher production costs’ Why do we have to keep our prices low?” Manderfield said.
The march started with an outdoor rally at the Jefferson Memorial in a drizzle and 40-degree temperatures
Following brief speeches from AAM leaders and farm-state congressmen, the protesters, many carrying placards, walked about two miles to the Agriculture Department building for another rally.
“We’re not up here for a welfare check or subsidy payment, we simply want, need and deserve a fair price at that marketplace,” said Wayne Cryts, a Puxico, Mo., farmer.
“We’re asking the American people if they want this family farm system to continue to keep this the
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Farmers planted 250 one-foot-high white crosses on the Mall near the Agriculture Department, representing the number of farms the group estimates are going bankrupt each day.
District of Columbia police estimated there were 700 marchers, considerably fewer than protest organizers had predicted.
Farmers said they would welcome emergency credit legislation from Congress.
“We want parity not charity,” said Corky Jones, president of the AAM. “We are in Washington because this is where our problems originate and this is where the solutions must come from.”
The AAM, bom in the Plains states in 1977, wants a new farm bill that controls production to keep prices stable and provides commodity loan rates of at least 70 percent of parity to reflect farmers’ costs.
Parity is an indicator of farmers’ buying power based on prices received and the costs of living in the period 1910-1914. The concept has lost some of its significance, partly because it doesn't take into account dramatic increases in farm productivity since the early 1900s.
Commodity prices in the past several years have been weak, partly because of huge crop surpluses, a global recession and a strong dollar that has reduced demand for American food exports.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved Sen. Ted Lyon’s bill that he says will protect the “little children of this state” who spend their days at child-care facilities.
Lyon. D-Mesquite, said the state “has a right and duty” to run criminal background checks on people who work “in and around children."
He recalled testimony by a mother before a Senate committee that her two children had been sexually abused for three years by a childcare employee who had a prior conviction for child abuse.
His bill would give the Department of Human Resources authority to obtain from state and federal law officers criminal information on owners, employees and applicants for employment at child-care facilities.
The information would be for the exclusive use of the DHR and other authorized persons, and unauthorized release of the information would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
Lyon’s bill was approved on voice vote Monday after a 24-5 vote killed an amendment that would have made the penalty for unauthorized disclosure a felony, punishable by up
to 20 years in prison.
The amendment’s sponsor, Sen. Carlos Truan, D-Corpus Christi, argued that “We ought to be very careful someone doesn’t misuse this information.”
But Lyon countered that “your heart’s in the right place, but your logic’s not correct. You’re going a little bit overboard...strictness is one year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine.”
Two other Lyon bills that cleared the Senate ’ on Monday would authorize state schools for the blind and deaf to check out criminal backgrounds of employees and job applicants with the FBI and Department of Public Safety.
The House on voice vote sent to the Senate a measure touted as a way to keep companies from laying off workers. LaMarque Rep. Lloyd Criss’ legislation would allow workers to draw unemployment benefits if their work hours are reduced as a result of production cuts.
In other action, the Senate also approved and sent to the House bills that would:
— Require a grand jury seeking to indict a witness for aggravated perjury to submit the matter to
another grand jury.
— Reduce from 50 days to 40 days the time for paying tax deficiencies, a procedure that could result in a one-time revenue gain of $2.23 million in 1986.
— Define Texas State Technical Institute as an “institution of higher learning” for the purpose of giving TSTI control over student fees, room and board charges, deposits, and donations to TSTI.
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