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. () () Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:04:08 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Hooks Win Series vs Midland, Shirley Shines http://www.kristv.com/news/hooks-win-series-vs-midland-shirley-shines/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hooks-win-series-vs-midland-shirley-shines/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:47:06 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Win Series vs Midland, Shirley Shines

CORPUS CHRISTI - Tommy Shirley struck out six in six shutout innings while allowing four hits as Corpus Christi thumped Midland 9-3 Thursday before 5,382 at Whataburger Field.

The Hooks, who took three of four from Midland, stand 12-8. The RockHounds are 11-8.

Shirley (2-2), who's logged 10 straight shutout innings, walked just one. He threw 86 pitches, 55 for strikes. Houston's ninth-round selection four summers ago has 28 strikeouts vs. four walks over 23 1/3 innings and five appearances this season.

Matt Heidenreich earned a three-inning save.

Matt Duffy made Andrew Werner (0-2) pay for a fat first-inning fastball, driving his 1-0 pitch into the Corpus Christi bullpen for a 2-0 Hooks lead. Preston Tucker started two-out trouble with a bouncing single up the middle.

A two-out flurry again damaged Midland in the second. Jio Mier singled to center and took second on a wild pitch. Nine-hole hitter Tyler Heineman picked him up with a low liner to right, making it 3-0.

Werner subsequently issued a full-count free pass to Chris Epps and was removed for Ryan Doolitle after just 1 2/3 innings, four hits, two strikeouts and 49 pitches.

The RockHounds threatened for the first and only time against Shirley during the fifth. Chad Oberacker's infield single pushed Dusty Coleman into scoring position with two away, but the tall lefty got Miles Head on a fly to Tucker just inside the right-field line.

The Hooks responded by executing a two-out delayed double steal for a 4-0 advantage, Epps (lead-off walk) on the front end and Duffy on the back. Joe Sclafani helped Epps along by singling to left.

A bunt single, book-rule double and consecutive sacrifice flies in the sixth put Corpus Christi's run total at six. Leo Heras, Nolan Fontana, Mier and Heineman participated in the assault of Jesus Castillo.

With Shirley in the clubhouse, Midland struck for two in the seventh off Heidenreich. Jefry Marte reached on an error and Coleman walked before Oberacker's one-out double. Head followed with an RBI single.

 


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Local Veteran Selected For Trip Of A Lifetime To Washington http://www.kristv.com/news/local-veteran-selected-for-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-washington/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-veteran-selected-for-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-washington/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 8:42:24 PM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com Local Veteran Selected For Trip Of A Lifetime To Washington

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was a special night at Whataburger Field on Thursday night for one local veteran from Ingleside, but it followed an even more incredible experience in Washington.

Andrew Jackson Adams, Jr. enlisted in the Navy at 17 in 1944, at the tail end of World War 2.

But the former Navy Master Diver was just in time for both Korea and Vietnam.

Adams is now 87 and in better shape than most veterans his age, so his family encouraged him to apply for something called an "Honor Flight".

"I had more or less forgotten about it, and then I got a call and they asked me if I was still interested, and I said certainly," Adams recalls.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that provides trips for veterans, flying them to Washington DC, and allowing them to see the memorials dedicated to them.

They are able to do it alongside other veterans who share their memories.

"I was hoping that I would run into a lot of my old buddies," he said, "but I made a lot of good friends while I was on this trip, and we exchanged email addresses and phone numbers and all that, and we'll be in touch.

Adams and others who served in World War 2 are given priority for the Honor Flights.

Before his recent trip, Adams hadn't been to Washington in more than 50 years, and might not have made it otherwise.

For him, it was the trip of a lifetime, and totally free.

"They put us up, gave us our meals. They even gave us tickets for booze if we wanted to drink," he laughs.

"Everything was paid for."

To cap it all off, he got to throw out the first pitch at the Hooks game on Thursday night.

It was a one time honor for the same reasons as the permanent honors in the nation's capital.

If you know a veteran who would appreciate a paid trip to Washington, or if you would like to help pay for other veterans to make the trip, go to www.honorflight.org.

The video below explains more about the organization...


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Local Doctor Reacts to Friend's Shooting Death in Afghanistan http://www.kristv.com/news/local-doctor-reacts-to-friend-s-shooting-death-in-afghanistan/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-doctor-reacts-to-friend-s-shooting-death-in-afghanistan/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 8:36:49 PM Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com Local Doctor Reacts to Friend's Shooting Death in Afghanistan

CORPUS CHRISTI - The deaths of three American doctors in Afghanistan is being felt in the coastal bend.

Dr. Keith Rose, a plastic surgeon in Corpus Christi said he was friends with Dr. Jerry Umanos, one of three doctors shot dead by an Afghan security officer Thursday morning.

"Dr. Jerry was an amazing guy...I'm sad for him, and I'm sad for the people that he worked with. Those that worked with him loved him," said Dr. Rose.

Dr. Umanos was a Chicago pediatrician who worked at the CURE International Hospital, a charity-based children's hospital in Kabul, for the past seven years.

"Jerry was an integral part of CURE. He taught other physicians; he gave them a tremendous amount of his time. He [could have been] back here in the states making good money, living a comfortable life," explained Dr. Rose.

Doctors Rose and Umanos operated on Afghan children whose families couldn't afford health care.

"Because of Jerry and the training that he taught other doctors...there will be generations that are going to be around because of his care," said Dr. Rose.

Dr. Umanos will also be missed in his hometown. Staff at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago was shocked to learn of his death.

"We have lost a great friend. Our clinic is grieving right now. Our hearts are broken," said James Brooks, Chief of Ministry Office at Lawndale Christian Health Center.

While Dr. Umanos's friends and family continue to mourn his death, Dr. Rose is confident that his friend leaves a lasting legacy in Afghanistan.

"Although Jerry's gone...his teaching and the way he cared for the Afghan people is going to last a long time."

The alleged gunman was arrested. Afghan authorities haven't released a motive for the attack.


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Law Meant to Protect Abuse Victims Rarely Used http://www.kristv.com/news/law-meant-to-protect-abuse-victims-rarely-used/ http://www.kristv.com/news/law-meant-to-protect-abuse-victims-rarely-used/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 6:26:38 PM Janine Reyes Law Meant to Protect Abuse Victims Rarely Used

CORPUS CHRISTI -- State Representative Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) authored the bill that unanimously passed the Texas Legislature in 2009 as 'Mary's Law.'

It's designed to protect victims of domestic violence from their accused abusers by allowing judges to give alleged domestic violence offenders ankle monitors. A companion pager provided to alleged victims would give them warning if the other person came too close.

In an earlier KRIS 6 News report, we found the provision had only been used 4 times. That's changed since October, up to 24 times now. Still, a judge in Nueces County has never taken part.

Proponents say that's not nearly enough and they want to strengthen the law. The problem is insufficient funding.

Cassandra Perez knows all too well how inadequate a protective order can be. She was stabbed 97 times with a box cutter by her boyfriend back in December 2009.

He had prior charges of domestic violence. Mary's Law is designed to prevent repeat offenses by allowing a layer of protection that's more than just a piece of paper, like a restraining order.

Holley-Lowe of the Women's Shelter of South Texas will be in Austin tomorrow to meet with the Texas Council on Family Violence.

Her goal is to strengthen the law and encourage more frequent application. She hopes additional funding can provide Nueces County with equipment to finally put Mary's Law to lifesaving use.

"That was always disturbing to know that a law that may protect victims of family violence is not be utilized," Holley-Lowe explained.

We checked with Adult Probation supervisors today, and while they do have GPS ankle monitors, they don't have equipment with a pager to alert victims and judges would need that to enforce this law.

A group of Social Working students from Texas A&M Kingsville are working on solutions to strengthen the law. Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi, is also researching methods to make the law he authored more effective.

 

 


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FDA Eases Into Regulating E-cigarettes http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-eases-into-regulating-e-cigarettes/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-eases-into-regulating-e-cigarettes/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 6:04:26 PM FDA Eases Into Regulating E-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic devices are a good thing or a bad thing overall, whether they help smokers kick the habit or are a gateway to ordinary paper-and-tobacco cigarettes.

The proposed rules, issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, tread fairly lightly. They would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products.

Some public health experts say a measured approach is the right one. They think that the devices, which heat a nicotine solution to produce an odorless vapor without the smoke and tar of burning tobacco, can help smokers quit.

"This could be the single biggest opportunity that's come along in a century to make the cigarette obsolete," said David Abrams, executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the American Legacy Foundation.

Still, some wonder whether e-cigarettes keep smokers addicted or hook new users and encourage them to move on to tobacco. And some warn that the FDA regulations could have unintended consequences.

"If the regulations are too heavy-handed, they'll have the deadly effect of preventing smokers from quitting by switching to these dramatically less harmful alternatives," said Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Scientists haven't finished much research on e-cigarettes, and the studies that have been done have been inconclusive. The government is pouring millions into research to supplement independent and company studies on the health risks of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products - as well as who uses them and why.

"There are far more questions than answers," acknowledged Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

But he said the proposed rules "would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA."

The FDA has left the door open to further regulations, such as a ban on TV advertising and fruit- or candy-flavored e-cigarettes - measures that some anti-smoking groups and members of Congress are demanding.

"It is inexcusable that it has taken the FDA and the administration so long to act. This delay has had serious public health consequences as these unregulated tobacco products have been marketed using tactics and sweet flavors that appeal to kids," the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said in a statement.

The FDA said it wants more evidence before it rushes into more regulations.

Any further rules "will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.

Electronic cigarettes are becoming a big business. The industry started on the Internet and at shopping-mall kiosks and has rocketed from thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide, with a choice of more than 200 brands.

Sales are estimated to have reached nearly $2 billion in 2013. Tobacco companies have noticed that e-smokes are eating into cigarette sales, and they have jumped into the business, too.

Smokers like e-cigarettes because the nicotine-infused vapor looks like smoke but doesn't contain the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down.

"If the product as I use it now becomes illegal, I'm not sure what'll happen. I'll probably end up smoking again," said 38-year-old Jason Todrick of Huntington Beach, Calif., who kicked his more than 20-year smoking habit two years ago using an e-cigarette.

In addition to mandating warning labels that say nicotine is an addictive chemical, the rules would require e-cigarette makers to disclose their products' ingredients. They would not be allowed to claim their products are safer than other tobacco products.

In addition, they couldn't give out free samples or sell e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in a place open only to adults, such as a bar.

The public and the industry will have 75 days to comment on the proposed rules. There is no timetable for when the FDA will issue its final rules. Many believe the process will wind up in court.

"It seems to be a responsible approach ... and shows the FDA's commitment to look at particular e-cigarettes in a science-based way rather than just conjecture," said Jason Healy, president of Blu e-cigs, which is owned by the tobacco company Lorillard Inc. and is the largest player in the market. Blu accounts for almost half of e-cigarettes sold.

Also on Thursday, the FDA proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.

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AP Business Writer Matthew Perrone contributed to this report.

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Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 


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DHS Secretary Puts Ex-Watchdog on Leave http://www.kristv.com/news/dhs-secretary-puts-ex-watchdog-on-leave/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dhs-secretary-puts-ex-watchdog-on-leave/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 5:02:29 PM DHS Secretary Puts Ex-Watchdog on Leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security secretary has put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave. This comes after a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees.

Secretary Jeh Johnson says he put Charles K. Edwards on leave from his new job in Homeland Security's science and technology office Thursday.

Johnson says other people implicated in the Senate report have already left Homeland Security, but he will continue to take appropriate action as more information is learned.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 


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Island Realtors Concerned About Possible Scammer http://www.kristv.com/news/island-realtors-concerned-about-possible-scammer/ http://www.kristv.com/news/island-realtors-concerned-about-possible-scammer/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:54:49 PM Sara Donchey Island Realtors Concerned About Possible Scammer

PORT ARANSAS -- Anthony James Garceau was arrested in Port Aransas this week after realtors tipped off police that he had outstanding warrants in other counties.

But locals don't know him by that name; they know him as Tony Stiles.

Keith Donley is one of several realtors who say they've met Garceau--also known as Tony Stiles--earlier last year.

Garceau approached Donley and he said he wanted to buy one of his million dollar listings.

But Garceau was unusually pushy with Donley and with a handful of his associates.

"(He said) we've gotta do this, let's push, let's advance this," Donley said. "(He wanted to) forget about the safeguards, the protocols that are typically in place."

Garceau made a play for a house in a high-end Port Aransas neighborhood for $1.2 million dollars. But every time Donley asked him to come up with the money, Garceau came up with an excuse instead.

"He couldn't get the money," Donley said. "He wanted to wire it all at one time, he didn't have time to be bothered with it. he was too busy, he was too important."

Garceau even asked Donley he could live in the house for a week before he put any money down.

"I basically told him to put up or shut up," Donley said. "We needed the money, and he wasn't going to take possesion of the house until we had it."

Several other realtors in Port Aransas and Padre Island said they'd had similar experiences with the same man, but were afraid to be identified in our story.

Garceau was arrested in Port Aransas earlier this week for out-of-town warrants. He's wanted in Guadalupe County for deceptive business practicesa dna in Bexar County for assault.

Garceau posted $4,500 dollars bond and left police his address. But the address is for a shopping center on Padre Island, and several business people said they'd never seen Garceau there before.

But now, realtors are on the lookout for Garceau, and say they're taking extra precautions to make sure every transaction is legitimate.

 


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Buc Days Slack Competition http://www.kristv.com/news/buc-days-slack-competition/ http://www.kristv.com/news/buc-days-slack-competition/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:32:29 PM Buc Days Slack Competition

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Buc Days Rodeo got underway today with the slack competition featuring ladies barrel racing.

There weren't as many folks in the stands for this competition which happened during the day, but that doesn't mean the times put in today won't count.

Often times there are more competitors than there are slots during tonight-time performances, so the extra competitors are allowed to perform during the week.

The scores and times posted will go up against all the other competitors at the American Bank Center thru Sunday.

 


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Homeowners Have Their Eyes on Proposed Wind Farm http://www.kristv.com/news/homeowners-have-their-eyes-on-proposed-wind-farm/ http://www.kristv.com/news/homeowners-have-their-eyes-on-proposed-wind-farm/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:20:06 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com Homeowners Have Their Eyes on Proposed Wind Farm

CORPUS CHRISTI - Over the last few weeks, the city and the Chamber of Commerce have taken steps to oppose a proposed wind farm out near chapman ranch.

That land is within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction, and officials are concerned the project will hurt economic growth on the southside.

Today, KRIS 6 News asked homeowners nearby what they think about the proposed project.

These are homeowners that live off Staples, between the botanical gardens and crosstown.

If the wind farm goes up, those neighborhoods could be the southern most point for major development in the city.

That wind turbines would be pretty far off in the distance, but they would definitely be visible to the homeowners.

One homeowner told us she definitely has her eye on the project.

"It is very concerning because we kind of like seeing farm fields and open land, which I know eventually was going to be houses anyway. But yes, definitely. To walk into your backyard and see a wind farm is disturbing," she says.

She added she was concerned about property value.

"We're not worried about putting it on the market and not being able to sell it, but we have by the same token, we have invested a lot of money, and we'd like to see that property value stay where it is," she says.

Another homeowner, James Schwarz, told us that for him, the biggest worry is not knowing exactly how it's all going to play out.

For now, he's comfortable knowing that at least these wind turbines would be pretty far off in the distance.

"Where I'm at right here, it may not be that big of a deal to me right this minute, but you know, I'm not concerned right now," he says.

The city is currently trying to annex the land where the wind farm would go up.

 


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Nagy Named Southland Player of the Year, Moore Earns Coach of the Year Honor http://www.kristv.com/news/nagy-named-southland-player-of-the-year-moore-earns-coach-of-the-year-honor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nagy-named-southland-player-of-the-year-moore-earns-coach-of-the-year-honor/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:31:21 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Nagy Named Southland Player of the Year, Moore Earns Coach of the Year Honor

CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second consecutive year junior Peter Nagy has been named the Southland Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year, the league announced today. In addition, Director of Tennis Steve Moore earned the Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honor for the eighth straight year and becomes the first coach in the history of the Southland Conference in any sport to win coach of the year eight consecutive years.

The Islanders (17-9, 6-0 SLC) placed a total of four players on the all-conference teams for singles play with sophomore Ricardo Mayagoitia and sophomore Javier Pujol joining Nagy on the all-conference first team, and freshman Paul Cook earning a spot on the second team.

Nagy, a native of Budapest, Hungary compiled a perfect 6-0 record this season in Southland matches at No. 1 singles, and never lost a set throughout league play. He also finished the regular season with a team-best 18-3 dual-match record in the No. 1 position. Nagy has tallied a 15-1 career record in the Southland, with his only loss in his career in conference play coming during his freshman year. Prior to winning Southland Player of the Year last season, Nagy was tabbed Southland Freshman of the Year in his first year as an Islander. As a team, the Islanders have earned the player of the year honor four times, with Nagy winning the award twice, and Andrey Kumantsov (2007) and Laurent Montoisy (2011) each claiming the accolade once.

"I love that Peter got this award, because he is the hardest working, most motivated guy, and it really validates that hard work pays off," Moore said. "Peter has improved so much, he's changed his body and become much more physical. He has improved every facet of his game. I really believe Peter has a career as a tennis player for 10 years after college. What I am most proud of Peter is how coachable he has become and what a great leader he has developed into. He sets the tone for this team with his fighting spirit and passion.

"Peter is such a great model for our team because he embraces the athletic disciplined lifestyle, the rest, eating, the hydration that allows a player to have the energy to practice hard day in and day out, build and retain muscle, and keep a high immune system. These are the things that really matter in player development, but often are not talked about enough. Peter chooses to be as good at these things as any player as I have ever coached."

Joining Nagy on the first team in singles play is Mayagoitia and Pujol. Mayagoitia garners his second consecutive first-team honor after compiling a 5-1 conference record in the No. 2 spot. The native of Monterey, Mexico is this week's Southland Conference Men's Player of the Week after clinching the final regular-season match for the Islanders. The victory clinched the seventh straight Southland Conference regular-season title for the Islanders. He enters this weekend's Southland Conference Tournament with an overall 13-7 record in No. 2 singles.

"Ricky stands for everything good about the Islanders," Moore said. "Ricky came in playing No. 8 in singles a year and a half ago and through extreme hard work and discipline he has developed into one of the top players in the country. There is no player that I don't believe Ricky has a chance to beat because he is such a fighter and never quits. He has been such a rock for us. I can't believe how fulfilling it is to see the guy that shows up and practices extra everyday become a great player and what a great message that sends."

Pujol is the third Islander to earn a spot on the first team after earning second-team distinction a year ago. Along with Nagy and Cook, the sophomore tallied a perfect 6-0 record in Southland play and is currently on a five-match winning streak. Pujol earned four of his conference wins at No. 3 singles and two at No. 4 singles, while recording an overall 15-9 record.

"Javi showed great courage this year, moving up to No. 3 when we needed him and delivering big for this team," Moore said. "Javi won because he has the biggest heart and an amazing fighting spirit. On a hot windy day he is the guy everyone fears playing. He has matured so much mentally and developed his game tremendously. Over the last year he has been put into some of the biggest matches for us, and been the last guy on the court, and risen up like a gladiator for the Islanders."

In just his first year, Cook tallied a perfect record in conference play in the No. 6 spot with a 6-0 record to earn second-team honors and the conference championship at No. 6. After joining the Islanders in the spring, Cook registered an overall 9-4 mark with eight of those wins coming in the sixth slot. He is currently on a five-match winning streak and has really been a consistent player for the Islanders in singles and doubles play this season.

"Paul grew tremendously this year," Moore said. "He really matured, listened and learned very well. He started making good choices and his game propelled up because of it. Paul really stepped in and became a force for our team in singles and doubles. He showed tremendous competitive spirit and consistency at the end of the year. I'm very proud of Paul for the way he improved this spring. He made a great contribution to our team."

Moore earns his eighth consecutive coach of the year award after leading the men's team to seven straight Southland Conference regular-season titles. Under his leadership the men's team only allowed five points in Southland play this season, for a total season record of 35-5. The Islanders have won 12 consecutive regular-season conference matches in three years. In addition, the men's team has lost just one regular-season Southland Conference match in the last eight years since Coach Moore returned to take over the men's team in 2007. Moore was previously tied with Aaron Fox of UTSA in indoor track and field and Sonny Jolly of Lamar in outdoor track and field at seven straight awards.

A&M - Corpus Christi also placed a pair of doubles teams on the all-conference teams with the tandem of Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo earning first-team honors and the sophomore duo of Mayagoitia and Pujol on the second team.

Nagy and Rauseo collected a 4-1 record in the conference in the No. 1 spot and an overall mark of 9-6. The pair is currently on a three-match winning streak and earned the conference championship at No. 1 doubles.

"Peter and Guillaume really grew as a team," Moore said. "They are playing excellent doubles at the time of the year that matters the most. They really made a commitment to play the right style and work hard on the right things, and they just kept improving every week. They compete extremely hard and compliment each other very well. Peter was used to playing No. 1 doubles and has been a great leader. I'm very proud of Guillaume for the way he has risen up and developed as a doubles player. These guys both have a great future in doubles as well as in singles."

Mayagoitia and Pujol teamed up together for the first team this season at Lamar in the No. 3 spot to win, 8-1. The pair then won their next three out of four matches at No. 3 doubles for a conference mark of 4-1 to win the conference championship at No. 3.

"Ricky and Javi stepped in and just started outfighting people at No. 3 doubles," Moore said. "They are tough and smart. Their weapons are their footwork and their hearts. They are extremely tenacious competitors and have really become a high-level doubles team. I'm very proud of the improvement they have made."

Also earning a conference championship in doubles play was the senior-freshman duo of Matt Westmoreland and Cook at No. 2 doubles. The pair registered a 3-1 mark in conference play in the No. 2 position. The duo started the season on a four-match winning streak and has put together a 7-6 overall mark.

The Islanders will host the men's and women's Southland Conference Tournament this weekend at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. The men's team earned the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 New Orleans at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. For more information on the tournament click HERE.

For all the latest on Islanders Tennis, like the team on Facebook (IslandersTennis) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTennis).

2014 All-Southland Conference Men's Tennis Teams and Individual Awards

 

Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Peter Nagy, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Freshman of the Year: Partha Adavelly, Nicholls

Newcomer of the Year: Josip Smoljan, UIW

Coach of the Year: Steve Moore, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


First-Team All-Conference Singles

Peter Nagy, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Nico Mertens, Nicholls

Partha Adavelly, Nicholls

Ricardo Mayagoitia, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Javier Pujol, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Josip Smoljan, UIW


Second-Team All-Conference Singles

Paul Cook, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Nikita Lis, Lamar

Bernard Wezeman, Nicholls

Marco Bensley, Abilene Christian

Juuso Laitinen, Lamar

Nico Agritelley, Abilene Christian


First-Team All-Conference Doubles

Peter Nagy/Guillaume Rauseo, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Partha Adavelly/Bernard Wezeman, Nicholls

Borta Cortes/Guilherme Gesser, Abilene Christian


Second-Team All-Conference Doubles

Ricardo Mayagoitia/Javier Pujol, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Jason Proctor/Nico Agritelly, Abilene Christian

Evan Karatzas/Nico Mertens, Nicholls


Conference Champions

No. 1 Singles: Peter Nagy, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-0)

No. 2 Singles: Nico Mertens, Nicholls (5-0)

No. 3 Singles: Josip Smoljan, UIW (6-0)

No. 4 Singles: Bernard Wezeman, Nicholls (5-1)

No. 5 Singles: Jeandre Hoogenboezem, Lamar (3-0)

No. 6 Singles: Paul Cook, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-0)


No. 1 Doubles: Peter Nagy/Guillaume Rauseo, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-1)

No. 2 Doubles: Paul Cook/Matt Westmoreland, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1)

Jason Proctor/Nico Agritelly, Abilene Christian (3-1)

No. 3 Doubles: Ricardo Mayagoitia/Javier Pujol, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-1)

 


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Attack Kills U.S. Doctors in Afghanistan http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-kills-u-s-doctors-in-afghanistan/ http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-kills-u-s-doctors-in-afghanistan/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:08:21 PM Attack Kills U.S. Doctors in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN (NBC News) - An American doctor killed in an attack at a charity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan is being remembered as a hero.

Pediatrician Dr. Jerry Umanos was led by his convictions and his faith to move to Afghanistan to treat children and train other physicians.

He, along with two other Americans, was killed Wednesday when a member of the Afghan public protection force assigned to guard the facility opened fire inside the hospital. A fourth American was wounded.

"Just a really selfless guy, and he knew the dangers in Afghanistan but he just really felt called to be there," says Dave Wilcoxen, a colleague of Umanos at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.

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Woman Accused of Stealing Toy from Gravesite http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-toy-from-gravesite/ http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-toy-from-gravesite/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:05:34 PM Woman Accused of Stealing Toy from Gravesite

OHIO (WKYC) - Ohio police say a Mansfield woman has been served a summons for a charge of petty theft in connection with a toy taken from a child's grave that was captured on surveillance video.

Police say the woman, Frieda Kay Shade, 54, of Mansfield came to the police department on Wednesday night and offered an explanation. Shade told police that she witnessed a dog running loose on the property where the child's grave was located and she took the toy to prevent the dog from destroying it.

Ontario police were flooded with tips and calls after they posted video on Facebook showing the stuffed duck toy being removed from the grave of 14-month-old Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan.

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Baker Hughes to List Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid http://www.kristv.com/news/baker-hughes-to-list-chemicals-used-in-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baker-hughes-to-list-chemicals-used-in-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:01:32 PM Associated Press Baker Hughes to List Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit.

The oil and gas industry has said the chemicals used are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but environmental and health groups and government regulators say a loophole that allows companies to hide chemical "trade secrets" has been a major problem.

A statement on the Baker Hughes website said the company believes it's possible to disclose 100 percent "of the chemical ingredients we use in hydraulic fracturing fluids without compromising our formulations," to increase public trust.

"This really good news. It's a step in the right direction," said Dr. Bernard Goldstein, the former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. "One hopes that the entire industry goes along with it."

But Goldstein noted one "major hedge" in the Baker Hughes position, since the company said it will provide complete lists of the products and chemical ingredients used in frack fluids "where accepted by our customers and relevant governmental authorities."

Still, Goldstein said the Baker Hughes language sets a new standard for transparency and "clearly distinguishes them from Halliburton," another major industry supplier.

A Halliburton spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A boom in drilling has led to tens of thousands of new wells being drilled in recent years using the fracking process. A mix of water, sand and chemicals is forced into deep underground formations to break rock apart and free oil and gas. That's led to major economic benefits but also fears that the chemicals used in the process could spread to water supplies.

The mix of chemicals varies by company and region - and some of the chemicals are toxic and could cause health problems in significant doses - so the lack of full transparency has worried landowners and public health experts.

Many companies voluntarily disclose the contents of their fracking fluids through FracFocus.org, a website partially funded by the oil and gas industry that tracks fracking operations nationwide. But critics say the website has loose reporting standards and allows companies to avoid disclosure by declaring certain chemicals as trade secrets.

A U.S. Energy Department Task Force report issued in March that found that 84% of the wells registered on FracFocus invoked a trade secret exemption for at least one chemical. The Task Force said it "favors full disclosure of all known constituents added to fracturing fluid with few, if any exceptions."

The FracFocus website is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, both based in Oklahoma, and is funded by industry and the Energy Department.

Jerry Baker of the Oil and Gas Compact said he doesn't know of any other major supplier that has made a pledge similar to the one from Baker Hughes.

"It's a business decision on their part," Baker said. "Somehow, they've committed to this at the highest levels" of disclosure.

The Interior Department is expected to finalize proposed regulation for hydraulic fracturing on public lands by the end of the year. The measure would apply to some 700 million acres of federal lands and 56 million acres of lands controlled by federally recognized Indian tribes.

The rule proposed last year would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in fracking operations. The information would be made public.

The DOE said 25 states now mandate public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, including 15 that use FracFocus as a reporting tool.

Industry groups oppose the disclosure rule, saying it would be costly for businesses, with little environmental or safety benefit. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's top lobbying group, has praised the efforts of states to adopt the FracFocus database for disclosing chemicals, but has said additional federal regulations could jeopardize economic growth.

API spokesman Zachary Cikanek said in an email that they strongly support the use of FracFocus to provide the public with information on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

"We also welcome additional efforts by individual companies to increase public engagement and transparency," Cikanek added.

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Daly reported from Washington.

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White Supremacist in Court on Murder Charges http://www.kristv.com/news/white-supremacist-in-court-on-murder-charges/ http://www.kristv.com/news/white-supremacist-in-court-on-murder-charges/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 2:02:26 PM White Supremacist in Court on Murder Charges

KANSAS - The 73-year-old white supremacist accused of killing three people in Kansas appeared in court today.

Frazier Glenn Cross was wheeled into the courtroom for the hearing where his defense attorney requested the scheduling conference be pushed back a month.

Cross is accused of shooting a man and his grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, then driving to a nearby jewish retirement complex and shooting a 53-year-old woman.

None of the three people who died was jewish.

The judge set the scheduling conference for May 29th.

 


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Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project' http://www.kristv.com/news/russia-s-putin-calls-the-internet-a-cia-project-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/russia-s-putin-calls-the-internet-a-cia-project-/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 1:44:58 PM Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project'

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists - barred from national television - have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

Russia's parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. Also, businessmen close to Putin now control Russia's leading social media network, VKontakte.

Speaking Thursday at a media forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that the Internet originally was a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such."

To resist that influence, Putin said, Russia needs to "fight for its interests" online.

A Russian blogger complained to Putin that foreign websites and Yandex, the web search engine which is bigger in Russia than Google, are storing information on servers abroad, which could be undermining Russia's security.

In his reply, Putin mentioned unspecified pressure that was exerted on Yandex in its early years and chided the company for its registration in the Netherlands "not only for tax reasons but for other considerations, too."

Although Putin's comments didn't include any specific threats to Yandex, one of Russia's most successful tech companies, its shares plunged by 5 percent at the Nasdaq's opening on Thursday.

In a statement Thursday, Yandex said the company got registered in the Netherlands "solely due to the specifics of corporate law," not because of the low taxes there and added that its core business is based in Russia and "practically all the taxes are paid in Russia."

Reacting to Putin's claims that Yandex was under "pressure," the company said it got its first investments from international funds and investors, "which is the usual practice for any online start-up in any country."

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Texas Woman Gets 3 Years for Investment Fraud http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-woman-gets-3-years-for-investment-fraud/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-woman-gets-3-years-for-investment-fraud/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 1:43:25 PM Texas Woman Gets 3 Years for Investment Fraud

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A South Texas woman who scammed financial clients by using an actor pretending to be a wealthy investor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

A federal judge in Galveston on Thursday sentenced Kimberly Fontenot of Brazoria County on fraud convictions and ordered her to repay more than $115,000.

Prosecutors say about 20 people were victims in the wire and identity fraud scheme associated with a firm called Stellar Grants Inc.

Investigators say Fontenot in 2012 lured clients by falsely claiming to know numerous wealthy people - she called them "angel investors," but barred the victims from contacting them.

Authorities say Fontenot hired a voice actor to impersonate the bogus investors during conference calls.

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Crime Stoppers: Assault in Walmart http://www.kristv.com/news/crime-stoppers-assault-in-walmart/ http://www.kristv.com/news/crime-stoppers-assault-in-walmart/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 1:41:03 PM Crime Stoppers: Assault in Walmart

CORPUS CHRISTI - A woman was assaulted inside a Walmart this past weekend and Aransas Pass Police need your help tracking him down.

Surveillance video and images from the store are not the greatest quality, but investigators hope someone who knows the suspect will still be able to make an identification.

Police say the chubby Hispanic man followed a woman around the store on Easter Sunday. Without warning, she was attacked, then the man calmly left the store.

He was seen leaving the parking lot in a newer, blue 4-door car.

If you can identify this man, call Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 800-245-8477.

 


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Buccaneer Days: Arrr You Ready? http://www.kristv.com/news/buccaneer-days-arrr-you-ready-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/buccaneer-days-arrr-you-ready-/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:38 PM Mike Gillaspia Buccaneer Days: Arrr You Ready?

CORPUS CHRISTI - The 77th Buccaneer Days Celebration is ready to get underway in the Coastal Bend.

An annual event in Corpus Christi since the late 1930's, this year's edition offers a variety of entertainment, including rodeos, musical performances, parades and a carnival, which begins this evening (April 24th) at 5 PM. Other popular features include the Dunking of the Mayor, which is scheduled for 6 PM tonight (April 24th) along the downtown bayfront, and the Buc Days Junior Parade, which is set to begin Saturday morning at 11 AM at Shoreline Blvd. and Mann Street. The popular illuminated night parade will take place Saturday, May 3rd at 8 PM.

If bull riding and calf roping are more up your alley, then you'll want to be sure to catch all of the action at the Buc Days Pro Rodeo, which runs April 24th through 27th inside the American Bank Center.

This year, KRIS Communications is sponsoring a free Park & Ride opportunity in cooperation with the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority. Parking will be available in the KRIS Communications lot at Blucher St. and Comanche St. In addition to riding to Buc Days events for free, you will also get $3 off each Adult gate ticket and $1 off each Child gate ticket.

For more information on Buc Days, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.bucdays.com.

 


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The 'Welcome Home' Project: From Homeless to Home http://www.kristv.com/news/the-welcome-home-project-from-homeless-to-home/ http://www.kristv.com/news/the-welcome-home-project-from-homeless-to-home/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:58:39 AM Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com The 'Welcome Home' Project: From Homeless to Home

CORPUS CHRISTI - Homelessness is a very prominent issue in the coastal bend. The bigger problem for some organizations though, is transitioning nearly 35-hundred people who live on the streets or in shelters, to a real place to call home.

Now, one local church is teaming up with a non-profit agency to push forward with a project that prepares homes and a surprise of a lifetime for family's in need.

Fresh paint, new light fixtures and dozens of donations are all part of the "Welcome Home" project. A way of getting family's out of poverty and into a place of hope.

"This is a really important opportunity that we can engage in the community and do some meaningful work in people's lives, transforming their physical space," Catherine Albert said.

Albert is the Outreach Director with Grace Presbyterian Church. She says the idea for the project came to her while she was watching television.

"The one night I was watching a commercial and I heard this song "I'm Coming Home" I knew right then that, that is something we needed to do," Albert said.

She also serves on the board for the Salvation Army. She says that's where those in need can complete "Operation Bridge" to help them go from homeless to home. It's an 18-month program through the Salvation Army, that people can complete in order to start the process of moving out of a shelter.

"They prepare them learning budgets, getting jobs and doing various kinds of training, and those kinds of things and once they complete that program they're able to move out," she added.

The "Welcome Home" project takes it a step further. Albert wants the family to feel "Embraced by Grace." The first home was picked out by a single mother of two, trying to get back on her feet.

"She thinks that it's just going to be, she finds the space to live in and we go pick up furniture at the Salvation Army Thrift store," Albert said.

However, come Sunday, April 27th, dozens of people will be standing on the sidewalk ready to welcome them to a fully furnished home. Complete with everything they need including bedding, dishes and a home cooked meal.

Organizers say, they plan to continue doing the "Welcome Home" project for many years to come. Their hope is to change the lives of those, who are in need of a second chance.

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Seven iPads Stolen from Walmart in Calallen http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-ipads-stolen-from-walmart-in-calallen/ http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-ipads-stolen-from-walmart-in-calallen/ Continuous News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:39:47 AM Seven iPads Stolen from Walmart in Calallen

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man caught on security cameras by Walmart is accused of stealing seven iPads from a display case last month.

The electronics taken from the Calallen location on March 19th are worth $3,100.

The suspect is Hispanic, about 30-years-old, 5'8" tall, weighing 170 pounds with a tattoo on the right side of his neck and another below his left eye. He was wearing a Houston Texans ballcap, a leather jacket, and jeans.

If you have any information on the man's identity, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or submit a tip online at www.888tips.com.

 


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