AUSTIN (AP) – How soon Texas nursing home residents will have access to the first coronavirus vaccine shots is under discussion as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott expects an initial round of 1.4 million doses to begin arriving later this month. Texas has put hospital staff, nursing home workers and paramedics at the top of the list. That’s followed by a group that includes outpatient medical employees, pharmacists, funeral home workers and school nurses. Nursing home residents were not among those first tiers in Texas but state health officials say that list could be revisited. The first doses of the vaccine are set to arrive as hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas are at the highest levels since a deadly summer surge.
HOUSTON (AP) — Police in Texas say more than two dozen people who were possibly being held as a part of a human smuggling operation have been removed from a house in Houston. Officers responded to reports late Thursday of a man in his underwear running down a residential street and yelling that he had been kidnapped. He then led officers to a home, where at least 25 men and one woman were also found only wearing undergarments. A few people possibly involved in the smuggling operation were detained. The people who had been held at the home were mostly from Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba and Honduras. They were taken to a school gymnasium to get out of the cold.
CHICAGO (AP) – More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in central Illinois cornfields. They include teenagers, workers in their 60s and a pregnant woman. The lawsuit alleges the workers were sprayed by a helicopter and plane treating fields in July and August 2019, despite wearing neon orange hats and backpacks. The 27 workers’ symptoms included shortness of breath, blurred vision, eye irritation and dizziness. Some say their symptoms have persisted. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Springfield, Illinois. The companies accused in the lawsuit haven’t returned messages.
EDINBURG (AP) – A Texas high school football player charged onto the field and bowled over a referee Thursday night, angered after being ejected from the game. Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School came running from the sideline area after the referee announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo. Duron was escorted from the stadium by police officers. The game resumed after a delay, with Edinburg winning 35-21 to advance to the playoffs.