Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.
Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion
On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.
Don't be alarmed if you see military and other emergency responders on the scene at Port San Antonio today, it is an annual mass-casualty exercise to test the readiness of local hospitals and emergency responders.
The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) is organizing the mock disaster drill involving complex injuries, transportation needs, treatment and tracking.
Concussions and their role in long-term brain damage have been the biggest storyline in football and other athletics over the past few years. The discussion reaches from the NFL's recent $765 million settlement with former players to concerns about the safety of kids on practice fields across the country acting out their dreams of being NFL stars. All the attention has led to the league's "concussion protocol," a term every football fan is now familiar with, but what is it?
What Does The NFL Concussion Protocol Mean For Andre Johnson? September 17, 2013 Andre Johnson was 1 of at least 4 players in the NFL who suffered concussions in the second week of play. Dr. Ken Podell is co-director of the Methodist Concussion Center here in Houston.
(Update 5:14) SAPD is now confirming that the suspect has surrendered and is in custody.
(Update 3:41 p.m.) SAPD has released the name of the officer who was shot in the head this morning as 34-year-old Aaron Terrazas and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are still in a standoff with the suspect and streets around the area are still closed.
Insurance inspectors with the state said the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington passed the annual inspection before this weekend's deadly accident involving Rosy Esparza, who fell 14 stories while riding the Texas Giant.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, roller coasters are inspected on an annual basis by a certified engineer.
Ben Gonzalez is with the Texas Department of Insurance and said that beyond the inspection, there are other requirements for amusement rides in Texas.
With distracted and drunk driving plaguing San Antonio and Bexar County, officials are taking drastic measures to help reduce injury and death from highway accidents.
The Texas Department of Transportation is helping save lives with vehicle impact attenuators, or crash barrels, which look like sand-filled trash cans and are located in spots where there is an exit or where the highway divides into an upper and lower level.
The attenuators are meant to soften the blow if a driver is heading toward what would otherwise be a solid concrete wall.
Mahncke Park residents are asking the city for help with traffic cutting through their neighborhood to avoid on-going construction on Broadway.
Residents are worried about the safety of their children and the integrity of the neighborhood.
For the second time in a month, a commercial truck driving down a Mahncke Park residential street has ripped off large branches of an old oak tree. Homeowner Kristina Aderhold, who lives on Thorman Place, said the neighbors heard the first loud bang when the truck hit the tree and the second bang when the branch hit the pavement.