Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:10:53 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Zombies Invade Downtown Corpus Christi Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:39:53 PM Zombies Invade Downtown Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Downtown Corpus Christi looked like a scene from "The Walking Dead" Sunday afternoon as zombies walked the streets.

All sorts of zombies, from an undead prom queen to paramedics and patient and zombie hunters walked through downtown.

More than 100 of the undead walked from the House of Rock to Brewster Street Ice House.

The owner of Texas Toys, Dean Fritsch, says he brought the walk to Corpus Christi so people don't have to travel else where for the event. "We want people to have fun. That's the whole reason I brought this here, is to have fun. I got tired of hearing people saying they're going to Houston or San Antonio to their zombie walk."

Before the walk even started, folks came out to get zombiefied. Make up artists were on hand to help the zombies look the part. This is the Zombie Walk's third year.

Proceeds from the walk will help cover the cost of the walk and anything left over will be donated to local charities.

The planning of next year's walk is already under way and it's promised to be the biggest yet.


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Rain Chances Come Back Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:32:23 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, Rain Chances Come Back

Corpus Christi- Overnight a few sprinkles are possible as it stays cloudy. Low: 71. Wind: E 5-10mph.

Monday is mostly cloudy with isolated showers because the wind is out of the east in the low level and out of the southwest in the upper level. This crash together should make us rain. Some folks may get up to an inch of rain. High: 82. Wind: E 10-20mph.

Tuesday we have isolated showers again as gulf moisture continues.

Temperatures stay a little above normal with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the mid-80s.

Wednesday weak front comes in mainly the morning clearing us out. Thursday it should be partly cloudy.

Then another front with a few showers comes Friday morning, making it sunny and a little cooler next weekend.


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Crash Pins Driver Under Truck Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:30:28 PM Crash Pins Driver Under Truck

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man is lucky to be alive after his truck landed on top of him during an overnight crash.

It happened on I-37 at the Crosstown interchange around midnight Sunday.

Police are unsure what caused the crash, but say the truck possibly went airborne, flipped over causing the driver in his 20s to fall out through the window. The truck then landed on top of him and pinned him underneath. Police say the wheels landed on the guardrail, possibly saving his life.

He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor. They say he was not wearing a seat belt.


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Cowboys Win 6th Straight Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 7:46:03 PM Associated Press Cowboys Win 6th Straight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - DeMarco Murray moved ahead of Jim Brown in the NFL record book. Tony Romo moved the Dallas Cowboys up and down the field for their sixth straight win.

Murray broke Brown's 56-year-old mark with his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game to start a season, Romo threw three touchdown passes and the Cowboys beat the New York Giants 31-21 Sunday.

Romo had a fourth scoring pass overturned on replay. Instead, Murray wound up with his seventh rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard plunge.

He finished with 128 yards on the ground to pass Brown, who hit the century mark in the first six games of the 1958 season for Cleveland.

The Cowboys (6-1) are off to their best start since winning six of their first seven on the way to a 13-3 finish in 2007, when they were the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.

Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants (3-4), who have lost road games to the NFC East's top two teams in consecutive weeks. New York now has two-game skids on either side of a three-game winning streak.

Dallas tight end Gavin Escobar had his first two-touchdown game, and Dez Bryant finished with a season-high 151 yards receiving. Romo was 17 of 23 for 279 yards with an interception.

Bryant had a touchdown taken away when he stretched his left arm over the goal line as he was being tackled by Prince Amukamara. The call was overturned on review, and Murray scored on the next play for a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead.

Murray didn't return in the first half after falling down in the open field on his longest run before halftime, a 21-yard sprint around right end. He spent a few minutes with trainers on the sideline but didn't leave the field.

The fourth-year back from Oklahoma returned in the second half and broke Brown's record on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter after a 15-yard carry put him on the verge of setting the mark.

After the Giants pulled within seven on Odell Beckham Jr.'s second touchdown catch, Murray had seven carries on a time-killing drive to Dan Bailey's 49-yard field goal for a two-score lead with 1:05 to go.

New York tight end Larry Donnell had team highs of seven catches for 90 yards but fumbled twice. The first one set up a Cowboys touchdown for a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and the second clinched the Dallas victory in the final minute.

Beckham was starting in Victor Cruz's place in the Giants' first game since their star receiver was taken off the field in tears when he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in last week's 27-0 loss at Philadelphia.

The first score for Beckham was a 9-yard catch for a 7-all tie in the second quarter. The Giants went ahead less than 4 minutes later on Manning's 27-yard pass to Daniel Fells on the first play after Bryant fell on a deep route, giving Amukamara an easy interception that he returned 38 yards.

Manning was 21 of 33 for 248 yards.



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Early Voting Begins Tomorrow- Don't Forget Your ID! Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 3:58:07 PM Dr. Brad Hoffman Early Voting Begins Tomorrow- Don't Forget Your ID!

TEXAS - In an unusual weekend meeting, the U-S Supreme Court has ruled on the debated Texas voter ID law. Will all voters need a photo ID to vote or not?

Opinions on the ID law are split, some say if you need an ID to fly on an airplane or cash a check, then you should need one to vote.

Others believe requiring a photo ID discriminates against minorities and the poor.

Jim Harrington, the director of Texas Human Rights states "this is pure politics, when you see this happen. the whole idea of a democracy is to facilitate people voting."

The voter ID law was struck down just 2 weeks ago by local Corpus Christi judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, claiming the by requiring a photo ID was similar to a poll tax.

Some suggest that voter ID laws in other states do not support this claim.

Hans Von Spakovsky, of the Center for Legal and Judicial Rights says "Georgia and Indiana laws have been in place for 6 years, so they have had many state and local elections with those laws in place and it has not in any way diminished the turnout of minority voters in these states."

Early voting begins tomorrow where voters will have to bring a photo ID in order to vote.

The Supreme Courts majority claim that is too close to the election to change the law right now. meanwhile the voter ID law is still under appeal.

For more information on candidates and ballot intiatives, visit our elections page by clicking here. 


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Cruise Ship returns to Galveston; Passenger Negative for Ebola Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 3:42:38 PM Cruise Ship returns to Galveston; Passenger Negative for Ebola

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.

A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution.

The Galveston County Health Department said the woman's lab test results indicated there was no risk to the public, and passengers of the cruise said they learned over the public address system she had tested negative. Carnival Cruise Lines didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the lab tests.

Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the woman and her husband drove themselves home after arriving in Galveston early Sunday. She showed no symptoms of Ebola, and the Galveston County Health Department said Sunday that lab tests on the passenger assured officials she and the public were not at risk.

The Ebola scare added some drama to the trip for the more than 4,000 passengers on the ship.

They learned through a public address system announcement that one of the passengers was being monitored for Ebola. They watched developments about the Ebola outbreak and their ship on the news. The boat was not allowed to dock in Cozumel, depriving passengers of one of the top port destinations. Travelers snapped pictures of a Coast Guard helicopter as it landed to get a blood sample from the passenger.

"We weren't worried. We ended up just hanging out and enjoying the rest of the trip," said Meredith Brooks, a Houston banker who was on her honeymoon during the cruise.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12 health officials were requiring only self-monitoring. Officials stepped up their response while the cruise was underway and two nurses were diagnosed with Ebola.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the woman was "not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew."

"We are in close contact with the CDC, and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board," the statement said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard crew flew in a helicopter Saturday to meet the Carnival Magic and retrieved a blood sample from the woman. He said the blood sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.

The ship was refused clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel. There were no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship, officials said.

Passenger James Dinkley of Thelma, Texas, took the cruise to celebrate his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife. He said there was some initial confusion and agitation after they learned of the situation, were delayed in Belize for several hours and had the Cozumel visit cancelled. But he said the cruise line kept everyone informed with regular updates after that.

"There was a lot of confusion, especially when they canceled our Cozumel day," he said.

Carnival gave passengers credit for the missed Cozumel leg. They received $200 in credits and a 50 percent discount on future cruises.

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Early Voting Locations Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 2:41:51 PM Early Voting Locations

Get informed ahead of this year's midterm election on November 4th with a look at who and what is on the ballot.

Early voting starts October 20th and wraps up on October 31st. Visit our elections page for information on races and ballot intitiatives.

Early voting locations and times by county (where available online):

More information on voting is available on the Texas Secretary of State's website here -

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Should Ebola Concerns Result in Schools Closing? Continuous News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 2:30:00 PM Should Ebola Concerns Result in Schools Closing?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas health commissioner says concerns over the spread of Ebola should not result in schools closing or the cancellation of school events.

Commissioner David Lakey issued a statement Sunday saying "there is no reason for schools to close ..."

He says children who live with a person being monitored for Ebola should not be excluded from school.

Lakey says none of the three people in Dallas infected with Ebola went to a school and normal cleaning procedures are sufficient for any school building.

The Belton school district temporarily closed three of its campuses after a family of four, including two students, traveled on the same flight as one of the two nurses diagnosed with the virus.

Health officials say the nurse was not displaying symptoms when she traveled.

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Jazz Festival Kicks off 54th Year Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:14:03 PM Jazz Festival Kicks off 54th Year

CORPUS CHRISTI -The 54th annual Jazz Festival continued Saturday at Heritage Park.

Bands from all over entertained jazz lovers.

What started out as a gathering of musicians at Del Mar College has grown to a weekend full of music that gets bigger every year.

The party goes on until one o'clock Sunday morning and will pick back up around noon.

By the way, the event is free.


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Residents Frustrated with Street Flooding, Others Make the Best of It Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:09:37 PM Residents Frustrated with Street Flooding, Others Make the Best of It

CORPUS CHRISTI - Several areas in the Coastal Bend saw major flooding on Saturday.

Some people living along Queen Bess Drive made the most of it by kayaking, other residents were frustrated.

Homeowners in the south side neighborhood say their streets have flooded a handful of times since 2011, but this was the most severe flooding situations they've seen.


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Hundreds Turn out for 'Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest' Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 7:27:03 PM Hundreds Turn out for 'Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest'

CORPUS CHRISTI - The 3rd annual "Bark in the Park Pet Costume Contest" attracted hundreds of primped pooches and their owners.

The rainy weather didn't stop people from enjoying the fun at Cole Park, Saturday morning. In addition to the costume contest, there was also a kid's zone, games, food, and vendors.

Three primped pooches went home winners today. First place was given to a dog in a Dallas Cowboys jersey driving an 18-wheeler. Second place went to a pup dressed as an aztec warrior and zolatar, the fortune teller from the movie "Big" came in third. Winners of the pet costume contest will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $750.

Last year's event attracted 1,000 people and raised thousands of dollars for PALS no-kill animal shelter, according to a press release.


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Ainsley's Angels Helps Kids Compete in Triathlon Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 7:22:46 PM Ainsley's Angels Helps Kids Compete in Triathlon

PORTLAND - Rain didn't stop a 5K triathlon Saturday morning.

Portland's Parks and Recs held a triathlon with more than 100 participants.

One of the teams was Ainsley's Angels. Volunteers helped kids with special needs do to something they normally cannot do run, swim, and bike.

For the swim portion, the kids were pulled by a raft, and then seated in a trailer attached to a bike ridden by a volunteer, and then finally placed in a racing chair to cross the finish line.

Volunteers, or angels, like Jason Hathaway, say the kids enjoy it. "It gives him the pleasure of doing something he isn't able to do on his own, and seeing the excitement on his face when he gets out of the water. We know he cannot express it himself in words, but he expression on his face means a lot."

This was the city's second annual triathlon.


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Rain Chances Continues Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 5:40:56 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, Rain Chances Continues

Corpus Christi- Overnight isolated showers are possible from the gulf.  We stay warm.  Low: 72. Wind: NE 5-10mph.

Sunday is mostly cloudy with a isolated showers because the wind is out of the east bringing in enough moisture for some rain. High: 83. Wind: E 10-20mph.

Monday through Wednesday we have isolated showers as gulf moisture continues and our wind direction our of the east.

Temperatures stay a little above normal with lows in the 60s and highs in the mid-80s.

Our next front is here late Wednesday making it sunny Thursday.

Then another front with a few showers comes Friday, making it sunny and a little cooler next Saturday.


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Making Strides For Breast Cancer Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 4:42:53 PM Making Strides For Breast Cancer

CORPUS CHRISTI - There was pink as far as you could see at the Water Gardens this morning.

The festivities for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer began bright an early; all came with one thing in common. Hope!

From there, the participants invaded Shoreline Blvd., and the event that raises the awareness of breast cancer as well as money for the American Cancer Society was underway.

Ashley Kahla walked to remember her grandmother. "Well, this is my grandma. She survived cancer three times, and the third time it spread all over her body. she had bone cancer, and so today we are doing it for her."

Others, like Trish White, although stricken by the disease have an uplifting story to tell. "I had breast cancer three years ago. I am number six in my family. My grandmother, my aunt, my mother and two sisters all had breast cancer. we have good stories. My mother is 42 years cancer free and is going to be 92 this December."

And more good news, this years event saw over 15,000 walkers participate and donations are already more than $400,000, topping last years figure.





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Supreme Court Approves Controversial Voter Law Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 4:27:36 PM Supreme Court Approves Controversial Voter Law

The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

Like earlier orders in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, the justices' action before dawn on Saturday, two days before the start of early voting in Texas, appears to be based on their view that changing the rules so close to an election would be confusing.

Of the four states, only Wisconsin's new rules were blocked, and in that case, absentee ballots already had been mailed without any notice about the need for identification.

Texas has conducted several low-turnout elections under the new rules - seven forms of approved photo ID, including concealed handgun licenses, but not college student IDs. The law has not previously been used in congressional elections or a high-profile race for governor.

The Supreme Court's brief unsigned order, like those in the other three states, offers no explanation for its action. In this case, the Justice Department and civil rights groups were asking that the state be prevented from requiring the photo ID in the Nov. 4 election, where roughly 600,000 voters, disproportionately black and Latino, lack acceptable forms of ID.

The challengers said that the last time the Supreme Court allowed a voting law to be used in a subsequent election after it had been found to be unconstitutional was in 1982. That case from Georgia involved an at-large election system that had been in existence since 1911.

Republican lawmakers in Texas and elsewhere say voter ID laws are needed to reduce voter fraud. Democrats contend that such cases are extremely rare and that voter ID measures are thinly veiled attempts to keep eligible voters, many of them minorities supportive of Democrats, away from the polls.

The details of the laws appear to be less important than the timing of court rulings.

In Wisconsin, half as many voters - 300,000 - did not have the required ID. Wisconsin also would accept photo ID from a four-year public college or a federally recognized American Indian tribe, while Texas does not.

In a sharply worded dissent for three justices in the Texas case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said her colleagues in the majority were allowing misplaced concerns about chaos in the voting process trump "the potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement." Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor joined the dissent.

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged the proximity to the election, but said that did not excuse the use of a law found unconstitutional by a federal judge. "It is a major step backward to let stand a law that a federal court, after a lengthy trial, has determined was designed to discriminate."

Ginsburg leaned heavily on the findings contained in the 143-page opinion of U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who called the law an "unconstitutional burden on the right to vote" and the equivalent of a poll tax.

Ramos, an appointee of President Barack Obama, blocked the law, but a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said her ruling came too close to the start of voting.

Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California at Irvine law school, has written extensively about the Supreme Court's reluctance to allow potentially disruptive changes to take effect at the last minute.

"The idea that courts should not impose a new set of voting rules just before an election is not a new one," Hasen said after the court earlier this month ordered a halt to the Wisconsin law.

That same motivation, though, appeared to be behind orders allowing restrictions on early voting, same-day registration and provisional ballots in Ohio and North Carolina to be in force for this election.

The partisan divide over the laws has been reflected on the court itself. Ginsburg and Sotomayor would have blocked the laws in all four states. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have allowed them to be used in each state.

None of the orders issued by the high court in recent weeks is a final ruling on the constitutionality of the laws. The orders are all about timing - whether the laws can be used in this year's elections - while the justices defer consideration of their validity.

But civil rights groups are leery about the long-term prospects for challenges to these laws about voting access because of the Supreme Court's track record in this area in recent years.

By a 5-4 vote in June 2013, the justices decided to remove from federal law the most effective tool for fighting voting discrimination. The court's ruling in a case from Shelby County, Alabama, eliminated the Justice Department's ability under the federal Voting Rights Act to identify and stop potentially discriminatory voting laws before they took effect.

That provision had prevented the voter ID law from taking effect in Texas. Indeed, only hours after the Supreme Court decision last year, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican who's favored in the gubernatorial race, announced that the state would begin enforcing the new law.

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Major Flooding Causes Closures Along I-37 Continuous News Sat, 18 Oct 2014 3:46:05 PM Major Flooding Causes Closures Along I-37

CORPUS CHRISTI - Traffic is flowing again along Interstate 37 in both directions.

Earlier today, the north and southbound lanes were shut down due to high waters and several reports of stranded vehicles.

Crews worked diligently to move those stolen vehicles off the roadway. Once the water receded, officers reopened the interstate.

According to police, at its worst point, water was about a foot deep on the roadway due to the large amount of rain we received.


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More Clouds & Humidity For The Weekend Continuous News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 8:42:08 PM Chief Meteorologist Dale Nelson More Clouds & Humidity For The Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI- After a week of fine fall weather, surface high pressure continues to move away from the Texas coast resulting in a moist flow from the Gulf. This will produce much warmer overnight lows with seasonal days accompanied by more clouds and a few stray showers. A weak cold front will push through the area the middle of next week returning the area to beautiful October weather.

Tonight we will have fair skies muggy and much milder with a low of 71.

Saturday and Sunday expect more clouds but still mixed with some afternoon sunshine a bit breezier warm and rather humid with a few stray showers each day and a high Saturday of 86 and 84 on Sunday.

Enjoy the weekend.



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John Paul II Students Raise Money for Breast Cancer Continuous News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 8:36:26 PM John Paul II Students Raise Money for Breast Cancer

CORPUS CHRISTI- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one local high school is making strides against the deadly disease. 

John Paul II high school and its roughly 400 students marched around the school Friday afternoon, wearing pink to show support and compassion towards those who have it.

The students raised over $1,000 dollars for cancer research through various fundriasers and donation drives.

The march ended with a pink balloon launch, to remember those lost to the disease.



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District Attorney Intends To Retry Hannah Overton Continuous News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 7:56:40 PM District Attorney Intends To Retry Hannah Overton

CORPUS CHRISTI - Prosecutors say they'll retry a South Texas woman whose capital murder conviction in the 2006 salt poisoning death of her 4-year-old foster son was overturned.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said Friday that he has ordered a new trial for Hannah Overton of Corpus Christi, who had served seven years of a prison sentence of life without parole.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Overton's conviction in September, citing ineffective trial counsel at her 2007 trial for the death of Andrew Burd.

Her present attorney seeks a bench warrant to return Overton from state prison to Nueces County Jail.

Overton contended Andrew had emotional and medical problems, including an eating disorder in which he'd consume odd food items.

An autopsy showed elevated sodium levels in his body.


(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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Countdown to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Continuous News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 6:35:08 PM Jennifer Lira - Countdown to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

CORPUS CHRISTI - It won't be long before Shoreline Boulevard is covered in pink.

The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk gets underway Saturday morning at the Corpus Christi Water Gardens.

Jennifer Lira will co-emcee the event along with CoCo from K99 Radio.

KRIS Communications is proud media sponsor of the walk and happily sponsored turning the Water Gardens pink along with the Harbor Bridge lights.

Here's what you need to know for the walk:

Activities begin at 7:30am.

The walk starts at 9am.

Be sure to check-in at the big tent to get your wristband for use at the official after party.

American Idol contestant Justin Fira will perform the National Anthem. There will be performances by ZLive Studio, ZuMama Fitness, the Miller Alumni Show Band, and more. You'll also have opportunities for face painting, group photos, and souvenir shopping.

KRIS 6 and K99 will have 'selfie stations' set up along the walk route. We invite you to stop by and take a couple selfies, then post them to social media using #KRIS6 and #MakingStridesCCTX.

A DJ will be set up at the turnaround.

The fun doesn't stop when the walk ends.

Join us for the official after party at Brewster Street IceHouse immediately after the walk from 10am-2pm for live entertainment, food, drinks, and a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Click here for more information.


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