Laredo Field Office Hosts Director’s Awards Ceremony
Nov20

Laredo Field Office Hosts Director’s Awards Ceremony

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Director, Field Operations David P Higgerson, Laredo Field Office, recognized more than 70 CBP employees in a first-ever Director’s Awards ceremony held today at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Theatre at Laredo Community College. The awards included Blue Eagle awards for an outstanding enforcement action, Humanitarian Award, top pest interceptor, promotions and service awards for 25 years of service and higher.   DirectorAwardsoath.jpg...

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Secure Your Home Before You Decorate This Holiday Season
Nov10

Secure Your Home Before You Decorate This Holiday Season

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO.- The holiday season has begun, and while many are thinking of decorating their home, it’s also a good time to think about protecting it. Leaving town for the holidays puts your house at risk of being targeted by burglars. Many people will look to a security system to help bring peace of mind while away from home during the holidays. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be especially careful in deciding on the type of alarm system to use, along with who will install it and monitor it. In 2013, nationally, BBB received over 7,000 complaints against burglar alarm system dealers and monitoring services. Many complaints to BBB allege consumers were continuously billed after canceling service or unaware their contract would automatically renew. Some had issues with customer service or faulty equipment. Some complaints also involved companies selling door-to-door. In this case, many times consumers felt pressured or deceived into buying or upgrading their current home security system. BBB offers this advice when looking for a trustworthy home security dealer or monitoring service: • Be wary of door-to-door alarm sales. Don’t be pressured into buying something you don’t want or need. A trustworthy company will let you check out the offer and compare bids from several installers. • Check out the “free” alarm system offer. Many times salespersons will deceive consumers with a “free” offer. And while the equipment may be free, there is typically an installation charge and a monthly monitoring fee. • Research the company. Visit bbb.org/central-texas to look up the company’s BBB business review. The BBB smartphone app makes it even easier to research on-the-go. You can now pull out your phone and verify company information instantly. • Check licensing. Texas law requires any person or company who provides security services (including burglar alarms, closed circuit television systems and access control systems) in the state to be properly licensed to offer or to engage in such services. Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety to check requirements. • Verify who will monitor your system. Ask if the same company you are signing a contract with will be the ones to monitor your system. If not, make sure you obtain the name, address and phone number of this company and review its BBB Business Review through bbb.org. • Study the contract carefully. Confirm such information as; the installation price, monthly fee, length of contract, cancellation process and timeframe. Make sure the contract includes all information promised or agreed upon. For more tips you can trust, visit bbb.org. For the latest news...

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Electrical Explosion Statement Issued By AEP
Nov08

Electrical Explosion Statement Issued By AEP

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – The Laredo underground electric network serving the downtown area failed Thursday evening shortly before 6 p.m., affecting 143 electric customers. Two underground explosions occurred at the time of the failure but no one was injured from the blasts. Underground network crews from Corpus Christi were dispatched immediately to assist Laredo crews with power restoration. These crews have been working throughout the night to assess damage and restore service to areas where the equipment is not damaged. It is estimated that 105 of the 143 mostly commercial customers will be back in service by noon today. AEP Texas is calling in additional underground network crews from Columbus, OH, to work around the clock to restore service to the remaining 38 customers. An estimated time of restoration of the remaining customers will be given once a complete damage assessment has been made. AEP Texas will continue to inform these customers of the outage status. Customers are asked to not use a generator until AEP Texas isolates its electric system. Portable generators can “back feed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. AEP Texas will notify affected customers when it is safe to connect portable generators. Among the affected customers include the Hamilton Senior Center where residents have been moved to a shelter until power can be restored. Other customers include HEB, the courthouse annex, El Metro Transportation Station, Wells Fargo Bank, BBVA Compass...

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US 83 & SH 359 Lane Closures For DMS Work In Laredo Area
Nov06

US 83 & SH 359 Lane Closures For DMS Work In Laredo Area

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Today and tomorrow, November 5 & 6, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., TxDOT will implement lane closures will be in effect for US 83 and SH 359 in Laredo/Webb County for installation of LED dynamic message signs (DMS) and replacement of Traffic Data Collection System (TDCS) sensors. Specifically, November 5, 2014 – DMS installation on US 83 northbound at 0.6 miles south of Mangana Hein Rd. – one right lane shoulder closure November 6, 2014 – Traffic Data Collection System (TDCS) sensor replacement at two locations: 1) SH 359 eastbound and westbound at 4.8 miles east of US-83 – one right main lane closure plus channelization of left main lane traffic thru work zone on center turn lane with safety barrels on each side of SH 359. The traveling public is encouraged to drive slow and exercise much caution on approaches to and inside the work zone. Additionally, motorists should observe all advance warning signs, road markings and channelization devices in and around the work area. For more information, please contact TxDOT Laredo District Public Information Officer Raul Leal at (956) 712-7416 or Raul.Leal@txdot.gov. For transportation-related announcements and news, please follow the TxDOT Laredo District Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/txdotlaredo...

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‘Mum Thinks I’m An Idiot’: Australian Man Admits ‘Surfing’ Dead Whale Was Bad Idea
Nov03

‘Mum Thinks I’m An Idiot’: Australian Man Admits ‘Surfing’ Dead Whale Was Bad Idea

CNN   An Australian man who “surfed” a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks has admitted that he was an “idiot” to attempt the foolhardy feat. Harrison Williams, 26, was on a boating excursion with friends off the coast of Western Australia over the weekend when they came across the dead whale. “Out on the boat with the boys and one of my mates thought it’d be pretty funny if I surfed the whale, so I just did it,” Williams told CNN affiliate Seven Network. He launched himself into the water and clambered onto the rotting carcass. But his friends’ mirth quickly turned to horror when they noticed all the sharks swimming around the whale, feasting on its flesh. “Hazza! There’s sharks there! Come back!” screams one of his friends in a video of the bizarre scene. ‘Mum thinks I’m an idiot’ Several tiger sharks and at least one great white shark were reported to have been feeding on the carcass. Williams said he’d seen the sharks, including the great white, before he jumped in. But that didn’t put him off taking the leap. “He was too busy chomping on the whale so wasn’t too bad,” he told Seven Network. But not everyone was impressed. The Department of Fisheries said his behavior was risky and irresponsible, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. And Williams’ parents were none too pleased. “Mum thinks I’m an idiot, Dad’s not too proud either,” he said. He said he now agrees with their assessment and is “pretty grateful to still be alive.” Carcass brings threat to beach Authorities say that because the whale was dead and Williams didn’t remove any part of it, he won’t be fined for his actions, Seven Network reported. The carcass has since washed up on a beach at Scarborough, a suburb of the city of Perth, apparently drawing sharks with it. Authorities said they had closed that beach and two others nearby, with sharks sighted in the vicinity. Williams, meanwhile, says he won’t be trying any similar stunts again. “I’ve done it,” he said. “Don’t need to do it...

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Baby Wipes Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination
Oct28

Baby Wipes Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination

CNN Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania has issued a voluntary recall for its baby wipes because some packages may contain a bacteria that’s often resistant to common antibiotics. The wipes being recalled are: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings. They were sold to: Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com. After it received some complaints of discoloration and an odor, Nutek said it conducted tests and found that some of the products contained the bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). B. cepacia poses no risk to healthy people. But those with weakened immune systems or lung diseases, could be infected. The company said it has received several reports of rashes, irritation and fever — but “these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.” Nutek hasn’t yet pinpointed how the bacteria got into the supply. It has stopped shipping baby wipes made in that facility. You can return the wipes for a full refund where you bought it. If you have questions, you can call the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

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