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South Texas All Hazards Conference Underway

Agencies from across the Rio Grande Valley gather today for the two-day South Texas All Hazards conference. What started as a hurricane conference and training for emergencies Beyond natural disasters. Thousands of people are expected to gather in McAllen convention center for the 5th annual South Texas all-hazards conference. This two-day event give the Emergency Services personnel and opportunity to learn Vital Information that will help them become more prepared to respond to all kinds of emergencies. The conference addresses the evolution of emergency preparedness and with constant change as a technology it to men’s agencies continue to train...

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Spring Break Undercover Operations Crack Down on Underage Alcohol Sales

As spring break gets underway across Texas, Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will  be conducting a series of undercover operations intended to curtail sales of alcohol to persons under 21. These “minor stings” – will take place over the next two weeks at retailers located along popular travel corridors between major Texas cities and the Gulf Coast. Undercover TABC agents will accompany a minor-aged volunteer who will attempt to purchase alcohol. Retailers who sell alcohol to the underage person could face administrative action by the TABC. The stings will take place at establishments which sell alcohol for on-premise...

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New help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD – AP MEDICAL WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their specs? “It’s not bringing anybody back to being 20 again,” cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who tests whether patients’ eyes are healthy enough to qualify. “But it decreases the need to rush to get that pair of...

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California dam water level drops after massive evacuation

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake. California Department of Water Resources officials are waiting for the light of dawn to inspect an erosion scar on the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the nation’s largest. The evacuations for people living below the lake were ordered Sunday after authorities warned that failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water into the communities. The lake...

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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $92,000 Grant to La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions

La Joya, TX – On September 29, 2016, The La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions received a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $92,539.00. The grant is open to public community and technical colleges, and to independent school districts, for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations. For the LJISD Academy of Health Science Professions the grant will help purchase and install medical equipment to provide 214 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants. “With this contribution we will be...

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