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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Farm bill softens future cuts WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate passed a 1985 farm bill Saturday after farm state Democrats reached agreement with Senate Republican leaders on provisions to soften future cuts in income subsidies by giving farmers government surplus com modules. The 81-28 vote culminated more than a month of acrimonious on-again, off again debate, including five days of marathon sessions and dozens of back-room meetings to work out deals between competing farm commodity interests. “It’s not a good farm bill, but it’s one third better than the Republican bill they tried to shove down our throats yesterday,” said Sen. J. James Kxon, D-Neb., one of a group of Democrats who had threatened to filibuster the bill if GOP leaders did not make concessions. “This has some policy and some features that are good. It also has some that aren’t so good,” said Agriculture Secretary John Block, who was present at many of the negotiating sessions but declined to specifically endorse the measure. The bill now must go to a House Senate negotiating conference after Congress returns from its Thanksgiving week break, to work out differences between the two versions The House passed its version of the bill Get. 8 The agreement also included resolution of a squabble between Midwestern and Southern Democrats over the shape of a new soybean subsidy program and over how certain farm benefits are calculated And the chamber agreed to take up the separate, but equally thorny, issue of the farm credit crisis when it returns from its Thanksgiving recess Merger vote delayed OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., said Saturday he has received assurances that final action to consolidate local Production Credit Association offices and Federal Land Banks in Oklahoma and three other states will be delayed this year. Boren, in a statement from his Washington office, said he was assured the votes on the mergers or consolidations will not be taken until Congress has had an opportunity to respond to the financial crisis in the Farm Credit System. The senator said he got the assurances in a letter from Jack Perry, president of the Farm Credit System’s 9th district board of directors in Wichita. Kan. The 9th District is comprised of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The Farm Credit System, which holds about one-third of all agricultural debt in the country, has asked Congress for $6 billion to offset anticipated huge loan losses caused by the general depression in agriculture Stockholder and membership votes in the PCAs and Federal Land Bank groups had been scheduled to begin next week in Oklahoma and the three other states. Boren said Perry told him in the letter that if Congress passes a program to stabilize the financial condition of the system, which would make consolidation of local associations unnecessary, all associations will be allowed to reconsider any consolidation approved in the elections now being held. Boren said Congress should act on the credit package for the Farm Credit System before the end of the year. “I am pleased that the Wichita board has made this decision and commitment. I believe strongly in local control and am glad that local associations will be given another chance to vote on consolidation if Congress acts this year,” Boren said The massive legislation would renew for another four years programs as diverse as crop price supports, food stamps and overseas food aid, and rural lending. The Senate had debated the measure on and off since Oct. 25, and the measure still has to go to a House-Senate negotiating conference to work out differences between the two chambers’ versions. When the Senate first began work on the bill, it contained a four-year freeze on income subsidies for grain, cotton and rice farmers that had been worked out mostly by agriculture committee Democrats Those Democrats grew resentful this week after Dole split their party’s ranks by luring votes with “sweeteners,” mostly for Southern states. The compromise worked out Saturday was based on the one-year freeze favored by Republicans, but added government-owned surplus commodities to the checks received by farmers in 1987 and 1988 The Senate was held in session past 3:30 a rn. Saturday, wrangling and angling for advantage on the subsidy issue, before Dole called off the marathon and opted for private talks with Sen John Melcher, I) Mont , and others “I’m just trying to figure out how to get out of this mess,” Dole conceded at one point during the talkiest, as weary lawmakers sat slumped in their chairs dozing off and occa sionally rising to object to being held in Washington when the House already has left for Thanksgiving Dole accused Democrats of inten Bonally trying to send Reagan a farm bill he would be sure to veto, as a way of reaping a farm state political issue for the 1988 elections Those elections are crucial to the Republicans in try ing to retain their slim control of the Senate Democrats denied that was their motive, saying they wanted simply to preserve the best farm income safety net possible for producers, many of whom are suffering from the most serious rural depression in decades The stalemate frazzled nerves par ticularly those of senators without keen interest in farm issues but who were being forced to stay for recorded votes One of them was Sen War ren Rudman, R N II , who called the agreement “outrageous. “Consider that we’ve poured 80 odd billion dollars into agriculture in the past few years,” he said ‘ It s the biggest welfare program in America Maybe what agriculture needs is a shaking out They're a bunch of economic cripples She would rather switch than fight AUSTIN (API    State Board of Insurance member Carole Bylander, an appointee of Democratic Gov Mark White, jumped to the GOP Saturday The former Austin mayor is considering a 1986 challenge of U.S. Rep. J J. “Jake” Pickle, a Democrat who has represented the Central Texas district since 1963. But Mrs Bylander told the State Republican Executive Committee that she was not ready to talk about that race. “I am not making any political announcement beyond what I just said that I consider myself to be a Republican and feel philosophically and personally comfortable within the GOP,” said Mrs Rylander, the former Carole McClellan. Republican leaders consider Mrs Rylander’s switch a double victory an embarassment to White and a big gain in traditionally Democratic Central Texas Texas GDP Chairman George Stroke said the Saturday switch marked the 50th time since 1981 that a Texas Democratic office holder or former office-holder had switched to the Republicans. The White administration had no immediate reaction to the move, which had been rumored for several weeks Mrs Rylander was elected mayor of Austin in 1977, 1979 and 1981. The mayor’s race is a nonpartisan election, but Mrs Rylander said she had been a “lifelong Democrat” until Saturday She left the mayor’s post to accept White’s appointment to the three-member insurance board Mrs. Rylander said she and the governor “have had a number of conversations over the last few months.” “We are friends and have had conversations We sometimes have differing viewpoints, but cer tainly not any bad conversations,” she said White did not say he would ask her to resign from the insurance board if she switched parties, according to Mrs. Rylander. After her brief speech to the Republican com mittee, Mrs Rylander would not answer questions about her political future Travis County GGP sources have said Mrs Rylander has been asking about a Republican race against Pickle, who has not had a close race since he won a December 1963 special election for the seat once held by Lyndon B Johnson Pickle. 72, has not announced for re election from the six-county district, but spokesman John Havens has said Pickle “is definitely planning to run.” If Mrs Rylander seeks the GGP nomination, she might be challenged by Austin businessman Allen Clark, a former Green Beret captain and Vietnam veteran Clark was the GGP nominee for state treasurer in 1982 but lost to I>emocrat Ann Richards He served as an assistant to Gov Bill Clements from 1978 Kl Clark was among the local Republicans who escorted Mrs Rylander to the Saturday meeting of the party s state committee He said he was “undecided” about entering the race Doctor never told woman about cancer AUSTIN (API After admitting he never told a patient she had cancer, a Killeen gynecologist agreed Friday to pay her heirs $2 million in damages Dr. Harold Wood settled the medical malpractice case after a four day trial which included deathbed testimony from Shilla Wheat. The videotape, which had many in the courtroom fighting back tears, was made about a month before she died of cervical cancer on March IO. 1982 Wood admitted on the witness stand that tests done 3* * years before her death revealed the cancer But he said he never told her about the September 1979 test results Although Wood settled with Mrs. Wheat s family for $2 million, the medical malpractice case against Army doctors who also treated her is continuing in Austin federal court According to medical records, the military physicians were able to feel a mass inside Mrs Wheat by June 1980, but they never diagnosed it as cancer. As the disease went unchecked, Mrs. Wheat frequently sought treatment for gynecological problems and pain, her husband, Bill Wheat, testified Friday. But the Army doctors told her the pain was “all mental, it was all in her head,” he said. As her condition worsened, “it was slowly tearing us apart.” Wheat said. “Shilla was frustrated I was frustrated ” It was not until Mrs Wheat was ad mitted to Scott and White Hospital in Temple in 1981 that she was told she had cancer, Dr John May of the hospital testified By then, the cancer was terminal, he said Bill Whitehurst and Mack Kidd, attorneys for the Wheat family, said Friday they also are trying to reach a settlement with the government Mrs Wheat’s heirs had been seeking $5 2 million from Wood and $2 million from the Army lf a settlement is not reached with the U S government, U S District Judge James Nowlin will rule on the Wheats’ case against the Army doc tors and set any damages Federal law requires a judge not a jury, to determine damages against the government M.Y. LIQUORS "MAKE M.V. MUI OKS VO! K MUI ORS" Come in & Check DAILY & WEEKLY SPECIALS! i nm***    u« mm*    629-0980 613-K Hwy. 81 W. Kroger Shopping Center inferior* NOW OFFERS... 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EXPERIENCE •KITCHENS •BATHS ^FINISHED CABINETS AND MUCH MORE Kate deals Florida devastating blow TALLAHASSEE, Fla (AP) Hurricane Kale was a devastating finale to a hurricane season that delivered a triple punch to Florida’s Panhandle, leaving many without power or water Saturday, or even a livelihood Residents of Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties returned Saturday to homes they had evacuated before Hate stormed ashore Thursday night They were the last of the HK),OOO people in IO Florida counties to leave emergency shelters But a state of emergency con tinued in 19 counties where of finals pleaded for donations of food, clothing, blankets and sup plies “They’re not asking for a ban dout but they’re going to have to take it,” said Raymond Mabry, an oysterman and civil defense of final in F ranklin County Weary power company crews were still at work trying to extend electric service and to restart pumps to get water to residents of six counties where Kates wind whipped power lines and snapped utility poles About I 500remained without power Saturday in neightoring Georgia The 1985 hurricane season was unusually active, with five tropical storms making landfall That’s one short of the record six in 1916 Panhandle residents digging out for the third time in three months said Hate was the worst Bob hit southern F lorida on July 23 with ID mehes of rain and 6 foot waves and became a minimal hur ricane by the time it hit South Carolina The state narrowly escaped Danny, which hit southeastern Louisiana Aug 15 But it took a beating from FJena, which hovered in the Gulf for days before coming ashore Labor Day and from Juan, downgraded to a tropical storm in late October Hate was the first November hurricane to make landfall in fKi years and the first this year to break into landlocked areas of the Panhandle “The last storm put me out of oystering and this one will pro bably put mc out of shrimping ” said Adrian James. 44, of Apalachicola “I don’t know what I’m going to do ’ After F'.leria whipped up the Apalachicola Bay bottom to cover most shellfish biologists predicted it would take two years for the beds to recover The hay was closed to oyster fishermen to let (tie remaining oysters serve as seed crop The state spent almost all of the $150,000 in emergency money from Hie legislature to try to resuscitate the $6 5 million crop nearly IO percent of the nation’s supply Warm fall weather spurred a massive spawning of oysters, but officials fear Hate covered up the infant crop lovers will try to assess the damage in the next week or two “Kate s total damage probably won t tie as high as F'.lena s ' said William Davis Insurance In formation Institute manager in Atlanta But he said based on ear ly reports Hate probably cased more damage in Florida than FJena Conroe man gets death CONROE *APi A former high school janitor has been sentenced to die by injection Jan 16 for the 1980 rape slaying of a teen age Bellville girl during a volleyball scrimmage Clarence Lee Brandley 34. was convicted and sentenced to death in February 1981 for the death of Cheryl Dee Ferguson manager of the Bellville High School volleyball team The execution date was set F'riday Miss Ferguson was found strangl cd Aug 23. 1980 on a prop platform in the Conroe High School auditorium NOTICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS Due to shipping problems some advertised fireplace accessories are not available in all stores We sincerely regret an inconvenience ECKE rn SIOW _z AGREAT $ REBATE SALE! .!300 Horald-Zeltung (LISPS 377 880* lf you have not received your paper by 5 30 p m T uesday through Friday or by 7 30 a rn Sunday, cai 625 9144 or 658 1900 by 7 p m and 11 am, respectively Published Sunday morning and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon by New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co. 186 S Casten Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78131 Second class postage paid at New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave , New Braunfels, TX 78131 Dave Kramer ... 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