New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Bush lobbies congressional GOP for equity in Medicaid fundingHerakJ-Zeitung □ Thursday, September 7 ,1995 □ 9
By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
I Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — With I Congress poised to diwy up among states the huge pot of federal Medicaid dollars, Texas Gov. George W. Bush hit' Capitol Hill to lobby GOP leaders for a funding formula that will treat I high-growth states fairly.
And, the Republican governor also I reiterated his call that the GOP-led Congress should avoid hamstringing state leaders by attaching new man-I dates to the federal money.
“A nightmare scenario is an unfair [funding formula and no flexibility,” Bush told reporters Wednesday morning after a closed breakfast with members of the Texas congressional delegation. During the day, he and several other GOP governors met with Repub
lican House leaders and committee chairmen.
The Medicaid issue — coming on the heels of a contentious welfare debate snarled partially because of a fight over how to distribute dollars to states — looms large because of the size of the massive program.
This year, the Texas Medicaid program amounts to $9.2 billion, of which $6.1 billion is coming from Washington. The federal government projects that Texas will spend $10.3 billion next year on health care for the poor, of which $6.7 billion is in federal dollars.
‘Tm concerned about it because this is a massive part of our budget,” Bush said.
Congressional Republicans are seeking to reduce Medicaid spending by $ 182 billion over the next seven years. In an effort to do so, they are proposing
turning over the program to states in exchange for lump-sum block grants.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is seeking to modify the block grant formula by including a “growth factor” helping states with significant population growth.
She comes to the table flush from her success as chief negotiator for a coalition of Sunbelt and other high-growth state senators who temporarily sidetracked welfare reform in search of funding equity in the block granting of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.
As with AFDC, Mrs. Hutchison is proposing that all states be frozen at current levels of Medicaid funding. But she wants to target the 4 percent annual Medicaid growth rate built into the GOP budget to Texas and other states rapidly gaining population.
■s Takes Three Cases
|to Mexican Authorities
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas officials I have presented three murder cases to I Mexican authorities for prosecution, [Attorney General Dan Morales says.
Morales said the cases are from [Hidalgo, Starr and Val Verde counties. In each case, the suspects are mown or believed to be in Mexico.
‘The frontera (border) cannot be a Ifinish line to freedom,” Morales said in statement issued Wednesday.
‘The prosecution of these individu-1s in Mexico would benefit both countries. Texas is following these cases jnto Mexico, and the Mexican gov-:mment has expressed a willingness to :ooperate and desire to punish those (bund guilty of committing violent crimes on U.S. soil,” he said.
The cases were presented in Mexico 'ity on Tuesday to a prosecutor for the Mexican attorney general by lorales’ international prosecutions mit and officials from the three counities.
Lots of Sickness Around School, But Is Tho Goo Responsible?
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — For eats, Dianne Branan and her family of o daughters and four grandchildren ave put up with nausea, vomiting, eadaches and diarrhea, f Then, about two weeks ago she start-i cd noticing a pungent black goo ippeanng in a hole in her backyard.
I “All summer people have asked me |f I had a gas leak because it smelled ||fO,” Mrs. Branan says as she waits with her neighbors for the latest word Dn a similar goo found across the street end on the playground of G W. Carver Elementary.
It is long forgotten, if known at all by current residents, that Carver Elementary, originally an all-black high school, was built atop a former oil storage pit in 1946 on land donated by Exxon’s original incarnation, Humble Oil Co.
Travel down Mrs. Branan’s street and residents recall intestinal problems and miscarriages, cancers and cysts.
Wilson Fined Record $90,000 By Federal Election Commission
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson has been slapped with the largest fine ever Assessed by the Federal Election Commission against a House member for 15 violations of federal election law.
The campaign committee of the Lufkin Democrat, who is serving his 12th term in Congress, has paid $90,000 in fines, the FEC said Wednesday. The fines were paid by The Wilson Committee in three $30,000 installments.
Wilson said any violations made by his campaign were honest mistakes.
‘Based on the commission’s conclusion that no intentional wrongdoing occurred, the committee decided to accept the settlement rather than expend the resources that further FEC proceedings would have required,” he said in a written statement Wednesday evening.
in fact, a 10-page conciliation agreement signed by attorneys for Wilson’s committee and the FEC states on the first page: “The commission found reason to believe The Wilson Committee ... and its treasurer knowingly and willfully violated” federal election law. “The Wilson Committee has responded that it disagrees that there were any knowing and willful violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.”
Hutchison: Ethics Committor Decision on Packwood ‘Responsible Step*
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Ethics Committee’s recommenda
tion that Sen. Bob Packwood be expelled represents a “reasoned and responsible step forward in the ethics process,” says one of the Senate’s eight women members.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said the committee’s unanimous recommendation to expel the Oregon Republican will factor into her own decision-making when senators are called on to vote on the matter.
“On an issue of this magnitude, I believe it would only be fair to look at the findings of the committee before announcing my position,” she said in a statement Wednesday night. “But I am comfortable saying that the unanimous vote of the ethics committee will carry great weight in my decision.” Appearing before reporters shortly after word of the committee’s closed-door action leaked, Packwood said the 6-0 vote was “totally and absolutely outrageous.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the expulsion recommendation would sway the views of Texas’ senior senator, Republican Phil Gramm.
Churches File Brief in Support of Ex-TV Evangelist
DALLAS (AP) — Thirty Texas churches are backing Robert Tilton against two lawsuits accusing the evangelist of fraud.
“If someone slips on a church parking lot and there is a claim, that is a proper lawsuit,” said the churches’ lawyer, J. Shelby Sharpe of Fort Worth. “But when it comes to prayer requests and how they are handled ... the secular courts have never had the power to review that."
One suit was filed in 1993 by four people who alleged their prayers went unanswered after they gave Tilton money.
In a 1992 suit, Norma Smith of Dallas accused Tilton of defrauding her and about 500 others by insisting that he could heal ill and injured people. She alleged that her husband, Tommie Smith, was billed $200 for a pledge the church says he made several months after he had died.
In a brief Filed Monday with the Texas Supreme Court, the mostly mainline Protestant congregations supported Tilton’s contention that a church cannot be sued without violating religious freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, Tilton’s lawyer Rhonda Byrd said Wednesday.
Testimony Begins in Race-Tinged Murder Trial LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors lacking an eyewitness to the pre-dawn murder of a stockbroker are building their case on a semiautomatic rifle caught in a fisherman’s net.
Jurors viewed the weapon Wednesday, the first day of testimony against Ryan Keith Moody.
Moody, 21, pleaded innocent in front of a courtroom so crowded that several spectators had to stand. Testimony resumes today.
An FBI affidavit quotes witnesses who say 39-year-old Randy Lawson was shot at random because he was white. Moody and a co-defendant, Kenneth DeShan Polk, 23, are black. Polk’s trial is pending.
Lawyer Says Man Charged in Girl’s Freezing Death Is Incompetent
AUSTIN (AP) — The man accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl after dousing her with water and forcing her to sleep outside in 39 degree cold is incompetent to stand tnal, his lawyer says.
Jose Fonseca Najera, 40, remained jailed Wednesday charged with murder in the Jan. 4 death of Mana Escalante. Najera is accused of torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering the girl after bringing her from Mexico to work at his home.
During a news conference Wednesday at the Travis County Jail, defense attorney Bennie Ray said Najera’s powers of reason are deteriorating.
“I’m finding it more and more difficult every week to communicate with him because he can’t keep a chain of thought,” Ray said.
Ray said Najera is unable to assist in his own defense, a possible criterion for an incompetency ruling.
Customs Alters Program as Cartel Arrests Put Pressure on Border
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A program designed to speed low-risk commerce from Mexico to the United States will be modified next year to prevent drug traffickers from sneaking through the border, U.S. Customs officials say.
In theory, the program known as Line Release allows high-volume U.S. importers with unblemished records to bring their goods into the United States with a minimum of inspection — sometimes none.
Background checks have been done only on the importers, not on the tracking companies and drivers that haul the goods across the border. Published reports have linked last year’s steep drop in border drag seizures to Line Release.
“We found the potential loophole (in Line Release),” said Customs Commissioner George Weise, who was joined Wednesday by federal drag czar Lee Brown.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Weise said starting July I, 19%, every importer participating in the program will be required to use Customs-approved carriers and drivers.
Amtrak Ends Dallas-Hous-ton Rail Service Sunday
HOUSTON (AP) — The “Texas Eagle,” the last Amtrak passenger rail link between Houston and Dallas, will fly for the last time this weekend.
The last “Texas Eagle” train will depart from Houston at 8:55 a.m. Sunday. That will leave only one Amtrak train to serve Houston, the “Sunset Limited” that runs from Los Angeles to Miami three times weekly.
“Most people don’t care. They don’t ride the train, and they don’t know about it,” said Sherman Frost, a former Texas A&M University professor upset at the loss of service.
While area residents hoping to ride a train to Dallas now will be out of luck, passengers hoping to continue north to Little Rock, St. Louis and Chicago will fare a little better.
Amtrak will provide a chartered Greyhound bus from its Houston station to Longview, where passengers can catch the train on its thrice-weekly San Antonio-Chicago route.
UT College Officials Use the Internet to Raise Funds
AUSTIN (AP) — The communications school at the University of Texas has found a way to take fund raising to global level — a silent auction on the Internet.
Such items as two VIP tickets to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live," a football signed by the 1994 Sun Bowl-champion Texas Longhorns and a signed, framed animation eel of Fred Flinstone are offered to the highest bidder.
Officials at the UT College of Communications say they hope to raise about $50,000 and some interest in the Internet.
“We think it’s a unique offering,” said Lillian Davis, an IBM executive who chairs the college’s 35-member advisory panel.
Panel members used personal contacts to assemble about IOO items for the auction, which is open to the public.
100 Automobiles '85 Buick Riviera
'85 Buick Riviera
'89 Dodge Dynasty
One owner. Loaded 73Kmi. $3995. 625-7626.
Rs, Green, T-tops, $8750, 629-2788.
Grand Prix LE
White, AM/FM stereo cassette, tilt, cruise, power windows & locks, 4 door, "Sporty" & nice. Trade in value $10,500. Retail value $12,075. Make me an offer. 907-4100.
1987 LINCOLN TOWNCAR Loaded $3750. 625-6997 or 629-2447 eveninas.
We Buy Used
Cars and trucks. Anything. Randy Adams, Inc. 625-7159.
'81 Chevy 3/4
Good work truck, needs some work, $1800 OBO 303-6117._
84 Ford Van
Cargo, PIS, PZB, A/C, Long Bed, $1800,629-9268.
Grand Voyager LE. Orig. Owner. V6, loaded, excel. cond., $6950.629-6716 after 6pm.
'93 Ford Ranger
V6, like new, under 5K, $11,500. 625-1579.
81 Ford Pickup
1/2 Ton, $1900. 210-935-2372_
81 Pontiac Grd Prix
Runs good a/c $950 625-8209_
94 Toyota 4 Runner
SR5, 2wd, V-6, AT, CD, Ext. Warnt. Alarm Sys $22,100 Ph.606-3213_
Headliners/carpet replaced $65 up-mobile sev-ice-Phillips Ent. 609-0581.
'87 Mitsubishi Montero, sport, 4x4, loaded, excel, cond. $5450 OBO 620-7358/ 620-6350._
'92 Conversion. Many extras. "93 26’ HiLo Travel frailer. $38,000 package. Consider selling separate. (210)606-0662.
Earn $8-$15hr. Full/part time. No door to door. Bene-fits. 1-800-827-4640 Ind-rep.
Bobtail Driver needed for growing company. Must have CDL with Haz-Mat endorsement. Call 625-3215
For Rent. Bay Leaf Trailer Park. 625-5036.
115 Motorcycles 90' Katana
600, $2900 oho. 606-2908
Custom Sport Boat, V8, Ex-tra clean. $4500 625-9236.
17ft, Ski-Boat. 140 HP, I/O, SS prop, Cover, $8700. (210)557-5940
195 Employment Information
The ads listed here are job information only, not specific job offers. In some cases, a fee is involved for information and/or for the phone call.
Full & part time, all shifts. Now accepting applications 2-4 pm M-F. Kettle Restaurant. No phone calls please._
Full time, FT7PT, evening shift. Apply at Eden Home, Inc. or call 625-6291 ext. 248. EOE M-F._
River Gardens of New Braunfels is in need of PZT Dietary workers. Applicants must be able to work weekends. Please apply in person at 750 Rusk, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131. Phone (210) 629-4400 for direc-tions._
Equipment Operator/ Reuse Tech.
Dialysis Facility in Seguin Has Immed. Openings For A Fuel Time Equipment Operator/Reuse Technician: Exc. Benefits, Competitive Salary, Sundays Off, Flexible Paid Time Off, Health, Dental, Disability & Life Ins., Tuition Reimbursement, National Transfer Opp. Call Ralph Hernandez For Appt; (210) 379-9771._
Business needs stereo alarm & window tent technician. Top pay to those who qualify. Call Kart for interview 210-303-1766.
NEEDED IMMEDIATELY at New Life Children's Treatment Center in Canyon Lake. All shifts available. Full/Part Time. Health/Dental benefits; paid vacation/ sick time also available for full time. Pay commiserate with experience. Opportunities for advancement. Includes weekend hours. References. good driving record, HS Dip./GED a must. Prefer experience working with emotionally/ behaviorally disturbed adolescents. Fax resume to (210)964-4391, mail resume/apply directly to HC 4 Box 406, Canyon Lake, Tx. 78133 (South Access Rd.
Processing mail, free info., send s/a/s/e to Bucks Dept. 1121 3208-C E. Colonial Dr. #308, Orlando. FL 32803.
3-11 Desk Clerk
For immediate hire.
or call EOE/MF/D/
LVN or RN needed immediately to provide instruction to students. Flexible hours, Low stress, High pay. Call 606-3002, Between 9-4.
Helper. Call 620-7357 after 6. Must have exp. & trans.
A Personal Care
Full time position to assist the elderly with housekeeping duties & etc. Does not need to be certified Apply to Eden Home Inc. 631 Lakeview Bld or call 625-6291 ext 234 EOE/M/F
Experienced, duties include residential & commercial service calls, ductwork, & equipment rough-in. Blue-Cross/Blueshield & Paid Holidays 606-2356._
Needed for my two children To be picked up from Mountain Valley Elementary & kept in my home in Canyon Lake. Mon.-Fri. 3-5pm. Must have transportation & be dependable. Begin Aug 15th. $50/wk 907-4100 evenings_
Hays Nursing Center is now hiring experienced certified nursing assistants, for all shifts. We are seeking individuals to join our exciting team Please apply in person or call 512-396-1888.
Full time/ Part time All shifts available. Check out our entry level salarys Apply to the Personnel Dept, Eden Home, Inc. 631 Lakeview Blvd, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 or call 625-6291 ext. 272. EOE/MF.
Fortune 50 solid waste organization has opening in New Braunfels for experienced drivers. Must have Class A or B CDL. We offer an excellent benefit package which includes health and dental, 401k, profit sharing & moral drug screen & physical upon offer of employment. Applicants may apply at 3345 Skyline Dr., Canyon Lake 78133. EOE M/F/V/D
Trans., a must, top pay, 620-8663 days, after 6, 609-0489
Exp. Interior Trim Carpenters
& helpers needed. Deck work & misc. punch out 629-2496._
Experienced Carpenters & Helpers _606-0139
Needed for Construction Framing Business 625-4012, 4-7pm ONLY. Need own transportation_
Waitress, utility persons & cooks from 2pm-10pm 10pm-6am Apply at Kettle between 1-4pm. NO phone calls.
Accepting applications for permanent kitchen posi-tions-Grill Cook, Pantry Cook, & Dishwasher. Downtown 303 D W. San Antonio St. 620-9001.
lf You Like Being Part of A Successful Team
Come Join Us. Ram Stores Apply at 187 IH 35 W. next to Arby's or 1187 IH 35 E. next to McDonalds._
In San Marcos is looking for Exp., auto., tech., must be ASE cert., or Chrysler Exp.,(800) 463-1028, David
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River Gardens of New Braunfels has an opening for
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Hill Country Inn now accepting applications for F/T maintenance position Salary based on exp. Apply at Hill Country Inn. 210 Hwy 81 E. New Braunfels. 025-7373.
Person For Seguin Manor Apt., must have apt. exp. & plumbing, elec. & make ready, must be certified on recovery mach. 800 N. 123 Bypass Seguin. Tx 78155.
Person For Seguin Manor Apt., must have apt. exp. & plumbing, elec. & make ready, must be certified on recovery mach. 800 N. 123 Bypass Seguin, Tx 78155.
1 Yr. Plant Operations Maintence or related mechanical exp. req. Apply to personnel dept. Eden Homes Inc. 631 Lakeview Blvd. Or call 625-6291 ext. 200 EEO, MIF
Resort sales office needs a housekeeper desperately... We are always in a rush and a little trashy, and we really need someone to pick up after us lf interested in helping a bunch of fun people out, Please Call Cyndi Wednesday and Thursday between 2-5, and Fit bet-ween 9-1. (210) 935-4376
For housekeeping & laundry personnel Apply in person only. No phone calls! Colonial Manor Care Center, 821 US Hwy 81 W., New Braunfels__
River Gardens of New braunfels is needing one full time and one part time housekeeper Please apply in person at 750 Rusk Ave, New Braunfels, Texas 78131. Phone 210-629-4400 for directions_
Needed at new apartment property in N.B contact: Di-ane Grimm at 643-6400
Work M-F Finish work before the kids get out of school. Call Sherry's Cleaning Service 625-1397.
lf you are looking for the opportunity to do something significant in the lives of special people River Gardens of New Braunfels needs you. Several positions are open in the direct care department where you can work with our mentally retarded residents. Please apply in person to River Gardens, 750 Rusk Ave. New Braunfels, Texas, 78131 Phone 210-629-4400 for directions._
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Hiah school graduate, local reference 55 hour work week Dependable, honest. Start $1,354 a month plus bonus plan, retirement, hospital. and medical plan after one year Call Mike Cole-man at (210) 606-0800.
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Rlication DAYS AND OURS NORMALLY WORKED: Monday thru Friday 8:00 to 1:00. Rease send resume to CAD. 707 Landa St New Braunfels Tx