2 Arrested and 1 Sought in Chase and Shooting
TYLER – A man involved in a chase and shooting in Smith County remains at large. Lindale police have identified him as Carlos Bonilla, 22. Two passengers with him are in custody. They are identified as Jesus Flores Jr., 27, and Thomas Ocampo, 25. It started around 9:45 Friday night as police were conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 69 near Lindale. The SUV sped away from the traffic stop after officers noticed a firearm inside. During the case to Tyler, the Bonilla is said to have fired several shots at pursuing officers. No one was hit. Read more …
Marijuana Plants Found in Rusk County
RUSK COUNTY – Authorities responding to a trespassing call have found marijuana plants growing in Rusk County. Deputies with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office along with Texas Game Wardens, made the discovery Saturday. Around 1,000 plants were found. No word on if any arrests were made.
Rose Festival Parade and Activities
TYLER – The 81st annual Texas Rose Festival has come to a successful end. Rich in heritage and tradition, the Festival offered enchanting ceremonial events. One of the highlights of the festival was the Saturday morning parade. The parade, which brought out hundreds along the route, began on Glenwood Boulevard and headed west to around the track in Rose Stadium. The weather for the parade and all the Rose Festival activities was ideal.
Wendy Davis Visits Longview
LONGVIEW – According to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, “This election is going to determine, not just a choice in two very different candidates, but two very different pathways.” Davis, who is challenging Republican Gregg Abbott, made the comment in Longview over the weekend. Davis reminded the crowd of her 2011 filibuster in protest of the $5.2 billion in cuts to public education that Abbott continues to defend in court. Davis said the cuts also cost 25,000 education jobs, 11,000 of those teaching positions, caused more overcrowding in classrooms and killed full-day kindergarten. And she said it was time “we turned that around.” Davis said she is prepared to win next month and to lead this state. The Longview News-Journal reports around 75 persons were on hand to hear Davis’ address Saturday at Eddie Towles Phone Center on Gilmer Road.
Early Voting Starts Monday
TYLER — Early voting for the November 4 election begins today. Early voting times and locations for Smith County are listed below. Visit the Elections page of the Smith County Web site at http://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/Default.aspx to view sample ballots or look up your voting precinct. You can also call the Smith County Elections Office at 903-590-4777. Read more …
TxDOT Project Updates
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler will have a milling crew on State Highway 155 north between Winona and the Smith County Line. Another crew will be conducting edge work on Farm Road 1805 between Farm Road 1253 and the county line. Motorists can expect lane closures during this work. Read more …
Texas Begins Early Voting with Photo ID Law Intact
AUSTIN (AP) — Early voting is starting in Texas and elections officials will enforce voter ID after the U.S. Supreme Court let the contested law remain in place. Polls open today and early voting runs through October 31. This will be the highest-turnout election in Texas under a strict voter ID measure that a federal judge this month found unconstitutional. But the Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to still require one of seven forms of photo identification. The court offered no explanation for its decision. The U.S. Justice Department says roughly 600,000 voters lack an acceptable form of ID. Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has called that estimate flawed. Abbott is running for governor. Democrat Wendy Davis, his underdog opponent, plans to cast her ballot Monday morning in Fort Worth.
Texas GOP closing in on Another Election Day Sweep
AUSTIN (AP) — The biggest shakeup of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away. As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next governor, George P. Bush is poised to win his political debut and Democrats remain longshots to break a 20-year losing streak in statewide races. But it’s an election that will be transformative if not dramatic. Every major statewide office is changing hands, which makes Nov. 4 the start of the biggest power shift in Texas government since at least 1990. In two statewide races, Abbott maintains a comfortable lead in public polls over Democrat Wendy Davis, and Republican Dan Patrick remains a favorite over Leticia Van de Putte to become lieutenant governor.
CDC Says Nurse Exposed to Ebola Shouldn’t have Flown
DALLAS (AP) — The top administrator in Dallas County rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital this week responding to urgent news: One of its nurses had caught Ebola from a patient. He quickly asked for the hospital’s watch list to find out who else might be at risk. Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the county’s emergency response, was told there was no such list. Simply put, nurse Nina Pham and her co-workers, who were handing fluids, inserting IVs and cleaning Thomas Eric Duncan in his dying days, were supposed to take their own temperatures and let someone know if they felt sick. That wasn’t nearly enough for Jenkins, and that evening, he began to make changes. Hospital officials told potentially exposed hospital workers to stop seeing patients other than Pham. But the next day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed another nurse who cared for Duncan, Amber Vinson, to get on a plane in Ohio and fly to Dallas with a mild fever. She was later diagnosed with Ebola, and CDC Director Doctor Tom Frieden has conceded that she “should not have traveled on a commercial airline.” Read more …
Problems at Waco VA Draws Attention from Congress
AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas lawmaker says Congress will investigate mental health research performed at a Veteran Affairs program in Waco. The Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday that the decision comes after the newspaper uncovered how the VA squandered millions of dollars just as brain injuries were spiking among U.S. service members. Republican congressman Bill Flores of Waco says the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs is planning hearings for next year. Flores says he wants to make sure there aren’t similar issues at other VA facilities. A 10-month newspaper investigation found that the Waco Center of Excellence couldn’t recruit enough brain imaging experts and was paralyzed by internal squabbles. The VA oversees about $1.8 billion in research annually and plans to spend about $56 million on post-deployment mental health next year.
Suspect in Attack Shot, Wounded by Texas Police
FORT WORTH (AP) — North Texas authorities say a man suspected of firing on his girlfriend has been shot and wounded by a police officer. Fort Worth police say patrol officers responded Saturday evening to gunshots. Investigators say the man fired an errant shot at his girlfriend. The shot instead struck another woman who was standing nearby. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition. The unidentified shooter fled in a pickup but later struck a parked vehicle and ran away. Investigators say during a foot chase the suspect pointed the handgun at pursuing officers. One officer, a nine-year veteran, shot the man at least once. The suspect is hospitalized in serious condition. Authorities did not identify the officer, who was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Man Dies in Border Patrol Custody in Texas
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a drug suspect has died while in custody at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the 36-year-old man was found unresponsive Friday in a holding cell at a Border Patrol checkpoint between Carlsbad, New Mexico and El Paso. Authorities say agents performed CPR on the man before he was transported to an El Paso hospital where he died. They say he was in custody for drug possession. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs is investigating.
Texas Uses Immigration Screening, Others Pull Back
HOUSTON (AP) — While more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are pulling back from a screening program for immigrants as criticism mounts that it may be unconstitutional, the program continues to be used in all Texas counties. The Houston Chronicle reports that under the program, jailers submit the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail to the Homeland Security Department to run through an immigration database. Upon a match, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can file “detainer requests” with local law enforcement agencies. The program has been ICE’s signature immigration enforcement initiative, hailed as the “single best tool” to target dangerous criminals. Critics say it unfairly targets Latinos and deports illegal immigrants caught for minor crimes rather than focusing ICE’s limited resources on violent offenders.
Video of Police Officer Shooting Dog Spurs Review
CLEBURNE (AP) — Authorities say they are investigating video of a Texas police officer shooting one dog and pointing his gun at another moments after the animals approached. Cleburne police say the 22-second video being circulated online doesn’t tell the whole story. According to a police report obtained by the Cleburne Times-Review, the officer said one of the dogs became aggressive before he opened fire. The report says the dog rolled into a ditch and died, while the other was taken by animal control. The shooting happened in August but the video began drawing attention on social media this week. The video appears to have been taken from a camera worn by the officer. Cleburne police say the city it “obviously concerned” about the video and is reviewing the shooting.
Demolition Crew Razes Downtown Houston Building
HOUSTON (AP) — A demolition crew has imploded the downtown building that for decades housed the well-known Houston Club. The 18-story building was detonated early Sunday, collapsing inward before a large cloud of dust shot upward toward surrounding buildings. The club, which opened in 1894, had been in the building for about six decades before it relocated. Workers spent months preparing the building for demolition by removing asbestos and exterior bricks, and taking other safeguards. The property owner plans to use the lot to construct a 35-story building. The club is a private gathering place for the well-heeled.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Seemingly from out of nowhere the media is filled with stories about Ebola, a virus that is native to Africa and one that is fatal in a very high percentage of cases. With Ebola on American shores for the first time, it’s important to know how much of what we see and hear is media hype versus how much there is about which we should be appropriatelly concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, internationally-recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions about Ebola and separates fact from hype. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 20th October 2014- Historical Events 1904 - Bolivia and Chile sign a treaty ending the War of the Pacific; it recognizes Chile's possession of the coast, but provides for construction of a railway to link La Paz, Bolivia, to Arica on the coast 1934 - Richard Strauss completes his opera "Die Schweigsame Frau" 1935 - Anti-fascist People front forms in Brussels 1944 - US 1st army wins battle of Aachen 1955 - Publicatio... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
Health Recipe of the Day!
Low-Fat Recipes: Santa Fe Wild Rice Soup
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by CORWYNN DARKHOLME
"Frozen corn, chopped onions and carrots are simmered in chicken broth with wild rice and spices in this soup best served when garnished with fresh salsa."