New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4 Herald Ztffung Ne* Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, May 7, 1991state Clients aid stuttering program
Gramm again backing Joe Dial
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Phil Gramm is once again campaigning for Joe Dial, this time as the Victoria rancher seeks a seat on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Gramm backed Dial last year in his unsuccessful bid to win the 14th congressional district from then-freshman Democratic Rep. Greg Laughlin of West Columbia.
Now Gramm, R-Texas, is supporting Dial’s nomination to a seat on the regulatory board headed by Gramm’s wife, CFTC Chairman Wendy Lee Gramm.
Asked Monday if he suggested President Bush nominate Dial to the CFTC, Gramm answered: “I support his nomination I was not the source of his initial consideration.”
Bush last month nominated Dial to a four-year term on the regulatory board. The nomination will be considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the CFTC, and must be confirmed by the Senate.
Questions of possible conflicts of interest have been raised recently about Gramm*s role in a turf battle involving the CFTC and the rival Securities and Exchange Commission, and Gramm's possible ascension in a Senate committee that oversees the SEC.
But Gramm has dismissed those concerns, blaming “sore losers” for raising the questions.
An aide on the Senate Agriculture Committee said Monday that it’s too early to tell whether there may be a problem with Dial’s nomination, which Gramm is backing.
Most Texans oppose Brady Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Michael Andrews knew it was time to buck one of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill when a distraught father killed each of his four children with a shot through the head and a convicted felon opened fire on a Houston police officer.
Andrews, who had always supported the National Rifle Association, said the two shootings swayed his support away from the NRA and toward a 7-day waiting period for gun buyers.
The father had bought his gun after being served with divorce papers. After returning home, he lined up his children for photographs then killed them and himself. The felon who fired on the police officer had purchased his semiautomatic while on probation.
“Texas has a long and proud tradition of gun ownership... but we also have a long tradition in the state of law and order, and this is a common-sense approach to a real serious problem,” says Andrews, D-Houston, one of five Texans in Congress who say they support the Brady bill.
The legislation is named for former presidential press secretary James Brady, wounded in the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. had purchased the gun in Dallas.
The Brady bill establishes a seven-day “cooling off’ period for gun buyers, giving police time to determine whether a purchaser has a history of felonies or mental illness. It does not require such background checks, however A vote is expected Wednesday.
Company retains Pantex contract
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Mason & Hanger-Silas Mason Inc. has won a five-year SI.6 billion contract from the U.S Energy Department to continue running the Pantex nuclear weapons plant.
Mason & Hanger competed with Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. and Olin Corp. for the contract, which covers operating expenses and fees, Pantex assistant plant manager Bob Barton said Monday.
The department, which began soliciting bids last May, said it emphasized program, operational and management capabilities when awarding the contract.
Mason & Hanger has managed the plant since 1956, when Proctor & Gamble opted not to renew its contract.
“I think since we’ve had that contract for 35 years it is an indication of the job we have done for the Department of Energy,’ Barton said.
SAN MARCOS — It was an opportunity to help other people benefit from the expert help their family had received and the Cavazos family of Mission, Texas, was not going to let the opportunity slip by.
The family had overcome extreme financial hardship and physical handicaps to help their nine-year-old daughter, Roxie, manage her stuttering problem. Now, they wanted to help other families of stutterers receive help through the Southwest Texas State University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic’s intensive stuttenng therapy program.
For the past two summers, the entire Cavazos family nas participated in the program, which has enabled Roxie to manage her stuttering problem.
The family was in San Marcos this week for an evaluation session for Roxie but brought along a surprise for Dr. Dick Mallard, professor of communication disorders at SWT.
The family had organized a benefit barbecue in Mission over the weekend and had raised $400 that they donated to the program so that other people might benefit from it as they had.
“This program benefits the whole family and has brought our family closer together,” explained Yoli Cavazos, Roxie’s mother.
Yoli knows the price that sometimes has to be paid to obtain something you want.
Junior, her husband, had just been released from the Intensive Care Unit of the local hospital, recovering from
broken ribs and a broken sternum he received as a result of an automobile accident that occured during an epileptic seizure, when Roxie asked
her parents for help with her speech problem.
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Shuttle brought home wealth of information
President back to full schedule
WASHINGTON (AP) — A chipper President Bush, boasting he feels "won derfully well,'' is back on a full work schedule with a heart monitor strapped to his waist.
The president’s heartbeat registered normal within 25 minutes of his return to the While House on Monday morning from a two-night stay ai Bethesda Naval Hospital brought on by an irregular beat. And ii didn t take hun long to get back lo a normal work schedule.
Today Bush was honoring the Small Business Person of the Ycai in a Rose Garden ceremony, mapping strategy with Senate leaders on a free trade pact with Mexico and welcoming Finnish President Mauno Koivisio for talks and a luncheon.
He also planned to meet this afternoon with Italy a President Francesco I os si ga and Prime Minister Giulio AndreoUi.
Dr. Burton Lee. the White House physician, said Monday evening that Bush, 66, was in “good humor and good health” on his first day back on the job. “No problems of any kind have arisen since he left die hospital,’ ’ the doctor added
Bush, dropping by ar East Room reception for educators, said "I really do feel wonderfully well.... I’m glad to be here in more ways than one.”
A White House nurse monitored the president’s heartbeat between meetings Monday as Bush welcomed a stream of visitors, including former Soviet Foie ign Minister Eduard Slicvardnad/e. Cameroon President Paul Biy* and forma Minnesota Sen Rudy Huscfiwit/, nae* I ruin a presidential mercy mission to Ethiopia
Big year seen for dry bean exports
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's going to be another hig export year lor beans, say Agriculture Department aiialysu I hoc are dry beans, the kind you cook with ham hocks, or serve with chili.
They are called “dry edible beans’’ by the USLM bean counters and include pintos, navy, lima and several other kinds that rattle on the Hoot when spilled
in calendar 1990, exports of these beans jumped 36 percent to 1.25 billion pounds, or 12.5 million hundredweight (hat was the equivalent of about 38 percent of the near lecord harvest last ycai oi 32 4 million hundiedwcighi
And bean exports prooahly will rise again this year because we had >uUi a giant crop," Limy l ucia of the department’s Economic Research Vivice said Monday.
“We vc got to get rid of them, and die puces arc real aiuacuvc lo oilier couii tries right now," he said “We’ve got lots of beans and at tile lowest puces iii several years ”
Dry beans are grown tommactaily in a score of states, with Michigan die leader last year with nearly 5 45 million hundredweight.WorldAid awaited week after cyclone
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) A week alter cyclone driven waves aud 145 mph winds churned ova coastlands, millions of Bangladeshis still awaited emergency ad today in devastated and disease infested areas
But relief missions have been hampered by Iou! weather, lack ol adequate transportation and flooded roads. 'Hie government lias managed lo help only a portion of survivors and officials say then resolutes are not sufficient to deal with the magnitude of need
"They are foodless, shelterless, cloth less, helpless,” said llajaii lave, general secretary of El Dui Teen, a local ad group.
Relief workers aid reporters sad many people were without lord or mcdi cines in most parts of the southern coast incaged by die Apt ii 30 cyclone. one of the worst lo hit the impoverished nation tins century
By official count, 125,730 people were killed aid an canulated IO million felt homeless A complete accounting of da dead is unlikely because many victims were swept out to sea
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts came home from an eight-day Stars Wars research mission with what the Pentagon said was a wealth of data that could help scientists design a missile defense system.
“We’re elated,” Air Force Col. John Armstrong, deputy mission director, said of the flight that ended Monday with a rare larding in Florida
High winds at the shuttle's usual landing site in California’s Mojave Desert forced Discovery to travel across the continent and land where the mission began, at Cape Canaveral, Fla. A tire shredded during the landing.
Technical glitches had dogged the mission, during which the seven member crew still managed to con duct a rich variety of tests.
“It seemed like they kept throwing us curve balls and we kept hilling them out of the ballpark,” comm an der Michael Coats said Monday night upon the crew’s return to Houston.
'Hic crew released a $94 million satellite to study exhaust from the shuttle as Discovery executed unptc ccdcntcd twists and tunis. The said lite also gathered data on chemical and gas releases before it was retrieved by the crew.
The astronauts also captured bul ham images of atmospheric light, oi aurora, and collected oilier scientific information that could help die Pana gun develop a system for recognising ai id destroying enemy missiles.
Armstrong said the research "promises to be a giant step forward” for die Strategic Defense Initiative, oi Suit Wars program.
Before blastoff, NASA said die flight was the most complex mission ever because of its ambitious schedule and the tricky shuttle maneuvers
“Son* people told us we would only get 50 percent of what we had planned We’ve dot* much billet than thai,” Armstrong said. On .Sunday he said that the Pentagon accum pllshcd uOuui V9 peteCul ut what it sci out to achieve.
The flight was die first unclassified
Pentagon shuttle mission Hic news blackout uwpusvU on sevwn pn moos miiilajy missions was lilted primarily
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to save the multiinillion-dollar cost of spy-proof procedures.
During the flight, two recorders that store data for three scientific instruments failed shortly after liftoff April 28, but a repair job by the astronauts Satuiday enabled the instruments to send information directly to the ground One of the insuumcnts - ait X-ray detector suddenly turned off Satuiday.
hi addition, an exhaust test was delayed when the satellite got stuck in the wrong position, and the satellite’s release was postponed a day so the crew could finish making observations with an instrument that was using up coolant loo fast
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Dr. Dick Mallard, left, professor of communications disorders at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, accepts a $400 donation from the Cavazos family of Mission, from left, Yoli, Roxie, Junior and Millie. The family sought help for Roxie in the two-week intensive program held each summer and now wants to help others benefit from the program. The family organized a barbecue to raise the money and is planning other benefits.