House Passes Medicare Access And CHIP Reauthorization Act, Includes Provision Of Rep. Cuellar
Mar28

House Passes Medicare Access And CHIP Reauthorization Act, Includes Provision Of Rep. Cuellar

Special to the Laredo Sun WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which included specific language added by Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28). The language addition would prevent the inappropriate use of quality measures to ensure patients and healthcare professionals have the assurance they deserve, so they no longer need to fear undue legal issues regarding allegations of medical negligence. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate. “The House of Representative sent a strong message today by passing this bill in a timely and bipartisan fashion and including the provision I added to protect Texas doctors and patients,” Congressman Cuellar said. “The passage of today’s legislation will permanently fix the flawed sustainable growth program, will ensure state medical malpractice liability laws are not adversely impacted by the federal government, and will ensure community health centers have proper funding –all wins for Texas patients and doctors.” Today’s passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in the House of Representatives would permanently replace an 18-year-old formula for reimbursing doctors and expands funding for Community Health Centers by $7.2 billion for two years. This ensures that vital community-based and patient-directed health centers that serve populations with limited access to health care will have HHS funding through FY2017.  Without passage of this important bill, access to health care for millions of people would be lost. The legislation also extends funding and secures the health of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two more years. CHIP has been a priority of Cuellar’s since his time in the Texas state legislature when he started the first CHIP pilot program in Laredo. Cuellar’s additions mark passage of his years-long effort to ensure legal standards of care established by state laws and state courts are protected from the infringement of the federal government. Click HERE for a printable version of the bill’s fact sheet from Democratic House...

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Palomino Soccer Team To Host Tryouts
Mar27

Palomino Soccer Team To Host Tryouts

Special to the Laredo Sun Students with a passion for soccer and who are interested in playing at the collegiate level are invited to try out for the Laredo Community College Palomino soccer team. Prospective players can take advantage of two upcoming tryout sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 12-2 p.m. and the other on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the LCC South Recreation Complex, located at 5500 South Zapata Highway. Tryouts are open to recent high school graduates or current college students. High school students who will graduate in 2015 will not be eligible until after their current soccer season ends. There is a $10 fee that must be paid in advance at the Athletics Department in the Maravillo Gym at the Fort McIntosh Campus. Players can submit their Palomino Athletics Tryout Release and Liability Waiver Form the day before they tryout. Additionally, athletes must provide proof of a recent physical and should come to the tryout properly attired in a white t-shirt and black shorts, shin guards and cleats. The LCC Palominos are part of the highly competitive NJCAA Region 14 South Zone Conference. For more information about tryouts or the Palomino soccer team, call the LCC Athletics Department at...

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Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest An Undocumented Immigrant With Prior Conviction
Mar27

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest An Undocumented Immigrant With Prior Conviction

Special to the Laredo Sun On March 22, 2015, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo West Station, apprehended an undocumented immigrant who was previously convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Agents were conducting their assigned duties, when they apprehended a group of undocumented immigrants. During processing, record checks revealed that the male subject, 21, from Honduras, had been charged and convicted in 2006 as a juvenile, for a sexual offense in Houston, Texas.  The subject served a 2-year and 4-month sentence.  The subject will be prosecuted for re-entry into the United States (8 USC 1326) and will be presented in Magistrate Court in Laredo, Texas.  The Laredo Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal...

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Andreas Lubitz: What We Know About The Co-Pilot
Mar26

Andreas Lubitz: What We Know About The Co-Pilot

ABC News The co-pilot who was at the controls of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week had logged relatively few hours, at least by U.S. standards, prior to the fatal flight. He has been identified by French authorities as German citizen Andreas Lubitz, 28, and his actions in the final minutes of the flight are believed to have caused the crash, Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today at a news conference. “The intention was to destroy the plane,” Robin said, speaking mostly in French. French Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that investigators are focused on Lubitz’ background and motives, though they have started to rule out any connection to a larger plot. “There is no evidence of any kind terrorist background,” de Maiziere said in a statement released today. Lubitz was a member of a flight club called Luftsportclub Westerwald in his hometown of Montabaur, Germany. “Andreas joined the club as an adolescent, he wanted to make his dream of flying come true,” the club said in a statement released to ABC News. “He was able to realize his dream, the dream he now has paid for so dearly with his own life,” the statement said. An airline spokeswoman said Lubitz had 630 hours of flight experience and only 100 of those hours were on this particular model of plane, an Airbus A320. By comparison, a U.S. first officer would be required to have at least 1,500 hours of experience to get hired by an airline. Investigators have been able to listen to the audio recording from inside the cockpit and the captain can be heard leaving the cockpit and then tapping on the door to re-enter but being denied, Robin said. Michael Probst/AP Photo PHOTO: Police hold media away from the house where Andreas Lubitz lived in Montabaur, Germany, March 26, 2015. The banging on the door grows louder while the co-pilot can be heard breathing throughout, he added, suggesting he was not incapacitated before the Tuesday crash that left 150 people dead. Robin said the co-pilot had no reason not to allow the captain back into the cockpit and he should not have gone silent on the radio to air traffic control. “When you commit suicide, you die alone,” Robin said in response to a question. “With 150 on the plane, I wouldn’t call that...

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TRAFFIC ALERT – I-35 Closed Both Directions Near Salado
Mar26

TRAFFIC ALERT – I-35 Closed Both Directions Near Salado

Special to the Laredo Sun SALADO – Preliminary reports from TxDOT engineers on the scene indicate an oversized tractor trailer hit a beam of the FM 2484 overpass bridge that was under construction on I-35. The impact of the truck caused several beams to become dislodged and fall onto the roadway. TxDOT has shut down I-35 in both directions near this area. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes such as SH 95 between Temple and Georgetown; US 190 from Belton to Killeen; and 195 to Georgetown. Media should contact law enforcement for reports on injuries and crashes. Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook, www.facebook.com/txdot and Twitter, www.twitter.com/txdot. For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512)...

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