New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, September 27,1995 09World, Nation Briefs
New Zealand volcano erupting every half hour
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mount Ruapehu spewed ash and vented steam 7 1/2 miles into the air this morning, sending black mud and rock showering from the rim and blotting out sunlight.
The volcano was erupting every 15 to 45 minutes after the movement of molten rock beneath its Crater Lake increased sharply, said Bruce Houghton, a government volcanologist.
“We are seeing explosions of a moderate size,” Houghton said, but he said they were “fairly widely spaced” compared with Monday’s “explosion-a-minute” flare-up.
Ash from the volcano’s plume was raining down as much as 45 miles away, but it was not as dense as earlier in the week when it closed railroads, highways, airfields and shorted out power lines, he said. The roads, railroads and all but one airport have been reopened.
Another government volcanologist, Peter Wood, said the threat of a violent local eruption continues.
McVeigh’s lawyers may still challenge trial site
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Aiding that they need time to poll potential jurors, lawyers for bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh asked a court for another month to decide whether to challenge the trial site.
U.S. Distnct Judge Wayne Alley has set a May 17 trial in Lawton, about 90 miles from Oklahoma City.
Lawyers for McVeigh and co-dcfen-dant Terry Nichols have argued that their clients could not get a fair trial anywhere in Oklahoma. McVeigh’s lawyer, Stephen Jones, however, has recently softened his position on Lawton.
“Our minds are open on it,” Jones said.
The request filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court asks Alley to extend the deadline for change of venue motions from Oct. 7 to Nov. 7. Attorneys for Nichols and the prosecution do not oppose the delay, Jones said. A spokesman for the prosecution team did not return phone calls.
On another request, Alley has given the defense permission to conduct public opinion polls on the bombing in several other cities that could serve as tnal sites. Jones said.
Ball sat for alleged killers of 3*year old
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bail was set at $3.5 million for each of three alleged gang members charged with shooting a 3-year-old girl to death as she rode in a car that took a wrong turn down a dead-end street.
Marcos Antonio Luna, 23, Marvin Alejandro Pech, 18, and a 16-year-old who wasn’t identified because of his age, were each charged Tuesday with murder and five counts of attempted murder.
Arraignment for Luna and Pech was postponed until Oct. 11 at the request of the defendants, lf convicted, they each face 15 years to life in prison.
The 16-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned today, and a second 16-year-old arrested for investigation of murder was expected to be charged today, authorities said.
Police were still searching for other suspects.
Stephanie Kuhen was killed Sept. 17 when the driver of a car she was riding in mistakenly turned down a gangland street on the way home from a barbe
cue. Her 2-year-old brother was shot in the foot and the driver suffered a minor back wound.
Federal shutdown unlikely
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton administration and congressional leaders seem likely to shake hands soon on a deal temporarily keeping the government functioning as the two sides seek to settle disputes over spending.
With neither party ready to risk being blamed for a federal shutdown, a pact
appeared near that would let agencies operate for six weeks beyond Sunday, the first day of fiscal 1996.
Congress is likely to have completed no more than four of the 13 annual spending bills by then — some of which President Clinton may veto — and without a stopgap measure, many federal workers would be sent home.
“Our intention is to have no furloughs, no train wreck, no disruptions of government,” said House Appropria
tions Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La.
Democrats cry "four over Republican plan to quash bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to advance a spending bill are at an acrimonious standstill over a proposal that Republicans say will end an abuse of taxpayers’ money by nonprofit groups.
Democrats chaige that the initiative is
a threat to free speech.
With the blessing of Speaker Newt Gingrich, House Republicans say they will vote down the $23 billion Treasury-Postal appropriations bill for the new budget year unless it contains an amendment restricting “political advocacy” by groups receiving federal grants.
But Democrats say the bill, the work of Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., is a frontal attack on nonprofit groups that support liberal causes.
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