KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com State News State News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:11:33 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Homeland Security Chief Talks Border Patrol Priorities http://www.kristv.com/news/homeland-security-chief-talks-border-patrol-priorities/ http://www.kristv.com/news/homeland-security-chief-talks-border-patrol-priorities/ State News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 9:23:33 PM Associated Press Homeland Security Chief Talks Border Patrol Priorities

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has told Border Patrol agents in Texas that enforcement priorities are realigning after President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.

Johnson on Friday made a Border Patrol station in McAllen a symbolic first stop a day after Obama ordered extended deportation protections to as many as 5 million immigrants now in the country illegally.

Johnson said the new border-crossers will become priorities for removal.

An estimated 1.4 million immigrants are in Texas illegally. Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has pledged to challenge Obama's order in court.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 743,000 people in Texas could be eligible under Obama's order. That's more than any state except California.

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Worker in Deadly Gulf Blast Was Cleaning Equipment http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment-391263/ http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment-391263/ State News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 9:22:43 PM Worker in Deadly Gulf Blast Was Cleaning Equipment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.

Fieldwood said the worker who was killed Thursday was cleaning a piece of equipment that separates oil from water liquids when an "isolated pressure event" occurred. The company said the victim and the other worker with visible injuries were employed by Turnkey Cleaning Services, a Louisiana company specializing in cleaning offshore facilities.

Turnkey declined to provide details about the incident and its workers. The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Jerrel Hancock, 24, of Abbeville.

The explosion happened on the Echo Platform, about 12 miles offshore near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Federal regulators were on the platform Friday to investigate, said Chauntra Rideaux, a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Fieldwood said the platform had not been producing oil or gas for over a week. The company added that the incident did not involve a well explosion or blowout but rather a piece of equipment called a heater treater. The company said the incident did not cause a fire on the platform nor any pollution.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of the deceased Turnkey Cleaning Services employee," Fieldwood said in a statement.

The explosion occurred about two months after a contractor was killed and two others hurt during maintenance work in September on a Chevron natural gas pipeline, also off the Louisiana coast. The cause remains under investigation.

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Fugitive Wanted for Mail Fraud and Identity Theft http://www.kristv.com/news/fugitive-wanted-for-mail-fraud-and-identity-theft/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fugitive-wanted-for-mail-fraud-and-identity-theft/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:04:29 PM Fugitive Wanted for Mail Fraud and Identity Theft

HOUSTON - Federal authorities are looking for Thalia Diaz Camareno following her indictment for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Camareno and her co-defendant, Antolin Julio Nazario, allegedly took part in a sophisticated tax fraud and identity theft ring that filed hundreds of tax returns from June 2010 to January 2012. Nazario is already in custody and is held without bond.

According to federal prosecutors, the defendants victimized more than 800 people and received $807,096 in payments. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Camareno and Nazario are residents of the Houston-area.

If you have any information that could assist in Camareno's capture, contact the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) at 281-330-5377.


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About 50 Rosenberg Homes Evacuated Due to Gas Leak http://www.kristv.com/news/about-50-rosenberg-homes-evacuated-due-to-gas-leak/ http://www.kristv.com/news/about-50-rosenberg-homes-evacuated-due-to-gas-leak/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 6:48:04 AM About 50 Rosenberg Homes Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

ROSENBERG, Texas (AP) - Nobody has been hurt in a sewer system natural gas leak that prompted the evacuation of about 50 homes near Houston.

A Rosenberg Fire Department spokeswoman says crews worked Thursday to locate the break.

Barbara Smolik says the evacuation order was issued Wednesday night for a four-block area. She says by Thursday morning about half of those residents were allowed to go home as crews narrowed the search for the leak.

Smolik says the leak was traced to the water-sewer system but repair crews worked to find the exact spot.

A shelter was set up at a church in Rosenberg, about 25 miles southwest of Houston.

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Worker Crushed to Death Under Semitrailer http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-crushed-to-death-under-semitrailer/ http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-crushed-to-death-under-semitrailer/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 6:40:57 AM Worker Crushed to Death Under Semitrailer

HORIZON CITY, Texas (AP) - Authorities in West Texas say a worker has died after being crushed under a semitrailer that he was working on.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the 40-year-old part-time employee of S&S Truck Sales in Horizon City died Wednesday evening. Authorities say the semitrailer fell off of a jack onto the man, who died at the scene.

His identity hasn't been released.

Authorities are investigating.

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Houston-area Man Pleads Guilty in $1.4 Million Fraud Case http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-man-pleads-guilty-in-1-4-million-fraud-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-man-pleads-guilty-in-1-4-million-fraud-case/ State News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:25:02 AM Houston-area Man Pleads Guilty in $1.4 Million Fraud Case

HOUSTON (AP) - A 35-year-old Houston-area man has been convicted in a $1.4 million false tax refunds scheme.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Jason Maclaskey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and possession of a stolen firearm. Maclaskey and two others used stolen identities to claim the refunds and withdraw more than $300,000 from bank accounts they created.

Maclaskey and his co-defendants obtained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 371 people. Authorities searched his Spring home in November 2011 and found 10 firearms and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. He says one of the weapons was stolen.

He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.

The co-defendants have also entered guilty pleas.

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Nurse who Survived Ebola gets New Engagement Ring http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-who-survived-ebola-gets-new-engagement-ring/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-who-survived-ebola-gets-new-engagement-ring/ State News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:16:42 AM Nurse who Survived Ebola gets New Engagement Ring

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas nurse who survived Ebola has a new engagement ring to replace the one destroyed as part of decontamination of her apartment.

WFAA-TV reports Amber Vinson and fiance Derrick Markray on Tuesday picked out a ring, at no charge, from Zale Corp.

A spokesman for Dallas-based Zale, Chris Nieto, says the company wanted to step up and get Vinson something that helps celebrate her life and express love.

Vinson contracted Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan died Oct. 8.

Vinson says she hoped her engagement ring, which she left at home during her hospitalization, could be cleaned and saved. But Vinson's jewelry box and its contents were destroyed as part of decontamination.

Specifics weren't immediately available about the donated ring.

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Information from: WFAA-TV

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Texas Sea Turtle's Revival Blunted, Count Declines http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-sea-turtle-s-revival-blunted-count-declines/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-sea-turtle-s-revival-blunted-count-declines/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:33:27 PM Associated Press Texas Sea Turtle's Revival Blunted, Count Declines

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An endangered sea turtle species along the Texas Gulf coast is losing numbers again, a scientific symposium learned Tuesday.

The news means the Kemp's ridley sea turtle's revival has ended and extinction fears among scientists have been renewed.

"It was on a rapid road to recovery," said Selina Heppell, fish and wildlife professor at Oregon State University, "and the recovery came to an abrupt halt in 2010 and we don't know why."

The dismal trend in the turtle's population in recent years was the focus of the keynote at the Second International Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium in Brownsville, the Houston Chronicle reported.


"What the modeling suggests is that something very dramatic and unprecedented happened to the survival and reproduction of the species," Heppell said.

Other presentations scheduled during the conference are expected to point to the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill, the newspaper said.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Technicalities http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-refuses-to-toss-perry-case-on-technicalities/ http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-refuses-to-toss-perry-case-on-technicalities/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:38:12 PM Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Technicalities

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue.

The governor's defense team had sought to have the proceedings dismissed, arguing that the special prosecutor bringing them wasn't properly sworn in and some paperwork wasn't correctly filed.

But an 18-page ruling Tuesday by District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, sided with prosecutor Michael McCrum.

Perry was indicted in August. He's accused of threatening, then carrying out, a veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors after the Democrat leading the unit wouldn't resign after a drunken driving conviction.

Perry's attorneys also have questioned the case's constitutionality. No ruling on that is expected for weeks.

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Texas Tussle: New History Textbooks Criticized http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tussle-new-history-textbooks-criticized/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tussle-new-history-textbooks-criticized/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:21:36 AM Texas Tussle: New History Textbooks Criticized

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas State Board of Education could see a fiery debate as it considers more than 100 history and social studies textbooks for classrooms statewide.

Some academics and activists say the books exaggerate the influence of Moses and other biblical figures on American democracy. But some conservative experts complain the books are too politically correct and ignore connections between radical Islam and modern terrorism.

The board is expected to vote on the proposed books Tuesday.

Textbook approval has long been tense in Texas, in part because content produced for the country's second most populous state can influence the larger textbook market.

The board's 10 Republicans and five Democrats are expecting to hear public testimony decrying the proposed books ahead of Tuesday's vote. A formal confirmation vote is set for Friday.

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Aggie Bonfire Tragedy Remembered 15 Years Later http://www.kristv.com/news/aggie-bonfire-tragedy-remembered-15-years-later/ http://www.kristv.com/news/aggie-bonfire-tragedy-remembered-15-years-later/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:16:05 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Aggie Bonfire Tragedy Remembered 15 Years Later

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today marks fifteen years since the tragic bonfire accident that killed a dozen students at Texas A&M University.

Although it's been over a decade, students still gather to honor the fallen every year at the Bonfire Memorial, built at the site of the accident.

12 students were killed and 27 were injured at when the bonfire log pile collapsed on top of them during construction.

To this day, the hundred-year-old Aggie bonfire tradition has not returned to the school's campus.

 


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Mother's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-s-death-ruled-accidental-drowning/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-s-death-ruled-accidental-drowning/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:43:15 AM Mother's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

WYLIE, Texas (AP) - A North Texas medical examiner says an Ethiopian woman whose body was found inside her minivan at the bottom of a pond accidentally drowned.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Collin County medical examiner's office released the findings in the death of 42-year-old Almaz Gebremedhin on Monday.

The Ethiopia native was last seen Oct. 2 before she left for work in Wylie. She lived about 3 miles from her workplace and the pond was along her commute. Her body was found Nov. 9 by a private team hired by an Ethiopian community group.

It's unclear how her vehicle ended up in the pond.

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Fort Worth Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case http://www.kristv.com/news/fort-worth-man-sentenced-in-child-porn-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fort-worth-man-sentenced-in-child-porn-case/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:40:05 AM Fort Worth Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in a child pornography case.

A federal prosecutor said Monday that 40-year-old Christopher Weast was sentenced last week. A jury in July convicted him of possessing and receiving child pornography.

A Fort Worth Police Department undercover officer downloaded pornography from Weast in June 2012. Officers say he had numerous child pornography files on his computer and an external hard drive.

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Time To Start Shopping For Health Insurance http://www.kristv.com/news/time-to-start-shopping-for-health-insurance/ http://www.kristv.com/news/time-to-start-shopping-for-health-insurance/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:31:14 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Time To Start Shopping For Health Insurance

CORPUS CHRISTI - With open enrollment starting this week, now may be the time to make sure your family doesn't fall through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.

Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and Nueces County has one of the highest uninsured rates in the state.

"At first it was overwhelming," said first-time customer Catherine Torres. "This is my first time doing insurance, claim-wise and everything, so it's kind of nerve-wracking."

With only twelve weeks to shop around for plans, Torres said she's trying to get a head start on open enrollment before the rush hits.

Right now, medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States.

"You can borrow a few thousand dollars in an emergency," said Benefits Consultant Victor Leahman. "But borrowing 80-thousand dollars? That's a lot harder for medical bills."

That's why experts recommend looking at all the options when choosing a healthcare plan for your family.

"Healthcare.gov will give them a general look at the plans that are available," said President Will Heavin. "It will also help them determine if they're eligible for a subsidy, and they actually could enroll there."

Whether you enroll online, or visit their office for a free consultation, experts at Heavin Insurance suggest that the sooner you start with open enrollment, the better.

 


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Man Wanted for Double Murder in Houston Arrested in Mexico http://www.kristv.com/news/man-wanted-for-double-murder-in-houston-arrested-in-mexico/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-wanted-for-double-murder-in-houston-arrested-in-mexico/ State News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:45 PM Associated Press Man Wanted for Double Murder in Houston Arrested in Mexico

HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say they've apprehended a man wanted in the deaths of his brother-in-law and the victim's teenage son at a Houston home.

The Harris County sheriff's office announced Monday that 39-year-old Danny Lee Neelys was taken into custody in Mexico. No other details of his arrest were immediately available.

Neelys previously was charged with capital murder in the weekend deaths of his brother-in-law and nephew.

Investigators say he forced his way into the home at gunpoint late Saturday night and then shot and killed 42-year-old Keidric Jamal Jelks Sr. and 15-year-old Keidric Jamal Jelks Jr.

The suspect left the scene on foot but was believed to be driving a black Ford Expedition.

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Bicycle Officer Injured in Hit and Run http://www.kristv.com/news/bicycle-officer-injured-in-hit-and-run/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bicycle-officer-injured-in-hit-and-run/ State News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 6:11:59 AM Bicycle Officer Injured in Hit and Run

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police are searching for a person who they say sent an officer to the hospital after crashing into his bicycle while driving the wrong way down the street.

A group of officers on bicycles were dispatched Sunday to assist off-duty Bexar County deputies who reported a disturbance at a Whataburger restaurant. The officers tried to stop the car while it was traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street.

Police say the driver accelerated and hit the officer, who flipped over the top of the car. The officer was hospitalized with an unspecified leg injury and the bike was snapped in half.

The officer's identity and condition haven't been released.

Police say the suspect was driving a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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Toxic Plant Leak Kills Four Workers, Two Brothers http://www.kristv.com/news/toxic-plant-leak-kills-four-workers-two-brothers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/toxic-plant-leak-kills-four-workers-two-brothers/ State News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 5:45:28 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Toxic Plant Leak Kills Four Workers, Two Brothers

LA PORTE, TEXAS - Four people are dead and one is in the hospital this morning because of a deadly leak at a plant near Houston.

Officials said a valve failed at a DuPont plant in La Porte yesterday, causing a toxic chemical to seep into the air.

Family members said plant employee Gilbert Tisnado rushed in with a gas mask to try to save his younger brother, Robert. However, both were killed, along with two other workers.

The odorous chemical then spread to surrounding areas through the air, covering a 40-mile radius.

Officials said the leak was not dangerous to the community, because the chemical is only deadly in high concentrations.

"As it left the site it was in the air, it dissipated to an amount where it wasn't hazardous," said company spokesperson Aaron Woods. "The local emergency response agencies made that decision, that there was no health hazard to the community as the odor left the site."

Officials said the hospitalized employee is only being held for observation and is expected to make a full recovery.

Federal agencies are investigating the cause of the leak.

 


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Texas Rancher's Dog Hitches Ride on Ambulance http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-rancher-s-dog-hitches-ride-on-ambulance/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-rancher-s-dog-hitches-ride-on-ambulance/ State News Sat, 15 Nov 2014 2:23:16 PM Texas Rancher's Dog Hitches Ride on Ambulance

MASON, Texas (AP) - A part-beagle named Buddy didn't wait for an invitation to see his 85-year-old master at a Texas hospital.

The dog hitched a ride on the outside of an ambulance transporting Mason County rancher J.R. Nicholson to Fredericksburg.

Ranch hand Brian Wright on Friday said he summoned the ambulance Oct. 26 when Nicholson felt dizzy.

A motorist flagged down the ambulance to say a dog was on a side step. Buddy was then put into the ambulance with the patient.

Wright drove separately to Hill Country Memorial Hospital, where medical staff told him what Buddy did and the dog was still in the ambulance. Wright retrieved the dog, then later drove his boss and Buddy home.

Nicholson said Friday that he thinks of lot of 4-year-old Buddy.


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East Texas Bank Cashier Gets Prison for $2 Million Theft http://www.kristv.com/news/east-texas-bank-cashier-gets-prison-for-2-million-theft/ http://www.kristv.com/news/east-texas-bank-cashier-gets-prison-for-2-million-theft/ State News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:07:44 AM Associated Press East Texas Bank Cashier Gets Prison for $2 Million Theft

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A woman who spent half of her life working for an East Texas bank must serve more than two years in prison for embezzling nearly $2.2 million.

Mary Jane Haxton of Lindale was sentenced Wednesday in Tyler. She was also ordered to repay the money.

The 59-year-old Haxton in July pleaded guilty to misapplication of funds by a bank employee.

Federal prosecutors say Haxton, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison, worked as a cashier at Lindale State Bank from 1984 until early 2014.

Authorities believe Haxton in 2004 began misapplying funds to personal accounts that she owned or controlled.

Lindale State Bank last December merged with Texas Bank and Trust and became an official branch. The theft was discovered during the reconciling of the accounts.

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Man Sentenced to Life for Killing 2-year-old Girl http://www.kristv.com/news/man-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-2-year-old-girl/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-2-year-old-girl/ State News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 5:15:06 AM Man Sentenced to Life for Killing 2-year-old Girl

DENVER CITY, Texas (AP) - A Texas Panhandle man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 2-year-old girl.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/10ZgdK9 ) Richard Carr received the punishment on Wednesday after pleading guilty the murder of Dakota Middleton of Denver City. Carr won't be eligible for parole.

Police responded to a report that the girl had died in December 2013. Carr was arrested two days later.

It's unclear how the child died and how she was connected to Carr.

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Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, http://www.lubbockonline.com

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