Headlines for Tuesday August 14 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Tuesday August 14 2012

Aug 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

THIS MORNING THERE’S ANOTHER MULTIPLE SHOOTING INCIDENT IN THE NATION TO TELL YOU OF, THIS TIME IN THE LONE STAR STATE. THREE PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND FOUR OTHERS WOUNDED AS THE RESULT OF A 30-MINUTE LONG GUN BATTLE MONDAY NEAR TEXAS A AND M UNIVERSITY IN COLLEGE STATION TEXAS, LOCATED ROUGHLY BETWEEN SAN ANTONIO AND HOUSTON. ONE OF THE DEAD WAS BRIAN BACHMANN, BRAZOS COUNTY TEXAS CONSTABLE WHO CAME TO SERVE A NOTICE OF EVICTION ON THE SHOOTER, IDENTIFIED AS A 35-YEAR OLD MAN NAMED THOMAS CAFALL WHO HIMSELF WAS SHOT DEAD BY POLICE. A BYSTANDER TO THE GUNPLAY IN TEXAS WAS THE OTHER FATALITY AMONG THE THREE DEAD. CAFALL HAD APPARENTLY FALLEN BEHIND ON THE MORTGAGE TO HIS HOME, PROMPTING THE VISIT FROM THE CONSTABLE THAT ENDED IN GUNFIRE, DEATH AND INJURIES.

G-O-P PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER MITT ROMNEY WASTED NO TIME IN REACTING PUBLICLY TO THAT INCIDENT IN TEXAS. SPEAKING IN MIAMI MONDAY, ROMNEY STRESSED THAT GUN LAWS NOW ON THE BOOKS SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED, QUOTING THE CANDIDATE…”WE’VE NOW HAD APPARENTLY…THREE OF THESE TRAGEDIES IN A ROW AND I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF THE WEAPON THAT IS USED, IT’S A MATTER OF THE INDIVIDUALS, THE CHOICES THESE PEOPLE MAKE AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THOSE KIND OF CHOICES FROM BEING MADE.” PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRIAL IN IOWA AT THE STATE FAIR IN DES MOINES MONDAY.

THE MOTHER OF THOMAS CAFALL, THE 35-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO SHOT A TEXAS CONSTABLE AND A BYSTANDER DEAD BEFORE BEING SHOT AND KILLED HIMSELF MONDAY SAID HER SON HAD OUTSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. WHAT THOSE MAY HAVE BEEN IS NOT YET KNOWN BUT WHAT IS APPARENT UP TO NOW IS THAT CAFALL OPENED FIRE AS HE WAS ABOUT TO BE SERVED WITH EVICTION PAPERS AFTER FALLING BEHIND ON THE MORTGAGE TO HIS HOME IN COLLEGE STATION, THE COMMUNITY WHICH IS HOME TO TEXAS A AND M UNIVERSITY. FOUR OTHER PEOPLE WERE WOUNDED IN THIS LATEST INCIDENT OF GUN VIOLENCE INVOLVING MULTIPLE FATALITIES COMING AFTER JULY’S MOVIE THEATER SHOOTINGS IN COLORADO AND THE OUTBREAK OF GUNFIRE AT A SIKH TEMPLE IN WISCONSIN 2 WEEKENDS AGO.

ALMOST TWO WEEKS AGO, A REPRESENTATIVE OF GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICE SEEMED TO LET THE CAT OUT OF THE PROVERBIAL BAG IN SUGGESTING THAT TOLLS FOR A NEW TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE, ONCE IT’S BUILT AND OPENED TO TRAFFIC COULD BE AS HIGH AS FOURTEEN DOLLARS. EVER SINCE CUOMO’S SECRETARY LARRY SCHWARTZ MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY AT A PUBLIC FORUM ON AUGUST 3RD IN ROCKLAND COUNTY, OTHER VOICES INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT INCLUDING GOVERNOR CUOMO HIMSELF HAVE REACTED UNFAVORABLY TO THAT SUGGESTION. NOW BRIAN CONYBEARE, SPECIAL ADVISOR FOR THE NEW T-Z-B PROJECT IS SPEAKING OF A MOVE TO INCREASE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION IN AN EFFORT TO BRING THOSE TOLL ESTIMATES DOWN. SCHWARTZ, DURING A GATHERING AT ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE THE SAME WEEK THAT THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR THE NEW BRIDGE HAD BEEN RELEASED SPOKE OF POTENTIAL TOLLS ON A REHABILITATED BRIDGE BEING IN THE 12 DOLLAR RANGE AND FURTHER CALLED THE 14 DOLLAR PROPOSED TOLL A “NO-BRAINER.”

WHEN A RESOLUTION WAS DRAFTED AND AGREED TO BY THE ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATURE AT THE END OF MAY, PROCEDURES WERE OUTLINED FOR INVESTIGATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED INTO TWO SEPARATE ISSUES WHICH HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: A LACK OF CREDIBILITY BETWEEN LAWMAKERS AND THE EXECUTIVE OVER MONEY. IN THE CASE OF THE GOVERNMENT CENTER BUILDING IN GOSHEN THE TWO BRANCHES OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT ARE OF TWO MINDS ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THE TOTAL DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING IN SPITE OF F-E-M-A FINALLY COMING OUT LAST WEEK WITH A FIRM DAMAGE ESTIMATE OF 3.6 (M) MILLION FROM LAST SUMMER’S STORMS ALONE. THERE’S ALSO A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IF NOT FACT ABOUT JUSTIFICATIONS THE EXECUTIVE HAS MADE CONCERNING NEW CONSTRUCTION PROPOSALS, WHICH FAILED TO PASS MUSTER WITH LAWMAKERS IN THE SPRING. THEN THERE’S THE SOON-TO-BE-SOLD VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME, AND THE PROBE INTO ITS FINANCES AND OPERATION. THE VALLEY VIEW PANEL WILL MEET FOR AN EIGHT HOUR SESSION OF WHAT MAY BE ITS FINAL HEARINGS ON THURSDAY. AND IT’S A POSSIBILITY THAT MOVEMENT ON THE SALE OF THE COUNTY NURSING HOME COULD OCCUR IN THE WEEKS AHEAD. THE LEGISLATURE’S HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE WHICH OVERSEES VALLEY VIEW, AMONG OTHER THINGS HAS A REGULAR MEETING SET FOR ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. CONCLUSIONS FROM THE INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEES ARE DUE IN A LITTLE OVER THREE WEEKS, ON SEPTEMBER 6TH.

NAN HAYWORTH HEAPED ON THE PRAISE FOR MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN, THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIR WHO’S NOW ROMNEY’S RUNNING MATE DURING AN APPEARANCE MONDAY ON C-N-N. CONGRESSWOMAN HAYWORTH, RUNNING FOR A SECOND TERM REPRESENTING THE NEW 18TH DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ALSO MADE IT PLAIN THAT SHE’S ON BOARD COMPLETELY WITH RYAN’S “PATH TO PROSPERITY,” THE BUDGET BLUEPRINT CRAFTED BY THE REPUBLICAN FROM WISCONSIN THAT COMBINES TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WITH CUTS TO ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS LIKE MEDICARE AND A 4 (T) TRILLION REDUCTION IN TAX REVENUES. HAYWORTH DEFENDED THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET AGAINST CHARGES THAT MEDICARE WOULD SUFFER AS SHE SPOKE ON C-N-N’S ‘EARLY START’ YESTERDAY MORNING. HAYWORTH FACES A CHALLENGE IN HER BID FOR A SECOND TERM FROM DEMOCRAT SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, A FORMER ADVISOR IN THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE. IN PARTS OF WHAT USED TO BE MAURICE HINCHEY’S DISTRICT OUTSIDE OF NORTHERN ORANGE COUNTY, DEMOCRAT JULIAN SCHRIEBMAN HAS COME OUT FORCEFULLY AGAINST RYAN AND HIS BUDGETARY VISION IN HIS RACE AGAINST 20TH DISTRICT REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT CHRIS GIBSON TO SERVE THE NEW 19TH DISTRICT OF NEW YORK IN CONGRESS.

THREE ALARMS WERE SOUNDED, BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE NOT ABLE TO SAVE A RANCH HOUSE THAT ONCE HOUSED A GROUP HOME FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MONTGOMERY. A BLAZE ERUPTED INSIDE THE DWELLING AT 711 ROUTE 211 WEST OF THE VILLAGE SHORTLY AFTER NINE MONDAY MORNING. NO RESIDENTS OF THE HOME WERE INSIDE AT THE TIME AND SOME WHO FOUGHT THE FIRE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE CAUSE OF MONDAY’S STRUCTURE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, ALTHOUGH IT’S NOT BELIEVED TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

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Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

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