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    FCC announces inquiry into 911 system following murder of East Texas mother

FCC announces inquiry into 911 system following murder of East Texas mother


On Monday, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai announced that the FCC will be starting an inquiry to determine what steps can be taken to ensure that no matter where someone dials 911, they reach emergency personnel.
In December, Kari Rene Hunt was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband after he cornered her in a bathroom at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Marshall. Kari’s nine-year-old daughter immediately dialed 911, but the call never went through because the phone system required her to dial ‘9’ to get an outside line. The child tried to call three more times, each one with the same result.
“Kari’s daughter behaved heroically under horrific circumstances,” stated Pai. “But the hotel’s phone system failed her, her mother and her entire family.”
Pai is sending a letter to the ten largest hotel chains in the country to find out what happens when a guest dials 911. If they don’t immediately reach trained emergency personnel, they will have to respond with a plan for solving that issue.
In his first speech as an FCC commissioner, Pai said that, “when customers dial 911, they need to reach emergency personnel; it shouldn’t matter whether they are using the public-switched telephone network (or PSTN), a VoIP application or a wireless phone.”
Pai added that it also shouldn’t matter whether they are using a phone at a hotel, motel or office building, saying that if you dial 911 in a large building, you need to reach someone who can help. He added that the technology to enable this to happen already exists.
“Kari is gone, and there is nothing we can do to bring her back. But her death will not bein vain if we can take action […]

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    RoXXX’s Designs Rock: Taking your basic T-shirt to another level, that’s full of creativity and personality.

RoXXX’s Designs Rock: Taking your basic T-shirt to another level, that’s full of creativity and personality.

My name is Roxanne Sepulvado and I am a Radiology Technician that has ventured out into the design world. With my new business adventure, “RoXXX’s Designs”, I design t-shirts, hoodies, pants, bags, aprons, koozies, and much more. You can pick whatever color and style shirt or item you prefer and a design theme/idea. With your personality and my design creativity, together we can create a masterpiece!
I have enjoyed designing shirts and items for many of my family, friends, and co-workers.  They have been my main supporters and customers, which is why I decided to open my design ideas to everyone.  I love to do great things for great people. I think that it is amazing to know, within any healthcare facility, you can help treat and care for a person. We truly have the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives or better yet save their lives! With my design ideas you can showcase your pride in your workplace with one-of-a-kind “RoXXX’s Designs” items of your choice.  I love to keep a smile on my face and bring one to yours and your staff and/or patients as well!
Here are few designs concepts that I have already completed for my happy customers. Please feel free to choose one of the designs here or choose a new concept.  I also design items for anyone aside from the medical field as well. To view more of my products, have any questions, or to place orders please visit me on Facebook at Roxxx’s Design (
Most shirts are $25-30, depending on size and design. Contact me for prices on other items. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Article by Roxanne Sepulvado

Small businesses can save with health care tax credit

Small businesses can claim a larger tax benefit for providing health care to employees, beginning with the 2014 tax year.
Included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the tax credit is aimed at helping small employers pay for employee health insurance and to encourage more of them to offer it.
For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit was 35% of premiums for small businesses and 25% of premiums for tax-exempt organizations. Starting with the 2014 tax year, the maximum credit is 50% of premiums for small businesses and 35% for tax-exempt organizations.
For businesses that do not owe taxes, the credit can be carried backward or forward to other tax years. Tax-exempt organizations may be able to claim the credit as a refund. There is also a provision that allows businesses to claim a deduction on the remainder of the premium that isn’t covered by the credit.
More businesses are likely to take advantage of the credit as the ACA’s health care exchanges continue to go online and awareness spreads, says John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, a small-business advocacy group. Though there is a time commitment involved in applying for the credit, businesses that have taken advantage of the credit like it — some even claimed up to $15,000, Arensmeyer added.
There is no downside to applying for the credit, Arensmeyer says. If a business qualifies, they receive a credit. If they don’t qualify, there is no risk involved. The biggest problem, he says, is the fact that many business owners don’t know they can claim it.
An estimate by the Council of Economic Advisers says 4 million small businesses would be eligible for the credit if they provided health care for their employees. But […]

Nurse Killed at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview Tx

It happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
According to KYTX, the stabbing happened in the ambulatory building which is across the street from the hospital. During a press conference, Good Shepherd Medical Center CEO Steve Atmiller said that one employee, a nurse, had died as a result of the stabbing, one person is in critical condition and three visitors are in good condition. Family members confirm that the nurse who was killed during a stabbing at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas is identified as Gail Sandidge. .
Police say that the suspect is in custody but his name is not being released at this time.
Steve Altmiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Good Shepherd Health System issued the following statement:
“The Good Shepherd family tragically lost a member of our team this morning. At approximately 7 a.m., there was a stabbing incident that occurred at our Ambulatory Surgical Center located across the street from the main Medical Center that injured two employees and three visitors. At this time, of the remaining patients, one is in critical condition and three are in good condition. The Longview Police are currently investigating the incident.
All victims were taken to the emergency center for assement and treatment. This was an isolated incident that was diligently handled by the Longview Police Department and our Good Shepherd response team.
We are unable to answer any additional questions until the police complete their investigation. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected and our team who responded to today’s events.”

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    9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

The parents of a nine-year-old boy are suing the Caddo Parish School Board after they say their son tried to kill himself because he was being bullied at a local school. Education Reporter Eric James sat down with the parents of the boy in an exclusive interview.
Due to the sensitive nature of this story KTBS has chosen not to reveal the name of the family or the school where the alleged bullying took place.
“He was seven and it’s very hard to watch your child grab a knife and try and kill himself,” said the mother of the boy.
It is an ordeal the family has been dealing with for nearly two years. In that time they say their son has tried to commit suicide twice.
The family told James they believe their nightmare started following an alleged sexual assault against their son; an assault the mother says she walked in on at their home in 2011.
“My daughter and me saw my son pinned down to the ground with his pants pulled down and the other child was on top of my child and I pulled the other child off of my child,” said the mother.
Question (James): Did you call police?
Answer (Mother):  At that point we contacted his parents (the parents of the other boy) first.
Question (James): Did you ever call police?
Answer (Mother) Yes
Question (James) And what was you told?
Answer (Mother) We were told because of his age there was nothing they could do about it.
The couple says when they then went to the school to enroll their son and; that is when they found out the two boys were set to be in the same class, so they made an appointment with the principal and told her what they […]

Texas health officials warns against whooping cough

Texas health officials say the number of people sick with whooping cough statewide is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease that causes a severe cough.
There have been almost 2,000 cases reported so far this year, with the annual total likely to surpass the recent high of 3,358 cases in 2009.
Two infants have died from whooping cough this year.
Both were too young to be vaccinated.
Ten cases have been reported in East Texas.
At least one case has been confirmed in bowie County, where health officials say their main concern is the low number of people receiving immunizations.
Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
While infants are most at risk, people of all ages can get whooping cough.
KTBS – Julie Parr

Christus Schumpert St. Mary ER Closing Friday

The emergency room at CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary in Shreveport will close at midnight on Friday as part of the hospital system’s change in strategic direction announced in May, but other services will remain for at least another 18 to 24 months.
The changes include a $55 million dollar expansion of the health system’s Highland campus and the transfer of all acute care services from the Schumpert St. Mary campus to Highland. The closure of the St. Mary campus includes the ER, as well as the Sutton Children’s Medical Center.
The Grace Home will remain at the St. Mary campus, but neonatal intensive care services, the birth center, cancer treatment center, inpatient rehabilitation, wound care and breast centers will all be moved to the Highland campus once construction work is complete. That’s expected to take another 18 to 24 months. Until then, they will remain open at St. Mary.
The expansion at the Highland campus will include a new comprehensive cancer center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and expanded OB, ER and radiology services, and a new inpatient rehabilitation center.
It will also expand the number of beds at Highland and remodel all existing patient rooms.
The plan also calls for the expansion of outpatient and ambulatory services with new facilities in Shreveport and Bossier City.
A consulting firm has been hired to find alternative uses for the facilities on the Schumpert St. Mary Campus, but the hospital says the results of the firm’s study have not yet been received.
KSLA – Carolyn Roy

Blood Supply Critically Low;Please Go Donate

LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.
 “Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months, and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations, resulting in less than a one-and-a-half-day supply available,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.
 It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors. LifeShare is the provider of blood and blood to local and regional hospitals and medical facilities.
 The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area.

8910 Linwood Ave.
8:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. M, W, F
8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Sat.

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Dr.
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th

1321 College Dr.
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Sat.

To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to 

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    Toddler chokes to death with no medical care available in Center, Texas

Toddler chokes to death with no medical care available in Center, Texas

An 18-month-old girl died Monday night after apparently choking to death in Center.

San Augustine County Justice of the Peace Adris Mosby pronounced Edith Gonzales dead at a San Augustine hospital.

Center resident Charles Bush posted on his Facebook page that he was at CVS in Center around 9 p.m. when he watched Edith’s grandfather springing from his car and seeking help for his choking granddaughter in the vehicle outside.

“The grandfather pulled in, and he was absolutely frantic, so I knew something was wrong,” Bush said.

Even though Bush could not understand the Spanish-speaking man, he jumped into action to help him. After a short conversation, he realized that the man was concerned about his granddaughter, Edith Gonzales.

“She was bleeding from her mouth and choking,” Bush said. “We found out later that it was a grape.”

Bush said he dialed 911 but was told there was not an ambulance available; the four units on duty were all on calls. He said a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and officers with Center police arrived at CVS and attempted to help her breathe.

The deputy took Edith in his car and met an ambulance in town around 9:05 p.m. The ambulance arrived at a San Augustine hospital around 9:45 p.m. and Edith was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

Bush posted his message on Facebook because he was concerned that if there was a hospital in Center, Edith may still be alive.

Three ambulances were on call Monday night and and all were on calls when the 911 call came in, said ACE EMS director Jessie Griffith.

Griffith said that not having a medical center in Center makes response times on calls even longer than before.

“You make patient contact. You do some treatment on scene,” Griffith said. “You transport to say Nacogdoches. You get […]

Q&A on the science of growing hamburger meat in the lab

AP Medical Writer
 At a public tasting in London on Monday, Dutch scientists served a single hamburger made from cow stem cells. Some questions and answers about the science behind the revolutionary patty, how it could help combat climate change and what it actually tastes like.
Q: What are stem cells?
A: Stem cells are an organism’s master cells and can be turned into any other cell type in the body, i.e. blood, tissue, muscle, etc. Adult stem cells are found in small numbers in most human tissues, including bone marrow, fat and muscle.
Q: Why is the meat so expensive to produce?
A: The technology is new and scientists are making very small quantities of meat. There are no economies of scale to offset the initial high costs. If more scientists or companies start using the technology to produce more meat products, that could drop the price substantially and speed up its production.
Q: When could this meat be in stores?
A: Probably not for another 10 to 20 years. It would take years to refine the technology, encourage other producers and scientists to get involved, and overcome any regulatory issues.
Q: Who paid for the research?
A: Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, underwrote the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project, which began in 2006. The Dutch government previously donated 2 million euros to the research.
Q: How is this better for the environment?
A: It could reduce the number of animals needed for the meat industry. Raising cows, pigs, chickens, etc., contributes substantially to climate change through the production of methane gas. Growing meat in the laboratory could reduce the impact on agricultural land, water and resources.
Q: How long does it take to grow a burger?
A: At the moment, a long time. It has […]