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. () () Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:10:34 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Mexican Governor Confirms 3 US Siblings Found Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-governor-confirms-3-us-siblings-found-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-governor-confirms-3-us-siblings-found-dead/ State News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:00:50 PM Associated Press Mexican Governor Confirms 3 US Siblings Found Dead

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - The governor and chief prosecutor for a northern Mexico border state confirmed on Thursday that three Texans missing for more than two weeks were found dead near Matamoros a day earlier.

The father of the three, Pedro Alvarado, identified them from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos, Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta told Radio Formula. Clothing found with the bodies near the border city also matched that of the three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a Mexican friend.

Parents of the missing youths have said witnesses reported they were seized on Oct. 13 by men dressed in police gear.

In a country riveted by the case of 43 students missing more than a month at the hands of police in southern Mexico, Tamaulipas' governor promised swift action in this case.

"We will apply the full force of the law and zero tolerance," Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu said, lamenting the death of three Americans and a Mexican citizen even though their identities had not been officially confirmed by DNA.

Authorities said late Wednesday it could take 24 to 48 hours for DNA tests to determine if the bodies were those of Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, who were last seen in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros.

They had been visiting their father in Mexico and disappeared along with 32-year-old Jose Guadalupe Castaneda Benitez, Erica Alvarado's boyfriend.

"They were good kids," an aunt, Nohemi Gonzalez, said while the family waited for official confirmation. "I don't know why they did that to them."

The three Alvarado siblings share their mother's modest brick home on a quiet street in Progreso less than three miles from the Texas-Mexico border. Erica, who has four children between the ages of 3 and 9, had been scheduled to begin studying to become a nursing assistant next month.

Brothers Jose Angel and Alex should have been in Missouri by now. They had been scheduled to make their annual pilgrimage as migrant farm workers more than a week ago, Gonzalez said. When they weren't on the road, they divided their time between their mother's house in Texas and their father's Mexico. They would stay with him for two or three weeks at a time, helping out around his mechanic's shop.

Jose Angel, the youngest, had tattoos reflecting the family split - the family's last name on his shoulder, his dad's name on his right hand and his mom's on his left.

Officials have not commented on the events that led up to the disappearances, but the families' informal inquiries produced this version:

On Sunday, Oct. 12, Erica drove her black Jeep Cherokee across the border to El Control. She dropped it at her father's house and went to visit with her boyfriend.

Her mother, Raquel Alvarado, had told her to be back in Progreso by early Monday morning, because Raquel had to work and Erica's kids had to get to school. Raquel put the kids to bed Sunday night and awoke at 4 a.m. to see Erica was not home. She began calling her daughter's cellphone, but got no answer. At that point, it appears Erica was fine.

She continued calling through the morning of Oct. 13. "I'm always worried about her when she goes over there," the mother said.

Around 1 p.m., she reached her former husband. He told her Erica had called her brothers and asked them to bring her Jeep to her at a roadside restaurant under a bridge near El Control where she was eating with her boyfriend. One brother drove her Jeep and the other drove his Chevrolet Tahoe because they all planned to return to Progreso from there.

According to Raquel Alvarado, witnesses told family members that the brothers arrived around 12:30 p.m. and saw members of the police unit called Hercules pushing their sister and Castaneda and hitting Erica. When the brothers intervened the police took all four of them, along with their vehicles. The witnesses said the armed men identified themselves as members of the Hercules unit and warned them against intervening.

A September news release from the city about Hercules showed an armed force in fatigues and face paint. Mayor Leticia Salazar officially introduced Hercules as a group with particular skills to confront crime in high-risk operations.

The statement named city clerk Joe Mariano Vega as its commander. A message left at his office was not returned. In an interview earlier this year, Vega said Hercules was made up of former marines and soldiers who would police hot zones for crime in the city's neighborhoods.

However, in Matamoros this week it was difficult to get clear answers about Hercules.

Salazar has been photographed with them in her own matching uniform and beret, but she did not return messages left in person at her office by The Associated Press. Neither did the city's spokeswoman.

Like other border cities in Tamaulipas, Matamoros has not had a municipal police force in years. The federal government took their weapons and confined them to barracks in an effort to root out corruption. Matamoros has since been policed by a mixture of marines and soldiers and state and federal police.

Juan Sanchez Alvarado, who is in charge of the city's public security office and director of its transit police, said Wednesday that the members of the Hercules unit provide security for city officials and nothing else. He said they were accredited by state police in the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria and formed some time earlier in 2014.

Asked who they answer to, Sanchez seemed puzzled. They do not answer to him, he said. He said he imagined they answer to whichever city officials they happen to be guarding. He also couldn't say how many members of Hercules there are, where they are based or who their commander is.

Sanchez did say, "I haven't received any complaint related to them."

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No Charges for 3 Texas Officers in Fatal Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/no-charges-for-3-texas-officers-in-fatal-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/no-charges-for-3-texas-officers-in-fatal-shooting/ State News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:44:55 PM Associated Press No Charges for 3 Texas Officers in Fatal Shooting

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) - Three North Texas police officers will not face charges in the 2013 fatal shooting of an armed man during a standoff.

A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict the North Richland Hills tactical officers in the death of 49-year-old John Lincoln.

Prosecutors on Thursday said officers last Dec. 26 responded to a 911 call that Lincoln had a gun and relatives believed he wanted to kill his mother. Lincoln was shot when he burst from a Colleyville home and pointed a handgun at officers.

Police who dealt with Lincoln in earlier domestic incidents were told by relatives that he had mental health issues. Toxicology results indicated Lincoln had alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine in his system when he was fatally shot.

His mother was not at the residence.

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Students' Project Explodes With NASA Rocket http://www.kristv.com/news/students-project-explodes-with-nasa-rocket/ http://www.kristv.com/news/students-project-explodes-with-nasa-rocket/ State News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:22:56 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Students' Project Explodes With NASA Rocket

TEXAS - Texas students are more than disappointed after their million-dollar project went up in flames in the NASA rocket explosion.

Those students from the University of Texas watched with the rest of the world as their satellite, which took hundreds of hours to complete, exploded with the rest of the rocket earlier this week.

"We were watching the launch, it was very exciting," said UT Professor Glenn Lightsey. "Then we realized something was wrong, and it was just very quiet for a few minutes as people were sort of processing what they were seeing."

The student's satellite, called "Race," was something they believed would change the world.

"That's why we do it," said Lightsey. "We do it for the advances in technology that you get."

The satellite would have helped scientists measure the earth's water cycle to better understand global warming.

"It's sad," said UT Senior Cody Colley. "But, it's still a positive experience, we still have to come to work...and keep inspiring people because that's what it's about, and the science we're doing, that's what it's about."

They weren't the only students who watched their work go up in smoke. A group of kids from a high school in San Antonio also had a project on the shuttle. However, they said the explosion won't deter them from trying again.

"Luckily we still have all our information," said a San Antonio high school student involved with the project. "We still have all our ingredients, we just need to put it together and send it back up."

The rocket was heading to the International Space Station to bring new supplies for the six people living there. However, NASA said the crew is still in good shape, even without that resupply.

 


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Houston Withdraws Subpoena Requests for Pastors http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-withdraws-subpoena-requests-for-pastors/ http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-withdraws-subpoena-requests-for-pastors/ State News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:52:38 PM Associated Press Houston Withdraws Subpoena Requests for Pastors

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking information from five pastors as part of a lawsuit over an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

The religious leaders said the court orders violated their First Amendment freedoms.

Mayor Annise Parker, who's gay, said Wednesday that the subpoenas were never intended to infringe on anyone's religious freedoms.

Attorney Andy Taylor, representing opponents of the ordinance, called the mayor's actions a step in the right direction. But Taylor called on Parker to allow residents to vote on the ordinance passed in May by the Houston City Council.

The ordinance consolidates city bans on discrimination and increases protections for gay and transgender residents. City attorneys recently subpoenaed the pastors, seeking speeches, presentations or sermons related to the repeal petition effort.

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Preventing Strokes A Global Priority http://www.kristv.com/news/preventing-strokes-a-global-priority/ http://www.kristv.com/news/preventing-strokes-a-global-priority/ State News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:29:46 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Preventing Strokes A Global Priority

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today is World Stroke Day, and because 90% of first-time strokes are caused by risk factors that can be changed, the American Heart Association is updating their prevention guidelines.

The new recommendations include eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and cutting out most red meats and dairy.

They also recommend you get daily exercise and don't smoke.

Doctors said parents should learn the signs of a stroke, and teach them to their family as well, because it can mean the difference between life and death.

"We always say time is brain," said Spohn Shoreline Stroke Coordinator Amber Blimline. "Because every minute, over one-million brain cells are being killed during a stroke, and that is why it's so important to get help."

Click here for more information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

 


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Officer Dies in Accidental Gun Range Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/officer-dies-in-accidental-gun-range-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/officer-dies-in-accidental-gun-range-shooting/ State News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 3:49:39 AM Officer Dies in Accidental Gun Range Shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Bexar County Sheriff's Office says an off-duty officer has died after accidentally shooting himself in the groin at an area gun range.

An office spokesman says the adult probation officer shot himself at the Bullet Hole Gun Range on Monday. He was flown to a San Antonio hospital where he later died from the injury.

The spokesman says foul play isn't suspected.

The officer's identity hasn't been released. It's unclear what caused the accident.

A sheriff's office representative tells KSAT-TV the officer had worked for the probation department for 24 years.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Police Chase http://www.kristv.com/news/motorcyclist-dies-in-police-chase/ http://www.kristv.com/news/motorcyclist-dies-in-police-chase/ State News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 3:47:33 AM Motorcyclist Dies in Police Chase

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Troopers say a West Texas motorcyclist has died after crashing during a police chase.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday that 42-year-old Luis Heriberto Rodriguez of El Paso died in Midland over the weekend. Troopers say Midland County Sheriff's officers were pursing his 2000 Suzuki motorcycle when he crashed into a parking meter. They say he was thrown from the motorcycle and collided with a car stopped in a parking lot.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. He wasn't wearing a helmet.

Troopers didn't say what started the chase.

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Residents: Damaged Complex had Gas Odor Problem http://www.kristv.com/news/residents-damaged-complex-had-gas-odor-problem/ http://www.kristv.com/news/residents-damaged-complex-had-gas-odor-problem/ State News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 5:38:33 AM Residents: Damaged Complex had Gas Odor Problem

BORGER, Texas (AP) - A Texas Panhandle apartment building that was heavily damaged by a deadly explosion this weekend had problems for months with gas odors at the structure, according to residents.

Saturday's explosion at the six-unit apartment complex in Borger killed one person. Several others suffered minor injuries. A cause of the explosion was still being determined by investigators. The deceased victim's name was not immediately released by authorities.

Earlier this year, some of the residents reported the gas smells to city officials and landlord Ramon Venzor, the Amarillo Globe-News reported (http://bit.ly/1ru0DfA ).

One resident, Misty Warden, said she immediately noticed the strong smell upon moving to the complex in early August, and reported it to city officials and Venzor.

"People would come visit me and they would smell gas coming in the vents of their cars," she said.

Borger Planning and Zoning Director Kenneth Petr said inspectors checked the property in August after the complaints, and determined work needed to be performed on the sewer system.

Venzor said the sewer work was done and he also performed repair work on gas lines. He denied receiving any recent complaints about odors at the complex.

Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards said he was not aware of any problem being reported after the city's inspection, and added that he would have to check city records to see if an investigation was ongoing.

Borger is located about 50 miles northeast of Amarillo.

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Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com

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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Hosts Roundtable On Infectious Diseases http://www.kristv.com/news/rio-grande-valley-border-patrol-hosts-roundtable-on-infectious-diseases/ http://www.kristv.com/news/rio-grande-valley-border-patrol-hosts-roundtable-on-infectious-diseases/ State News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 7:07:41 PM Kirsten Schaffer Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Hosts Roundtable On Infectious Diseases

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday with leaders of local, state, and other federal agencies to tackle the topic of infectious diseases.

The agencies discussed efforts to ensure all agencies know how to assess, mitigate, and manage the potential threat of infectious diseases, like ebola.

The RGV sector reported they're working with the Hidalgo County Health Department to make sure all employees are aware of how to use protective equipment, as well as reporting and handling someone who may have an infectious disease.


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Report: Texas Caseworkers Didn't Follow Protocols in CPS Case http://www.kristv.com/news/report-texas-caseworkers-didn-t-follow-protocols-in-cps-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/report-texas-caseworkers-didn-t-follow-protocols-in-cps-case/ State News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:16:26 AM Report: Texas Caseworkers Didn't Follow Protocols in CPS Case

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Texas inspector general has found that four Child Protective Services workers failed to follow protocols in the case of an 8-year-old girl who died under their watch.

The Office of the Inspector General released the findings Thursday and didn't recommend any disciplinary action, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The office hasn't released the names of the workers involved with Sarah Brasse, who died of untreated appendicitis in 2009.

The report says the employees neglected to perform even basic requirements of their jobs, such as making timely visits or following up on reports of abuse.

"There was no evidence to indicate that any policy violations were to blame for the appendicitis, which is listed as the cause of death," the report states.

But it said the workers' managers complied with policies in their handling of the case. It found no evidence to support claims they might have illegally changed state documents. The agency investigated Sarah's father and stepmother multiple times in the two years before she died. They were ultimately cleared of criminal charges.

The report, the result of a six-month investigation, follows a 2013 story by the newspaper that found in the 48 hours before Sarah's death, two school workers and a Schertz police officer notified Child Protective Services about concerns she was being neglected.

A Child Protective Services manager declined to open up a new investigation or send a caseworker to check on Sarah, who lived with her father when she died. The report stated that the manager followed policy.

Sarah's mother, JoAnne Guerrero, who did not have primary custody, said she read the Texas inspector general report "with a heavy heart."

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins said the case is closed and no disciplinary action is expected.

"The report was very thorough and we appreciate the input of OIG," Crimmins said in an email. "This case has been extensively reviewed, and DFPS considers the matter closed."


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Dallas Man Channels Ebola Fears into Halloween Decorations http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-man-channels-ebola-fears-into-halloween-decorations/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-man-channels-ebola-fears-into-halloween-decorations/ State News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 6:09:18 PM Dallas Man Channels Ebola Fears into Halloween Decorations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) - Taking inspiration from the fear of Ebola, a Dallas-area man has stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine."

"There's negative people everywhere and they are going to give me grief about it but it's all in good fun," James Faulk told reporters Wednesday while standing outside his home wearing a face shield and white protective suit with the label "CDC Trainee" and d gripping a clipboard and red plastic bag marked "biohazard infectious waste."

The decorations re-enact a scene that's played out at three Dallas apartments following the first diagnosis in the U.S. of Ebola. After the diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled here from West Africa, biohazard crews descended on the apartment where he was staying. Following his Oct. 8 death, two of his nurses were also diagnosed with the virus and the cleanup scene was repeated at their homes.

Faulk, who lives in a town house in the wealthy enclave of University Park, started putting up the decorations Sunday. He said he thought that by then "it was getting back to normal just a little bit."

"So the next step is: Let's have fun on Halloween and scare some people in the process," said Faulk, who on Wednesday added a banner reading "Happy Halloween."

The two nurses remain hospitalized and hundreds of Texans, including those who cared for the Ebola patients and who were on the same flights as one of the nurses, are still being monitored.

"It could be too soon," Faulk conceded. "It's a scary thing."

Jill Grover, whose children attend the high school across the street from Faulk's house, said she initially thought it might have been a real scene until she noticed no workers were around.

"It is Halloween, but it is scary because the Ebola was happening in Dallas," said Grover, who said she wasn't offended but could see how others would be.

University Park spokesman Steve Mace said police so far have gotten just one call out the house and an officer drove by to check out the situation. He said no laws were being broken.

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Border Deaths Drop to 15-Year Low http://www.kristv.com/news/border-deaths-drop-to-15-year-low/ http://www.kristv.com/news/border-deaths-drop-to-15-year-low/ State News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:19:39 PM Associated Press Border Deaths Drop to 15-Year Low

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The number of people who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turn themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September - the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.

Arizona has long been the most dangerous border region because of triple-digit temperatures, rough desert terrain and the sheer volume of immigrants coming in to the state from Mexico. But more immigrants are now entering through Texas and not Arizona, driven by a surge of people from Central America.

The Tucson and Rio Grande Valley both saw their numbers of deaths decline from 2013, although Arizona's drop was more precipitous.

Border enforcement officials say the lower numbers are in part due to increased rescue efforts as well as a Spanish-language media campaign discouraging Latin Americans from walking across the border.

Tucson Sector Division Chief Raleigh Leonard says the addition of 10 new rescue beacons that were strategically placed in areas where immigrants traverse most often has been a factor in the decrease in deaths.

"I think we can all agree that crossing the border is an illegal act, but nothing that should be assigned the penalty of death," Leonard said in an interview.

Immigrant rights advocates are skeptical that it is solely the Border Patrol's efforts contributing to the decrease in deaths.

"At best, what the Border Patrol is accomplishing is a geographical shift in where these deaths are happening - rather than adequately responding to the scale of the crisis," said Geoffrey Boyce, a border enforcement and immigration researcher at the University of Arizona and a volunteer with the Tucson-based nonprofit No More Deaths.

The Rio Grande Valley sector was flooded with a surge in unaccompanied minors and families with children who turned themselves in at border crossings in Texas. Most were from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where gang violence and a poor economy have driven out huge numbers of people. That surge has dwindled recently, however, as U.S. and Central American authorities have launched a public relations campaign warning parents against sending their children to the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Tucson Sector, once the busiest in the nation, has seen a steep decline in border crossers. Fewer Mexicans are crossing into the U.S. as the economy here has faltered and drug violence at home has improved.

The Border Patrol also responds to hundreds of cases each year of immigrants who need to be rescued while crossing the desert, long an issue in the Arizona desert. The Border Patrol conducted 509 rescues in the 2014 fiscal year in the Tucson sector, compared to 802 in 2013.

Some of the rescues are made with the help of beacons that were activated 142 times this year. The beacons are 30-feet tall, solar-powered and have sun reflectors and blue lights on top that are visible for 10 miles. The beacons also have signs in three languages directing users to push a red button that sends out a signal for help. Agents respond usually within 10 minutes to an hour.

The agency has a team dedicated solely to rescues, called Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue.

Agents in this elite group spend their days searching for immigrants and responding when one seeks help. They assist not only those who cross the border in search for jobs, but also drug mules and smugglers who become injured or dehydrated in the summer heat.

It was only 10 a.m. and already 95 degrees on a day in late June when the unit's agents provided medical assistance to a 28-year-old man suspected of smuggling drugs near Sells, Arizona.

The thin man had an ID from El Salvador and said he lived in Tucson. He oscillated between Spanish and English, but his message was the same: He was in extreme pain.

The agents gave him a gallon of a sports beverage. He was to drink it slowly, they told him, or else it would make him sick. Next, they connected a saline bag intravenously and checked his vitals.

The agents monitored him and re-examined his vitals, concluding that he wasn't dehydrated but suffering from muscle fatigue. Minutes later, agents who used a drug-sniffing K-9 to search the area found several bundles of marijuana and another suspected smuggler.

The men were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally, but were not charged with smuggling because the loads of marijuana were not found on them.

"To us, it could be a mule, an illegal immigrant. They're all the same. They're human beings," Leonard said.

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Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.

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2 Dead in Shooting at Ben Taub Hospital Pharmacy http://www.kristv.com/news/2-dead-in-shooting-at-ben-taub-hospital-pharmacy/ http://www.kristv.com/news/2-dead-in-shooting-at-ben-taub-hospital-pharmacy/ State News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:22:52 PM Associated Press 2 Dead in Shooting at Ben Taub Hospital Pharmacy

HOUSTON (AP) - Police say a man fatally shot a woman in the pharmacy of a Houston hospital before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities say the shooting Wednesday afternoon appears to be a murder-suicide that involved two people who worked at the pharmacy.

Police spokesman Victor Senties says the shooting was confined to the pharmacy at Ben Taub Hospital. He declined to elaborate but said there was no "active shooter."

No other injuries were reported. It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.

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Man Condemned in Prison Guard's Death Loses Appeal http://www.kristv.com/news/man-condemned-in-prison-guard-s-death-loses-appeal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-condemned-in-prison-guard-s-death-loses-appeal/ State News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:20:19 PM Associated Press Man Condemned in Prison Guard's Death Loses Appeal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Death row inmate Robert Pruett has lost an appeal at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Pruett is sentenced to die for the 1999 slaying of a Texas corrections officer. The state's highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's finding that the results of palm print and DNA tests asked by the 35-year-old inmate are inconclusive.

Pruett was set to die last May but received a reprieve to appeal his trial-court ruling that the testing outcome wouldn't have changed the jury verdict. He awaits lethal injection for the fatal stabbing of Dan Nagle, a corrections officer at the McDonnell Unit near Beeville where Pruett already was serving 99 years for a Harris County slaying.

Evidence showed Pruett was angry about a disciplinary report from Nagle.

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Nurse's Dog Tests Negative For Ebola http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-s-dog-tests-negative-for-ebola/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-s-dog-tests-negative-for-ebola/ State News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:01:52 AM Kirsten Schaffer Nurse's Dog Tests Negative For Ebola

DALLAS - Dallas city officials said Wednesday a nurse's dog who was tested for Ebola after his owner became infected with the virus has tested negative.

Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, was tested for Ebola and those samples were sent to a lab Monday.

Bentley will be monitored for a full 21-day period, similar to people exposed to the Ebola virus, and another specimen collection will be conducted again, before the end of the 21-day period.

The City of Dallas Animal Services is overseeing Bentley's care in partnership with the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the state's Department of Health Services, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the CDC. 

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Former West Texas School Official Pleads Guilty in Testing Scandal http://www.kristv.com/news/former-west-texas-school-official-pleads-guilty-in-testing-scandal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/former-west-texas-school-official-pleads-guilty-in-testing-scandal/ State News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:00:40 AM Former West Texas School Official Pleads Guilty in Testing Scandal

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A former El Paso school administrator has pleaded guilty for her role in a testing scandal.

The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1x7an3F ) Myrna Gamboa pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. The former El Paso Independent School District administrator resigned in November 2012, hours before the board was to consider whether to fire her.

Gamboa was director of schools receiving funding through a federal program designed to improve test scores for low-income students.

Prosecutors say Gamboa conspired with others to inflate district state and federal accountability scores to acquire federal funding. She caused students to withdraw from school, improperly reclassified others and discouraged potential students from enrolling.

Gamboa is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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Police Officer Hospitalized In Drive-by Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/police-officer-hospitalized-in-drive-by-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/police-officer-hospitalized-in-drive-by-shooting/ State News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 7:06:07 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Police Officer Hospitalized In Drive-by Shooting

EL PASO - A manhunt is underway in El Paso right now for someone who shot a police officer.

Witnesses say the officer had pulled a vehicle over onto the side of the road and was talking to the driver.

That's when a red car drove by and someone started firing at the police officer.

He was hit three times and is in the hospital right now in critical condition.

No new updates on that search.

 


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Texas Tech Player Injured In Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tech-player-injured-in-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tech-player-injured-in-shooting/ State News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:44 AM Texas Tech Player Injured In Shooting

LUBBOCK - Lubbock officials say a standout Texas Tech University football player has been hospitalized and released after suffering a laceration during an off-campus shooting.

University spokesman Blayne Beal tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that junior wide receiver Jakeem Grant is "doing well" after being hospitalized Sunday morning. Grant is Tech's leading receiver with 50 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns.

Beal didn't say how the Saturday night incident will affect Grant's role on the team.

Police Lt. Bryan Taylor says it's unclear what cut Grant. He says more than 20 rounds were fired from multiple weapons during a party at El Fronteriso.

Taylor says a second person was injured but the wound wasn't life threatening.

No arrests or charges have been reported.


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Driver, Horse Die After SUV Hits Man On Horseback http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-horse-die-after-suv-hits-man-on-horseback/ http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-horse-die-after-suv-hits-man-on-horseback/ State News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:17 AM Driver, Horse Die After SUV Hits Man On Horseback

HOUSTON - Police say an SUV driver and a horse were killed after the vehicle collided with a man on horseback in northwest Houston.

The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday, when the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe rammed into a man riding a horse. Both had been traveling westbound on West Little York Road in the Acres Home area.

After hitting the horse, the SUV slammed into a telephone pole and a chain-link fence.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital.

The rider was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The horse was killed in the crash.

In a statement Monday, Houston police said no charges had been filed in the incident.


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Daughters Find Parents Dead in Home http://www.kristv.com/news/daughters-find-parents-dead-in-home/ http://www.kristv.com/news/daughters-find-parents-dead-in-home/ State News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:15:55 AM Daughters Find Parents Dead in Home

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police say the death of a couple found shot at home with their two daughters inside is likely a murder-suicide.

Police believe Raul Cruz shot his wife, 43-year-old Maribel Cruz, Sunday morning. They say Raul Cruz's fatal gunshot wound was likely self-inflicted. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

One of their daughters contacted police when she noticed her stepfather's truck in the driveway that morning. Police say the daughters checked on the parents after hearing gunshots but went back to sleep because they thought they were asleep.

Neither the adult daughter nor the 15-year-old daughter was injured.

Police haven't released a motive in the killing.

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