New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Tower allies say rejection changes political standards
DALLAS (AP) — Some of John Tower’s allies say the Senate’s rejection of his nomination as defense secretary cast a new set of standards upon politicians.
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Leaders agree on need for criminal justice changes
AUSTIN (AP) — More prison beds, reduced caseloads for probation officers and Financial incentives to counties for community correction facilities are part of a general agreement between lawmakers and Gov. Bill Clements on trying to help the state’s ailing prison system, officials said. See Page 7
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Sixteen varsity boys teams and IO varsity girls teams will compete Saturday in the annual Canyon Cougar Relays. Austin Travis and San Marcos are among the favorites in the boys division while Bastrop and Lockhart arc expected to be the top contenders among the girls. See Page 9 A
Vol. 137, No. 85
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March 10, 1989
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Texan of the Year William P. Hobby said he will be improved by the association by past recipients during a reception Thursday night at the Civic Center.
Hobby was presented the award by Railroad Commissioner Kent Hance, general chairman of the advisory committee for the 23rd Annual Legislative Conference.
“It’s a great honor to just be associated with the distinguished list of people who have received this award. I can’t live up to the accomplishments of the people on that list, I just hope I will be improved by the association,” the lieutenant governor said after receiving the award.
Past recipients of the Texan of the Year which was first given in 1974, include President George Bush, Sen. Phil Gramm, Sen. Lloyd Bcntsen, Secretary of State James Baker, former Gov. John Connally and former Gov. Dolph Briscoe.
“The one thing that really stands
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Lt. Gov. William P. Hobby accepted the Texan of the Year award during a reception at the Civic Center. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
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Unemployment rate drops to lowest point in 15 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate in February plunged to 5.1 percent, the lowest point in 15 years, as employers created 289,000 new jobs in a sign of the economy’s continued strength, the government reported today.
The jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from January, hitting
5.1 percent for first time since May 1974, the Labor Department said. The rate last was lower in December 1973, when it hit 4.9 percent.
At the same time, employers created 289,(KH) new nonfarm jobs last month, with the gains confined to service-producing industries, accord-
Lawmen capture youths after chase
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Reaching speeds up to IOO miles per hour, two juveniles in a stolen truck led law enforcement officers on a chase Thursday night for almost 30 miles ignoring gun shots, stop signs, and traffic lights before eventually wrecking on Wood Road.
A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy remain at the juvenile detention center in Guadalupe County awaiting a hearing this afternoon.
The boys, who stole a vehicle in Canyon Lake Forest Subdivison Thursday, were noticed by Trooper Irvin of the same subdivision, who gave chase.
“I knew it was my friend’s truck,” Irvin said at the wreck scene. ‘They were going a lot faster than I was.”
Irvin followed the vehicle through-See CHASE, Page 2
two juveniles spun out of control.
Lawmaker makes predictions
Landmark reforms expected in session
ing to a separate survey of business
February’s job-growth figure reflected some fallback after payrolls grew by a robust 415,(XX) jobs in January, when employment was spurred by unusually mild weather.
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Ll. Gov. William “Bill” Hobby predicted this morning the 71st Texas Legislature could be a landmark session if improvements are made in the Texas criminal justice system and workman’s compensation laws.
“If this session makes substantial improvements in worker’s compensation, substantial improvements in our anti-crime, criminal justice systems it will have been an historic session,” Hobby told an audience attending the 23rd Annual Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels.
Hobby was selected Texan of the Year for 1989 and honored Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
“I believe a consensus is emerging about a basic reorganization for our criminal justice efforts,” Hobby said, describing a “super agency” to solve the problems made up of the Board of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, probation commissions and other related law enforcement agencies.
But innovative comm unity-based corrections arc needed to tackle crimi
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The weather looks great for outdoor activities in the New Braunfels aren. The high today was expected to reach 78 under clear skies. The low tonight will be 50. Tltc high Saturday and Sunday is expected to reach a summcr-y high in the low 80s. Overnight lows will be in the lower 50s.
Man slightly injured in car-train collision
A New Braunfels man was only slightly injured Thursday afternoon after a run-in with a train.
Jorge Luna, 29, of 882 Samuels was approaching a westbound Union Pacific train in the 1400 block of Churchill about I p.m. Thursday when he attempted to cross the tracks in front of the locomotive.
According to New Braunfels Police reports, the train’s engineer unsuccessfully attempted to stop the train before it struck the car. The impact turned the car around 180 degrees before it came to a rest in a ditch.
Emergency Medical Service crews treated Luna for minor injuries at the scene.
Association president backs Medicaid plan
By DAVID BUILTA StaH Writer
Texas is in a crisis situation because of the number of hospital closings, according to the president of the Texas Hospital Association.
Terry Townsend visited with New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club and local media representatives at McKenna Memorial Hospital Thursday to encourage support for Medicaid enhancement.
Townsend said the Texas Hospital Association and approximately 30 other businesses and allied health organizations support the use of money raised by a proposed 7-cent increase in cigarette tax to enhance the Texas Medicaid program. He contends that, with the increased federal match, more than $413 million would be available for health care programs to assisi the poor and elderly.
Texas has led the nation in the number of hospital closings for the past three years. Townsend said 19 hospitals were closed last year, 17 the year before, and 18 the year before.
Out of the 72 hospitals that closed, 37 were rural hospitals. Townsend pointed to shortfalls in the Medicare and Medicaid systems for the problems.
“Medicare, when Congress went to a prospective pricing system in 1981 they promised our hospitals that they would keep up with the costs of hospitals,” Townsend said. "Our costs have increased 28 per cent, Congress has only given us 14 percent.
“The Medicaid program is even worse because it is a federal matching fund program and Texas ranks 50th in all the stales in the amount we spend per capita," he said. “We spend $115 per person on Medicaid in Texas. Worse than that, we only cover the lowest 25 percent of the federal poverty level m Texas.
Townsend said hospitals such as McKenna Memorial Hospital are having to absorb a larger financial burden because the reimbursement programs .are not where they should be.
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The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church, 733 Cross, will present the
Living Cross at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the church. Fifty voices will sing from the cross, accompanied by organ, piano, brass, woodwind, rhythm, and percussion instruments. The choir is directed by John Rushing, minister of music at the church, and narration is by Bill Young. The cross extends 30 feet from the main floor of the auditorium to the baptistry and is 17 feet wide. The music and narration tell the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. There is no admission, a nursery is provided and the public is invited. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Agreement reached on taxes
AUSTIN (AP) — State officials said today they have reached an agreement with out-of-state insurance companies over disputed property and casualty insurance taxes that will add about $270 million into state coffers.
Under the accord, the state will keep about $142 million in a district court judgment already awarded to out-of-state property and casualty insurance companies, and another $126 million to pay judgments expected in the future.
The companies challenged the state’s insurance tax, saying the system is unfair because they must pay higher rates titan those of Texas firms.
The settlement frees $268 million for lawmakers to use in writing a 1990-91 state budget.
In exchange for giving up 80 percent of their court judgment, the out-of-state firms will be taxed in the future under more equitable terms.
The settlement came before Gov. Bill Clements, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and House Speaker Gib Lewis were set to meet with lite insurance company principals on Monday, according to Mike Toomey, Clements’ deputy chief of staff.
“It’s settled,” Toomey said.
Representing the state in negotiations with representatives of property and casually insurance companies were Toomey, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kent Caperton, D-Bryan, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman James Hury, D-Galveston.
The funds are pan of $1.5 billion that State Comptroller Bob Bullock
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'Hic special activity tomorrow at die New Braunfels Children’s Museum will be hand-printing on aprons and museum T-shirts all day long. Museum director Carolyn Lehmann Burrow and museum volunteer Terry Buck made new child-si/.e aprons just perfect for the small hand-prints. Adult-si/c aprons also are available. Meanwhile, the current exhibit, “Kitchens and Cultures" continues tiiis weekend and features many hands-on displays and activities relating to foods from different cultures. It has been a fun exhibit, with snack-making and bread-making workshops, and some of the activities will become part of lite museum’s permanent exhibits.
Admission to the museum, in Courtyard Shopping Center, is $1 for children and $2 for adults. .Saturday hours are IO a .rn. to 4 p.m. Call 620-0939 for more info....
Stop! Don’t try that recipe printed Wednesday for White Chocolate Cheesecake (‘Two carcer women ‘take the cake,’ win trip”) without all the ingredients, because it would an expensive boo-boo.
The ingredients should be —
Crust: 1-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds or maca-damia nutes (toasted), 4 I-oz. .squares while baking chocolate (grated) and I beaten egg. The Filling should be and this is where die three eggs were left out of yesterday’s list): 8 I-oz. squares white baking chocolate (chopped), 1/3 cup whipping cream, I tbsp, vanilla, 3 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese (softened), I 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk and 3 EGGS.
. For the crust, combine flour and sugar, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir
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