New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
MUSIC AND WINE TICKETS ON SALE SEPT. 6 WEEKEND,
SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852
New Braunfels Police say these two men, captured in a surveillance video, are suspects in Wednesday's armed robl3ery of a gas station and stiooting of a clerk.
► SONOGRAM LAW
Texas to appeal judge’s ruliog
Court: Unconstitutional to make doctors show ultrasound of fetus
A new law aimed at recluc ing the number of abortions rn Tex.is is set to go into effect this fall, but some of the toughest provisions will liki'ly be ti(‘d up m litigation for months
The -tate is a[)pealing a |uHge's ruling that it's unc on-stitutional to require doc-tors to display an ultrasound image of the fetus or embr>(), make the heartlx^at audil)le and describe its organs and size to a woman before f)erforming an abortion.
Tl’ie rc'mainder of the law, which applies to abortions starting Oct. I, requires women to undergo an invasive vaginal sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed.
"Very ex[)erienced Ob/Gyns were already doing ultrasounds well before this law," said julie Kikelman, a senior staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued to block f)ortions of the law. "The focus of the lawsuit is that it was basically rt'C|uiring doctors to act as a politica agent ... just to do it bec ause it was the gov-(‘rnment's politic al agenda."
The law is one of dozens of anti-abortion measures that advanced through state capitals across tbe U.S. this year.
W'hile it's tangled u[) in court, women seeking an abortion will still be required to have a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure. If the patient lives 100 miles or more from the nearest provider, the wait would be shorti'ned to two hours.
"It'll rc*quire iTiore women to make two visits to the doctor, which is obviously burdensome to some women," Rikelman said.
She said the appeal filed Tuesday could take uf) to a year.
Re[)iiblican Gov. Rick Perry, who is running for president, signed the law in May, saying it would save countless lives by discouraging women from getting abortions. About 81,000 abortions are performed every year in Texas. Perry and other conservatives called the ruling tragic and said it would result in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives.
Clerk shot in robbery
Convenience store worker stable; police seeking two men
By Dalondo MouRrto
A store c lerk was shot during an armed robbery early Wednesday inside a Nrw Braunfels gas st<ition/c<)nv(‘ni('n( (' stor(‘, [X)lice s.iid. Police said the victim is C'hristo-
plier Alli'n l\iddick, TO, of Cibolo, a clerk at the Shell Pit Stop, 1201 l-TS South at Ruec kk* Road. H(> was flown to San Antonio's Univc^rsity Hospital in stabte condition, according to a written statement releascvd by New Braunfels Police (department.
"It's non-life threatening injuries and there is a $S,()()0 rc'ward from Crime Stoppers," NBPl) It. Heath Purvis said. "Besidc*s stable^ (ondi tion, it was rc'layed fc) me he has a non-lite threatening injury to the left
See ROBBERY, Page 14
NO MORE 65 MPH NIGHTTIME LIMIT
LAURA McKENZIE i Herald Zeitung
Posied nightlime speed limits like ttiis one near Exit 185 on 1-35 in New Brauniels will no longer apply starting today.
Several pieces of legislation go into effect today
By DakMXlo Moultrie
ng InterstaU' through New BriUinfi'K might not notic e an\ ditlC'r-encc' right aw-ay, liut trafiu on Texas r()adwa\s h.is changed.
Starting today, nighttime and true k s|X'i‘(lv are no more', said a Texas Department of Tran^
I )ortation s[)ok('swoman.
"Th(' I egislatur(> passc'd a (oupk' bills this session addressi ng changc's to spec'd limits thiit will incrc'as(> uriilor-mity of spc'c'ds th(' pul)lic travels at night .)iid I he* spc'eds thiit trucks Ir.iv-el," TxDOT's Karen Amacki'r said. " The bills will rcHH'al the existing nighttime or true k spc'ed limits."
She said the bills also grant IxDOl authority tc) study traffic p.itterns on high ways and |)ossibly inc revise s|)c'cmI limits from 70 nifrh to 7S mph. She said she <lid not know when tht' c hangc’s to |)ostc>d signs could appear l)ec auseTxl)()T has to con-dut l extensive research.
"It will take us some time' to complc*te the spc'c'd studies," Amac ker s.tid. "It <ipplic‘s to about 50,00() miles of Texas roacKvay."
The first studies wiTl lx‘gin with int(»r-state roadways and United State's higl)-ways, Amac ker said. She said farnvlo-mar-ket, ranch-to-marke't roads and state highways studit's woulel foilovv.
■ Starting today, Texans will be able to "noodle" — catcti catfish using only their bare hands — and hunters can shoot feral hogs and coyotes from helicopters.
Herald Zeitung tile photo
Cyndy Owens stands near one ot her rainwater catchment barrels, which has been paitialiy obscured by a wail of slicks, white talking about how the barrel is connected to a drip irrigation system April 27 at her home.
Rep. Miller’s rainwater harvesting law activated
By Greg Bowen
Using rainwater as a drink-ing water supply to hel|) strc'teh the stater's dwindling traditional wate>r source's will be made ewsier iindc'r a ne'w law authored by New Braun-fc'ls state Re'p, Doug Milk'r th<it takes c'ffe'ct today.
Miller, in his statement of intent ac companying House Bill wrt)te that the use of harve'stc'd rainwater is tv[)-ically rc'strictc'd to nonpotable pur()ose'S suc h as landsca )e irrigation, laundry, and toiet liushing.
See RAINWATER, Page 14
► 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
Security beefed up in metros
Officials say there’s ‘no specific credible threat’
As the nation [)re‘|),ires tor the lO-yc'ar anniv<'rs,tr\ ot th(' 1 I atta( ks - .i date at (^aid.i has (itcd as a |x )|en(ial opportunilN to sink«' agiim — se( urity is inl(*nsit\mg at air[K)r1s, tram stations. nu( Ic'.ir plants and m<i or sporting are'nas around t ie ((Hintr\'.
"At this |)oint there is no sp('( itH (Ti'dible lhr<\ir, but that doesn't mean we .ire re'laMiig at all in terms of out vigilanc e'," said |ohn Br('n nan, Pre'sidenl Bar.u k ()ba ma's homc'land seciinl\ and countertt'rroristn adv iser.
"W(* are* ( on( t'rned ,il)oul th(' lone ac tors that arc* out thi'ie, we are < one (Tiied llut al-C^aida or otiiC'rs t»a\ tr\ to t<ike advanf.ige' ol the '> I I anniversan <'\ents, Hi('nnaii told ih('Asso( iat('d I’resson Wednesd.iv,
"VV(''re looking a! all dil terc'nt angles — what miglit have been |)lanntMj ,/< r a while', we‘'fe still lookir»-; tor inclKations that thc-ie might be' some'thing out th('f(', l)ut wc' ar(' vc'r\ l^t(‘rc^le(l in see ing wlu'the'r i >r not tliere's anv indication whatsoevcT ot lone ac tor .ukI that s muc h morc' clitticult to |)i( k up.'
Thc' security ramp up unck'rscores a shitt in polu ing focus, Ottiiers and rc'S|K)ndc'rs havelx't'n trained in ck'tc'c ting suspic lous .u tiv itv that could uni ov(>r a ter ror plot, aware' th.it th(' thre.it has c hangc'd in p.irt from an organized large* sc .tie attac k to the' potc'n tial h)r smalk'f of)C'rations earned c)ut bv attiliatc'd grou[)S or individu.ils.
LILLY MOER SCHBACHER
At least it’s not 100 ...
High; 99 Low 76
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