KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:07:30 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Happy Birthday to Britain's Little Prince http://www.kristv.com/news/happy-birthday-to-britain-s-little-prince/ http://www.kristv.com/news/happy-birthday-to-britain-s-little-prince/ Continuous News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 4:13:06 AM Happy Birthday to Britain's Little Prince

LONDON - Photographs of British royal Prince George with his parents have been released to mark his first birthday on Tuesday.

The official photographs were taken earlier this month when his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took him to a butterfly exhibition at London's Natural History Museum.

One image shows George fascinated by a blue morpho butterfly.

The royals are expected to celebrate their son's first birthday with close family and friends at Kensington Palace.

Prince George is third in line to the throne, behind his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William.

 


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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Guards in Kabul http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-4-foreign-guards-in-kabul/ http://www.kristv.com/news/suicide-bomber-kills-4-foreign-guards-in-kabul/ Continuous News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 4:03:28 AM Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Guards in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

The attacker struck at the gates of the compound, which houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government as well as the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics in the heart of the country's capital, said deputy interior minister, Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi.

The nationality of the killed guards was not immediately disclosed.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media.

A police spokesman, Sayed Mahdi Kazimi, said the attacker managed to reach the entrance gate of the compound and detonated his motorbike packed with explosives in the morning hours.

The Taliban frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks against Afghan and NATO forces and government offices in the country.

Half an hour after the motorcycle bombing, another explosion wounded an Afghan civilian, said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

The attacks and the violence are shaping up as a major test of the Afghan government's ability to maintain security in volatile areas after foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

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Syria Girl Rescued After Airstrike http://www.kristv.com/news/syria-girl-rescued-after-airstrike/ http://www.kristv.com/news/syria-girl-rescued-after-airstrike/ Continuous News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 3:53:12 AM Syria Girl Rescued After Airstrike

SYRIA - Video uploaded online purports to show the aftermath of airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo, including a rescue attempt for a girl trapped under rubble.

Syrian emergency service workers worked to rescue the small girl, who was trapped underneath a table after an airstrike in what was claimed to be Aleppo.

Civil defense workers said the trapped girl and her mother were both rescued.

Another video said to be shot in Aleppo over the weekend showed firefighters tackling a blazing building, again said to be in the aftermath of airstrikes.

Purported rebels were also seen targeting locations said to be held by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in both Deraa and Reef Idlib.

NBC cannot independently verify the content of these videos.

Earlier this month, Syrian armed forces took strategic ground around Aleppo, according to residents and state media, squeezing the main rebel supply line into the city after months of battlefield gains by Damascus.

Syria's war has killed 160-thousand people.

 


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Water Therapy Teaches Pup To Walk http://www.kristv.com/news/water-therapy-teaches-pup-to-walk/ http://www.kristv.com/news/water-therapy-teaches-pup-to-walk/ Continuous News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 3:30:49 AM Water Therapy Teaches Pup To Walk

PENNSYLVANIA (WJAC) A small litter of puppies was found unable to walk and one Centre County animal shelter is working with an animal hospital to help these tiny paws take some major steps. Stuart and his brother Simon were rescued by Centre County PAWS.

After a short time it was discovered the two dogs and their sister had some difficulties walking. "Stuart's not very severely affected but he still has some problems using and coordinating motor function in both hind legs," said Dr. Bob Rider, a veterinarian with Metzger Animal Hospital. This is where a progressive treatment offered by Metzger Animal Hospital comes in to help.

Every week Stuart walks on an underwater treadmill to build up his muscles in his back legs and tiny paws.

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Cowboys Ready for Training Camp http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-ready-for-training-camp/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cowboys-ready-for-training-camp/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:11:30 PM Associated Press Cowboys Ready for Training Camp

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo probably won't have to sneak into competitive situations when the Dallas Cowboys hold their first training camp practice Thursday.

The 34-year-old quarterback tried to get some unauthorized reps in a jersey swap with Caleb Hanie during minicamp in June, about six months after a herniated disk knocked him out of the season finale and resulted in back surgery.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he expects Romo to be "full go" for the first workout in Oxnard, California. Romo's been waiting for that signal for weeks.

"He is chomping at the bit to do more," said coach Jason Garrett, who sniffed out Romo's trick last month and kicked him out of the huddle. "We need to have discipline with him. Giving him another month before we get into a competitive practice situation is certainly going to benefit him."

When he's ready, Romo faces quite a task trying to end a four-year playoff drought. He's on his third play caller in as many seasons, Garrett's future is in doubt entering the final year of his contract, and the defense is missing its two best players after its worst season in franchise history.

Scott Linehan is the passing game coordinator and play caller after getting swept out as Detroit's offensive coordinator when coach Jim Schwartz was fired. Bill Callahan had those duties last year after Garrett gave up the dual role.

Romo still has his primary weapons in running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. But the defense is missing linebacker Sean Lee, out for the season after tearing a left knee ligament in the first offseason workout, and DeMarcus Ware, the franchise's career sacks leader who was released in March.

"Well, I don't think you're into evaluating your football team for how good they are," Romo said. "I think you're just about getting better right now. In some cases, we have new stuff on both sides of the ball and we need to get people up to speed and need to fly around and know the system like the back of your hand so you can play at your fastest tempo and speed."

Some things to consider as the Cowboys head into training camp:

REPLACING LEE: This is the top priority. Justin Durant, signed as a free agent last year, is the top in-house candidate. Others are second-year player DeVonte Holloman and rookie fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens. "It's a collective thing," Holloman said. "One guy's not going to replace him."

DEZ THE LEADER: Bryant is the most experienced and by far the most accomplished receiver after the release of Miles Austin. He's also entering the final year of his rookie deal and could have a big payday coming. That was hard to imagine four years ago when one of several off-field problems for Bryant was a lawsuit over unpaid jewelry bills. "I wasn't understanding the whole process of how to be a professional player," Bryant said. "As time went on, I started learning little by little and it all came together, and it still is."

D-LINE OVERHAUL: The boldest move on draft day for Dallas was moving up 13 spots to get defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence early in the second round. The Cowboys acknowledged they might have overpaid, and did so because they thought Lawrence was the best chance to replace Ware after dumping him in a salary cap move. With Ware and 2013 sacks leader Jason Hatcher gone, it's safe to say the Cowboys will rely on plenty of new names.

JOINT PRACTICES: Dallas and Oakland will practice together Aug. 12 and 13 in Oxnard. That's after the Cowboys' preseason opener in San Diego and a couple of days before they break camp. "We used to have some unbelievable practices with the Raiders way back when," said Garrett, a backup quarterback for Dallas in the 1990s. "And I have always just felt it's a good way to really spice up training camp."

YOUNG BLOCKERS: By drafting Notre Dame's Zack Martin at No. 16 in the first round, the Cowboys now have four starting offensive linemen who are 25 or younger. Center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith figure to be in their spots for years. Ron Leary is the left guard. Martin is plugged in at right guard for the moment but could get moved next year.

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Comic-Con Strikes Again http://www.kristv.com/news/comic-con-strikes-again/ http://www.kristv.com/news/comic-con-strikes-again/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:04:16 PM Associated Press Comic-Con Strikes Again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

Inside the colorful design center - a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel's parking garage - the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the upcoming game "Batman: Arkham Knight" and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.

"We don't have to worry about retail. We don't have to worry about margins," said Doug Wadleigh, Mattel's senior vice president of global brand marketing for boys and entertainment. "We don't have to worry about operational efficiencies. We only have to worry about creating the coolest toys for our fans. Period."

It also offers some escape from Mattel's reality these days. Like other toy makers struggling in this digital, video-centric age, the company is trying to remain relevant in the retail world. Core brands like Barbie have seen less of a demand, with a 14 percent drop in sales in the first quarter of this year. Mattel had a net loss for the first three months ending March 31 that totaled $11.2 million.

But things will at least seem rosier at Comic-Con, where eager buyers for the toys await (the only other place they will be sold is on the Mattel collector's site). Mattel's exclusives this year run between $20 and $85, but elite toys can fetch much more when they're put up for auction.

The crown jewel for Wadleigh and his team this year is a Darth Vader die-cast car, the first official collaboration from Hot Wheels and the "Star Wars" franchise. The car - imagine if a Chevrolet Corvette C5 and the villainous Sith lord's helmet had a baby - comes in a sleek black box and encased in a replica of Vader's lightsaber, complete with a swooshing sound effect.

"We've been trying to partner with Lucasfilm and Disney on this property for a long time," said Wadleigh.

A full-size working replica of the Vadermobile will be on display at Mattel's booth at the massive San Diego Convention Center. The vehicle is capable of going up to 80 miles per hour, and the dashboard inside will resemble the interior of Darth Vader's helmet (yes, it will emit his breathing sounds, too).

Comic-Con will be the first place that fans can see the initial line-up of "Star Wars" Hot Wheels. The first set is modeled after such classic characters as Han Solo, Yoda, R2-D2 and Chewbacca.

Several other toy makers and publishers are also pushing collectible toys and books at Comic-Con. The line-up from Mattel rival Hasbro this year includes a set of Marvel superhero figures that comes with a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet, a box of Transformers figures depicting the 'bots as rock stars and a giant foam replica axe from "Magic: The Gathering."


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Rebels Release Train With Bodies From Downed Jet http://www.kristv.com/news/rebels-release-train-with-bodies-from-downed-jet-371554/ http://www.kristv.com/news/rebels-release-train-with-bodies-from-downed-jet-371554/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 9:54:40 PM Associated Press Rebels Release Train With Bodies From Downed Jet

UKRAINE (AP) - Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals has mounted at the rebels and their allies in Moscow. Their reluctant cooperation will soothe mourning families and help investigators, but may do little to reconcile the East-West powers struggling over Ukraine's future.

Russia's Defense Ministry said Monday it saw no evidence a missile was fired and denied involvement in the downing of Flight 17 - and suggested the Ukrainian military was at fault. President Vladimir Putin spoke out but showed no sign of abandoning the separatists as fighting flared anew near the site of the crash.

President Barack Obama accused the rebels of tampering with evidence and insulting victims' families, warning of new sanctions. Europeans will consider their own sanctions Tuesday.

The bodies of the 298 victims, most from the Netherlands, have become a part of the conflict in Ukraine because they could hold evidence of what brought the plane down on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Grief turned to anger as families begged to get the bodies of their loved ones back, while the separatists held on to the remains.

"Bodies are just lying there for three days in the hot sun. There are people who have this on their conscience," said Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son, Bryce, and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers died on their way to a vacation in Bali, in an interview with The Associated Press in the Netherlands. "When I am in my bed at night, I see my son lying on the ground. ... They have to come home, not only those two. Everybody has to come home."

International forensics experts finally gained access to the crash site Monday - an emotional experience for the head of the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team, Peter Van Vliet. Seeing the wreckage gave him goosebumps, he said.

The team stumbled across remains that had not yet been removed and inspected the perished passengers' luggage.

In Torez, a rebel-held town 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the crash site, inspectors bowed heads and clasped hands before climbing aboard refrigerated train cars holding the collected bodies. Armed rebels surrounded them, while commuters boarded other trains nearby.

The smell of decay was overwhelming. Workers wore masks, while passersby twisted their faces in horror at the odor. Temperatures hit 84 degrees F (29 degrees C), and a train engineer told the AP that a power outage had hit the refrigeration system temporarily overnight.

The rebels in Torez did not appear too conciliatory as the tense day wore on. They repeatedly tried to block reporters from access to the visiting experts, growing more aggressive throughout.

Late Monday, trucks arrived at the Torez station with plastic bags apparently filled with body parts, as well as piles of luggage - suitcases, backpacks, a purse with a Louis Vuitton label.

Ukrainian authorities said the total number of bodies recovered was 282.

Dutch investigators demanded the separatists transfer the bodies immediately, and the rebels complied after several hours.

With a long whistle and puff of smoke, the train bearing the bodies pulled slowly out of the station. Rebels holding automatic rifles walked alongside as it chugged away, a cluster of children on bicycles looking on.

It was headed through troubled territory, its destination not 100 percent clear.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the train was heading for the rebel-held city of Donetsk, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the crash site, and then on to Kharkiv, site of a crisis center controlled by the Ukrainian government. He said Ukrainian authorities have agreed to let the bodies be transferred from there to the Netherlands for identification, but gave no time frame.

Early Tuesday, the rebels handed over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Donetsk. A rebel leader, Alexander Borodai, said the orange-colored flight recorders were being handed over to Malaysian officials on the condition that they would be delivered to experts at the International Civil Aviation Organization.

"I can see that the black box is intact even though a little bit damaged, but in a good condition," Col. Mohamad Sakri of the Malaysian National Security Council. He added that the number one priority was for the bodies of the victims to be delivered to Amsterdam.

Earlier Monday, a team of international observers at the sprawling crash site described strange behavior by workers.

"When we were leaving, we observed workers there hacking into the fuselage with gas-powered equipment," OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told reporters in Donetsk.

He said there was no security perimeter Monday at one of the bigger debris fields, and monitors saw that one of the largest pieces of the plane "had somewhat been split or moved apart."

In Washington, Obama asked, "What exactly are they trying to hide?"

"This is an insult to those who have lost loved ones. This is the kind of behavior that has no place in the community of nations," he said.

On Sunday, the U.S. said there was "powerful" evidence that the rebels had shot down the plane with a Russian surface-to-air missile, including video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, being driven away from the likely launch site; imagery showing the firing; phone calls claiming credit for the missile strike and phone recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

The Russian Defense Ministry offered its own evidence Monday, showing photos it said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area before the crash - nine times alone the day the plane was brought down.

Russian officials also said they had evidence a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet had flown "between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)" from the Malaysia Airlines jet.

"(The plane) is armed with air-to-air R-60 rockets, which can hit a target from a distance of up to 12 kilometers (7 miles) and guaranteed within 5 kilometers (3 miles)," said the chief of Russia's General staff, Lt. Gen. Andrei Kartopolov.

Defense Ministry officials insisted Russia had not given the rebels any surface-to-air missiles - and said they have no evidence that any missiles were launched at all. They asked the U.S. to share any satellite images of the launch.

Putin accused others of exploiting the downing of the plane for "mercenary objectives." He said Kiev authorities had reignited the fighting after a unilateral cease-fire expired without progress on peace talks.

At the U.N., the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding international access to the crash site and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine began in mid-April after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimean Peninsula a month earlier.

Battles erupted again Monday between the separatists and government troops in Donetsk, according to city authorities. An AP reporter heard several explosions and saw smoke rising from the direction of the city airport.


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Final Spohn Presentation Held On Northside http://www.kristv.com/news/final-spohn-presentation-held-on-northside/ http://www.kristv.com/news/final-spohn-presentation-held-on-northside/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 9:16:15 PM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com Final Spohn Presentation Held On Northside

CORPUS CHRISTI - Different location, similar concerns.

Christus Spohn's final presentation on the northside Monday night brought many of the same questions and doubts as previous meetings in other parts of town.

Fueling Spohn's hospital transformation plan is the idea that Memorial is too old to be repaired and too expensive to be replaced.

But on the northside, people weren't convinced.

Some believe Memorial doesn't have to come down.

"That building is sound," believes Dr. Gloria Scott, "and it can be restructured inside easily."

Others questioned why taxpayers won't have the option of deciding whether to spend the money to build a new one.

"Why don't you allow us, the voters, to decide in November if we want to build a new one at our cost?" asked one member of the audience.

Hospital District CEO Jonny Hipp has said that a $400 million bond to rebuild Memorial is not realistic.

Spohn's plans instead calls for moving the ER and other services to an expanded Spohn Shoreline, tearing down Memorial, and building an HEB-sized health care center adjacent to Memorial.

The $325 million project would be paid for by Spohn, with the final $50 million coming from donations by the community.

Prior to the meeting Monday, there was some friction between Spohn and some northside leaders regarding the scheduling of the presentation.

Spohn wanted to have the meeting this week to continue the recent momentum from other meetings and while the issue was still at the forefront.

But many community leaders wanted to have it in August or September, believing that more people would be attend to attend at that time.

Local NAACP President Terry Mills says another meeting will be held August 18 at the Oveal Williams Senior Center, with or without Spohn's involvement.

 


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More Heat Less Wind-Little Rain http://www.kristv.com/news/more-heat-less-wind-little-rain/ http://www.kristv.com/news/more-heat-less-wind-little-rain/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 8:37:10 PM Chief Meteorologist Dale Nelson More Heat Less Wind-Little Rain

CORPUS CHRISTI- High pressure is keeping us very hot and dry. The "dry high" weakens a bit Wednesday and Thursday allowing a weak area of low pressure to reside along the Texas coast and produce a few isolated showers. Highs will come down slightly with the increased moisture mid-week then ramp up again by the end of this week.

Tonight will be mainly clear warm and sticky with decreasing winds and a low of 77.

Tuesday expect mainly sunny skies sweltering heat with a little less wind and continued dry with a high of 98.

Tuesday night will be mainly clear and calmer with a low 75.

Wednesday we will have isolated showers in and around mostly sunny skies and hot temperatures with a high of 97.

The heat index will back off from the last couple of days levels but still be in the 104 to 109 range.


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Manziel Scores as NFL's Top-Selling Jersey http://www.kristv.com/news/manziel-scores-as-nfl-s-top-selling-jersey/ http://www.kristv.com/news/manziel-scores-as-nfl-s-top-selling-jersey/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 5:11:13 PM Associated Press Manziel Scores as NFL's Top-Selling Jersey

CLEVELAND (AP) - Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.

The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league's top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel's No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.

Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kapernick and Denver's Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player.

New England's Tom Brady is seventh and New Orleans QB Drew Brees is eighth on the list. Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 13th and Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick, had the 16th best-selling jersey.

The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys - priced at $99.95 a pop - sold during the period. More than a few seemed to have been purchased in the Cleveland area, where brown or white Manziel jerseys can be found all over the city.

The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star, who earned his Johnny Football nickname with his playmaking ability, with the No. 22 overall pick on May 8. He's scheduled to report to training camp on Wednesday and will battle with Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter.

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Tim McGraw Returns to Corpus Christi for October Concert http://www.kristv.com/news/tim-mcgraw-returns-to-corpus-christi-for-october-concert/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tim-mcgraw-returns-to-corpus-christi-for-october-concert/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 4:20:16 PM Tim McGraw Returns to Corpus Christi for October Concert

CORPUS CHRISTI-- One of the biggest country music artists ever will be returning to Corpus Christi in October.

The Stars Scholarship Fund announced Monday that Tim McGraw will perform at the American Bank Center on October 9th to highlight their annual extravaganza.

McGraw has sold more than 40 million records over a career that's spanned three decades.
He has 35 number one hits and three Grammy awards, making him one of the most successful artists ever.
Concert proceeds go towards the Stars Scholarship Fund.

Tony Lamantia, a fund organizer, says that support of Stars is crucial, and not only to students;
"It helps everyone, It helps the community, It's the single biggest factor in the success or failure of a community is the education of its citizens, so as far as I'm concerned, it helps everybody."

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday.
The Stars Scholarship Fund expects to give out more than two and a half million dollars in scholarships next year.

 


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City: Water Main to Blame for Wasted Water on North Beach http://www.kristv.com/news/city-water-main-to-blame-for-wasted-water-on-north-beach/ http://www.kristv.com/news/city-water-main-to-blame-for-wasted-water-on-north-beach/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 3:26:24 PM Janine Reyes City: Water Main to Blame for Wasted Water on North Beach

CORPUS CHRISTI - Last week we caught some wasted water on the roads, when city crews did not properly maintain some of their sprinkler systems.

Today, we've got video of even more city water waste. The cause is main water line on North Beach. Leaks in that line have led to a body of water on Timon road that could be confused for a small pond.

People who live out there say water's been pooling on this road for weeks and call after call has not resolved the problem.

Tammy Norton is an assistant manager at the RV park the street leads to. "This is thousands of gallons of water being wasted," she said, pointing to the source of the leak.

Its wasted water that city council candidate Carrie Robertson caught on camera, too. "I'm walking in it here," she said on camera, as you could hear her feet splashing in the water, "I'm walking on the road."

It's water that norton is tired of crossing to get home. She tells us, she's called the city several times.

"Then what happens," we asked her. "nothing," she replied. "Then you call again," we asked. "We call again," she said, "same thing."

We checked in with the city. Bill Mahaffey with the water department says they have been making repairs on this line, patching problems as the surface, and with the aging infrastructure below the ground, there are plenty.

Bottom line; the main needs to be replaced in that area. That involves a large construction project that he tells us engineers are designing now.

But, for Norton and other who live near it, the mess it leaves behind and torn up road beneath are just additional problems the water waste is causing.

"The big RV's when they leave our park, they can't go under the bridge because they're too tall and so they have to come this way and they don't want to go through all this mess," Norton said, "I know that there's a new breed of a different type of mosquito and I'm worried that maybe that's going to bring some of that here."

The city water department says it doesn't know just how much water is being wasted and there's no completion date for repairs, all we are told is that the construction project is being designed right now.

By the way, the other water waste we found last week is being repaired.

Stacie Talbert with Parks and Rec says they found three broken sprinkler heads causing that water waste.

The sprinkler system at Cole Park that watered more streets and sidewalks than grass is now back up and running correctly.

Two more broken sprinkler heads along Shoreline are being repaired now and that water is turned off until repairs are complete, which should be later this week.

 


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Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts Receives Medal of Honor http://www.kristv.com/news/staff-sgt-ryan-m-pitts-receives-medal-of-honor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/staff-sgt-ryan-m-pitts-receives-medal-of-honor/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 1:54:53 PM Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts Receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.

Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama says Pitts displays "the humility and loyalty" that define America's men and women in uniform. Obama noted that the 28-year-old Pitts has said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.

Pitts was injured in the attack. But despite losing blood from wounds in both legs and an arm, he continued to fire at about 200 Taliban fighters and guided air strikes that helped repel the attack.

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Pressure Mounts for Rebels to Assist in Crash Investigation http://www.kristv.com/news/pressure-mounts-for-rebels-to-assist-in-crash-investigation/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pressure-mounts-for-rebels-to-assist-in-crash-investigation/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 1:14:24 PM Associated Press Pressure Mounts for Rebels to Assist in Crash Investigation

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families.

In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.

Four days after someone shot the Boeing 777 out of the sky, killing 298 people, pressure was growing on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in the insurgents and allow a full-scale investigation into the downing of the plane. The U.S., Ukraine and others say Moscow has armed the rebels, a charge Russia denies.

In Washington, President Barack Obama demanded that international investigators get full access to the crash site and accused the separatists of removing evidence and blocking investigators.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" Obama asked, a day after the U.S. presented what it called "powerful" evidence that the rebels had shot down the plane with a Russian surface-to-air missile.

At the U.N. in New York, the Security Council was voting later Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the crash site and a cease-fire around the area. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country would view a Russian veto of the resolution "very badly," adding that "no reasonable person" could object to its wording.

Fighting flared again between the separatists and government troops in the eastern rebel-held city of Donetsk, just 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the west of the crash site. City authorities said battles took place Monday near the town's airport. An AP reporter heard several explosions and saw smoke rising from that direction.

After the train with the bodies left the town of Torez, two military jets also flew overhead and black smoke was seen rising in the distance.

Fighting began in mid-April in eastern Ukraine after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimean Peninsula a month earlier.

There is great concern in the Netherlands about the bodies, since 192 of the plane's 298 victims were Dutch and another was Dutch-American. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday that repatriating the bodies was his "No. 1 priority."

An Associated Press reporter saw the train with the bodies leaving Torez, a rebel-held town 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the plane crash site, and overheard rebels saying it was heading for the rebel-held town of Ilovaysk. The Ukrainian government later said the train was eventually heading to a crisis center in the government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv.

In farm fields near the eastern village of Hrabove, Peter van Vliet, leader of the group from the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team visiting Ukraine, said seeing the crash site gave him goose bumps despite the heat. Workers recovered 21 more bodies from the site Monday, bringing the total to 272 bodies, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

The Dutch team - which specializes in victim recovery and identification - saw some victims' remains that had not yet been removed from the crash site. They also inspected piles of passenger luggage, suggesting that they be put in a container and shipped out.

At the Torez train station, the Dutch investigators stood for a moment with their heads bowed and their hands clasped before climbing aboard to inspect the train cars, surrounded by armed rebels.

AP journalists said the smell of decay was overwhelming at the Torez train station and many with the inspectors wore masks or pressed cloths to their faces on the sunny, 84 degree Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) day. A Ukrainian train engineer told The Associated Press that a power outage had hit the rail cars' refrigeration system for several hours overnight.

In Kharkiv, another team of international experts arrived, including 23 Dutch, three Australians, two Germans, two Americans, and one person from the U.K.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's prime minister said the rebels agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Ukraine later Monday.

The U.S. evidence that the rebels were involved in downing the plan included video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site; imagery showing the firing; phone calls claiming credit for the missile strike and phone recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

"A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "Russia is supporting these separatists. Russia is arming these separatists. Russia is training these separatists."

Putin lashed out against the criticism Monday, accusing others of exploiting the downing of the plane for "mercenary objectives."

Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, to investigate the scene. He again criticized Ukrainian government authorities in Kiev, saying they had reignited the fighting with the rebels after a unilateral cease-fire expired without progress on peace talks.

"If fighting in eastern Ukraine had not been renewed on June 28, this tragedy would not have happened," Putin said. "Nobody should or does have a right to use this tragedy for such mercenary objectives."

The head of counterintelligence for Ukraine's SBU security service, Vitaliy Najda, has said the Buk missile launchers came from Russia and called on Russia to supply the names of the service personnel "who brought about the launch of the missile" so they could be questioned. He said the rebels could not have operated the sophisticated weapon without Russian help but did not provide specific evidence for his claim.

In Moscow, Russian officials offered evidence Monday to counter U.S. claims that the rebels were responsible for shooting down the jet. The Defense Ministry showed photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area before the crash - nine times alone on Thursday, the day the plane was brought down.

Russian officials also said they had evidence that a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet had flown "between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)" from the Malaysia Airlines jet.

"(The plane) is armed with air-to-air R-60 rockets, which can hit a target from a distance of up to 12 kilometers (7 miles) and guaranteed within 5 kilometers (3 miles)," said the chief of Russia's General staff, Andrei Kartopolov.

The defense ministry officials also insisted that Russia had not given the rebels any surface-to-air missiles and added they have no evidence that any missiles were launched at all. They asked the U.S. to share any satellite images of the launch.

In the Netherlands, victims' families were being consoled Monday by the Dutch royals.

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McHugh contributed from Kiev. AP staff writers Laura Mills and Nataliya Vasilyeva reported from Moscow and Mike Corder contributed from The Hague, Netherlands.

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Man Killed While Crossing Weber Road, Suspect Drives Away http://www.kristv.com/news/man-killed-while-crossing-weber-road-suspect-drives-away/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-killed-while-crossing-weber-road-suspect-drives-away/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 1:08:49 PM Man Killed While Crossing Weber Road, Suspect Drives Away

CORPUS CHRISTI - A 61-year-old man died from being hit while crossing Weber Road on Sunday.

The medical examiner has identified Ernest Stephens as the man killed. Corpus Christi PD says he was crossing the street, but was not in a crosswalk or at an intersection, when he was hit by a silver Lincoln Navigator.

According to investigators, the driver of the Navigator pulled into a nearby parking lot and went to check on Stephens. However, the driver and roughly 5 passengers left the area once they heard police officers and an ambulance headed their way.

Stephens died less than an hour after he was taken to the hospital.

If you have any information on this hit and run case, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip online at www.888tips.com.

 


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Clashes Between Rival Militias in Libya Kill 47 http://www.kristv.com/news/clashes-between-rival-militias-in-libya-kill-47/ http://www.kristv.com/news/clashes-between-rival-militias-in-libya-kill-47/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:39:39 PM Associated Press Clashes Between Rival Militias in Libya Kill 47

CAIRO (AP) - Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the capital's international airport killed 47 people over the last week, Libya's Health Ministry said, as violence in an eastern city killed five.

The weeklong battle in Tripoli began when Islamist-led militias - mostly from the western city of Misrata - launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan.

The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed. On Monday, the burned-out shell of an Airbus A330 sat on the tarmac, a $113 million passenger jet for Libya's state-owned Afriqiyah Airways destroyed in the fighting.

"This was the pride of the Libyan fleet," Abdelkader Mohammed Ahmed, Libya's transportation minister, told journalists at the airport. "This airplane used to fly to South Africa, Bangladesh and China."

Inside the airport, closed since last Monday, the fighting left holes in the ceiling and scattered bits of its roof strewn across the floor.

The ministry said on its website late Sunday that the fighting killed 47 people and wounded 120. It also said it had not yet received the full casualty report.

Libya is witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. All the militias fighting around the airport are on the government's payroll since successive transitional authorities have depended on them to restore order.

The rival militias, made up largely of former rebels, have forced a weeklong closure of gas stations and government offices.

In recent days, armed men have attacked vehicles carrying money from the Central Bank to local banks, forcing their closure.

Libyan government officials and activists have increasingly been targeted in the violence. Gunmen kidnapped two lawmakers in the western suburbs of Tripoli on Sunday, a parliament statement said.

In Libya's second-largest city of Benghazi, five troops were killed in an attack by Islamist militias on a barrack occupied by forces allied with Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a renegade general who has vowed to crush Islamic militias, a security official said. The assault early Monday wounded 29, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

In the past two days in Benghazi, the birthplace of anti-Gadhafi uprising, gunmen killed an army officer while he was driving home and a former special forces officer.

Meanwhile, a helicopter crashed in Benghazi while transporting cash to the eastern city of Bayda because of technical failure, according to a Joint Security Committee of Benghazi statement, posted on its official website. One person killed in the crash, it said, offering no other details.

The deteriorating security conditions prompted the U.N. Support Mission in Libya last week to say it was temporarily withdrawing its staff. On Monday, Libya's official news agency reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross announced its withdrawal from Libya as well.

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Marathon Bombing: Suspect's Friend Found Guilty http://www.kristv.com/news/marathon-bombing-suspect-s-friend-found-guilty/ http://www.kristv.com/news/marathon-bombing-suspect-s-friend-found-guilty/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:36:35 PM Marathon Bombing: Suspect's Friend Found Guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack.

Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days after the 2013 bombing. The backpack contained altered fireworks.

Tazhayakov's lawyers argued that the other friend removed the items from the dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and then threw them away.

Prosecutors told the jury that both men shared in the decision to get rid of the items to protect Tsarnaev. The friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, faces a separate trial in September.

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Celebrate Summer in San Antonio http://www.kristv.com/news/celebrate-summer-in-san-antonio/ http://www.kristv.com/news/celebrate-summer-in-san-antonio/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:35:04 PM Mike Gillaspia Celebrate Summer in San Antonio

CORPUS CHRISTI - Looking for one last summer hurrah? Then consider visiting our neighbor to the north, San Antonio. Whether you have been there one time or 100 times, there's something about the River City in the summer that makes it special.

In addition to the various museums and theme parks San Antonio is known for (including Seaworld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas), visitors will also find other attractions in August, including:

KIDCATION (August 8th-17th): The Alamo City turns into a citywide playground for kids and their families, with more than 80 kid-friendly events.

RESTAURANT WEEK (August 16th-23rd): A celebration of San Antonio's robust culinary scene, where more than 50 participating restaurants provide three-course lunch and dinner menus for an affordable price.

PEOPLE EN ESPANOL FESTIVAL (August 30th-31st): A two-day event celebrating Hispanic entertainment, culture and community, where attendees can find free educational panels, dance and musical performances, including a night concert.

For details on these and other events, go to www.visitsanantonio.com.

 


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ATM Stolen from Local Marina http://www.kristv.com/news/atm-stolen-from-local-marina/ http://www.kristv.com/news/atm-stolen-from-local-marina/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:25:42 PM Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com ATM Stolen from Local Marina

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are looking for two men who they say stole an ATM from a local bait shop and made a get-a-way in a stolen boat.

The owner of Laguna Shores Marina says, he walked into work Sunday morning and noticed the door to his shop was open and that the ATM was missing, along with the door lock.

The bait shop owner told officers, he saw two men on a boat near his business and when he walked back outside the two males on the boat took off toward marker 37.

Officers say the boat was later determined to be stolen from a home located on a canal in the same area. Surveillance video from the shop has been turned over to CCPD as the investigation continues.

 


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Group Seeks to Teach Educators First Aid for Mental Health http://www.kristv.com/news/group-seeks-to-teach-educators-first-aid-for-mental-health/ http://www.kristv.com/news/group-seeks-to-teach-educators-first-aid-for-mental-health/ Continuous News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:12:36 PM Sara Donchey Group Seeks to Teach Educators First Aid for Mental Health

CORPUS CHRISTI - Teachers know that if one of their kids gets a cut or a scrape, to reach for the bandages. But what if a kid has a panic attack; can't pay attention in class; or even seems depressed?

Diane Lowrance, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County, is trying to get local teachers to think about those scenarios.

"If you see something going on that's not quite right, maybe not quite within the norm that a teacher or a parent is expecting, then what's the first thing you can do?" Lowrence said. "How do you approach the child?"

The answer may not be obvious, but the center is trying to change that.

Their "Mental Health First Aid" course is prepping teachers to identify and triage signs of behavioral or mental trouble with students.

Dr. Charles Smith is the clinical supervisor of the program, and knows there is a lot that teachers need to look out for.

"If there's some drastic change in their behavior, a drop in grades, a change in their appearance...neglecting their own self-care, that could be something (wrong)," Smith said.

Behavioral or mental problems aren't always as obvious as spotting a cough or a cold, but they may be just as important to treat once their identified and assessed.

Skarlet Pelehberg is one of the instructors of the course and shows teachers how to respond to issues that range from Attention Deficit Disorder to Schizophrenia.

She explained that her classes also demonstrate to teachers how to determine whether a student is in the middle of a mental or emotional crisis.

"It's just teaching them to recognize these signs and symptoms that could progress and become a tragedy," Pelehberg said.

The next "Mental Health First Aid Training" course will be held July 23 at the Youth Services Building at 3733 S. Port Ave. in Corpus Christi.

For information on how to sign up, contact Vicky Guerra at (361) 886-4689.

 


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