Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:11:05 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Black Friday at La Palmera Mall Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 9:07:34 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Black Friday at La Palmera Mall

Black Friday was off to a slow start at La Palmera Mall Friday morning.

Doors opened at 6:00 am, but there was no mad rush for shoppers to get to the Black Friday deals.

The malls Assistant Manager, Amanda Sanchez said that the shoppers were lucky to be taking advantage of the calm before the storm. She anticipated that the mall would be crowded by 1:00 in the afternoon.

The light traffic could be due to the fact that most stores in the mall were open on Thanksgiving evening till 10 pm.

The mall will generally close at 10 pm, and open between 8 -10 am. Sanchez urged everyone to check the web site for exact store hours.


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Best Buy prepares for Black Friday Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 7:46:09 AM Candace Torrez Best Buy prepares for Black Friday

CORPUS CHRISTI - Black Friday is underway at Best Buy where you can find deals and steals for some of the best electronics.

Some of the biggest items you can get your hands on at a Black Friday price are the HD TV's. Brands like Panasonic and Samsung TV's will be on sale for up to 50% off.

Best Buy began their Black Friday prices on Thanksgiving this year for the first time. On Friday they open their doors again at 8 AM, and the lines are already starting to build up. The huge doorbuster items will not be restocked so if you have your eye on a certain item it's important to get in line as early as possible.

For a complete list of Black Friday deals visit

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Worst Storm In Decades Hits Australia Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 7:35:58 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Worst Storm In Decades Hits Australia

AUSTRALIA - It's being called the worst storm to hit Australia in decades.

Rooftops are blowing away, power lines are being cut off, and the streets are flooding in Australia's third largest city, Brisbane.

Reports are saying up to 90,000 homes have gone without power.

12 people have been reported injured so far.


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Japanese Volcano Shooting Rocks Into The Sky Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 7:27:46 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Japanese Volcano Shooting Rocks Into The Sky

JAPAN - People in Japan are on edge after a volcano started spewing rocks this morning.

The eruption is reaching so high above the crater that it's actually disrupting local air traffic.

Japan is issuing a level-two emergency alert, which means they're restricting access to the areas near the crater.

Researchers are surveying that mountain right now, trying to get some ideas about what they can expect next from the volcano.

They said while the eruptions might continue, it doesn't look like they'll will get any worse.


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Multiple Bomb Threats After Shooting at Austin Police Headquarters Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 7:24:11 AM Multiple Bomb Threats After Shooting at Austin Police Headquarters

AUSTIN - Austin Police shot and killed a man who allegedly shot at three buildings early Friday morning.

Police said they got reports of a shooting at the Mexican Consulate, the Federal Courthouse, and the Austin Police Department Headquarters around 2:22 Friday morning.

Austin NBC affiliate KXAN reported that the suspect was seen aiming his gun at windows on the upper floors of the buildings.

Officers opened fire on the suspect outside of police headquarters; he later died from his injuries, according to the Associated Press.

Law enforcement officers shut down a portion of Interstate 35 as they investigated, but re-opened the highway around 6:00 am.

As officers were responding, they noticed a suspicious device inside the suspects car, and that the man was wearing a vest, according to an Associated Press report.

The bomb squad was called to the scene, and is in the process of determining whether there is a threat to the area.

US Marshals are still investigating the related shooting outside of the Austin Federal Courthouse.

A witness told KXAN that she heard at least 12 shots at that location.

The suspect hasn't been identified and police haven't disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.

KRIS 6 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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Attacks Kill 9 People in Iraq Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 6:10:03 AM Attacks Kill 9 People in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - Authorities in Iraq say bombings and a shooting have killed nine people around the capital, Baghdad.

Police officials say the first attack took place Friday morning when a bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad's northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, killing four people and wounding nine others.

Just north of Baghdad, a bomb blast targeting an outdoor market killed three people and wounded 12 others in the Sabaa al-Bour area.

Also, gunmen in a speeding car sprayed an army checkpoint with bullets, killing two soldiers and wounding two others in in the town of Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.

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Malaysia Airlines Apologizes for Tweet, Posts Loss Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 6:01:47 AM Malaysia Airlines Apologizes for Tweet, Posts Loss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia Airlines on Friday said its loss widened last quarter and apologized for a promotional tweet slammed as insensitive after two deadly passenger jet disasters this year.

In its last public financial result before a planned privatization and overhaul, the flag carrier said its net loss in the July-September quarter rose 53 percent from a year earlier to 576.1 million ringgit ($170.3 million).

The airline's business has suffered after a Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board, mostly from China, went missing March 8 while en route to Beijing. No trace of it has been found. In July, a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

As the airline's overhaul gathers pace, it said Friday it will continue to focus on building revenue through aggressive marketing and promotions, and better capacity management.

However, its marketing strategy came under fire after the airline tweeted Thursday, "Want to go somewhere, but don't know where?" It removed the tweet Friday, saying it was meant to inspire travelers but "unintentionally caused offence to some."

It was not the first faux pas for the airline since the disasters. In September, it scrapped the title of a competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their "bucket list." A bucket list is a term used by some English-speakers to describe a list of adventures they want to have before they die.

The airline said its quarterly revenue fell 12 percent from a year earlier to 3.33 billion ringgit ($976 million) amid poor market sentiment due to the double whammy of the disasters and intensified competition.

Declining fuel prices have helped stem losses but the airline said it continues to struggle as business in some markets, especially China, remains challenging.

The airline will be delisted and taken completely under the wing of the government by the end of the year under a $1.8 billion overhaul by majority shareholder, state investment arm Khazanah Nasional.

Under the revamp, Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers, which is 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000.

Khazanah aims to restore Malaysia Airlines to profitability by the end of 2017 and then relist its shares on the stock exchange by the end of 2019.

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Assault Suspect in Missouri Killed in Police Shootout Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 5:57:37 AM Assault Suspect in Missouri Killed in Police Shootout

MISSOURI - One man is dead and a Sheriff's Deputy is injured after a shooting in Missouri.

It happened Wednesday night in Versailles.

That's about three hours away from Ferguson.

Deputies say they went to this house to investigate an assault.

Once there -- deputies say they tried to arrest a 41 year old man.

They say they even used a taser -- twice.

But deputies say the man was able to grab a gun and start firing.

One bullet injured a deputy.

Sheriff's deputies say they opened fire -- killing the man.

State Police are investigating the shooting.


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Oil Boom Brings New Focus to Univ. of Texas' Land Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 5:29:30 AM Oil Boom Brings New Focus to Univ. of Texas' Land

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas System owns 2.1 million acres of land, most of it in oil-rich West Texas where royalty payments have soared past $1 billion each year. But a consulting group and environmental advocates say the UT System needs to do more with a valuable public resource.

A report commissioned by the UT System found "significant core challenges" with its lands office based in Midland, where the recent oil boom has led to surging revenues, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The report says the office has no engineering staff and not enough employees with industry knowledge.

The report calls on the lands office to raise salaries, a costly move it says could be outweighed by the increased revenue an improved staff could generate, including the replacement of outdated leases that pay lower royalties.

The Board of Regents has also used its Permanent University Fund - financed in part by oil and gas proceeds - for more spending than recommended by the board's guidelines, which are non-binding.

The newspaper reports that the fund has paid out $512 million more than its guidelines allow over the last four years.

Still, the fund had an overall value of $17.4 billion at the end of August, which also takes into account the system's holdings of stocks, bonds and gold bullion.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said he considered the fund to be administered well. He said any changes should be small and enacted by the Texas Legislature.

"Maybe there's something that needs fixing," Patterson told the newspaper. "I'd be more comfortable fixing what we've got than coming up with something new and different."


Information from: Austin American-Statesman

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Austin Police: Active Shooter Targets Buildings Downtwn Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 5:13:59 AM Austin Police: Active Shooter Targets Buildings Downtwn

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Police in Austin say a shooter targeted multiple buildings downtown and prompted the evacuation of police headquarters before being shot.

According to the police department's verified Twitter account, the suspect's condition early Friday wasn't immediately known.

Austin TV station KXAN reports nearby Interstate 35 has been shut down in both directions as authorities investigate the shooting. Footage aired by the station showed a bomb squad robot in the street in front of police headquarters.

Austin police did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

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Warm and Windy Weekend Continuous News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 4:44:29 AM Meteorologist Maclovio Perez Warm and Windy Weekend

The south wind returns today for a warm and windy weekend. Partly cloudy and mild. High 75.

Tonight you can expect fog and low clouds with lows dropping to about 50.

Saturday will be partly sunny with highs pushing the upper 70's Gust southeast winds to 25 mph.

Sunday will be a repeat. 

The next front will move through on Monday with  a slight chance of showers as it passes.

Sweater weather returns by Tuesday we will return to cooler weather. Lows near 45 and highs near 65.

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Eagles roll over Cowboys 33-10 for NFC East lead Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 9:07:20 PM Associated Press Eagles roll over Cowboys 33-10 for NFC East lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.

While Philadelphia didn't walk off with a playoff berth in hand after beating the Cowboys 33-10 on Thursday, it was a sweet Thanksgiving for McCoy, Mark Sanchez and the Eagles.

McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Eagles rolled in a matchup of NFC East co-leaders on the field where McCoy clinched last season's rushing title and Philadelphia won a playoffs-or-bust finale.

"This really felt like last year," said McCoy, who had a season-high 25 carries. "It really did."

Tony Romo wasn't around for that game because he was two days removed from back surgery. This time he was trying to play a quick turnaround for the first time, and after yet another back injury. He looked ragged as the Cowboys (8-4) lost their third straight home game.

"It was definitely short just from the Sunday night coming to here," said Romo, who threw two interceptions without a touchdown, snapping a streak of 38 straight games with at least one TD toss. "I don't really think that had much to do with the outcome of the game. I think they just played better than us."

The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including a rematch in less than three weeks.

"We're not into statements," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "We've given ourselves the opportunity to play meaningful football in December, and in this league, every week is a whole different deal, a whole different animal."

McCoy, who led the NFL with 1,604 yards last season, had his fourth 100-yard game in the past seven after going without one the first five weeks and secured his fourth 1,000-yard season since 2010.

Although his deficit to Dallas' DeMarco Murray in the rushing race is probably insurmountable, McCoy outgained Murray, who was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season.

Murray finished with 73 yards and Dallas' only touchdown on 20 carries, the last a 6-yard loss when he was dropped by Mychal Kendricks on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter.

"I don't really compare myself," McCoy said. "I just try to be me. I don't really get into that whole, especially during the season, 'Who's this. Who's that' thing. In the big picture, we're trying to win games."

Making his fourth start since Nick Foles was sidelined by a broken collarbone, Sanchez was 9 of 11 for 99 yards in the first quarter. That included a 27-yard scoring pass to Jordan Matthews when Sanchez hit the rookie in stride on a crossing route for a 14-0 lead.

Sanchez finished 20 of 29 for 217 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions two years after he was the starter for the New York Jets and infamously ran into the back side of one of his offensive linemen for a fumble that New England returned for a touchdown in a 49-19 Thanksgiving rout.

"It is like my favorite holiday, so that's not cool," Sanchez said. "It was a bummer. The game plan was to try not to do that. And we accomplished that."

This time, had his first scoring run since Dec. 24, 2011, with the Jets - a 2-yarder after faking the handoff to McCoy in the zone read. McCoy set up the game's first touchdown with a 38-yard run.

The Cowboys looked a little sluggish following a kickoff that came about 90 hours after their dramatic 31-28 victory at the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Murray had room to run at times but couldn't break one longer than 9 yards. Romo had plenty of time early in the game, but one time in the first half tossed a third-down pass to nobody in particular, giving the ball back to the Eagles when the Cowboys were having trouble stopping them.

"We didn't respond as well as we needed to when we were on offense," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We were never able to kind of keep ourselves in this game and certainly that's a disappointment."

Romo looked skittish at times, essentially sitting down in the pocket with nobody in position to sack him on a third-down play after Jeremy Mincey recovered McCoy's fumble at the Philadelphia 13 on the second play of the second half.

The Cowboys had to settle for a field goal, and Philadelphia answered immediately on McCoy's 38-yard scoring run, putting the Eagles up 30-10 on their third touchdown drive of at least 80 yards.

NOTES: Jeremy Maclin secured his first career 1,000-yard season with 108 yards, including a 58-yarder to set up one of Cody Parkey's three second-quarter field goals. ... Dez Bryant set up Murray's 1-yard touchdown run with a 38-yard catch and had 73 yards on four receptions. ... Parkey had four field goals total, the longest from 31 yards.

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Wind And Warmth Return For The Weekend Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 7:57:21 PM Chief Meteorologist Dale Nelson Wind And Warmth Return For The Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI- Return flow from the Gulf will result in milder then warmer temperatures with increasing winds and humidity and some fog and a few more clouds. A weak cold front will arrive Monday night with a little bit of rain and slightly cooler temperatures.

Tonight it will be damp and milder with patchy dense fog forming and a low of 55.

Friday expect mostly sunny skies a bit breezier and warmer with a high of 76.

Friday night will be breezy muggy and continued milder with a low near 60.

Saturday expect lots of sunshine mixed with a few clouds windy warm and humid with a high of 78.

Expect more of the same on Sunday with a high of 79.

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Keeping An Eye Out For Counterfeit Bills Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 7:04:01 PM Anayeli Ruiz Keeping An Eye Out For Counterfeit Bills

CORPUS CHRISTI - A recent spike of counterfeit bills in our area has prompted lots of businesses and law enforcement to take action, especially as the holiday season hits.

If you're planning on doing some Christmas shopping Black Friday you need keep an eye out for those fake bills.

"They get busy and people are handing out large amounts of cash," said Senior Officer Steve Smith with the Corpus Christi Police Department

The new bills are being printed by government have some extra security to make sure you don't fall for the fakes. Take for instance the 100 dollar bills, they have a 3D security ribbon that runs across the bill.

"All of the bills that are being made by the government are like this," said Smith.

A tip for everyone is make sure you know your money. Learn what president is printed on each bill because sometimes the culprits are bleaching the bills. Here in our area we have seen 5 dollar bills being bleached into 50 bills dollars.

"The paper part feels real in most cases the president isn't going to be right," said Smith.

If you have any doubt about the cash you are getting don't accept it.

"If anything looks wrong or suspicious doesn't look right ask the cashier or ask for a manager," said Smith.

If you are handed any fake bills during this holiday season you are told to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department.


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Shoppers Get Early Start At Best Buy Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 5:40:26 PM Kirsten Schaffer Shoppers Get Early Start At Best Buy

CORPUS CHRISTI - While some were sleeping Wednesday morning, some folks were getting into position for an early start on holiday shopping.

Some camped out at Best Buy overnight, even though the store did not open until 5 p.m. Thursday.

More than a dozen shoppers were already lined up when KRIS 6 stopped by around 10 a.m.

One young shopper said she got to the store around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. She said her mother had something to do with it.

"My mom said that's the only way she's going to buy me things so I was like 'Okay,' I guess [that's why] I came out here," laughed Diana Santos.

Another woman who camped out said she called her father in to help hold her spot in line while she took a nap in the car.

"It's been cold, it's tough!" smiled Erica Robledo. "I had to sleep in the car for awhile, I couldn't take it!"

Robledo was waiting in line for a 50" television priced at $200.

Best Buy is open until 1 a.m. Friday morning and reopens for Black Friday at 8 a.m. 


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Keeping the Tradition Strong at the 71st Annual Joe Salem Thanksgiving Dinner Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 5:20:21 PM Priscilla Torres Keeping the Tradition Strong at the 71st Annual Joe Salem Thanksgiving Dinner

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of Today's biggest Thanksgiving Celebrations was held at the Boys and Girls Club on Greenwood where hundreds turned out for the 71st annual Joe Salem Thanksgiving dinner.

Everyone we talked to agreed about what it was they were most thankful about, family. Vanessa James along with her mom, brother and sister decided to start a new tradition this year by giving back to those who otherwise wouldn't have a Thanksgiving meal.

The turkey day feast fed over 700 people and of course it wouldn't be complete without some entertainment. Spending the day with family or making some new friends, everyone agreed being thankful is what Thanksgiving is all about.


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Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 4:18:43 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Men's Basketball Back in Coastal Bend for Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team returns to the Coastal Bend looking to rebound from a disappointing 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday in Peoria. They will take on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, and then either Radford or North Carolina A&T on Saturday in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge.

• Senior guard John Jordan has scored in double figures every game this year. He is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists on the year, and needs three assists for a new school record.

• Newcomer Bryce Douvier has had a strong start to his Islanders career, averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 boards. He sat out last year after transferring from Northern Colorado.

• Sophomore Rashawn Thomas had a season-high nine rebounds at Bradley and is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 boards.

• A&M-Corpus Christi struggled offensively, scoring just 38 points on 13-of-44 shooting (.295). It marked the fewest points in the Willis Wilson era and the worst shooting game since the Iowa State game last year (.286)

• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got a boost when junior Viktor Juricek was granted an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA. The 6-foot-11 center had two points, three boards and three assists in his debut at SLU.

• The Islanders have not faced any of their potential opponents this weekend. In fact, A&M-Corpus Christi will take on a new foe for its first six games this year.

The Islanders got off to an ice-cold start from the field and never recovered in a 52-38 loss to Bradley on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. The Islanders fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Braves improved to 2-2 in the game.

A&M-Corpus Christi shot just 29.5 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from beyond the arc in the loss. John Jordan led the way with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the defeat.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has seen a number of opponents this year that it has never faced in program history, and this weekend will be no exception. The Islanders have not taken on any of their three potential opponents this weekend, and will face new foes in each of their first six contests. The first game against a familiar opponent this season will be Dec. 6 vs. Denver.

A&M-Corpus Christi has had solid success against the conferences that each team comes from. The Islanders are 11-2 against the Southwest Athletic Conference (MVSU), with the last game a loss to Texas Southern in 2007. Against the Mideastern Athletic Conference (NC A&T), A&M-Corpus Christi is 13-5, mostly against Savannah State (8-3). In matchups with the Big South (Radford), the Islanders are 4-1, but have not faced the league since 2006.

Though Sunday's win was the biggest of the Willis Wilson era, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has had its share of high-profile victories in its history. The win over St. Louis was the first over a team currently in the Atlantic 10, meaning the Islanders have defeated teams from every conference except four - the Big Ten (0-9), BIG EAST (0-3), Northeast (never played) and Patriot (never played).

John Jordan entered his senior year on the cusp of breaking a number of different school records and cementing himself as one of the greatest Islanders in program history. The Preseason First Team All-Southland selection is in the school's all-time top 10 of eight major categories and is within striking distance of the school record in six of those (see page 3 chart).

The best point guard in Islanders lore, the Houston native has posted the top three assist seasons in team history, and needs just three more assists to eclipse Brian Evans for the all-time mark. He became the Islanders' all-time leader in free throws made against Our Lady of the Lake, and is now second in school history to Evans in minutes as well.

Jordan's athleticism is nothing short of extraordinary. His running vertical has been measured at 50 inches and he has posted a standing vertical of 38 inches - numbers that put him on par with some of the best jumpers in the NBA. He gained national notoriety with his thunderous slam dunk at St. Louis on Sunday, which was highlighted in the SportsCenter Top 10 and Fox Sports Live's "The 1."

His scoring prowess has improved every year, as he finished 10th in the Southland last year with a scoring average of 14.8 points per game. He did most of the damage with his athleticism, scoring 220 of his 477 points in the paint and adding another 187 from the free throw line, mostly in situations where he was fouled while driving. This year he has finished in double figures every contest, leading the team with a 14.8 point per game average.

Jordan is also an impressive rebounder for a player just 5-foot-10. He was ranked in the Southland's top 20 in rebounding for much of the year in 2013-14. He posted 16 games with five rebounds or more, making him a threat to post the first triple-double in Islanders history.

He may be a newcomer for Islanders fans, but redshirt junior Bryce Douvier is plenty familiar to those within the program. The native of Sedgwick, Kan., sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules after joining the team from the University of Northern Colorado.

The Islanders found it was worth the wait, as he shined in his debut to the tune of 18 points and eight rebounds. In four games in an Islanders uniform, he has finished in double figures three times, averaging 12.3 points, and he has led the team in rebounds three times, averaging 7.3 per game. He narrowly missed a double-double at SLU, finishing with nine boards.

Last year, while he wasn't able to play in games, he had a big impact on the team during practice. The athletic big man served as a member of the scout squad, running the opposing team's plays in helping the team prepare for the upcoming game. His father, Randy, played professionally in Austria in the 1980s.

One of the most softspoken players on the Islanders roster is junior Brandon Pye. But Pye's game is anything but quiet. He was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation in 2013-14, knocking down 50 percent of his threes on the year.

He isn't the typical outside shooter, though, as Pye is good about picking his spots. Last year, the Mansfield, Texas, native only took more than four three-pointers on one occasion - an 0-for-6 performance from downtown at Minnesota on Dec. 28. In conference action, he was a remarkable 24-for-37 from beyond the arc during Southland play.

So far this season, he has shown more of a willingness to shoot, but also a greater willingness to take mid-range jumpers. In the season opener, he scored 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting, but came up empty on both of his shots from beyond the arc. He knocked down his first three of the season at Georgetown, going 1-for-2 from distance, and added a career-high four steals in the contest.

At SLU, he went 2-for-5 from downtown, and knocked down a pair of key jumpers early in the contest. He and Jelani Currie combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders against the Billikens, helping A&M-CC build a 10-2 lead.

After a strong freshman campaign, sophomore Rashawn Thomas returns as one of the top big men in the Southland Conference. The Oklahoma City native was named Second Team Preseason All-Southland by the league's coaches headed into his second campaign on the Island.

The big man missed the season opener with a hip injury, but came off the bench at Georgetown to play 17 minutes. He made the most of his time, going 3-for-5 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line for 12 points and added three blocks against the Hoyas.

In the game against SLU, he finished with 10 points, two steals and six rebounds. He was huge down the stretch, though, grabbing four rebounds in the last 2:15 and coldly drilling a pair of free throws. He had a season-best seven rebounds against Bradley, and is averaging 10 points and 6.3 boards in three games.

It is the second straight year he missed the season opener. Last year, he broke his jaw during strength training on the eve of the season opener and missed the first nine games. By the time he was able to return to the court, he had lost over 10 pounds of muscle while his solid food intake was limited. He was also forced to play with a mask until the middle of February.

But those things didn't stop him. In his first game after being cleared to play, he went for 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double at Oklahoma. It was the first of two double-doubles for the big man, as he added a 15-point, 12-board performance at Oral Roberts.

In conference play, he really caught fire, as he averaged 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in Southland action. During a three-game stretch in February, he was incredible on the offensive end, going 21-for-26 from the floor and averaging 18.3 points.

His physical frame has improved even more in the offseason, as he has stretched to 6-foot-8 and now weighs in at 250 pounds.

Even though the Islanders lost two key seniors along with Jake Kocher, who retired due to injury, A&M-Corpus Christi returns 62 percent of its minutes, 65 percent of its scoring, 82 percent of its assists, 61 percent of its steals and 66 percent of its blocks from a year ago.



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Hundreds Turn Out for the 33rd Turkey Chase Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 3:11:50 PM Kirsten Schaffer & Jose Martinez Hundreds Turn Out for the 33rd Turkey Chase

CORPUS CHRISTI - A few hundred friends and family turned out for the 33rd annual Turkey Chase on Thanksgiving.

The event featured a four mile run and a two mile walk. It's organized by the Corpus Christi Roadrunners, a non-profit for runners.

"I came from Houston and I'm getting ready to run so I can eat plenty of turkey later," said Sandra Judize, one of the participants.

The race originally began on North Beach, but now the annual Thanksgiving Day run is held in downtown Corpus Christi.

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Motorcycle Club Passes Out Dozens Of Thanksgiving Meals Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:35:02 AM Isaac Rodarte & Kirsten Schaffer Motorcycle Club Passes Out Dozens Of Thanksgiving Meals

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local motorcycle club passed out dozens of Thanksgiving Meals Thursday for people in need.

The Road Hoggs Motorcycle Club set up a canteen and gave out 200 meals to local homeless people in the area of the Crosstown Expressway and Leopard Street.

They served everything from turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and all of the fixings for Thanksgiving. 

"Right now today we're giving back to the community, we're providing, so we do every year, providing back to the community and also sharing our thanks for what we've been doing in the community," Alvin Francis, Jr., from the Road Hoggs.

The club said they sponsor events like these during the year to remove the stigma that bikers are bad people.

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FDA Requires Calories Be Posted on Most Menus Continuous News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:32:27 AM Rachel Cole - FDA Requires Calories Be Posted on Most Menus

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Food and Drug Administration has new rules that require restaurants, convenience stores and even vending machines to list the calorie counts for all entrees and items alike.

Now, more Americans might second guess ordering their favorites at fast food chains and most restaurants.

Kayla Butts, a nutritionist says, this is long over do and the FDA agrees. It's been a work in progress for years and is part of a health overhaul.

"I think it's a wonderful idea, it really empowers consumers, gives them more information to make good choices. This is a step, a positive step in the direction that we need to go to end obesity," Butts said.

The regulations will apply to businesses with 20 or more locations but some restaurants here locally like "Takeaway Gourmet" already comply with the calorie count rules.

"People need to know what they're eating and it seems that a lot of times you think something might be healthy but it's totally opposite of that," Mackenzie Guevara, Takeaway Gourmet restaurant owner said.

She says, marking entrees with that information helps customers make healthy choices, for themselves and their youngsters.

"I think your kids are going to do what you do, so if your mindful of it and you're letting them know, oh I'm not going to order that because it's this many calories, they're going to be doing the same thing," Guevara said.

Like Takeaway Gourmet, Starbucks and McDonalds are a few places that also list calorie counts for customers.

"Hopefully people will take that into consideration when they're in the line at McDonalds, they'll see the large fry vs. the small," Butts added.

The FDA hopes more Americans will choose wisely, once all the calorie counts are posted.

The rules are required by the recent healthcare law. Most of the changes take effect next November. Vending machines will have calorie counts the following year.


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