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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, October 11,1985 Page 3A Briefly Senate raises debt ceiling WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has agreed to raise the national debt above $2 trillion, after including an amendment to gradually stop the overspending that’s been adding $200 billion a year to the government’s ocean of red ink. But the Treasury, which has run out of borrowing power and used up its cash reserve, remains on the edge of insolvency. The debt ceiling increase won’t take effect until the House and Senate can settle their differences over the deficit-reduction amendment. The Senate spent most of Thursday revising details of the deficit-cutting plan of Sens. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, Warren Rudman, R-N.H., and Ernest Rollings, D-S.C., which was first approved Wednesday. The House scheduled a legislative session today to receive the Senate plan, but no decision was expected. The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings amendment sets targets to gradually shrink the deficits until fiscal 1991, when the budget would be balanced. The measure would force the president to impose spending cutbacks if Congress and the president failed to meet the targets with spending cuts or new taxes, or both. Aspirin can lower heart attack risk WASHINGTON (AP) An aspirin a day could lower the risk of a fatal heart attack by 20 percent to 50 percent for some heart patients, the government says, and it estimates the regimen could save 30,000 to 50,000 lives a year. Margaret M. Heckler, the secretary of health and human services, said Thursday the aspirin treatment now has the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, based on the results of scientific studies involving more than 11,000 patients. She told a news conference the aspirin studies showed a 20 percent lower death rate from second heart attacks among people who already have suffered one, and a 50 percent lower death rate among men suffering from unstable angina or worsening chest pains. AIDS victim asks $10 killion INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A man who claims he contracted AIDS from contaminated blood plasma used to treat hemophilia has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the company he says supplied the product. Mark D. {-'His, 30, of Hope, contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome in July as doctors prepared him for a knee operation, according to the suit filed Thursday in Marion Superior Court. The lawsuit says the blood plasma was distributed through Cutter Biological Division, a company owned by Miles laboratories of Elkhart, and contained HTLV-3 virus, an organism believed to cause AIDS. Students challenge Fair prices DALLAS (AP) The “Texas Star” ferris wheel isn’t the only thing reaching new heights at the Texas State Fair, some Dallas schoolchildren contend. Dallas 13-year-old Elizabeth Valdez, armed with 169 letters from other youngsters confronted city offic ials with complaints that state fair prices are too high for kids. For example, she said, it costs $1 to purchase one dart at most booths. Whatever happened to $1 for three darts? "... Please consider some ways to lower State Fair prices," she concluded. While Miss Valdez took the letters to City Hall, she was referred to fair officials, although Mayor Starke Taylor said he wanted to look into the matter. State Fair general manager Wayne Gallagher said he agreed that prices are high, but said he is powerless to do anything about it. He said fair officials in the past had “strongly suggested” ceiling prices for the food, but a vendor filed a federal lawsuit alleging price fixing. Hobby names 3 to drug task force AUSTIN (AP) Lt. Gov. Bill Hobljy on Thursday announced three appointments to the task force on alcoholics and drug-dependent persons. The task force members are ('bilo Madrid, El Paso, and Sens. Gon/alo Barrientos, D-Austin, and Hugh Parmer, D-Fort Worth. "These gentlemen have an understanding of the complexities involved with certifications, licensing and commitment procedures. The task force has the sensitive responsibility of recorrunending changes in these procedures,” Hobby said in a statement. White announces $40.2 million in grants AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Mark White on Thursday announced the awarding of 158 grants totaling $40.2 million for local governments to use on public facilities and housing projects that benefit people of low or moderate income. The 158 projects were selected from 495 applications, and White said “open competition of this type ensures that the funds are used wisely." White also announced grants totaling $4.6 million in the first annual competition for revitalization funds for low and moderate income households. SWB rate request unwarranted says expert AUSTIN (AP) — lineal telephone users should not be charged more because Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. is afraid big business users will build or lease their own telecommunications systems, according to Dr. Francis Collins. Collins, a Boston telecommunications engineer, appeared Thursday for the Office of the Public Counsel whish is opposing Southwestern Bells’ request for $323 million in higher revenues. The OPC says current revenues should be decreased by $133 million. Southwestern Bell has argued that lower charges should be given long distance companies, such as AT&T, to encourage big business users not to build or lease their own telephone systems. Blast burns three workers ARUNGTON (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas explosion injured three construction workers, one severely, after a crane operator accidentally cut a gas main. Fire officials said Ruben Alvarez, 25, of Euless, sustained burnt on his face and body and was in serious condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Another worker, 33-year-old Vicente Zuniga of Euless was in good condition at Methodist Hospital today with burns on his face, back and arms. And 19-year-old Eduardo Pedraza of Coppell suffered facial burns and was treated and released from Arlington Community Hospital. Firefighter Juan Cribbs said that the blast occurred about 9:3C a.m. when a backhoe cut into the 4-inch pipeline. He said the three injured workers were trying to replace a water pipe. Flames shot 30 feet into the air and burned a telephone pole before firefighters extinguished it at ll :30 a m. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Adnumstration was investigating the accident, officials said.Wholesale prices drop slightly WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices, driven down sharply by lower automobile prices, fell 0.6 percent in September, the I .a bor Department said today. It was the third decline in the last four months and means wholesale prices have declined at an annual rate of 0.1 percent so far this year. Wholesale prices had declined 0.3 percent in August. Analysts are projecting that the government’s Producer Price Index could show the smallest rise in decades, and indeed the current pace for the first nine months would be the first yearly decline since the 0.2 percent decrease in 1963. Wholesale prices increased 1.7 percent in 1984. Retail inflation is running at an annual rate of 3.3 percent so far this year, the lowest in nearly two decades. The September index showed food costs declining 0.9 percent following a 0.7 percent decline in August. Energy costs edged down 0.1 percent in September after two months of more sizeable declines. But most of the September drop in the overall index was due to a 3.8 percent decrease for passenger cars and a 2 percent decline for light trucks — both a reflection of the industry’s traditional end-of-model-year sales coupled with low-interest financing. The 0.6 percent decline in September was the sharpest one-month drop since the 0.7 percent decline in January 1983, and caught most analysts by surprise even though they foresee no surge in wholesale prices for the remainder of the year. Changes that show up in the producer price measure are a good barometer of how food, energy and other commodity prices will move at the retail level. However, the Consumer Price Index, due out later this month, checks a broader range of items and generally does not follow the PPI’s tendency to bounce around sharply from month to month. The I^abor Department offered these specifics on September wholesale price activity: — Reduced prices for pork and fresh fruits and vegetables accounted for most of the food price decline. Beef and veal and fish prices also moved down but eggs and coffee and chicken cost more. — Gasoline prices fell 2.2 percent in September and barely offset rises for both natural gas and heating oil to account for the overall slight decline in the fuel component. Heating oil prices jumped 10.7 percent in September after declines the two previous months, and natural gas inched up 0.5 percent, also coming on the heels of two declining months. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted. — Before seasonal adjustment auto prices plunged 8.1 percent last month and light truck prices fell 7.1 percent. Capital equipment fell 0.6 percent after seasonal adjustment, following a 0.2 percent rise in August. Auto costs accounted for much of that. 'Patient crawling with maggots' SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An elderly woman who died at a Gulf Coast nursing facility in 1978 had a bedsore infested with maggots before her death, a witness testified in the murder trial of the company that owned the home. Sherel Johnson, a nurses’ aide at the Autumn Hills nursing home in Texas City, was one of two nurses testifying Thursday that they saw maggots on patients. Registered nurse Jurline Boone testified she saw such an infestation on a patient’s foot a few weeks earlier. The testimony came in the murder-by-neglect trial of Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers Inc. and five of its current or former employees. They are accused in the Nov. 20, 1978, death of Elnora Breed, an 87-year-old woman who died 47 days after entering the Autumn Hills nursing home. “They were just crawling around, just crawling. I just wanted to howl,” Johnson testified about her experience with the maggots on Breed. Boone said she worked at the nursing    home    for    two weeks    in September 1978 before Breed entered the facility. She said she quit because the nursing    home    was    "a mess” and because    she found    maggots on    a patient’s foot. One day while she was working, Boone said, “I smelled a different smell that didn’t smell like the urine smell I    was    used    to smelling.    I followed my nose to her room. Her slipper fell off and there were maggots in her foot.” Boone said her first day on the job another nurse told her “I was going to be sorry I came.” The nurse said she found the nursing home severely disorganized, grossly understaffed and the workers lacking in training. “There wasn’t the supplies I thought should be there to give basic care,” she said. Boone said she reported her observations to nursing director Cassandra Canlas, a defendant in the case. “She told me she realized this and would very much like to do something about this,“Boone said. “She told me she didn't have the budget.” The nurse said the aides were not washing their hands to prevent cross contamination and they weren’t turning patients often enough to avoid bedsores. The nurse also testified some of the aides shirked their duties and one could not read or write. Earlier testimony indicated the aides were responsible for bathing patients, turning the bedfast residents, feeding them and changing linens. Alien arrests surge instate WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of illegal aliens arrested along the Texas border rose 19 percent with the number of non-Mexicans apprehended growing by 13 percent, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service reported. INS Commissioner Alan Nelson said Thursday the 562,285 arrests for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 reflects better enforcement — aided by the addition of 519 new officers to the Border Patrol last year. Another ‘280 will be lured this year. Arrests of illegal aliens along the nation’s .southern border totaled 1.2 million, ll percent over 1984, but only one out of two or three aliens was apprehended, Nelson said. “Clearly, economic conditions remain the major reason (for illegal immigration),’’ he said. "We’ve got the job market." Ninety-seven percent of the immigration continues to come from Mexico, the INS estimated. The highest number of those arrested were in the McAllen and San Diego areas, officials said. An increase in violence along the border paralleled the alien increase. • We’re seeing an increase in both crime against illegal aliens by illgal aliens and vandalism and crime in border communities," said Roger Brademuehl, assistant commissioner of the Border Patrol. 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