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Follow-up: Before brain-eating amoeba was found in a rural water district, Ascension Parish had

Before brain-eating amoeba was found in a rural water district, Ascension Parish had sought to boost chlorine in the system — a request DHH had rejected

The day after a brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a rural water district in Ascension Parish, the state rejected a previous request by the parish to proactively boost the level of disinfectant in the system.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals discovered the deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba in a water sample it took Tuesday in Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 on the west side of the Mississippi River.

In the midst of responding to the crisis, Ascension Parish, through its water-treatment consultant, received a letter the following day from DHH rejecting a request the parish had made earlier this month for a permit to install a chlorine “booster station,” said Ken Dawson, chief administrative officer of Ascension Parish government.

The parish had also wanted to do a proactive “chlorine burn,” injecting additional chlorine for several weeks throughout a portion of the water system.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/13050990-123/before-brain-eating-amoeba-was-found

Earlier thread:
Brain-eating amoeba found in St. Bernard water system, DHH says

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Engineers at the giant social network say they've built a drone with a 140-foot wingspan that weighs less than 1,000 pounds. Designed to fly at high altitudes for up to three months, it will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground.

Though Facebook is better known for online software that lets people share news with friends, watch viral videos — and view commercial advertising — engineers in a unit called the Connectivity Lab are working on a different set of problems.

For one thing, they are designing a laser communications system they hope will be accurate enough to hit a target the size of a dime at a distance of 11 miles, said Yael Maguire, director of the unit, which is responsible for drones, satellites and other high-tech communications projects.

Read more: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/business/facebook-ready-to-test-giant-drone-for-internet-service/article_ba94eaa6-a497-5d5c-87b0-4b1458669561.html

Record-low $97 paid into fund that helps public schools

SANTA FE – The amount of money flowing into a New Mexico endowment fund that helps pay for state public school costs slowed to a record-low trickle in the most recent budget year – just $97.18, to be exact.

Also during the 2015 budget year, the Severance Tax Permanent Fund paid out $182.7 million to the state general fund, as part of an annual distribution that’s stipulated by the state Constitution.

The difference between the amount going in and the amount paid out means the State Investment Office had to post solid investment gains just to keep the fund value from decreasing.

“I put that much a month into my kids’ college fund,” Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, said Wednesday, referring to the $97 figure, the smallest amount since the fund’s creation in 1973. “At some point, that number is going to have to go up.”

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/620389/news/recordlow-97-paid-into-severance-tax-fund.html

Texas border militia member will soon learn fate after agents seized AK-47, ammonium nitrate


Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (right) is seen posing with border militia member Kevin Massey at an Oct. 16 campaign event in Brownsville. Four days later, federal authorities arrested Massey on federal weapons charges.

BROWNSVILLE -- Kevin Lyndel "K.C." Massey — a member of a militia group that patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border last year with firearms in search of undocumented immigrants — will be tried by a federal judge instead of a jury, according to news reports.

Massey requested to be tried by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville and waive his right to a jury trial Wednesday after being charged with four counts of felon in possession of a firearm in October, The McAllen Monitor reported.

The Monitor reported that Massey's trial is scheduled for Aug. 24.

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who searched Massey's hotel room in Brownsville after an Oct. 20 arrest, found an AK-47 with six loaded magazines, a loaded handgun, a ballistic helmet and several cameras, as well as the ammunition box filled with suspected ammonium nitrate and fuel, according to court documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

Massey was arrested in connection to an Aug. 29 incident during which a Border Patrol agent fired four shots at a man pointing a weapon at the agent near the Rio Grande while pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville, according to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Report-Texas-border-militia-member-to-be-tried-6415249.php

[font color=330099]Note the defaced Texas flag in the background.[/font]

Phone found in working condition after 9,300-foot fall from airplane

WICHITA FALLS -- After falling 9,300 feet from a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, a lost iPhone not only reported its location but laid out a map where owner Ben Wilson could find it.

Even better, it could still make and receive calls.

“It was by the side of the road south of Jacksboro, under a mesquite tree,” said Wilson, chuckling. “The donkey pointed out where it was.”

It is a real Texas story. Monday afternoon Wilson, owner of Gas Corp. of America and pilot Will Warnock were on their way back from Houston to Kickapoo Airport when pressure change caused a door latch on the passenger side to give way by 3 inches.

Read more: http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/phone-found-in-working-condition-after-9300-foot-fall

Worms infest Houston suburb water supply



No one seems to know how worms got in the tap water, but residents in Old River-Winfree, a town of about 1,400 just 25 miles east of Houston, are drinking from bottles this week.

On Monday evening, the first residents of the Woodlands Acres Subdivision showed up at city offices with containers full of water and small red worms they say came out of their faucets, sprinklers and shower heads. Three days and dozens of reports later, Mayor Joe Landry said "people are not taking chances."

Landry's office has been using city money to buy bottled water to hand out to residents. When he spoke by phone with the Chronicle, he had just returned from the nearby Dollar General to restock on the water supply that was going quickly. They've handed out at least a thousand bottles he said, and they'd have to buy a pallet this afternoon to keep up with demand.

He also opened up three men's and three women's shower facilities in the city office for any resident to use.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Worms-infest-Houston-suburb-water-supply-6415176.php

Sorority for African Americans, thick books prompt fears of explosives at Houston Hobby airport



HOUSTON -- Security lines left the doors of Hobby Airport and traced part of the building's perimeter this morning as thousands of departing sorority sisters raised TSA suspicion with large books.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held a convention in Houston this week, with about 13,000 sisters in attendance. On Thursday morning they headed home through Hobby.

"Apparently at the convention there were items they were given, which they had packed in their bags," said airport spokesman Bill Begley. "And as they were going through a check in process prompted a secondary search by the TSA."

That turned into a lot of secondary searches conducted by hand by the Transportation Security Administration. Begley could not say what the item was, and the TSA did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Thick-books-prompt-fears-of-explosives-at-Hobby-6415830.php

Ohio State Marching Band Song Made Fun of Holocaust Victims

An unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing Ohio State University has pledged to eradicate from the band program, the university said Thursday.

The lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of an unofficial band songbook, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal. Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years, including 2006 and 2010 versions.

An independent investigation of the marching band revealed the existence of the song last year but not the lyrics.

"The 2012 version contained a new, highly offensive song regarding Jews and the Holocaust," according to the 2014 report by former state Attorney General Betty Montgomery.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/report-ohio-state-band-song-made-fun-holocaust-32792095

TCU, student at odds over comments on social media

FORT WORTH — A TCU student says he’s been unfairly disciplined by the university for making comments about current events on social media after some complained that his choice of words was offensive.

Harry Vincent said he was placed on “suspension in abeyance” — meaning for the next year he can only attend classes at the university or visit the school library but is prohibited from living on campus, activities like attending games, and must drop out of his fraternity.

He said he was placed on disciplinary probation until his graduation from TCU and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and to take a course on issues in diversity.

“I was in shock,” Vincent, 19, said Thursday in a Skype interview from his Maryland home.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article29592781.html#storylink=cpy

[font color=330099]The remarks by Vincent are included later in the article. However, for him to deny he is racist after calling the people in Baltimore "poor uneducated druggy hoodrats" is a stretch.[/font]

Parkland Hospital files suit against four construction companies alleging “an unfinished mess”

DALLAS -- Parkland Memorial Hospital has filed suit against four construction companies, seeking more than $1 million in damages for allegedly faulty work on its new central utility plant.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Dallas County District Court, accused the four companies of leading Parkland officials to believe the plant had been completed “under budget and ahead of schedule.”

Instead, the hospital found that some of the equipment did not work and that “portions of the construction and workmanship had not been completed to the standards expected by Parkland and required by the construction contracts,” the lawsuit stated.

The four companies, all with offices in Dallas, include TD Industries, John R. Neal & Associates, CCRD Partners and JE Dunn Construction Co.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/parkland-files-suit-against-four-construction-companies-alleging-an-unfinished-mess.html/
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