Tag: state officials

Infant’s death is first Zika-related fatality in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital. The girl, who died a few weeks ago, had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. “We are devastated to report our first case of Zika-associated death and our hearts go out to the family,” Shah said. Test results linking the death to Zika were confirmed Friday. The mother had traveled while pregnant to her native El Salvador...

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More Than 800 Million Allocated to DPS For Border Security

RGV (KFXV ) — DPS personnel from across the state continue to be deployed to the border on a rotational basis. This they say to keep our border safe from illegal activities. In 2014, more than 800 million dollars were allocated to DPS for a border security operation. Now state officials are looking to see how the monies have helped to increase security in border communities. In the most recent briefing with the Department of Public Safety, state officials questioned the status on the use of funds allocated for border security. These funds were distributed for the use of...

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Latest Surveillance Technology Showcased during Southwest Border Security Week

We take a closer look at some of the newest gadgets on the market. Purpose behind Southwest border security week is to support local, federal, and state officials in securing our border. Part of that support comes along with the technology used to do so. Security is a major issue here in Rio Grande Valley as it is in many parts of the Border. Maintaining that security is made easier with advanced technology. Nelson Balido chairman of the board of Commerce and Security Council said the overall purpose of these gadgets and gizmos is safety. “It is to keep...

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Minnesota marijuana patients buy illegally for savings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it’s the only way they can afford it. State officials and the companies hired to make marijuana products trumpeted the program’s medical approach – pills and oils, no leaf products – when it launched in July. But some patients say the highly restricted and regulated system is costing them hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month- none of it covered by insurance. Company executives defend their...

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The Business behind South Texas Slot Machines

The business of South Texas slot machines is becoming increasingly popular. This, according to Sullivan City officials, has boosted economy, bringing millions in revenue. City officials say 8-liners bring in more than $190,000 in revenue every three months. For Glafira Garza, slot machines are more than just a pastime activity. Garza has been gambling for the past 5 years. It’s an amusement she hopes won’t be banned by state officials. While gambling is illegal in Texas, slot machines fall under the Texas coin operated machine statue, they are legal as long as they’re only for amusement. Sullivan City’s secretary, Veronica Gutierrez, who asked not to be shown on camera. Said these establishments benefit the city’s economy. Since January 22nd, Sullivan City has approved more than eight permits for electronic and amusement devices, however many have been raided by state officials, because they were allegedly paying cash. Sullivan city will keep on expediting permits of $3,000 per year, plus a fee of $750 per machine, 100 being the maximum...

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