New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Jeanne, the November surprise of the tropical storm season, drifted westward in the Gulf of Mexico today, routing thousands of offshore oil rig workers, though still hundreds of miles from land.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm weakened slightly during the night and was packing top winds of 75 mph.
At 4 a.m. CST today, the storm was centered near latitude 24 0 north, longitude 89.0 west,
about 400 miles south of New Orleans.
It was moving west at about 5 mph, forecaster Miles Lawrence said.
Oil companies began evacuating hundreds of workers from rigs and work barges in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday as the storm churned 450 miles south-southeast of New Orleans.
Chevron USA Inc. said it had evacuated 1,000 offshore workers by Tuesday night. Other oil companies said they were closing down some
operations and bringing in all but the minimum number of workers required to keep other operations going.
Exxon said it had evacuated 700 workers, Gulf reported 610 evacuations. Shell 400, and Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co. 350. Texaco said it had moved 70 workers from the gulf and would reassess the situation today.
Jeanne reached hurricane status Tuesday morning when its sustained winds hit 75 mph, I
mph above the needed minimum.
Gale-force winds extended outward 150 miles to the north and IOO miles to the south as Jeanne and a large high-pressure system over the eastern United States combined to cause very rough seas over the north-central and northeast gulf.
Small craft operators from Brownsville to Tarpon Springs, Fla., were advised to remain in port. Marine interests along the northern
gulf were advised to monitor the storm.
The last November hurricane to hit land struck Miami on Nov. 4, 1935. public service forecaster Alvin Samet said. One hit the Tampa Bay area on Nov. 30. 1925, and one swept across the Florida Keys on Nov. 15, 1916.
All three were minimal hurricanes, Samet said. There have been other November hurricanes that did not reach land.
The 1980 Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.
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New Braunfels, Texas
WASHINGTON I AP) - A conservative research group with ties to the head of Ronald Reagan’s transition team is urging the new Republican administration to halt affirmative action to increase hiring and promotion of blacks, women and minorities discriminated against in the past.
A task force put together by the Heritage Foundation is recommending policy reversals and sweeping executive orders to stop the federal government from advocating crossdistrict school busing for integration, from bringing suit to boost minority and female enrollments in professional schools, and ultimately from even gathering employment data by race, sex or ethnic origin.
The group called the Civil Rights Division the “most radicalized” element of the Justice Department.
The Reagan staff neither developed the proposals nor has it endorsed the ideas. But Reagan said during the campaign that he opposed school busing to achieve integration and quota systems for minorities, although he endorsed limited preferences for minorities among equally qualified candidates for a position.
Reagan transition team head Edwin Meese, who has known and worked with Heritage officials for several years, was to be given the proposals, totaling 3,000 pages, today.
to be brief
For all high-class hounds, millionaire mutts, and tempermental terriers there is at last a hydrant that you don't have to share with the firefighters. The hydrant is located at the New Braunfels Area Humane Society animal shelter.
Truck passenger hurt in rollover
A North Carolina man was injured when the pickup truck he was riding rolled on its side off Wald Road early this morning.
Michael Glenn Duke, 22, suffered massive facial injuries and was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital at 12:40 a.m., EMS reports indicated.
A nursing supervisor at Northeast
Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, where he was transferred at 1:30 a.m., called his condition “guarded.”
“He is in the operating room at this moment for facial fractures. I haven’t seen him yet so I don’t know his exact condition. I^et’s just say it’s ‘guarded,’ ” she said.
Duke, of Waynesville, N.C., was a
passenger in the truck. The driver, Petty Vaughn, of Vicksburg, Miss., told police he was forced off the road.
“The vehicle left the roadway at a sharp turn and rolled on its side,” a police report said.
The accident occurred half a mile west of Madeline Street on a curve in Wald Road, the report indicated.
WASHINGTON I AP) - The House and Senate returned for a lame-duck session today, but leaders predicted it will be brief and unproductive as lawmakers mark time for a new Congress more inclined to increase defense spending, cut taxes, permit prayer in public schools and ban abortions.
The first item on the Senate’s agenda as it reconvened was a $9.57 billion appropriation bill for several federal departments, but key lawmakers said this and other spending measures may be shelved until the new Congress meets in January.
There were increasing indications, iii fact, that the lame-duck session may do little more on a host of pending appropriations bills than pass an interim resolution to keep the government running until next year . Republican Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee said just moments before the Senate opened its doors:
“We should do as little as possible to take care of the housekeeping details. We might pass some of the appropriations bills, but it’s my hope we can finish our essential business and by out by Thanksgiving.”
Baker said he was optimistic that the Senate would, in fact, pass a $39 billion tax cut fashioned by the Finance Committee, but he conceded that would be a symbolic gesture which stands no chance of becoming law.
Though the Senate plan differs from the IO percent tax cut proposed by Ronald Reagan, the president-elect has said he would accept its passage by the lame-duck session as a constructive step.
But while Baker and assistant Democratic leader Alan Cranston of California agreed the Senate may act upon the bill, there was little hope the House would follow suit.
“I’m not optimistic that the House will pass it, and I am almost certain that if it did, President Carter will not sign it,” said Baker.
Baker said he expected Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska to be once again be elected assistant Republican leader when the GGP takes control of the Senate next year.
Baker appears a shoo-in for the top job, though he acknowledged that Paul Laxalt of Nevada “is in the enviable position of the being the man in the Senate closest to Ronald Reagan. I have no problem with that at all.”
The House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Robert N. Giaimo, D-Conn., said Tuesday the plan is for the 96th Congress to adjourn before Thanskgiving.
And Rep. Jim Wright, D-Texas, the House majority leader, said he expects "very little action’’ in the lame-duck
session, the first in a presidential election year since Democratic President Harry Truman called the Republican-controlled Congress back for a fruitless one-day meeting in 1948. The last lame-duck session was in 1974, when Congress met for about a month.
This time President Carter has Democratic majorities in both houses, but the Democrats lose both the White House and control of the Senate in January.
Sen. Howard Baker says the Congress "should do as little as possible to take care of the housekeeping details. We might pass some of the appropriations bills, but it's my hope we can finish our essential business and be out by Thanksgiving."
Baker said he expects Senate approval next year of sharply increased defense spending, lower taxes and constitutional amendments to permit prayer in public schools and to ban most abortions.
He said the chances of restoring the death penalty for some federal crimes “would be good.”
Baker also predicted the Senate will approve a lower minimum wage for teen-agers and permit non-union wages for work on federal housing projects.
As for the tax cut, Baker said its future was uncertain in the House and he had “certainly no optimism that President Carter would sign it.” Carter’s spokesman, Jody Powell, said Tuesday as far he knows the outgoing president remains opposed to a tax cut, and Wright added that if the Senate passes one, the House will “just let it ride until next year.”
Both Wright and Baker said Congress may skip all or some of the IO appropriations bill that remain to be considered, choosing instead to pass resolutions to continue spending at current levels.
In the meantime, the skirmishing over monitory priorities in the 97th Congress already is beginning.
The House Budget Committee, over Republican protests, passed a binding federal budget ceiling Tuesday that would obligate Reagan to cut federal spending by 2 percent.
Giaimo said the Buies Committee will consider the plan Monday and it is expected to reach the House floor the next day. He said the Senate is expected to consider its version of the budget Monday and a House-Senate conference committee is scheduled to meet two days later.
Baker and other Senate Republican leaders, declaring they would “set an example” for trimming spending "by starting at home,” pledged themselves to cut the annual cost of their own operation by IU percent in 1981.
Carter was staying out ol the building budget battle. He directed his staff to make sure the budget he presents before leaving office is “honest and responsible” and lays “no political traps” for Reagan.
The appropriations bill before the Senate today would cover the State, Justice and Commerce departments, the federal courts and several federal agencies.
The measure bogged down earlier over an amendment by Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., that would bar the Justice Department from requiring busing to desegregate schools.
One of the House-passed appropriations bills awaiting Senate action would provide $1.57 billion for the military.
Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, in line to become chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Reagan probably will seek $3 billion extra in military spending early next year to finance a military pay raise, to pay for supply ships iii the Indian Ocean and a rapid deployment combat force, and to offset higher fuel costs.
Tower, who said'he has been consulting with Reagan’s military advisers, predicted Reagan will ask for another $8 billion to $16 billion in military spending later next year.
The Texas senator said he will try to boost the 11.7 percent military pay raise already approved by Congress to 13 percent.
He also predicted Congress will revive a version of the B-l bomber Carter scrapped in 1977 and said he believes Reagan will support resurrection of the neutron bomb and will not revise the MX nuclear missile system already being developed by the Carter administration.Human services: 'Patchwork' delivery faulted
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Up until now, state services have been offered and distributed in pretty much a “patchwork” fashion according to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services.
But that may be changing before too long. The committee has just released its final report, entitled “The Potential in the Patchwork,” which contains 72 recommendations s for improving the delivery of human services in Texas. In January, this report will be submitted to the state legislature.
The 12-member committee is composed of attorneys, physicians, educational consultants, and various state senators, including W.E.
(Pete) Snelson, state senator for District 25 which includes Comal County.
Traditionally, the major portion of budgeted state dollars has been for the delivery of human services. But according to the committee’s report, not all Texans who need services receive them.
Major problems in the delivery of human services in Texas can be traced to points of weakness in the system itself, according to the report.
Throughout its two-and-one-half year study, the committee determined that human services were delivered in a piecemeal and patchworklike fashion, rather than delivered systematically.
Service ommissions, statuatory in
congruities, fragmentation of services and inadequate service delivery mechanisms at different levels of government all contributed to the "patchwork" of service delivery that now exists in Texas.
Specific recommendations are made in the report to adjust the patchwork as well as to identify the needs and problems caused by forces external to the system.
In the past the state has identified groups of people for whom services are to be provided. These services usually include identification of the problem, treatment or assistance and some kind of follow-up after the client leaves the system.
Even with the best of planning for the broadest range of services, however, new
clients can come from outside the boundaries of the system and bring with them an entirely new set of unanticipated problems.
An example of this is when the refugees from Vietnam and Cuba came to this country, with them they brought communication and health problems that the health services had not been faced with before.
Also because the statutes describing human services were often created on a case-by-case basis, incongruities in the laws themselves prohibit the provision of a comprehensive range of services.
Sometimes the laws are specific and detailed regarding the rights and services of one portion of a population but vague on the needs of another.
And sometimes problems occur, simply because Texas is such a “big” state. According to the report, service fragmentation sometimes occurs because of a problem in the geographic distribution of services.
In this case there are not enough services in all parts of the state for those who need them. Other service fragmentation occurs because of lack of communication betwenn service providers.
“Obviously, modifications in the service delivery system are needed to repair the patchwork caused by fragmentation in the system,” reads one portion of the report.
Other concerns of the special committee
See HUMAN SERVICES, Page 8A