KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:10:56 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Bridge Tournament Serves as Childhood Cancer Fundraiser http://www.kristv.com/news/bridge-tournament-serves-as-childhood-cancer-fundraiser/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bridge-tournament-serves-as-childhood-cancer-fundraiser/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:02:29 PM Jennifer Lira - jlira@kristv.com Bridge Tournament Serves as Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

CORPUS CHRISTI - People from across the state of Texas are in Corpus Christi doing their part to fight childhood cancer -- one hand at a time.

Bridge players from all around the Lone Star State are taking part in a week-long tournament at the Holiday Inn Marina.

The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the Triumph Over Kid Cancer organization.

We spoke with two women who were happy to participate.

Linda Harrison is visiting from Pittsburg, Texas. "I can't imagine having a child or kid with cancer, it would be terrible," she said.

Sandy Lansing of Mount Vernon, Texas agreed, saying, "I just lost a sister from cancer and I can't imagine losing a child from cancer."

For more information on the tournament, contact:

Tournament Chair
Martha DeCou
TX 78401361-853-9196 mizcou@stx.rr.com
Partnership Chair
Mary Ross
361-851-1001
mskimble@aol.com

Click here for more information on the Triumph Over Kid Cancer organization.

 


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City Claims Storm Drains Led to Flooding; Residents Disagree http://www.kristv.com/news/city-claims-storm-drains-led-to-flooding-residents-disagree/ http://www.kristv.com/news/city-claims-storm-drains-led-to-flooding-residents-disagree/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 6:26:02 PM City Claims Storm Drains Led to Flooding; Residents Disagree

CORPUS CHRISTI - Several parts of town flooded during Saturday's storm, but one South Side neighborhood in particular was hard hit.

People living along Queen Bess Drive say it's not the first time they've seen waste deep water threaten their homes. Residents say it's an elevation issue, but the city points to nearby construction.

The city's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan requires builders to use silt screens on storm drains while building new homes, sometimes it leads to blockage.

All the storm drains along Queen Bess Drive are open. The closest "blocked" storm drain is two streets over.

 


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Local Woman Talks About Experience on Cruise Ship After Ebola Scare http://www.kristv.com/news/local-woman-talks-about-experience-on-cruise-ship-after-ebola-scare/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-woman-talks-about-experience-on-cruise-ship-after-ebola-scare/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:46:52 PM Priscilla Torres Local Woman Talks About Experience on Cruise Ship After Ebola Scare

CORPUS CHRISTI - Debbie and Randy Fisher were ready for the vacation of a lifetime as they boarded a cruise ship in Galveston. That's when they were told there was a passenger aboard in quarantine who might have Ebola.

Shortly after the cruise began, a passenger told ship personnel she worked at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and she had handled clinical specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died of Ebola at that hospital.

The lab tech and her husband voluntarily quarantined themselves in their cabin during the cruise.

It has since been confirmed the woman tested negative for the virus.

Debbie Fisher and her husband are back in town and overall had a great trip and says this experience isn't going to stop them from going on another cruise.

 


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Man Kills Brother in Tragic Shooting Accident http://www.kristv.com/news/man-kills-brother-in-tragic-shooting-accident/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-kills-brother-in-tragic-shooting-accident/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:31:44 PM Man Kills Brother in Tragic Shooting Accident

CORPUS CHRISTI - A 16-year-old boy is shot and killed, and police say the shooter was his own brother.

It happened in the 3800 block of Reynosa street around 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Investigators say the 24-year-old brother was wearing a gun in a holster while the two were watching an episode of "The Walking Dead" in the apartment behind their family home.

The older brother pulled out the 9 millimeter handgun and it accidentally fired, striking the younger brother in the chest.

Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital where he died.

The boys' mother also witnessed the entire shooting. Family members tell us it's all just a terrible accident.


At this time, police agree.

 


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Monday Rains Cause Minor Flooding Problems http://www.kristv.com/news/monday-rains-cause-minor-flooding-problems/ http://www.kristv.com/news/monday-rains-cause-minor-flooding-problems/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 4:16:43 PM Monday Rains Cause Minor Flooding Problems

CORPUS CHRISTI- Heavy rains on Monday caused some problems around parts of town.

Flash Flood Warnings were issued for areas from Port Arnasas to Padre Island where between three and six inches of rain came down during the late morning into the afternoon.

Water ponding on Highway 361 was a problem for some drivers as traffic was slowed down due to the heavy rainfall.

There was also some minor street flooding reported in Ingleside.

Those warnings have been allowed to expire.

Despite the heavy rains, no major problems were reported. 


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Chapman Ranch Postal Substation Closed http://www.kristv.com/news/chapman-ranch-postal-substation-closed/ http://www.kristv.com/news/chapman-ranch-postal-substation-closed/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 4:08:08 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - The Chapman Ranch post office has been shut down because of potentially hazardous damage to the building.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that they ordered the emergency closure of that building on Friday.

A spokesman says the damage was caused by rain and bad weather over a period of time.

It was discovered during a recent inspection.

One of the biggest concerns is the ceiling which is in danger of collapse.

Customers of that substation will have to pick up their mail at the Port/Ayers location until further notice.

There's no word on the status of repairs or when the substation may reopen.

 


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Blind Golfers to Hit the Green for Charity http://www.kristv.com/news/blind-golfers-to-hit-the-green-for-charity/ http://www.kristv.com/news/blind-golfers-to-hit-the-green-for-charity/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:21:41 AM Mike Gillaspia Blind Golfers to Hit the Green for Charity

CORPUS CHRISTI - South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind is planning its fifth annual charity golf scramble, "Birdies for the Blind."

The event will be held Friday, November 7th at the Corpus Christi Country Club. Proceeds from the charity scramble will benefit programs and services offered to those who are blind or visually impaired.

Bruce Hooper, a seven time national blind golf champion - along with his wife and coach, Judy Hooper -- will also be at the tournament, offering advice to players.

In addition to several prizes, there will also be an opportunity to win a car in the Hole in One contest.

The cost is $150 per person ($600 per team) and lunch will be provided.

For more information about the tournament or to register, visit www.birdiesfortheblind.com or call (361) 693-6183.


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Del Mar to Build Mock Refinery for Students at West Campus http://www.kristv.com/news/del-mar-to-build-mock-refinery-for-students-at-west-campus/ http://www.kristv.com/news/del-mar-to-build-mock-refinery-for-students-at-west-campus/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:50:25 PM Sara Donchey Del Mar to Build Mock Refinery for Students at West Campus

CORPUS CHRISTI - For students studying to work in power plants and refineries, hands-on practice is everything. And come January, that's what Del Mar students will get with a new process and instrumentation pilot plant on the college's west campus.

Leslie Lamon will graduate next spring, and acknowledged that this kind of experience will be invaluable when it comes time to apply for operating jobs at a refinery.

"(The plant) is going to give us experience we don't have right now," Lamon said. "Right now we're limited to textbooks, models, and lectures. We don't have the hands on learning that we need; so this is going to give us that."

The PetroChem Power Up Pilot Plant project has been more than a year in the making; it was funded by several local energy companies, and by a $1.3 million dollar grant from the city of Corpus Christi.

Del Mar plans to build a glycol distillation unit, a 31-foot tall fractation tower, and other components to mimic work as a process operator.

Del Mar's Vice President of Workforce Development Lenora Keas explained that the idea is for the plant to be as hands-on as possible for students.

"They'll have to climb a tower, they'll be working outside in the heat, they will have to apply safety procedures and comply with OSHA regulations," Keas said.

Cheniere Energy donated $250 thousand dollars to the project.

It's an investment they say will benefit their rapidly expanding company.

"We need an educated workforce," said Cheniere's Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Patricia Outtrim. "We want to have a homegrown educated workforce. We want people from the area working in our facilities."

Construction is expected to be completed early next year and ready for use by students in spring 2015.

 


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Three Men Rob Elderly Couple http://www.kristv.com/news/three-men-rob-elderly-couple/ http://www.kristv.com/news/three-men-rob-elderly-couple/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:57 AM Veronica Flores Three Men Rob Elderly Couple

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are looking for three men who ransacked an elderly couple's home.

According to the 71 year old homeowner, someone knocked on the door of his home on the 3300 block of Case De Amigos Dr. and when he did not answer, three men kicked open the door.
One of the men was described as a thin and Hispanic with a black shirt, black and white shorts, and a mask. The second man was described as a chubby Hispanic. He was wearing black pants and a black sweat shirt and he also was wearing a mask. The men made the homeowner and his wife get on the ground and stay in the restroom while they ransacked the house. The suspects asked where the money was several times and mentioned the couple's son by name. The suspects took several guns from the victims, a jewelry box with several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry inside.

The victim's son arrived shortly after the robbery and said he thought that he might know the name of one of the suspects involved.

Corpus Christi police are looking into this crime. At this time, no arrests have been made. The victims did not have a description of the third suspect involved.

 


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CCPD: Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Younger Brother http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-man-accidentally-shoots-kills-younger-brother/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-man-accidentally-shoots-kills-younger-brother/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:05 AM Kirsten Schaffer CCPD: Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Younger Brother

Corpus Christi Police said a man accidentally shot and killed his younger brother Sunday night while drawing the gun from its holster.

Police said it happened in a back apartment behind a home in the 3800 block of Reynosa Street just after 11:00 p.m. 

They said the 24-year-old man had gotten together with his 16-year-old brother to watch a television show, when the older brother removed his 9 mm handgun from its holster.

Police said the gun went off, striking the younger brother in the chest one time.

He was taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital, but later died. 

The mother of the two men was at the home at the time of the shooting, but was not hurt.

Police are still investigating, but at this time, no arrests have been made. They said the shooting appears to be accidental.


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Elizabeth, Santa Fe Streets Closed Down Due To Water Main Break http://www.kristv.com/news/elizabeth-santa-fe-streets-closed-down-due-to-water-main-break/ http://www.kristv.com/news/elizabeth-santa-fe-streets-closed-down-due-to-water-main-break/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:20:32 AM Kirsten Schaffer Elizabeth, Santa Fe Streets Closed Down Due To Water Main Break

A water main break shut down Elizabeth and Santa Fe streets Monday morning.

A KRIS 6 crew was driving by around 10 a.m. when they saw water spraying about 20 feet in the air.

Police said a call came in around 9:45 a.m. for a report of water from a garden hose opening a hole in the street. They said the leak started slow, but then intensified.

Police have notified area businesses to move vehicles.

The Corpus Christi Water Department arrived on the scene a little after 10:15 a.m.

 


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Early Voting Begins Today- A Photo ID is required http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-today-a-photo-id-is-required/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-today-a-photo-id-is-required/ Local News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:48:57 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Early Voting Begins Today- A Photo ID is required

CORPUS CHRISTI - Early voting begins today throughout the state. It's unclear how many people will be voting, but it is clear they will need to bring with them a photo ID.

Some claim requiring a photo ID to vote is unconstitutional as it discriminates against minorities and the poor who do not have the means to obtain a photo ID.


Federal Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who is based here in Corpus Christi agreed and shot down the law earlier this month, comparing it to a poll tax.


Over the weekend, the Supreme Court officially put an end to that, and it is official, if you are going to vote in the state of Texas, you will need to show a photo ID.

Supporters of the law claim this will not have any effect on voter turnout.

 


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Zombies Invade Downtown Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/zombies-invade-downtown-corpus-christi-385587/ http://www.kristv.com/news/zombies-invade-downtown-corpus-christi-385587/ Local News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:39:53 PM Zombies Invade Downtown Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Downtown Corpus Christi looked like a scene from "The Walking Dead" Sunday afternoon as zombies walked the streets.

All sorts of zombies, from an undead prom queen to paramedics and patient and zombie hunters walked through downtown.

More than 100 of the undead walked from the House of Rock to Brewster Street Ice House.

The owner of Texas Toys, Dean Fritsch, says he brought the walk to Corpus Christi so people don't have to travel else where for the event. "We want people to have fun. That's the whole reason I brought this here, is to have fun. I got tired of hearing people saying they're going to Houston or San Antonio to their zombie walk."

Before the walk even started, folks came out to get zombiefied. Make up artists were on hand to help the zombies look the part. This is the Zombie Walk's third year.

Proceeds from the walk will help cover the cost of the walk and anything left over will be donated to local charities.

The planning of next year's walk is already under way and it's promised to be the biggest yet.

 


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Crash Pins Driver Under Truck http://www.kristv.com/news/crash-pins-driver-under-truck/ http://www.kristv.com/news/crash-pins-driver-under-truck/ Local News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:30:28 PM Crash Pins Driver Under Truck

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man is lucky to be alive after his truck landed on top of him during an overnight crash.

It happened on I-37 at the Crosstown interchange around midnight Sunday.

Police are unsure what caused the crash, but say the truck possibly went airborne, flipped over causing the driver in his 20s to fall out through the window. The truck then landed on top of him and pinned him underneath. Police say the wheels landed on the guardrail, possibly saving his life.

He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor. They say he was not wearing a seat belt.

 


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Early Voting Begins Tomorrow- Don't Forget Your ID! http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-tomorrow-don-t-forget-your-id-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-begins-tomorrow-don-t-forget-your-id-/ Local News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 3:58:07 PM Dr. Brad Hoffman Early Voting Begins Tomorrow- Don't Forget Your ID!

TEXAS - In an unusual weekend meeting, the U-S Supreme Court has ruled on the debated Texas voter ID law. Will all voters need a photo ID to vote or not?

Opinions on the ID law are split, some say if you need an ID to fly on an airplane or cash a check, then you should need one to vote.

Others believe requiring a photo ID discriminates against minorities and the poor.

Jim Harrington, the director of Texas Human Rights states "this is pure politics, when you see this happen. the whole idea of a democracy is to facilitate people voting."

The voter ID law was struck down just 2 weeks ago by local Corpus Christi judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, claiming the by requiring a photo ID was similar to a poll tax.

Some suggest that voter ID laws in other states do not support this claim.

Hans Von Spakovsky, of the Center for Legal and Judicial Rights says "Georgia and Indiana laws have been in place for 6 years, so they have had many state and local elections with those laws in place and it has not in any way diminished the turnout of minority voters in these states."

Early voting begins tomorrow where voters will have to bring a photo ID in order to vote.

The Supreme Courts majority claim that is too close to the election to change the law right now. meanwhile the voter ID law is still under appeal.

For more information on candidates and ballot intiatives, visit our elections page by clicking here. 

 


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Early Voting Locations http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-locations-385479/ http://www.kristv.com/news/early-voting-locations-385479/ Local News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 2:41:51 PM Early Voting Locations

Get informed ahead of this year's midterm election on November 4th with a look at who and what is on the ballot.

Early voting starts October 20th and wraps up on October 31st. Visit our elections page for information on races and ballot intitiatives.

Early voting locations and times by county (where available online):

 

 

More information on voting is available on the Texas Secretary of State's website here - http://www.sos.state.tx.us/


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Jazz Festival Kicks off 54th Year http://www.kristv.com/news/jazz-festival-kicks-off-54th-year/ http://www.kristv.com/news/jazz-festival-kicks-off-54th-year/ Local News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:14:03 PM Jazz Festival Kicks off 54th Year

CORPUS CHRISTI -The 54th annual Jazz Festival continued Saturday at Heritage Park.

Bands from all over entertained jazz lovers.

What started out as a gathering of musicians at Del Mar College has grown to a weekend full of music that gets bigger every year.

The party goes on until one o'clock Sunday morning and will pick back up around noon.

By the way, the event is free.

 


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Residents Frustrated with Street Flooding, Others Make the Best of It http://www.kristv.com/news/residents-frustrated-with-street-flooding-others-make-the-best-of-it/ http://www.kristv.com/news/residents-frustrated-with-street-flooding-others-make-the-best-of-it/ Local News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:09:37 PM Residents Frustrated with Street Flooding, Others Make the Best of It

CORPUS CHRISTI - Several areas in the Coastal Bend saw major flooding on Saturday.

Some people living along Queen Bess Drive made the most of it by kayaking, other residents were frustrated.

Homeowners in the south side neighborhood say their streets have flooded a handful of times since 2011, but this was the most severe flooding situations they've seen.

 


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Hundreds Turn out for 'Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest' http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-turn-out-for-bark-in-the-park-pet-costume-contest-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-turn-out-for-bark-in-the-park-pet-costume-contest-/ Local News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 7:27:03 PM Hundreds Turn out for 'Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest'

CORPUS CHRISTI - The 3rd annual "Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest" attracted hundreds of primped pooches and their owners.

The rainy weather didn't stop people from enjoying the fun at Cole Park, Saturday morning. In addition to the costume contest, there was also a kid's zone, games, food, and vendors.

Three primped pooches went home winners today. First place was given to a dog in a Dallas Cowboys jersey driving an 18-wheeler. Second place went to a pup dressed as an aztec warrior and zolatar, the fortune teller from the movie "Big" came in third. Winners of the pet costume contest will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $750.

Last year's event attracted 1,000 people and raised thousands of dollars for PALS no-kill animal shelter, according to a press release.

 


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Ainsley's Angels Helps Kids Compete in Triathlon http://www.kristv.com/news/ainsley-s-angels-helps-kids-compete-in-triathlon/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ainsley-s-angels-helps-kids-compete-in-triathlon/ Local News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 7:22:46 PM Ainsley's Angels Helps Kids Compete in Triathlon

PORTLAND - Rain didn't stop a 5K triathlon Saturday morning.

Portland's Parks and Recs held a triathlon with more than 100 participants.

One of the teams was Ainsley's Angels. Volunteers helped kids with special needs do to something they normally cannot do run, swim, and bike.

For the swim portion, the kids were pulled by a raft, and then seated in a trailer attached to a bike ridden by a volunteer, and then finally placed in a racing chair to cross the finish line.

Volunteers, or angels, like Jason Hathaway, say the kids enjoy it. "It gives him the pleasure of doing something he isn't able to do on his own, and seeing the excitement on his face when he gets out of the water. We know he cannot express it himself in words, but he expression on his face means a lot."

This was the city's second annual triathlon.

 


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