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. () () Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:10:34 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 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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US Military Ebola Team to Train in San Antonio http://www.kristv.com/news/us-military-ebola-team-to-train-in-san-antonio/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-military-ebola-team-to-train-in-san-antonio/ State News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:02:16 AM US Military Ebola Team to Train in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Pentagon says specialized training for a new, 30-member U.S. military Ebola response team will take place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

The team will feature 20 critical care nurses and five doctors trained for infectious disease environments, as well as five trainers in infectious diseases protocols.

It will receive up to seven days of training with personnel from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at the San Antonio post.

That includes drills on infection control and instruction on special protective equipment.

The team will then remain on "prepare to deploy" status for 30 days. That means it's on standby, ready to assist civilian medical personnel treating Ebola threats around the United States.

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Cruise Ship returns to Galveston; Passenger Negative for Ebola http://www.kristv.com/news/cruise-ship-returns-to-galveston-passenger-negative-for-ebola/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cruise-ship-returns-to-galveston-passenger-negative-for-ebola/ State News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 3:42:38 PM Cruise Ship returns to Galveston; Passenger Negative for Ebola

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.

A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution.

The Galveston County Health Department said the woman's lab test results indicated there was no risk to the public, and passengers of the cruise said they learned over the public address system she had tested negative. Carnival Cruise Lines didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the lab tests.

Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the woman and her husband drove themselves home after arriving in Galveston early Sunday. She showed no symptoms of Ebola, and the Galveston County Health Department said Sunday that lab tests on the passenger assured officials she and the public were not at risk.

The Ebola scare added some drama to the trip for the more than 4,000 passengers on the ship.

They learned through a public address system announcement that one of the passengers was being monitored for Ebola. They watched developments about the Ebola outbreak and their ship on the news. The boat was not allowed to dock in Cozumel, depriving passengers of one of the top port destinations. Travelers snapped pictures of a Coast Guard helicopter as it landed to get a blood sample from the passenger.

"We weren't worried. We ended up just hanging out and enjoying the rest of the trip," said Meredith Brooks, a Houston banker who was on her honeymoon during the cruise.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12 health officials were requiring only self-monitoring. Officials stepped up their response while the cruise was underway and two nurses were diagnosed with Ebola.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the woman was "not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew."

"We are in close contact with the CDC, and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board," the statement said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard crew flew in a helicopter Saturday to meet the Carnival Magic and retrieved a blood sample from the woman. He said the blood sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.

The ship was refused clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel. There were no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship, officials said.

Passenger James Dinkley of Thelma, Texas, took the cruise to celebrate his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife. He said there was some initial confusion and agitation after they learned of the situation, were delayed in Belize for several hours and had the Cozumel visit cancelled. But he said the cruise line kept everyone informed with regular updates after that.

"There was a lot of confusion, especially when they canceled our Cozumel day," he said.

Carnival gave passengers credit for the missed Cozumel leg. They received $200 in credits and a 50 percent discount on future cruises.


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Should Ebola Concerns Result in Schools Closing? http://www.kristv.com/news/should-ebola-concerns-result-in-schools-closing-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/should-ebola-concerns-result-in-schools-closing-/ State News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 2:30:00 PM Should Ebola Concerns Result in Schools Closing?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas health commissioner says concerns over the spread of Ebola should not result in schools closing or the cancellation of school events.

Commissioner David Lakey issued a statement Sunday saying "there is no reason for schools to close ..."

He says children who live with a person being monitored for Ebola should not be excluded from school.

Lakey says none of the three people in Dallas infected with Ebola went to a school and normal cleaning procedures are sufficient for any school building.

The Belton school district temporarily closed three of its campuses after a family of four, including two students, traveled on the same flight as one of the two nurses diagnosed with the virus.

Health officials say the nurse was not displaying symptoms when she traveled.


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WHO Faulted for Ebola Failures as Obama Taps Czar http://www.kristv.com/news/who-faulted-for-ebola-failures-as-obama-taps-czar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/who-faulted-for-ebola-failures-as-obama-taps-czar/ State News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 5:52:26 PM Associated Press LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

The stepped-up scrutiny of the international response came as U.S. officials rushed to cut off potential routes of infection from three cases in Texas, reaching a cruise ship in the Caribbean and multiple domestic airline flights. Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration debated the value of restricting travelers from entering the U.S. from countries where the outbreak began, without a resolution.

But with Secretary of State John Kerry renewing pleas for a "collective, global response" to a disease that has already killed more than 4,500 people in Africa, the WHO draft report pointed to serious errors by an agency designated as the international community's leader in coordinating response to outbreaks of disease.

The document - a timeline of the outbreak - found that WHO, an arm of the United Nations, missed chances to prevent Ebola from spreading soon after it was first diagnosed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea last spring, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. Its own experts failed to grasp that traditional infectious disease containment methods wouldn't work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems, the report found.

"Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall," WHO said in the report, obtained by The Associated Press. "A perfect storm was brewing, ready to burst open in full force."

The agency's own bureaucracy was part of the problem, the report found. It pointed out that the heads of its country offices in Africa are "politically motivated appointments" made by the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, who does not answer to the agency's chief in Geneva, Dr. Margaret Chan.

Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, agreed that WHO acted far too slowly.

"It's the regional office in Africa that's the front line," said Piot, interviewed at his office in London. "And they didn't do anything. That office is really not competent."

WHO declined to comment on the document, which was not issued publicly, and said that Chan would be unavailable for an interview with the AP. She did tell Bloomberg News that she "was not fully informed of the evolution of the outbreak. We responded, but our response may not have matched the scale of the outbreak and the complexity of the outbreak."

Meanwhile, Obama moved to step up the U.S. response to the disease, naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, as the administration's point man on Ebola.

Klain is a longtime Democratic operative who also served as a top aide to Vice President Al Gore. He does not have any medical or public health expertise. But the White House said he would serve as "Ebola response coordinator," suggesting his key role will be to synchronize the actions of many government agencies in combatting the disease.

"This is much broader than a medical response," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, citing Klain's experience in the private as well as public sector and his relationships with Congress.

"All of that means he is the right person for the job, and the right person to make sure we are integrating the interagency response to this significant challenge," he said.

Republican lawmakers continued pushing the administration Friday to consider restricting travel to the U.S. from the three Ebola-stricken West African countries. But despite Obama's statement Thursday that he was not "philosophically opposed" to such a ban, Earnest affirmed the White House's resistance to such a move.

Republican Mike Leavitt, a former health secretary under President George W. Bush, said Friday that he sees "lots of problems" with such a ban. While it may seem like a good idea, Bush administration officials who considered it to contain bird flu concluded that it would not work, while raising a host of difficult questions about who would be allowed to travel.

Other nations have taken steps to prevent travelers from the affected areas from crossing their borders. The Central American nation of Belize announced that it would immediately stop issuing visas to people from West African countries where Ebola had spread.

U.S. officials continued their efforts to contain the fallout from the nation's first reported case of Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian traveler who died last week at a Dallas hospital.

Officials said they were working to remove a hospital worker - who had handled an Ebola lab specimen - from a Caribbean cruise ship, although she had gone 19 days without showing any sign of the infection. The Carnival Cruise Lines ship was headed back to its home port of Galveston, Texas, on Friday after failing to get clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, and officials in Belize would not allow the woman to leave the ship.

The lab worker and her spouse were in isolation and she is "not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew," a cruise line spokeswoman said.

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland said that a Dallas nurse, Nina Pham, brought there for Ebola treatment was very tired but resting comfortably Friday in fair condition.

"We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.

Another nurse to contract Ebola, Amber Vinson, was being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Concerns persisted about people who might have been in contact with her during a recent trip between Texas and Ohio. Police said Vinson stayed at the home of her mother and stepfather in Tallmadge, northeast of Akron, and the home has been cordoned off with yellow tape. Eight individuals in northeast Ohio were under quarantine, health officials said.

Frontier Airlines said it would contact passengers on seven flights, including two that carried Vinson and others afterward that used the same plane.

Despite the stepped up attention to disease, though, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Friday that officials in many countries were focused too much on their own borders.

"I still don't think that the world has understood what the possible downside risk is not just to the west African economy but to the global economy. And we are still losing the battle," he said.

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Adam Geller reported from New York. Other AP writers who contributed to this story include Angela Charlton in Paris; Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jessica Gresko, Lara Jakes and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington; David Dishneau in Frederick, Maryland; Ann Sanner in Columbus, Ohio; Michelle Chapman in New York; and Patrick Jones in Belize City.

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Three More Babies Test Positive for TB in El Paso http://www.kristv.com/news/three-more-babies-test-positive-for-tb-in-el-paso/ http://www.kristv.com/news/three-more-babies-test-positive-for-tb-in-el-paso/ State News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:44:22 PM Three More Babies Test Positive for TB in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Three more babies have tested positive for tuberculosis after a nurse's assistant infected with the illness possibly exposed about 860 babies at an El Paso hospital's nursery.

El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said Thursday that of the total of 11 cases at Providence Memorial Hospital, seven are possible false positives because they had been vaccinated against TB previously.

Parents of 95 percent of those possibly exposed have been contacted.

Preventive medical treatments have been offered for all positive cases and for 205 babies under 6 months of age. None of the positive cases have active TB, the often deadly and contagious form of the disease.

The worker reported TB-related symptoms in July but was allowed to continue working for weeks.

 


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School Bus Kills Cyclist http://www.kristv.com/news/school-bus-kills-cyclist/ http://www.kristv.com/news/school-bus-kills-cyclist/ State News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 4:43:33 AM School Bus Kills Cyclist

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police are searching for a driver who they say fatally hit a 56-year-old bicyclist with a school bus and drove off.

Fifty-six-year-old cyclist Bobby Brooks of Houston was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday. Police say Brooks was riding through a crosswalk when the yellow bus hit him while making a turn.

Police say they don't know who the bus belongs to or where it was going. A Houston school district spokeswoman says the vehicle wasn't a district bus or one contracted to transport its students.

It's unclear if anyone else was onboard.

Police are investigating.

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Health Officials Identify Second Healthcare Worker Diagnosed with Ebola http://www.kristv.com/news/health-officials-identify-second-healthcare-worker-diagnosed-with-ebola/ http://www.kristv.com/news/health-officials-identify-second-healthcare-worker-diagnosed-with-ebola/ State News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 2:50:32 PM Health Officials Identify Second Healthcare Worker Diagnosed with Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola in Texas is a 29-year-old nurse who treated a Liberian man in the days before he died of the disease in a Dallas hospital.

Medical records provided to The Associated Press by Thomas Eric Duncan's family show Amber Joy Vinson inserted catheters, drew blood, and dealt with Duncan's body fluids before he died last week. It's not clear how she contracted the virus.

Kent State University in Ohio says three employees are related to a Vinson, who visited family in Ohio and flew from Cleveland to Dallas shortly before she was diagnosed Wednesday.

A university statement says the woman is a graduate of Kent State, receiving degrees in 2006 and 2008, but didn't visit the college's campus on her most recent visit.

 

 


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Ex-Texas School Teacher Guilty in Child Porn Case http://www.kristv.com/news/ex-texas-school-teacher-guilty-in-child-porn-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ex-texas-school-teacher-guilty-in-child-porn-case/ State News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 1:00:27 PM Ex-Texas School Teacher Guilty in Child Porn Case

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A former North Texas high school journalism teacher faces up to 60 years in federal prison for soliciting teens for child pornography.

Gregory Bogomol (BOH'-guh-mahl) of Fort Worth pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of production of child pornography.

The 38-year-old Bogomol, who formerly taught at Denton High School, faces sentencing Feb. 12 in Fort Worth.

The investigation began after the parents of a 15-year-old Louisiana boy reported he received suggestive cellphone messages from someone pretending to be a girl.

Prosecutors say Bogomol in April coerced a boy into sending a sexually explicit image of himself. Bogomol a few days later coerced another child to also send a suggestive image.

Bogomol resigned his teaching position shortly before being arrested in May.


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Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions in Ebola Care http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-nurses-cite-sloppy-conditions-in-ebola-care/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-nurses-cite-sloppy-conditions-in-ebola-care/ State News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 6:38:01 AM Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions in Ebola Care

DALLAS (AP) - A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.

Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United.

Burger convened a conference call with reporters to relay what she said were concerns of nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Eric Duncan - the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. - died last week.

Duncan died Oct. 8, and the hospital said Sunday that one of his nurses had tested positive for Ebola. She is hospitalized and was listed Tuesday in good condition. On Wednesday, Texas health officials announced that a preliminary test indicated a second, unidentified health care worker at the hospital had been infected with the disease.

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of Nurses United, said the statement came from "several" and "a few" nurses, but she refused repeated inquiries to state how many. She said the organization had vetted the claims, and that the nurses cited were in a position to know what had occurred at the hospital. She refused to elaborate.

Among the nurses' allegations was that the Ebola patient's lab samples were allowed to travel through the hospital's pneumatic tubes, opening the possibility of contaminating the specimen delivery system. The nurses also alleged that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling.

Duncan died Oct. 8, and the hospital said Sunday that one of his nurses had tested positive for Ebola. She is hospitalized and was listed Tuesday in good condition.

Wendell Watson, a Presbyterian spokesman, did not respond to specific claims by the nurses but said the hospital has not received similar complaints.

"Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously," he said in a statement. "We have numerous measures in place to provide a safe working environment, including mandatory annual training and a 24/7 hotline and other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting."

He said the hospital would "review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees."

The nurses alleged that:

- Duncan was kept in a non-isolated area of the emergency department for several hours, potentially exposing up to seven other patients to Ebola;

- Patients who may have been exposed to Duncan were kept in isolation only for a day before being moved to areas where there were other patients;

- Nurses treating Duncan were also caring for other patients in the hospital;

- Preparation for Ebola at the hospital amounted to little more than an optional seminar for staff;

- In the face of constantly shifting guidelines, nurses were allowed to follow whichever ones they chose.

"There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system," Burger said.

Even today, Burger said, some hospital staff at the Dallas hospital do not have proper equipment to handle the outbreak.

"Hospital managers have assured nurses that proper equipment has been ordered but it has not arrived yet," she said.

The nurses' statement said they had to "interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available," even as he produced "a lot of contagious fluids." Duncan's medical records, which his family shared with The Associated Press, underscore some of those concerns.

Almost 12 hours after he arrived in the emergency room by ambulance, his hospital chart says Duncan "continues to have explosive diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and projectile vomiting." He was feverish and in pain.

When Ebola was suspected but unconfirmed, a doctor wrote "using the disposable shoe covers should also be considered." At that point, by all protocols, those shoe covers should have been mandatory to prevent anyone from tracking contagious body fluids around the hospital.

A few days later, however, entries in the hospital charts suggest that protection was improving.

"RN entered room in Tyvek suits, triple gloves, triple boots, and respirator cap in place," wrote a nurse.

The Presbyterian nurses are not represented by Nurses United or any other union. DeMoro and Burger said the nurses claimed they had been warned by the hospital not to speak to the media or they would be fired. They did not specify whether the nurses making the claims were among Duncan's caregivers.

The AP has attempted since last week to contact dozens of individuals involved in Duncan's care. Those who responded to reporters' inquiries have so far been unwilling to speak.

David R. Wright, deputy regional administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which monitors patient safety and has the authority to withhold federal funding, said his agency is going to want to get all of the information the nurses provided.

"We can't talk about whether we're going to investigate or not, but we'd be interested in hearing that information," he said.

CDC officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Duncan first sought care at the hospital's ER late on Sept. 25 and was sent home the next morning. He was rushed by ambulance back to the hospital on Sept. 28. Unlike his first visit, mention of his recent arrival from Liberia immediately roused suspicion of an Ebola risk, records show.

The CDC said Tuesday 76 people at the hospital could have been exposed to Duncan after his second ER visit. Another 48 people are being monitored for possible exposure before he was hospitalized.

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Controversy Over Ebola Suit as Halloween Costumes http://www.kristv.com/news/controversy-over-ebola-suit-as-halloween-costumes/ http://www.kristv.com/news/controversy-over-ebola-suit-as-halloween-costumes/ State News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 4:31:50 AM Controversy Over Ebola Suit as Halloween Costumes

DALLAS - With Halloween fast approaching, stores in the US are busy stocking up on the latest scary costumes.

And popular this year - 'Hazmat' suits, respirators and gas masks.

Originally inspired by the hit series 'Breaking Bad,' if it looks like it fends off Ebola, it might be popular.

"I personally don't mind," said Monika Jachowicz, a resident in Arlington, Virginia.

"I think on Halloween people just want to have a good time. I don't see any harm in that," she said.

But in Dallas, where a third person was diagnosed as having the disease, people think it's insensitive.

"I really don't think people are thinking about that. I don't think they're thinking about the families and the victims," said Mikhael Gilmore, a Texas Resident.

So far, more than 4,500 people have lost their lives to Ebola. On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation projected the pace of infections accelerating in west Africa - to as many as 10,000 new cases a week within two months.

 


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Second Healthcare Worker Test Positive For Ebola http://www.kristv.com/news/second-healthcare-worker-test-positive-for-ebola/ http://www.kristv.com/news/second-healthcare-worker-test-positive-for-ebola/ State News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 4:16:39 AM Second Healthcare Worker Test Positive For Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The Texas Department of State Health Services says that a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.

The department says in the statement emailed early Wednesday and posted on its website that the worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediate isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. It says a preliminary Ebola test was conducted late Tuesday at a state public health lab in Austin, Texas, and confirmatory testing will be conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The statement says the health care worker, who wasn't identified, was interviewed to identify any contacts or potential exposures.

Department spokeswoman Carrie Williams confirmed the release with The Associated Press.

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Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law http://www.kristv.com/news/appeals-court-reinstates-texas-voter-id-law/ http://www.kristv.com/news/appeals-court-reinstates-texas-voter-id-law/ State News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 4:45:50 PM Associated Press Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.

The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, who determined the law unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting.

The 5th Circuit did not rule on the merits of the law; instead, it determined it's too late to change the rules for the upcoming election. Early voting starts Oct. 20.

The law remains under appeal. For now, the ruling is a key victory for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years. The Texas law, considered the toughest of its kind in the nation, requires that an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters will need one of seven kinds of photo identification to cast a ballot.

The Justice Department says more than 600,000 of those voters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, lack eligible ID.

In her ruling last week, Gonzales Ramos, an appointee of President Barack Obama, called the law an "unconstitutional burden on the right to vote." Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott quickly sought an emergency ruling from the conservative-leaning appeals court before the upcoming election. Abbott is on the ballot as the Republican nominee for governor.

Nineteen states have laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls. Courts across the country have knocked down challenges - including at the U.S. Supreme Court - but the Texas case attracted unusual attention from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

He brought the weight of his office into Texas after the Supreme Court last year struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, which had prohibited the state from enacting its voter ID law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. Democrats and minority rights groups joined the Justice Department in the lawsuit.

The full Voting Rights Act had blocked Texas and eight other states with histories of discrimination from changing election laws without permission from the Justice Department or a federal court. Holder vowed to wring whatever protections he could from the new and weakened version, and made Texas a first target.

Abbott, who is favored to win the race against Democrat Wendy Davis to replace Rick Perry as governor, said minorities and whites alike supported the law in public opinion polls. Abbott's office also pointed to other states, such as Georgia and Indiana, where similar measures have been upheld.

But opponents slammed Texas' law as far more discriminatory. College students IDs aren't acceptable, but concealed handgun licenses are. Free voting IDs offered by the state require a birth certificate that costs as little as $3, but the Justice Department argued that traveling to get those documents imposes a burden on poor minorities.

As a result, opponents say, Texas has issued fewer than 300 free voter IDs since the law took effect. Georgia, meanwhile, has issued 2,200 voter IDs under a program with more robust outreach.

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Experts: Broken Wall Panels on Plane Only Cosmetic http://www.kristv.com/news/experts-broken-wall-panels-on-plane-only-cosmetic/ http://www.kristv.com/news/experts-broken-wall-panels-on-plane-only-cosmetic/ State News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:45:52 AM Associated Press Experts: Broken Wall Panels on Plane Only Cosmetic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An American Airlines flight heading from San Francisco to Dallas made an emergency landing when the cabin's wall panels cracked loose, but aviation experts said the plane does not rely on the parts for safety.

While it is disconcerting for passengers to see any piece of an aircraft break, the cabin's wall panels are not part of the plane's structure, said Robert Ditchey, an aeronautical engineer with four decades of experience.

"The plastic wall has no meaning to the safety of the plane. They are there so you don't have to look at the bare walls," said Ditchey, a former U.S. Navy pilot.

While he agreed with flight attendants who told travelers the problem was cosmetic, "it's not normal for this to happen to a side wall," he said. "Someone is going to have to fix this airplane."

The Boeing 757 departed from San Francisco International Airport shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, and the captain decided to turn around an hour into the flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport because of a possible blown air duct, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

Flight 2293 landed without incident about 2:15 p.m. No one on the plane with 184 passengers and six crew members was hurt, he said. Even though the plane's problem is related to pressurization, the cabin did not lose pressure and oxygen masks did not deploy, Miller said.

James Wilson of Kyle, Texas, said he and his fellow passengers knew there was a problem within minutes of takeoff. Wilson, 32, an amateur race car driver returning from a competition in Northern California, said they felt the fuselage violently shake and heard popping noises coming from outside the plane as it made its initial ascent.

Then they watched in horror and screamed for the flight attendants to come as interior panels on both sides of the aircraft pulled apart from the walls.

"It was the whole Row 14 on all sides, from the floor to the ceiling," said Wilson, who was seated in the row right behind and felt a change in cabin pressure. "It sounded like it was popping and banging so loud at first I thought stuff was coming out of the overhead compartments."

Crew members were "pulling the panels apart and looking for daylight behind there," he said.

Wilson took a photograph of what was happening and posted it on his Facebook page so his wife, who was en route to Dallas to pick him up, would know what had happened in case of a crash.

Over the concerns of nervous passengers, the captain announced that the flight would continue on to Dallas because the pressure inside the cabin was stable, but he changed his mind and decided to make the emergency landing after he saw the damaged panels for himself, Wilson said.

"We had some very professional flight attendants, and they did a very good job keeping people calm. They said, 'It's just cosmetic,'" he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will work with the airline to determine the plane's problem and correct it before it flies again, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

American Airlines plans to send a different plane to fly the passengers to Dallas on Tuesday, Miller said.

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About 70 Hospital Staffers Cared for Ebola Patient http://www.kristv.com/news/about-70-hospital-staffers-cared-for-ebola-patient-384651/ http://www.kristv.com/news/about-70-hospital-staffers-cared-for-ebola-patient-384651/ State News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 5:25:45 AM About 70 Hospital Staffers Cared for Ebola Patient

DALLAS (AP) - They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.

About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas, according to medical records his family provided to The Associated Press.

The size of the medical team reflects the hospital's intense effort to save Duncan's life, but it also suggests that many other people could have been exposed to the virus during Duncan's time in an isolation unit.

On Monday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the infection of the nurse means the agency must broaden the pool of people getting close monitoring. Authorities have said they do not know how the nurse was infected, but they suspect some kind of breach in the hospital's protocol.

The medical records given to the AP offer clues, both to what happened and who was involved, but the hospital said the CDC does not have them.

A CDC spokeswoman said the agency reviewed the medical records with Duncan's care team and concluded that the documents were not helpful in identifying those who interacted directly with the patient.

"This is not something we can afford to experiment with. We need to get this right," said Ruth McDermott-Levy, who directs the Center for Global and Public Health in Villanova University's College of Nursing.

Until now, the CDC has been actively monitoring 48 people who might have had contact with Duncan after he fell ill with an infection but before he was put in isolation. The number included 10 people known to have contact and 38 who may have had contact, including people he was staying with and health care professionals who attended to him during an emergency room visit from which he was sent home. None is sick.

The CDC has not yet established a firm number of health care workers who had contact with Duncan.

"If this one individual was infected - and we don't know how - within the isolation unit, then it is possible that other individuals could have been infected as well," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. "We do not today have a number of such exposed people or potentially exposed health care workers. It's a relatively large number, we think in the end."

Caregivers who began treating Duncan after he tested positive for Ebola were following a "self-monitoring regimen" in which they were instructed to take their temperatures regularly and report any symptoms. But they were not considered at high risk.

Typically, the nurses, doctors and technicians caring for a contagious patient in isolation would be treating other people as well, and going home to their families after decontaminating themselves. The hospital has refused to answer questions about their specific duties.

The 1,400-plus pages of medical records show that nurses, doctors and other hospital employees wore face shields, double gowns, protective footwear and even hazmat suits to avoid touching any of Duncan's bodily fluids. Ebola spreads through direct contact with those fluids, usually blood, feces and vomit. The virus has also been detected in urine, semen and breast milk, and it may be in saliva and tears.

CDC officials said there were chinks in that protection at Texas Presbyterian, but they have not identified them and are investigating.

"Patient had large, extremely watery diarrhea," a nurse wrote in a report filed the day Duncan tested positive.

Another nurse noted that Duncan's urine was "darker in color with noted blood streaks."

It was unclear from the records released to the AP how many of the approximately 70 individuals involved in Duncan's care had direct contact with his body or fluids.

Dr. Aileen Marty, a World Health Organization doctor who recently returned to Florida International University after a month fighting Ebola in Nigeria, said no amount of protection is going to help if hospital workers do not put on and take off their protective layers carefully.

"The first thing in caring for someone with Ebola is to do everything in your power to never become a victim," she said.

And tracking all contacts, even within the medical setting, is complicated.

Generally, the first step in locating care providers for isolated infected patients is a personnel log on the door, "that should have everyone going in and out, signing in and out," said Dr. Lisa Esolen, Geisinger Health System's Medical Director of Health Services and Infection Prevention and Control. Medical records indicate the Dallas hospital had a log.

On the day before Duncan died, records indicate that at least nine caregivers entered and exited the room.

A spokesman for Texas Health Resources, the hospital's parent company, said the CDC probably has a log from the room door that would list everyone who got close to Duncan.

Dr. Christopher Ohl, who heads Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's infectious-disease department and has worked with the CDC in the past, said the expanding monitoring "is an abundance of caution that's probably beyond what needs to be done" because medical caregivers will notice if they're getting a fever, and they're not contagious until that point.

"You start to know when you get those body aches and headaches, most people know that," he said. "It's not like you're surprised by it. Most people can figure out what to do when that happens."

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Associated Press writers Maud Beelman and Jamie Stengle contributed to this report.

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Doctor Who Beat Ebola Gives Blood for Infected Dallas Nurse http://www.kristv.com/news/doctor-who-beat-ebola-gives-blood-for-infected-dallas-nurse/ http://www.kristv.com/news/doctor-who-beat-ebola-gives-blood-for-infected-dallas-nurse/ State News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 5:22:28 AM Doctor Who Beat Ebola Gives Blood for Infected Dallas Nurse

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas nurse who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian patient who died of the disease has received a plasma transfusion donated by a doctor who beat the virus.

Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in an outbreak the World Health Organization calls "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times."

Federal health officials say they are ramping up training for medical workers who deal with the infected. Medical records indicate nurse Nina Pham was among about 70 hospital workers who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

Pham is the first person infected with Ebola in the U.S.

Family members and a mission group say Kent Brantly, a doctor who survived Ebola, has donated blood for a transfusion that could save the 26-year-old nurse.

Duncan died on Wednesday.

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Coast Guard Rescues Sailboaters in Trouble http://www.kristv.com/news/coast-guard-rescues-sailboaters-in-trouble/ http://www.kristv.com/news/coast-guard-rescues-sailboaters-in-trouble/ State News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 4:45:42 AM Coast Guard Rescues Sailboaters in Trouble

GALVESTON - Two men were rescued off the coast of Galveston Monday morning after their sailboat became lodged on a jetty.

The men aboard the French Kiss called for help just after 6 a.m.

The Coast Guard sent a boat crew, but they were unable to reach the men since they were stuck on the rocks.

A Coast Guard helicopter came to the rescue just in the nick of time as the sailboat drifted off the rocks and began sinking.

"We were only on scene about 20 minutes," said Lt. Erin Gill, a pilot aboard the rescue helicopter. "When we got there it was on one side of the jetty on the rocks and by the time we left it had washed over the jetties and was sinking on the other side. There was no way to safely put the swimmer on the boat. The only way to effect the rescue was to get them in the water."

Both men were lifted to safety. One was treated by EMS crews for minor injuries.

The weather conditions during the rescue included 6-foot seas and 30 knot winds.

 


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