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. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:10:02 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 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. 

Pham is still being cared for at the National Institutes of Health or NIH, in Maryland. 


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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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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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