Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:10:35 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Sunny Skies Stay With Us Top Story Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:58:02 AM Meteorologist Maclovio Perez Sunny Skies Stay With Us

Nice looking weekend with abundant sunshine and warmer temperatures. Won't be feeling like Fall as daytime highs push to near 90 by Sunday. Sunny and warm Friday. High 86. Tonight, fair and mild. Low 62. 

Light northeast winds will keep us on the dry side. By  Monday the southeast wind will reestablish and bring back some moisture. High on Monday upper 80's.

A weak front expected to barely make it into South Texas on Tuesday night. The only real effects will be a retrun to drier and a bit cooler. Highs low 80's.

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Regional Ebola Meeting To Be Held Friday Top Story Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:44:34 PM Bart Bedsole - Regional Ebola Meeting To Be Held Friday

CORPUS CHRISTI - Getting local agencies on the same page when dealing with Ebola is the goal of a gathering Friday morning at the City County Health Department.

Some in Nueces County, including County Judge Loyd Neal, are concerned that there's not enough regional coordination among them right now.

Two weeks ago, a member of the Coast Guard in Port Aransas thought he might have caught the Ebola virus after inspecting a ship from an area of concern, but it turns out he was just sick.

Neal says there was a second similar case that turned out to be a false alarm, involving a ship heading into the Port of Corpus Christi that had visited an area of concern overseas.

Neal says there was some confusion about how to handle it and who was in charge.

He believes area agencies are all prepared individually, but may not have a plan for communicating with other agencies around them.

"Every particular player in this big puzzle has a protocol," he says, "What I've been really concerned about, and it may just all work out tomorrow, is that everybody seems to want to do what they know what to do, but then we need to have a core of responsible people, and in Texas, that's the City County Health Department, because they have the infectious disease department."

That meeting involving the health department, hospitals, port, airport, coast guard, and others gets underway on Friday at 10am.

A news conference to brief the public on the discussion will follow.


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CCISD State of the District 2014 Top Story Thu, 23 Oct 2014 6:06:56 PM Priscilla Torres CCISD State of the District 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today was the annual 'State of the District' event, aimed at improving the future for our students. It's the biggest fundraising event for CCISD.

Educators and business leaders gathered at the American Bank Center as Dr. Roland Hernandez gave the CCISD 'State of the District' presentation, for the first time as the newly appointed Superintendent.

He said the district's focus is to continue to grow and improve, "It's about going above and beyond not becoming complacent, but continue to have new ideas and bring new programs."

Today's crowd is said to be the biggest they've ever had.
Last year, more than 80 thousand dollars were raised. No word yet on how much was raised today.


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Agreement Signed to Bring More Chinese Firms to Coastal Bend Top Story Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:37:34 PM Caroline Flores Agreement Signed to Bring More Chinese Firms to Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today Nueces and San Patricio Counties along with the Cities of Gregory, Portland, and Corpus Christi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tianjin Commission of Commerce this afternoon.

"Seven years ago when we started working with the Chinese to bring their developments to the state of Texas, and to this region, that is all starting to blossom," said San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson.

The purpose of this MOU is to promote cooperation and continue to bring different companies from Tianjin to the Coastal Bend. The Chinese based company, TPCO, is currently building a new pipe plant, TPCO America, near Gregory.

"It's great. This is great for South Texas. It's great for San Patricio and Nueces County. We'd love to see some related industries to... Them come this way too," said Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal.

Now that the MOU is signed and gifts have been exchanged between the parties, more growth is expected to follow.

"I believe, in future, more and more company from Tianjin will investment this area," said Tianjin Pipe Group Corp Vice President Zhang Wenfeng.

More Chinese businesses in the area, means more jobs in the Coastal Bend.

"That means that their children are assured good jobs for the future. And for their children's children," said County Judge Simpson.


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Dry Air & Light Wind Paradise Top Story Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:20:24 PM Meteorologist Matt Terhune, Dry Air & Light Wind Paradise

Corpus Christi- Overnight mostly cloudy and mild. Low: 64. Wind: Calm-N 4mph.

Friday beautiful sunshine all day with dry high pressure in control. High: 85. Wind: NE 5-10mph.

Friday Night Football Fever looks great weather! Clear and temperatures in the 70s!

This weekend looks dry and sunny still...temperatures lows in the lower 60s and highs in the upper 80s.

A bit windy on Monday and breezy on Tuesday. We'll warm up to lows in the 70s and highs near 90.

A weak front moves through the Coastal Bend on Wednesday night, cooling us off back to normal.


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Gambling Cruise May Come to Corpus Christi Top Story Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:31:06 PM Priscilla Torres Gambling Cruise May Come to Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - One website is claiming that a casino cruise ship is coming to the Corpus Christi area. It's called the 'Texas Gold Nugget Casino Cruise' and the man proposing this idea plans to have the ship dock right next to The Port by this upcoming January.

Peter Davidson is the Marina Superintendent for the City and says for the last year, he's been talking with Vidal Conde, the man behind bringing a casino cruise to the Coastal Bend but says at this time, Conde has not made anything official.

The gaming ship would dock at the Barge Harbor, which is in the 'SEA District' and would leave through the Ship Channel and enter into international waters.

Davidson says that Conde would have to get a crew, boat captains and a fuel source for the diesel fuel to operate the engines as well as several permits he'll need from both, the City and the State.

This wouldn't be the first gambling cruise ship in the area, back in 2000, the 'Texas Treasure' was opened in Port Aransas but closed due to a legal dispute in 2008. Davidson says if this new ship does come, it will be faster than the 'Texas Treasure' and set up for modern times.

According to the 'Texas Gold Nugget Casino Cruise' website, if you want to apply for a job on the ship you can contact the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. However we did confirm with Workforce Solutions they do not have any job listings for the 'Texas Gold Nugget Gambling Cruise' at this time.


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Nurse's Dog Tests Negative For Ebola Top Story Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:01:52 AM Kirsten Schaffer Nurse's Dog Tests Negative For Ebola

DALLAS - Dallas city officials said Wednesday a nurse's dog who was tested for Ebola after his owner became infected with the virus has tested negative.

Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, was tested for Ebola and those samples were sent to a lab Monday.

Bentley will be monitored for a full 21-day period, similar to people exposed to the Ebola virus, and another specimen collection will be conducted again, before the end of the 21-day period.

The City of Dallas Animal Services is overseeing Bentley's care in partnership with the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the state's Department of Health Services, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the CDC. 

Pham is still being cared for at the National Institutes of Health or NIH, in Maryland. 

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Counterfeit Cash on the Rise in the Coastal Bend Top Story Tue, 21 Oct 2014 5:05:51 PM Priscilla Torres Counterfeit Cash on the Rise in the Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are investigating several recent cases of crooks passing counterfeit bills.

Those scammers are targeting convenience stores and most recently a local hardware store, where two people were arrested and are now facing charges of Forgery.

One convenience store owner says he's also been a victim in recent months and says this counterfeit cash scam is happening far too often and is really beginning to have a strong impact on small businesses.

CCPD says that it's becoming easier to make this so-called 'funny money' and use it at stores because of the advanced technology, making it difficult to distinguish between real money and the fake money.

So how can you avoid these scammers taking money out of your pocket? Lt. James Lerma with the CCPD says to keep it simple, "Hold it up to the light to identify the security strip. It's going to take a few extra seconds but at the end of the day you're not at a loss like some other places."


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