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. () () Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:12:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 "Discover the Dinosaurs" Wraps Up Another Year http://www.kristv.com/news/discover-the-dinosaurs-wraps-up-another-year/ http://www.kristv.com/news/discover-the-dinosaurs-wraps-up-another-year/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:59:07 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

CORPUS CHRISTI - Once again, dinosaurs took over the American Bank Center today.

"Discover the Dinosaurs" wrapped up this evening.

Kids and their parents got to learn about dinosaurs and even sit on some.

They also got to dig for fossils.

Kids that have gone in the past say the event this year was perhaps the best yet.

They really seemed to like the new Ice Age exhibit.

"The saber tooth tiger, that thing was huge! I was freaked out! That surprised me. I thought they were like the size of a tiger, a regular tiger. I was surprised," one kid says.

 


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Lighting the Menorah at La Palmera Mall http://www.kristv.com/news/lighting-the-menorah-at-la-palmera-mall/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lighting-the-menorah-at-la-palmera-mall/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:57:34 PM Lighting the Menorah at La Palmera Mall

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was a Chanukah celebration over in the food court as they lit the Menorah.

The Chabad Coastal Bend held the event to teach others about the festival of lights and its meaning.

Chanukah is an eight day celebration that marks when the oil lasted for eight days instead one day, Keeping the candle lit.

But, Rabbi Naftoli Schmukler says, the candles on the Menorah have a deeper meaning. "With Chanukah we don't only light up all eight lights every night, every night we add another light. Which means we can never be satisfied with our status quo. We always have to challenge ourselves to do more especially when it comes to doing good."

This is the first year for the Menorah lighting at La Palmera.

 


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Local Church Hands out Gifts to Less Forunate Kids http://www.kristv.com/news/local-church-hands-out-gifts-to-less-forunate-kids/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-church-hands-out-gifts-to-less-forunate-kids/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:55:00 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com Local Church Hands out Gifts to Less Forunate Kids

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local church handed out goodies to kids who might not have a present under the tree this year.

Christ the Church of Prayers passed out gifts, candy, and other treats to kids who live in the neighborhood surrounding Bluntzer and Coleman.

A caravan of people drove down the streets, honking their horns, wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

Sean Holly, a member of the church, says the church does this to remind these kids that they're not forgotten.

"To receive something that is totally out of the blue is just a blessing cause it never really happens everyday," Holly says.

Santa was out there to talk to the kids as well.

 


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Friends Identify Shooting Victim http://www.kristv.com/news/friends-identify-shooting-victim/ http://www.kristv.com/news/friends-identify-shooting-victim/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:50:30 PM Friends Identify Shooting Victim

CORPUS CHRISTI- Friends on Facebook have identified Friday's shooting victim as Nate Gutierrez.

He was gunned down near Carroll High School and his body. Witnesses said they were picking up their kids from school when they heard gunfire.

Police worked three separate crime scenes. Down the road, police found dozens of shells on the ground and a Cadillac battered with bullet holes.

Gutierrez was rushed to the hospital where police say he died from his injuries. Police are still looking for the shooter.

If you know anything about this deadly shooting, call Crimestoppers at 888-TIPS.

 


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Clouds Break Up & We Warm Up http://www.kristv.com/news/clouds-break-up-and-we-warm-up/ http://www.kristv.com/news/clouds-break-up-and-we-warm-up/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 7:58:14 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, mterhune@kristv.com Clouds Break Up & We Warm Up

Corpus Christi- Tonight, cool, and cloudy with some fog mainly inland. Low: 58. Wind: S 5-10mph.

Monday starts out cloudy with areas of dense fog. We should warm into the 70s as the wind direction off of the South and giving us lots of sunshine. High: 77. Wind: SW 10-15mph.

Tuesday morning our next cold front moves through the mid- morning with a chance of rain and wind flips back to the windy north direction. Temperatures fall in the afternoon through the 60s.

Dry high pressure air with lots of sunshine Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s and 70s!

Clouds come back on Friday ahead of our next front with a chance of rain is on Saturday morning and cooling us off again.

Sunshine Saturday afternoon and starts Sunday and clouds come back in the afternoon.

 


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Romo and Cowboys Reach Playoffs in 42-7 Win Over Colts http://www.kristv.com/news/romo-and-cowboys-reach-playoffs-in-42-7-win-over-colts/ http://www.kristv.com/news/romo-and-cowboys-reach-playoffs-in-42-7-win-over-colts/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 6:32:03 PM Cowboys Clinch NFC East Romo and Cowboys Reach Playoffs in 42-7 Win Over Colts

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing.

The Cowboys (11-4) emphatically ended a three-game home losing streak, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions to take the NFC East.

Dallas had an opening for its first division title and postseason berth since 2009 because of Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Washington on Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys' win.

The Colts (10-5) didn't have much to play for with the AFC South title secured, and looked like it while barely avoiding their first shutout loss in 21 years.

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12/21/2014 6:28:11 PM (GMT -6:00)

 


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Foster and Defense Lead Texans Over Ravens 25-13 http://www.kristv.com/news/foster-and-defense-lead-texans-over-ravens-25-13/ http://www.kristv.com/news/foster-and-defense-lead-texans-over-ravens-25-13/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 3:50:33 PM Foster and Defense Lead Texans Over Ravens 25-13

HOUSTON (AP) - Running back Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston's defense dominated to give the Texans a 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The Ravens (9-6) now need some help next week to get into the postseason after Joe Flacco threw a season-high three interceptions and the offense struggled all day.

Houston (8-7) remains in the hunt with the victory but needs several teams to lose next week.

With three quarterbacks hurt, the Texans started Case Keenum, who got his first win in nine NFL starts.

Foster ran for 96 yards. But his highlight came when took a pitch from Keenum and, with a defender in his face, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz to make it 16-0 in the second quarter.

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12/21/2014 3:46:16 PM (GMT -6:00)

 


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Wilkinson to be Introduced as Javelina Head Football Coach Monday http://www.kristv.com/news/wilkinson-to-be-introduced-as-javelina-head-football-coach-monday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wilkinson-to-be-introduced-as-javelina-head-football-coach-monday/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 3:04:29 PM Coach won an NCAA Division II national championship Saturday as offensive coordinator of CSU-Pueblo Wilkinson to be Introduced as Javelina Head Football Coach Monday

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Football) - Texas A&M University-Kingsville will hold a 3 p.m. press conference on Monday, Dec. 22 in McCulley Hall to formally introduce the new head football coach, Daren Wilkinson. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines will also be available during the press conference.

 

Please contact director of sports information Kelvin Queliz for further information.

 

Wilkinson capped off his second season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Colorado State-Pueblo on top of NCAA Division II as the Thunder Wolves defeated then No. 1 and undefeated Minnesota State-Mankato to capture the school's first national championship.

 

In just their seventh season since reinstating football, the Thunder Wolves finished the 2014 season 14-1. Under Wilkinson's guidance, quarterback Chris Bonner was propelled to All-America honorable mention honors in 2013 and this season, ranks 18th in the nation with 29 passing touchdowns.

 

Three offensive players, including running back Cameron McDondle earned Daktronics All-Super Region 4 honors as Colorado State-Pueblo earned its fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference crown and reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the fourth straight season. Four offensive players were named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region 4 team.

 


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Gas Flares in Eagle Ford Shale Continue Upward http://www.kristv.com/news/gas-flares-in-eagle-ford-shale-continue-upward/ http://www.kristv.com/news/gas-flares-in-eagle-ford-shale-continue-upward/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 2:50:46 PM Gas Flares in Eagle Ford Shale Continue Upward

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - State records show that gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas.

The Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the first seven months of this year. That's according to the Railroad Commission of Texas, which oversees the oil and gas industry.

The goal of flaring is to incinerate impurities. But flares also generate air pollution and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Experts say plummeting oil prices likely won't stifle Eagle Ford production anytime soon. Oil and gas companies say they don't want to flare but have little choice.


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Free Food and Toys for the Less Fortunate http://www.kristv.com/news/free-food-and-toys-for-the-less-fortunate/ http://www.kristv.com/news/free-food-and-toys-for-the-less-fortunate/ Continuous News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:26:06 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Free Food and Toys for the Less Fortunate

A group of good people wanting to give something to the community are grilling over 500 chickens and giving away more than 200 toys for the less fortunate.

The make shift diner is set up on Leopard St, and Crosstown and will serve food beginning at noon today (Sunday).


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CCPD Officers Repair Family's Plumbing, Buy Kids Christmas Gifts http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-officers-repair-family-s-plumbing-buy-kids-christmas-gifts/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-officers-repair-family-s-plumbing-buy-kids-christmas-gifts/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:39:48 PM Sara Donchey CCPD Officers Repair Family's Plumbing, Buy Kids Christmas Gifts

CORPUS CHRISTI - Christmas was looking frim for the Clay family, until a group of Corpus Christi Police Code Enforcement Officers showed up to their home, seemingly to write them a ticket.

Cawana Clay has been down on her luck.

She was laid off from her job six months ago, and was struggling to raise her five children on her own while keeping up with the bills.

Clay had been dealing with serious plumbing issues at her Westside home for several months; her shower was broken and leaking, and the family was forced to fill buckets with water to bathe.

"Just bathing five kids, going and having to go to the back of the bathroom and pour water in the tub for them to take a bath--you know it's hard," Clay said.

But the problem was too expensive to fix, and with the holidays fast approaching, money was even tighter than usual.

"I have a 13-year-old son who plays basketball, when he comes in from school he wants to take a decent shower."

Everything changed when a group of officers noticed Clay's predicament, and decided to help.

They went to a local hardware store and found a plumber to fix the family's shower.

Ferguson Enterprises donated the parts and the plumber volunteered his services for free.

Officers didn't stop there, either.

They collected $250 dollars to buy Christmas presents for Clay's five kids.

"They were a blessing to my family," Clay said. "They're not always there to get after (anybody)...they're...there to help as well."

Captain David Blackmon of CCPD said his newfound friendship with the Clay family reminded him of why he became a police officer.

"I think sometimes police officers...they get a bad reputation that we're out there to play "get ya," and that's not the case at all. We're actually out there to make things better and we all families and we all have children like these ones sitting here," Blackmon said.

 


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Fans Play Flag Football to Help Collect Christmas Presents for Kids http://www.kristv.com/news/fans-play-flag-football-to-help-collect-christmas-presents-for-kids/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fans-play-flag-football-to-help-collect-christmas-presents-for-kids/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:16:17 PM Fans Play Flag Football to Help Collect Christmas Presents for Kids

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texans went head-to-head with the Cowboys in a game of football in Corpus Christi, well, fans of the Texans and Cowboys that is.

The two teams played a friendly game of flag football at Salinas Park Saturday.

The group of friends organized the game for charity, to collect donations for Toys for Tots.

They filled boxes full of toys, along with several bikes.

The two-time reigning champs, the Texan fans, fell to the Cowboys 6-8. They were tied through most of the game, but it came down to the wire, the Cowboys scored twice in the last minute of the game.

 


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Discover the Dinosaurs http://www.kristv.com/news/discover-the-dinosaurs-396176/ http://www.kristv.com/news/discover-the-dinosaurs-396176/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:12:05 PM Discover the Dinosaurs

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kids of all ages got to take a trip back in time a few million years to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Discover the Dinosaurs is going on this weekend at the American Bank Center.

The live action interactive exhibit taught visitors all about all kinds of different dinosaurs that once roamed our Earth.

New this year was the Ice Age exhibit, it had cavemen and animals like mastodons.

Kids even paused to sit on one of the dinosaurs for a picture.

The exhibit continues Sunday.

Tickets cost up to $22 bucks.

 


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Cops' Killer Angry Over Death of Eric Garner http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-killer-angry-over-death-of-eric-garner/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-killer-angry-over-death-of-eric-garner/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 8:32:13 PM Cops' Killer Angry Over Death of Eric Garner

NEW YORK (AP) - A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head. The officers were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

"They were, quite simply, assassinated - targeted for their uniform," said Police Commissioner William Bratton, who looked pale and shaken at a hospital news conference.

Brinsley took off running as officers pursued him down to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head. A silver handgun was recovered at the scene, Bratton said.

"This may be my final post," he wrote in the Instagram post that included an image of a silver handgun.

Bratton confirmed that Brinsley made very serious "anti-police" statements online but did not get into specifics of the posts. He said they were trying to figure out why he had chosen to kill the officers. Two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed the posts to The Associated Press. The officials, a senior city official and a law enforcement official, were not authorized to speak publicly on the topic and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Garner's family had no connection to the suspect and denounced the violence.

"Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases," Sharpton said. "We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown."

The shootings come at a tense time. Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the July death of Garner, who was stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, "I can't breathe" before he lost consciousness and later died.

Demonstrators around the country have staged die-ins and other protests since a grand jury decided Dec. 3 not to indict the officer in Garner's death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury's refusal to indict a white officer in the fatal shooting of Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. Bratton said they were investigating whether the suspect had attended any rallies or demonstrations.

Brinsley was black; the officers were Asian and Hispanic, police said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the killing of the officers strikes at the heart of the city.

"Our city is in mourning. Our hearts are heavy," said de Blasio, who spoke softly with moist eyes. "It is an attack on all of us."

Scores of officers in uniform lined up three rows deep outside the hospital to honor the fallen police officers. The mayor ordered flags at half-staff.

In a statement Saturday night, Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the shooting deaths as senseless and "an unspeakable act of barbarism." President Barack Obama was also briefed on the shooting, and White House officials were monitoring the situation closely, the White House said.

Early Saturday, Bratton said, Brinsley went to the home of a former girlfriend in the Baltimore area and shot and wounded her. Police there said they noticed Brinsley posting to the woman's Instagram account about a threat to New York officers. Baltimore-area officials sent a warning to New York City police, who received it around the time of the shooting, Bratton said.

Criminal records show Brinsley has a history of arrests on various charges in Georgia, including robbery, shoplifting, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Bratton said his last-known address was Georgia, but he had some ties in Brooklyn.

A block from the shooting site, a line of about eight police officers stood with a German shepherd blocking the taped-off street. Officer Ramos was married with a 13-year-old son, police said. He had been on the job since 2012. Liu had been on the job for seven years and got married two months ago, Bratton said.

"Both officers paid the ultimate sacrifice today while protecting the communities they serve," he said.

The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury's decision. Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.

The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski was shot in the face while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.


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Texas Roadhouse Gives Local Veterans a Free Meal http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-roadhouse-gives-local-veterans-a-free-meal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-roadhouse-gives-local-veterans-a-free-meal/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:43:31 PM Texas Roadhouse Gives Local Veterans a Free Meal

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dozens of veterans were treated to a free meal Saturday at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

The restaurant asked its customers to donate gift cards to local veterans, and then matched each donation.

The local chapter of wounded Warrior Project helped coordinate the event.

"(The veterans) were excited to know that the public is behind them and they are not forgotten," said Stephen McCravey, president of the Vets and Jets Foundation. "It's a chance they can get together and just relax and have fun and forget about the stress for a little while and just think about the good time and think about family."

In total, 40 veterans and their families sat down for a meal and spent some time together.

Each veteran was given a gift card to use at local stores.

 


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More Than 200 Kids Given Brand New Bicycles http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-200-kids-given-brand-new-bicycles/ http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-200-kids-given-brand-new-bicycles/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:35:31 PM More Than 200 Kids Given Brand New Bicycles

CORPUS CHRISTI - More than 250 local children received brand new bicycles today as part of a holiday fundraiser.

Saturday morning kids ages two to 10 were fitted with a bike helmet and given their bicycles.

Local radio stations KBay and Z95 raised the money for the bikes as part of their "Bikes For Kids" initiative.

The stations teamed up with CASA of the Coastal Bend and Child Protective Services to seek out children who could use a new ride--and something to smile about this holiday season.

Bay Area Bicycles built the bikes and then made sure each one was a perfect fit for their new owners.

This is the sixth year the groups have hosted the "Bikes For Kids" event.

 


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Cruise Around The Corpus Christi Christmas Lights http://www.kristv.com/news/cruise-around-the-corpus-christi-christmas-lights/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cruise-around-the-corpus-christi-christmas-lights/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:16:54 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Cruise Around The Corpus Christi Christmas Lights

CORPUS CHRISTI - The sparkling city by the sea is shining a little brighter tonigh in the Christmas spirit.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, take a drive around the city to check out all the Christmas lights.

Candy Cane Lane Resident James Rakowitz said he's been decorating his house for the past thirty years.

"Children come by in the cars and say, ‘Oh look, look mommy, there's the Dalmatians,'" said Rakowitz. "It feels good. It's worth all the work."

Some of the most popular places to see lights are the 600 block of Carmel Parkway, the Country Club neighborhood, and of course, Candy Cane Lane.

 


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Shooter Still On The Loose http://www.kristv.com/news/shooter-still-on-the-loose/ http://www.kristv.com/news/shooter-still-on-the-loose/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:11:32 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Shooter Still On The Loose

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been more than 24 hours since deadly gunfire erupted near Carroll High School and SPID, and there are plenty of questions still unanswered.

Witnesses said they were picking up their kids from school when they heard gunfire.

Police worked to investigate three separate crime scenes.

They found a man who'd been shot in one location. Down the road, they found dozens of shells on the ground. In yet another location, they located a Cadillac battered with bullet holes.

"Officers are putting together the sequence of events," said CCPD PIO Kirk Stowers. "They are talking to witnesses, trying to figure out exactly what happened, as for as for these three areas."

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where police said he died from those injuries.

His name has not yet been released.

A homicide detective working the case told KRIS 6 News that as of Saturday evening, they don't have any new leads to share.

For now, the shooter is still on the loose.

Police are asking anyone with any information on the shooting to call Crimestoppers at 888-TIPS.

 


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Cloudy & Cool Sunday http://www.kristv.com/news/cloudy-and-cool-sunday/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cloudy-and-cool-sunday/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 5:43:27 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, mterhune@kristv.com Cloudy & Cool Sunday

Corpus Christi- Tonight stays cloudy with a sprinkle or two as we stay chilly. Low: 54. Wind: NNE 5-10mph.

Sunday stays cloudy again, but the clouds thin out. We should warm into the mid-60 as the wind direction turns off the water. High: 64. Wind: SE 5-10mph.

Mostly cloudy to mostly sunny on Monday as the wind increases SE 10-20mph and warm into the 70s.

Tuesday morning our next cold front move through the morning with a little chance of rain and wind flips back to the windy north direction. Temperatures start out warming in the morning than in the afternoon.

Dry air with lots of sunshine Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s and 70s!

Clouds come back on Friday ahead of our next front with a chance of rain is on Saturday morning cooling us off again.

 


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Two New York Police Officers Killed in Ambush Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/two-new-york-police-officers-killed-in-ambush-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/two-new-york-police-officers-killed-in-ambush-shooting/ Continuous News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 4:58:27 PM Two New York Police Officers Killed in Ambush Shooting

NEW YORK (AP) - An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a senior city official and a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the shooting. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn't immediately clear.

A news conference with police officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled for 7 p.m.

A block from the shooting site, a line of about eight police officers stood with a German shepherd blocking the taped-off street. Streets were blocked even to pedestrians for blocks around.

Derrick Thompson, who lives nearby, said the shooting happened across from the Tompkins Houses public housing development.

"I was watching TV, and then I heard the helicopters," Thompson said. "I walked out, and all of a sudden - this."

The shooting comes at a tense time. Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, "I can't breathe" before he loses consciousness and later dies.

The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury's decision. Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.

The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.


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