New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
2 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, May 19,1995
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Bees swarm downtown
Retired bee keeper Morris Smith responded yesterday when a swarm of bees gathered on a tree outside the Brauntex Theater on San Antonio Street. Smith found the queen bee and removed it. The rest of the bees left after their queen was gone.
Appeals Court Rovorsos $32 Million Judgment
HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that former health spa tycoon Richard Minns does not have to pay $32 million awarded to his ex-girlfriend who accused him of permanently disabling her in a botched mur-der-for-hire attempt.
The ruling late Wednesday at Waco reversed the 1987 award of SI 8.1 million in actual damages and $14 million in punitive damages to Barbra Piotrowski and remanded the matter to civil court in Houston.
The case will be tned again, but without Minns, 64, being present. He was deported late last year after pleading guilty to passport fraud and is living in Switzerland. He cannot re-enter the country without permission of U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, said George Bishop, one of Minns’ attorneys.
Dick DeGuenn, an attorney representing Ms. Piotrowski, said Thursday he will file for a rehearing before the appeals court, and that the opinion will be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court if necessary. Piotrowski has been living in California.
Appeals court judges cited nine errors allowed by now-retired family court Judge Bill Elliot.
Judge Denies Bond Reduction for Selene Suspect
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The woman charged with the killing of Tejano music icon Selena will continue to be jailed on $500,(XX) bond after a judge denied to lower her bond Thursday.
Yolanda Saldivar, 34, made her first appearance in court since her March 31 arrest in the shooting at a Corpus Christi motel. Court-appointed defense
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ELS. won’t loan water to drought-stricken Mexico
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. State Department is backing up Texas’ reluctance to lend water reserves to drought-suffering northern
“We are talking about a finite resource,” said Texas Secretary of State Tony Garza, Gov. George W. Bush’s point man in the worsening water crisis. “To loan any water to Mexico means taking away water from users in our state. That’s simply not acceptable.”
However, “a re-evaluation of the situation is possible,” Garza said, indicating a desire to continue a dialogue with Mexico officials.
Garza’s comments came Thursday after he learned that State Department officials in Washington had denied Mexico’s diplomatic request for 81,000
acre feet of water, or about 26.3 billion gallons.
By 1944 treaty, Texas and Mexico divide the water in Amistad Reservoir and Falcon Lake. The two reservoirs, created by international dams of the Rio Grande, hold the key supplies for irrigation and drinking water for more than 2 million people on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border.
As of Monday, Mexico had drained down to 3.85 percent of its entire allotment in the two reservoirs. Texas’ share — 52.3 percent of the amount it is allowed to store in the reservoirs — is projected to last until the end of the year.
With supplies in jeopardy as the border begins a hot summer, Mexico channeled its request to the State Department last week. But Bush, citing
the potential for huge agricultural losses, had already made it clear that he opposed a water loan.
“Texas certainly sympathizes with our neighbors in Mexico and the difficulty being caused by the drought,” Bush spokesman Ray Sullivan said Thursday. “However, Governor Bush’s first obligation is to stand up for the owners of the water and private property rights in Texas.”
A State Department official, who requested anonymity, said his agency formally replied to Mexican officials on Wednesday.
The 1994 treaty allows for water loans between the two countries when the lending country has an abundant supply.
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NASA plan spares Texas jobs
attorney Doug Tinker wanted state District Judge Mike Westergrcn to lower the bond to $ 10,000.
Prosecutors opposed a bond reduction.
Ms. Saldivar founded the Selena Fan Club and was a personal assistant to the star. She also managed Selena’s boutique in San Antonio.
Selena’s father and manager, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., told investigators that Ms. Saldivar had embezzled more than $30,(XX) from his daughter’s businesses.
No-New-Taxss Budget Totals $79.7 Billion
AUSTIN (AP) — Public education is a winner in a no-new-taxes state budget that will pay for government services in 1996-97, lawmakers say
Rep. Rob June)!, D-San Angelo, top House negotiator on the committee that worked out differences between House and Senate budget proposals, said Thursday public education would receive $2 billion more than is currently being spent. The increase would include $292 million for a teacher pay raise.
“The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House all said to make public education No. I,” Junell said. “We took that seriously and that’s what we’ve done.”
The Legislative Budget Board says that the state’s next two-year spending plan tentatively totals $79.7 billion, an increase in state funding of $4.8 billion or 6.5 percent compared to 1994-95.
The Housc-Scnate conference committee on appropriations finished technical work on the bill Thursday. After the voluminous bill is printed, the committee will take a final vote on the measure and forward it to each chamber for consideration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA’s sweeping restructuring plan spares thousands of Johnson Space Center engineering jobs that the space agency once contemplated moving to Alabama.
On the eve of the release of the plan, which is likely to cost tens of thousands of jobs nationwide, Texas lawmakers on Thursday met with NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin to learn of Johnson’s fate.
Emerging from the meeting, the Texans said the restructuring plan nicks the space center — but not unfairly.
Goldin and the Texans declined to discuss job loss numbers or any details of the consolidation plan in advance of today’s announcement.
“I think when we have our press conference tomorrow, you will see that we haven’t done anything dumb,’’said Goldin, who is being squeezed by both the Clinton administration and Congress to cut spending.
But, he cautioned: “We have made some cuts; they will impact human beings.”
Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, who
hosted the meeting with Goldin and a handful of Texas lawmakers, said, “The good news is our engineering function is going to stay at the Johnson Space Center.”
“We are going to see reductions like every other part of NASA, but we are going to see relatively fewer reductions,” he added.
In recent days, Texas lawmakers had discounted reports that NASA would move Johnson’s engineering component to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — a proposal under review earlier this year.
The engineering component accounts for thousands of the Texas space center’s 14,200 civilian and private contractor jobs.
The agency-wide restructuring was prompted by a directive from President Clinton to prune the space agency’s $ 14 billion budget by $ I billion annually in each of the next five years.
Those cuts will result in thousands of jobs lost within the space agency’s 22,000-person work force and significantly more in the ranks of private contractors who do business with NASA.
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