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4-B U|e *altu«t0Q latin Krat* Tuesday Morning, February 12,1985 Showers Rain Flurries Snow Service NOAA. U S OwX of Commerce AP Laserphoto The National Weather Service forecasts snow for Tuesday for the central Rockies and adjacent Plains. Snow is also expected for the Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Rain is expected for the central Atlantic states. Showers are forecast for southern Florida. Sun, Moon and Tides FOR GALVESTON COUNTY Tuesday, February 12 — Sunrise 7:01 a.m. Sunset 6-06 p m Moonrise 12:56 a.m. Moonset 11:46 a.m. High tides 12-42 p m (1.0). Low tides 3: 49 a.m. (-0.4). Climate Data FOR GALVESTON COUNTY Monday, February 11 — High 51. Low 37. Record high 74 (1950). Record low 24 (1981). Rainfall in 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. — 1.35. Rainfall since first of year — 4.40 inches (0 45 inch above norm al ) . Marine Forecast PORT ARTHUR — PORT O'CONNOR A small craft advisory is in effect. Winds northeast near 15 knots today and southeast 5 to 10 knots tonight. Seas 3 to 5 feet near shore and 5 to 7 feet offshore today. Mostly clear skies PORT O'CONNOR — BROWNSVILLE A small craft advisory is in effect. Winds northeast to east 10 to 15 knots today and tonight. Seas 3 to 5 feet near shore to 5 to' 7 feet offshore today. Fair skies today. Partly cloudy tonight. Extended Forecasts Thursday through Saturday- SOUTH TEX AS Late night and morning cloudiness with partly cloudy afternoons and a slow warming trend. Lows Thursday from the 40s north to the 60s south. Highs Thursday in the 60s north to the 70s south. Highs Friday and Saturday in the 70s north to near 80 south. WEST TEXAS Generally fair, dry and warmer. Highs range from upper 70s to upper 50s. Lows range from mid 20s to low 40s. NORTH TEX AS No precipitation expected. Highs in the 50s Thursday warming to mostly 60s Friday and Saturday. Overnight lows in the 30s Thursday and Friday and mostly 40s Saturday. Weather Summary CITY ALBANY ALBUOUEROUE ANARILLO ANCHORAGE ASHEUILLE ATLANTA ATLANTIC CITY AUSTIN BALTIMORE BILLINGS BIRMINGHAM BISMARCK BOItSE BOSTON BRDUNSVILLE BUFFALO BURL ING TDM VT CASPER CHARLESTON SC CHARLESTON UV CHARLOTTE NC CHEYENNE CHICAGO CINCINNATI CLEVELAND COLUMBIA SC COLUMBUS OH CONCORD NH DHL FT UORTH DftYTON DENVER J>£S MOINES DETROIT DULU1H EL PASO EUANSVILLE FAIRBANKS FARGO FLAGSTAFF GRAND RAPIDS GREAT FALLS GREENSBORO NC HERTFORD HELENA HONOLULU HOUSTON IHTJIANAPQLIS JACKSON MS JACKSONVILLE JUNEAU KANSAS HITY LAS VEGAS LITTLE ROCK LOS ANGELES LOUISVILLE LUBBOCK MEMPHIS MIAMI BEACH MIDLNO-ODESSA MILUAUKEE MPLS ST PAUL NASHVILLE NEU ORLEANS NEU YORK NORFOLK VA NORTH PLATTE OKLAHOMA CITY OK AH A ORLANDO PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PITTSBURGH PORTLAND «E PORTLAND OR PROVIDENCE RALEIfiH RAPID CITY RENO RICHMOND SACRAMENTO ST LOUIS ST PRBI3 TAMPA SALTLAKECITY SAN ANTONIO SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO SflN JUAN PR ST STE MARIE SEATTLE SRREVEPORT FALLS MON FEB 11 LO/HI PCPN .83 .44 .85 FORECAST FORECAST THE FEB 12 UED FEB 13 UEA I.O/HT UEA LO/HI 23 2O 17 7 •26 41 26 34 25 7 31 B15 28 24 49 17 B 1 1 1 41 31 28 12 24 35 24 26 31 S 27 31 13 10 23 7 22 in B34 B14 15 20 25 29 13 3 45 32 34 32 41 1 9 29 25 SO 36 20 28 68 23 25 1O 30 41 28 22 B 4 19 0 51 21 42 25 13 38 32 24 5 25 21 37 26 53 17 35 45 44 73 19 37 32 B 5 33 45 47 15 45 54 42 55 48 38 48 9 37 35 64 41 28 31 56 52 54 38 27 41 38 61 44 41 47 39 40 23 37 21 53 38 B ? S 40 27 3? 51 46 34 81 SO 37 52 68 11 2O 55 33 81 42 49 37 73 51 28 21 43 56 41 50 33 38 22 74 45 73 45 4O 55 40 54 •41 55 53 55 28 71 35 56 71 60 83 2S 51 45 20 .06 .47 -77 .23 .19 .19 .09 .62 .77 1 .12 1 .59 .18 .07 .04 1 .12 1.16 -SO .83 1.11 .27 .07 .37 .09 1.13 .27 .80 .70 SLEET SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY SNOU CLOUDY RAIN SUNNY RAIN UINDY CLOUDY PTCLDY SHURS RAIN SUNNY SNOU SNOLJ U1NOY CLOUBY SNOU SNOSHU UINDY SNDU SNOU SNQU CLOUDY SNOU CLOUDY FAIR SNOU PTCLDY SUNNY SNOU FAIR SUNNY SNOU CLEAR PTCLDY SUNNY SNOU UINDY SNOU SLEET UINDY SHURS SUNNY SNOU PTCLDY PTCLDY CLOUDY SUNNY FAIR SUNNY SUNNY SNQU SUNNY CLOUDY PTCLDY SUNNY CLOUDY FAIR CLOUDY SUNNY CLOUDY RAIN SUNNY SUNNY PTCLCIY PTCLOY RAIH SUNNY SNOU CLOUDY PTCI.QY RAIN SNOU PTCLDY PTCLDY RAIN PTCLDY SUNNY PTCLOY PTCLDY SUNNY SUNNY PTCLDY SUNNY SNOU PTCLDY SUNNY PTCLDY 13/36 21/57 16/55 05B/12 30/32 26/35 35/45 28/61 34/40 28/40 23/32 O8B/18 28AJ9 28/39 36/66 31/36 10/33 17/38 41/48 32/32 35/38 21/47 19/22 27/28 32/34 36/44 30/32 19/34 23/54 26/28 22/52 O IB/23 26/32 03B/1A 24/64 21/26 36B/16B 11B/09 15/50 23/29 27/38 35/37 23/36 24/40 67/77 27/58 20/23 26/42 33/50 08/18 O5/28 33/61 20/42 51/80 24/30 20/60 23/38 53/66 . 25/62 19/27 01B/21 26/34 27/43 33/40 40/49 04/34 18/48 O6/28 40/55 32/44 44/74 35/35 21/38 38/49 2B/37 42/42 16/40 28/54 38/4? 41/6O 14/30 43/54 23/40 27/62 46/74 46/61 70/82 18/23 .18/47 22/43 01B/2S RATN SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY PTCLDY SUNNY CLOUDY PTCLBY PTCLDY PTCLDY SUNNY CLOUDY PTCLDY RAIN PTCLDY S»OU RAIN SUNNY FAIR SNOU PTCLDY SUNNY SNQU i CLOUDY SNOSHU FAIR SNOSHU SNOU FAIR CLOUDY PTCLDY SIJWNY CLOUDY CLOUDY SUNNY PTCLDY CLEAR CLOUDY SI/WHY CLOUDY PTCLDY PTCLDY SNOSHU PTCLDY SHURS PTCLDY PTCLDY FAIR FAIR SNOU SUNNY FAIR PTCLDY FAIR SUNNY SUNNY PTCLDY FAIR SUNNY PTCLDY PTCLDY PTCLDY SUNNY RAIN PTCLDY CLOUDY PTCLDY PTCLDY FAIR SNOU SUNNY SNOSHLT SNOU PTCLDY RAIN PTCLDY PTCLDY FAIR PTCLDY SUNNY SUNNY FAIR PTCLDY PTCLDY FAIR SUNNY SUNNY SNOSHU CLOUBY SUNNY PTCLDY 34/36 26/56 26/49 078/12 21/42 21/48 32/35 35/66 20/34 14/34 23/45 02/23 27/41 36/37 4B/71 23/24 28/35 1O/35 24/51 22/26 22/48 17/35 1O/25 1 4/20 15/18 20/49 18/2O 28/33 32/55 12/18 23/51 03/28 21/35 02/21 30/66 12/28 35B/16B O3B/15 17/52 2O/31 15/33 18/44 34/35 12/32 69/78 33/64 1O/25 20/50 25/53 10/23 1O/33 38/65 35/50 49/76 12/31 28/56 33/45 37/62 30/59 12/28 O4/24 21/40 26/47 27/35 19/34 07/34 24/50 O7/3O 27/56 28/35 46/76 27/27 29/34 34/48 36/39 19/42 20/36 26/55 18/37 37/40 14/35 29/55 18/41 34/46 48/74 45/61 69/82 10/22 36/47 20/44 OS/24 Billboard legislation opposed AUSTIN (AP) - Mayors of seven Texas cities said Monday they oppose any state billboard legislation because they say the signs create visual pollution. "This session of the legislature we expect to see a major challenge ... the issue of billboard regulation," said Mayor Henry Cisneros of San Antonio during a Texas Municipal League seminar. He said billboard legislation would prevent Texas cities from regulating the aesthetic quality of their cities. Cisneros said he did not know who would author the signboard bill. Billboard legislation was introduced by Sen. John Sharp, D- Victoria, and Rep. Bill Messer, D-Belton, in 1983 and passed by large margins in both the House and Senate but Gov. Mark White vetoed it because he said it infringed on the constitutional powers of cities and was contrary to the public interest. Cisneros said White may not veto the bill this year if the voting margins are large. Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire said, "The Houston Economic Development Council has identified as one of its high priority the reduction of visual pollution in our city to create a better visual environment." She said the council was formed to help present Houston as a business center. Houston passed a billboard ordinance regulating the size, height arid location of the signs in 1980 with a six-year grace period for companies to comply, Mrs. Whitmire said. Cisneros said the underlying principle of state legislation deals with compensation for billboard companies who have been asked to remove or modify signs. "The billboard interests are insisting that the cities pay cash at the front end for any billboards that we urge to be taken down or modified," Cisneros said. Cities would be forced to use general fund money or scare bonding authority to pay for the signs, he said. Cisneros said another factor which may affect cities involves how billboards are appraised. "Appraisal districts value them at zero or about $100 when their actual value given to cities up front is a quarter of a million dollars. If we have to pay that kind of money up front then we ought to tax them at that level," Cisneros said. Lubbock Mayor Alan Henry said no billboards have been on that city's tax rolls in the past few years. Recently, however, the total of the billboard companies including office furniture and equipment buildings has been assessed at a total of $15,000, he said. Austin Mayor Ron Mullen said billboards are not an immediate problem in Austin but "we feel like billboards do not add to the quality of life. It's important to have them come down in the future." Other mayors in support of billboard regulations included Bob Bohlen, Fort Worth; Luther Jones, Corpus Christi; and Johnathon Rogers, El Paso. Bryan Mayor Ron Blatchley called some billboard ordinances "ridiculous." "I don't disagree with the visual pollution but I'm afraid we have gone in the opposite direction in some cases. I'm concerned about how absurd some regulations are going to get," Blatchley said. Blatchney, however, would not give examples of the ridiculous ordinaces. Majority leader Jim Wright is introduced to joint session of Texas Legislature AP Laserphoto Wright offers deficit reduction plan A TTOT»TAT / * ~r»\ mi - » . -^^ AUSTIN (AP) - There is a less harmful and more efficient way to reduce the federal budget deficit than proposals offered by the Reagan administration, U.S. House Majority Leader Jim Wright said Monday. Speaking to the Texas Legislature, Wright said $230 billion couid be saved with a three-year ban on spending increases for domestic programs, a three-year moratorium on further tax cuts and by stretching the military's growth plan from four years to five. "The result of those three actions, together with the savings in interest on the deficit ... would reduce the deficit by some $230 billion over the next three years. That's more than has been requested by (budget director) David Stockman," Wright said. "It seems to me by doing it this way across the board, it wouldn't cause the economic tremors and social shock waves of some of the recommendations that have come forward," he told a joint House- Senate session. Wright, a Fort Worth Democrat who served in the Legislature before his congressional career, said cuts in domestic spending alone can't make much of a dent in the deficit, particularly with Reagan's proposed increases in defense programs. Domestic spending — not including such entitlement programs as Social Security — totals about $168 billion, Wright said, adding, "That's less than the deficit." "I am not suggesting that we do away with any program. My suggestion is ... we don't spend any more than-that ($168 billion) on the whole range of them," he said. Wright said Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment benefits wouldn't be included under his spending freeze because there is no way to limit the need"for them. "It's hard to freeze those without legally freezing the number of people who grow old, or put a ceiling on the number of people who get sick or the number of people who get thrown out of work," he said. Eliminating plans to "index" income taxes — adjusting tax brackets up to adjust for inflation-sparked cost-of-living raises — and preserving some excise taxes scheduled to expire soon would raise $68 billion to S70 billion, Wright said. He said Americans are willing to keep paying the current level of taxes if that money keeps the government from going further into debt. "Mr. Reagan says he's adamantly opposed to tax in- creases ... I dont think people want any more tax cuts if we're not able to pay our bills," Wright said. He said stretching out military acquisitions would save money without hurting national security. The military still could buy "all the weapons we plan to acquire, perform all the research and development that we have scheduled, do all the military construction that we plan, achieve all the force levels suggested," Wright said. "The difference would be that we achieve those levels in five years instead of four." He said the military spending extension would save $86 billion to $88 billion over the next three years. The remaining savings would come from not boosting domestic spending and lowering interest payments caused by the on-going deficits. Senator furious with White for ignoring him in making A&M regent appointments ATT^JTTM / AD\ A - ~* — -T . *. ... AUSTIN (AP) - A senator whose district includes Texas A&M University said Monday he is so mad at Gov. Mark White for ignoring him in appointing two new A&M regents that he may try to block their confirmation. Sen. Kent Caperton, D-Bryan, said he had campaigned for White and had sided with him on major legislation. He said he had also backed White in a previous controversy over A&M regents because he thought White would be fair in dealing with Caperton's district and the state. "That trust, in my opinion, was misplaced," Caperton said in a Senate speech, and he added: "Gov. White, I respectively suggest that you will need to find so- meone else to carry your legislation in the future in the Senate, and that you find somebody else to champion your cause down here on this floor." Janis Monger in White's press office said the governor would have no comment. Caperton said White had ignored his advice Friday in appointing John MobJey of Austin and L. Lowry Mays of San Antonio to the A&M board of regents. White also reappointed Royce Wisenbaker of Tyler to the A&M board, but Caperton said Monday, "I have no reservations about Mr. Wisenbaker." He said at least one of the new appointees should be returned to White. Asked which one, Caperton named Mobley, 54-year-old president of Mobley Industries and an A&M graduate. Caperton said he had made "one specific recommendation" to White for the A&M board but did not name the person in his speech. Asked at a news conference if had been referring to Don Mauro of Bryan, 35-year-old former law partner of Caperton's and a cousin of State Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, the senator replied, "He was one of the names that I discussed, yeah." Caperton said he and other two other A&M graduates — Sens. John Sharp, D-Victoria, and Chet Edwards, D-Duncanville — had spoke on Don Maura's behalf, and Sen. John Whitmore, D-Houston, had written in support of him. Caperton said his was not an isolated incident, that he had heard "grumbling" from other senators whose views were being ignored by the governor. "Consultation apparently to Mark White means that you bring the senator in after the decision has been made, and you say, "This is what I've decided. What are you going to do about it?' Well, we'll just see what we can do about it," Caperton said. "You hope that someone you work for, that you have common goals with, who you carry water for has a different approach," he said. Governor names three to UT Board of Regents AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Mark White on Monday named Shannon Ratliff of Austin, Jack Blanton of Houston and W.F. Roden of Midland to the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The trio will serve until Feb. 1, 1991. All three attended UT- Austin. Ratliff, 46, was White's campaign treasurer in 1982. He is a partner in the Austin law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore. He replaces Howard Richards of Austin. Blanton, 57, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Scurlock Oil Co. in Houston, president of Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and chairman- elect of the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Blanton replaces Jon Newton of Austin on the UT board. Roden, 63, owns Roden Oil Co. of Midland and is president of the Texas Longhorn Education Foundation. Roden replaces James Powell of FortMcKavett. \ Also Monday, White appointed Jack L. Martin of Austin, Philip G. Warner of Houston and Ed M. Longcope of San Marcos to the Texas State University System Board of Regents. Martin,- 30, is president and partner of Sendero Ventures Inc. in Austin. He is a former executive assistant to U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas. Martin replaces Bill Wright of Houston on the board. Warner, 45, is vice president and editor-in-chief of the Houston Chronicle. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the South Texas College of Law. Warner was reappointed to the board. Longcope, 45, is owner of Ed Longcope Cattle Co. in San Marcos. He replaces Hollis W. Smith of San Marcos. The Texas State University System includes Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Angelo State University in San Angelo and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.