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Thieves steal truck filled with $98,000 worth of Ramen noodles

FAYETTE COUNTY, Georiga (WCMH) - Police in Georgia are looking for some crooks who made off with nearly $100,000 worth of Ramen Noodles.

Deputies in Fayette County say the thieves stole the 53-foot trailer packed with the noodles about two weeks ago, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. The theft is just one of a string of thefts deputies believe are related.

Here's exactly how many packs of Ramen the thieves made off with. 

  • The driver of the truck estimated there were $98,000 worth of noodles in the back.
  • A 48 pack of Ramen at Sam's Club costs about $9
  • That means 520,000 packs of Ramen Noodles were stolen

WXIA says no arrests have been made so far.


More snacks may soon be recalled because of salmonella

After recalls of Ritz crackers, Goldfish and Swiss rolls, the FDA is warning that more recalls for salmonella contamination are on the horizon.

According to a Food and Drug Administration release, it is believed the recalled products contain a common whey ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers.

Other products produced with the same ingredient could be recalled in the coming days.

 

Active recalls include:

“It’s early in our investigation, and to date there have been no cases of illnesses associated with any of these recalled products. I want to reinforce that, at this time, this is a cautionary step and we appreciate that these companies are taking these measures,” said an FDA spokesperson.


Learn how to train like the FBI from the palm of your hand

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A new tool from the FBI gives a glimpse into the training regimen for agents.

The agency's FBI FitTest app was released this week, featuring videos, training tips and information about careers.

"You may have to run and chase a bank robber," Special Agent Michelle Lee said. "You may actually get into a tactical situation where you're having to have a physical encounter with a subject."

Lee said the app is mostly designed for those seeking careers in law enforcement to evaluate his or her own performance, appealing to a tech-savvy population that latches on to smartphones and tablets.

"It is a way where we can really educate them better, where they can take that info in a platform they're comfortable using and prefer using rather than pulling up a document on a website," Lee explained.

Each law enforcement agency has its own fitness test that prospects face in order to earn the badge.

At the Round Rock Police Department, that test includes running, jumping, wall climbs and going up and down stairs.

"We need to be able to respond to those calls, not just in a timely manner but be able to do so effectively," Det. Tim Stevenson, a trainer for the department, said. "We like to talk about not just physical fitness but functional fitness."

Kyle police have a similar approach. Captain Pedro Hernandez said the department employs a three-pronged approach to serving: physical, emotional and spiritual.

"Whether it's a state agency, local agency, or federal agency, I think it's important to all those agencies that those applicants, those employees are physically fit to meet the demands of their job," Hernandez said. 

Lee said the app will help prospective agents set realistic goals before reporting for the training academy in Quantico, Virginia.

"Whenever someone reports there for training, they quit their job, and in many cases they move their household goods, put them in storage, so they begin in their new lives," Lee explained. Before, people who wanted to become agents would move to Virginia before being tested, and some would not pass. Now, applicants submit a self-test before being tested in person. Implementing the mobile app gives applicants a chance to take practice tests in the gym straight from their phones, and set new fitness goals.

"We love to see individuals who may not have been physically fit in the past who are able to set their eyes on progress and are able to attain those goals because we like to see progress-oriented and success-oriented individuals join the FBI," Lee said.

The feds and the state are monitoring the health and strength of citizens. According to the Department of Defense, close to 300,000 current service members are considered non-deployable because of poor physical fitness, physical injury and mental illness.

Texas lawmakers held a hearing in February to evaluate the readiness and fitness of Texas youth to join the military. A report from the Council for a Strong America indicated 73 percent of Texans between 17-24 years old do not qualify for military service.

 
 

More than 300 welding jobs available in Abilene area

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - More than 300 welding jobs are open in the Abilene area, creating a need for qualified employees. 

Texas State Technical College Breckenridge offers a three-semester welding class that certifies graduates to fill these in-demand jobs. 

Stephen Hope, a TSTC Welding Technology instructor in Breckenridge, said students typically have jobs when they graduate.

 

"There are so many welding jobs available right now that they can't fill a lot of their positions," he said.

Federal experts project the welding industry will only continue to grow in the coming years, growing to nearly 427,000 jobs. 

 

For more information on TSTC's welding program, visit tstc.edu.

 


Baby delivered in San Antonio Chick-Fil-A bathroom

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — A baby girl is doing well after being born in a very unlikely place: the bathroom of a Chick-Fil-A in San Antonio.

Robert Griffin posted the story on Facebook, saying he and his wife Maggie were meeting a friend at Chick-Fil-A Tuesday so they could drop off their daughters before they headed to the hospital. By that time, Maggie had started going into labor, and really had to use the restroom. 

Although the restaurant was closed, staff let her inside.

"I loaded the kids into our friends car, kissed them goodnight, and went in to find Maggie," Robert wrote. "The manager said 'she’s in the restroom and she’s screaming'. So there we were.....my wife and I in a tiny stall in the bathroom."

 

Robert told his wife "sweetie, we are gonna have to do this right here, right now," and told the manager to call 911 and get him some towels. As their little girl began to arrive, he saw the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around her neck. He carefully unwrapped it.

"With two more strong pushes, and using my shirt for a towel, out came Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin," Robert wrote. He had been speaking to first responders on the phone during the birth, and paramedics arrived to check out mom and baby. 

He says while the situation wasn't ideal, it all worked out. Robert even says her birth certificate says "Born in Chick-Fil-A" on it. According to KSAT, the company has promised her free Chick-Fil-A for life and the franchise owners are already helping plan her first birthday.

"I thinks it’s pretty ironic that a proud conservative, Christian family would have a baby in a Chick-Fil-A, and wrapped in a Trump 2020 T-shirt! BOOM," Robert added at the end of his post.


Baby delivered in San Antonio Chick-Fil-A bathroom

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — A baby girl is doing well after being born in a very unlikely place: the bathroom of a Chick-Fil-A in San Antonio.

Robert Griffin posted the story on Facebook, saying he and his wife Maggie were meeting a friend at Chick-Fil-A Tuesday so they could drop off their daughters before they headed to the hospital. By that time, Maggie had started going into labor, and really had to use the restroom. 

Although the restaurant was closed, staff let her inside.

"I loaded the kids into our friends car, kissed them goodnight, and went in to find Maggie," Robert wrote. "The manager said 'she’s in the restroom and she’s screaming'. So there we were.....my wife and I in a tiny stall in the bathroom."

 

Robert told his wife "sweetie, we are gonna have to do this right here, right now," and told the manager to call 911 and get him some towels. As their little girl began to arrive, he saw the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around her neck. He carefully unwrapped it.

"With two more strong pushes, and using my shirt for a towel, out came Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin," Robert wrote. He had been speaking to first responders on the phone during the birth, and paramedics arrived to check out mom and baby. 

He says while the situation wasn't ideal, it all worked out. Robert even says her birth certificate says "Born in Chick-Fil-A" on it. According to KSAT, the company has promised her free Chick-Fil-A for life and the franchise owners are already helping plan her first birthday.

"I thinks it’s pretty ironic that a proud conservative, Christian family would have a baby in a Chick-Fil-A, and wrapped in a Trump 2020 T-shirt! BOOM," Robert added at the end of his post.


Hardin-Simmons hires new Director of Bands

ABILENE, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) - Dr. Robert Tucker, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and President Eric Bruntmyer are proud to announce the hiring of a new Director of Bands for Hardin-Simmons University.

Mr. Bill Harden, an HSU alumnus, has accepted the position of Director of Bands. "Bill comes to us with many years of successful experience as a Texas band director," says Dr. Robert Tucker. "He is also an outstanding musician and a Hardin-Simmons alum. We are excited for his leadership with the Cowboy Band and the Concert Band." 

Mr. Harden has a great deal of experience as a band director, he has been the Band Director at Odessa HS since 1998. He has also been a bassoonist with the Midland Odessa Symphony Orchestra since 1988. He received his bachelor's from HSU in 1986, and a master's of music from the University of Cincinnati in 1988. 

 

"I am very excited to be coming back to where I learned to be a music educator," says Mr. Harden. "My experiences at HSU, especially with the Cowboy Band, have helped to make me the person I am today. I'm excited to meet the young men and women who make up the World Famous Cowboy Band of today!"

The administration is committed to the legacy and the Cowboy Band, explains President Bruntmyer.

"Recently I was honored to play the maracas and cymbals with the World Famous Cowboy Band. They have so much fun playing great music and sharing their personalities during their performances.

Because of this, I want every band kid to come to Hardin-Simmons to experience the Cowboy Band!

But, these experiences are only made possible by great leadership. During the past 95 years we have been blessed with so many wonderful directors and I look forward to welcoming Billy Harden back to campus this fall as he leads the band." 

The HSU Cowboy Band Foundation is also excited to welcome Mr. Harden, "The Cowboy Band Foundation looks forward to a continued positive relationship with Hardin-Simmons and the HSU School of Music," says Mr. Jay Lester, 2nd Vice Chair of the HSU Cowboy Band Foundation.

"We are excited to welcome Bill Harden, a Cowboy Band graduate from 1986. He has already started planning for the future by setting some goals for the band, including travel, recruitment and retention of members, and a positive relationship with the band foundation. The future looks bright for the Cowboy Band!" 

Mr. Harden is currently out of the country, but will begin his work at HSU in early August. 

 

This article is a press release from Hardin-Simmons University


Taylor County deputy's kidney donation 'went very well'

 A Taylor County Sheriff's deputy kidney donation surgery went very well, and now he's in recovery! 

CID Sgt. Jay Jones is becoming a hero in a new way by donating a kidney to Clayton Bolt of Abilene.

The Sheriff's Office said no one in Bolt's family was a match. Jones' wife is friends with Bolt's sister and when Bolt heard of the situation, he volunteered to donate his kidney should he be a match.

 

Fast forward through a bunch of tests and it was determined Jones was a match.

"You spend your entire career serving, then you really get a chance to serve," Jones said.

 

Researchers use baby teeth to test for autism

Scientists have developed a test that can determine if a child has autism by looking at their baby teeth. 

The research takes a closer look at how children metabolize metals, which is critical to neurodevelopment in early life.

As a child grows, a new layer of tooth is formed every day based on the chemicals circulating in that child's body, similar to growth rings on a tree. So, these scientists looked at a study of baby teeth in Sweden involving 200 twins. Those researchers used a laser to test whether zinc-copper cycles were different in those with autism and they were. The study was then done again in the U.S. and U.K. 
    
From that data, the scientists developed an algorithm that is 90 percent accurate in distinguishing between teeth of children with autism and without. The authors published their findings in the journal Science Advances

 

Currently, a biochemical test does not exist for autism. Doctors diagnose the disorder using clinical assessments and observations. But since children lose their teeth too late for this test to be helpful, experts say this is just one step toward an end goal. 

"They're hoping that future work would look at developing some type of prenatal or blood assay to be able to essentially look at, ok, we can expect possibly autism from this test," Dr. LaQuia Vinson, Riley Hospital for Children pediatric dentist, said. 

If parents can find out earlier their child may have autism, doctors can begin intervention and know sooner about any medical conditions commonly associated with autism. 

Teeth actually begin to form as early as four weeks in utero, so dentists and doctors say they can be a very good indicator of a child's health history. 

There are some developmental and behavioral warning signs for autism parents can look out for, according to HelpGuide.org

Your baby or toddler doesn't:

  • Make eye contact, such as looking at you when being fed or smiling when being smiled at
  • Respond to his or her name, or to the sound of a familiar voice
  • Follow objects visually or follow your gesture when you point things out
  • Point or wave goodbye, or use other gestures to communicate
  • Make noises to get your attention
  • Initiate or respond to cuddling or reach out to be picked up
  • Imitate your movements and facial expressions
  • Play with other people or share interest and enjoyment
  • Notice or care if you hurt yourself or experience discomfort

Abilene blood bank in critical need of O-negative

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene blood bank is in critical need of O-negative due to a nationwide shortage. 

A social media post from Hendrick Regional Blood Center states, "due to a nationwide shortage we are unable to import from other blood centers. We must have support from donors from our local community to help with this critical need. Type O negative blood must be available at all times for trauma patients, babies in the NICU and pediatric patients. " 

Hendrick Regional Blood Center Center has two locations in town  - one at Hendrick Medical Plaza and one at 
1150 North 18th Street.

Let's Help out some people WolfPack! 


Weather: May 14th 2018 12:30 pm

Abilene now included in the Slight Risk (2/5) for this evening. A line of storms will move across the region tonight, which will bring a chance for strong to severe storms. Damaging winds and hail will be the main hazards heading into the overnight. There is a chance for severe weather across the Big Country heading into the evening and overnight. 

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Chili's reveals data breach at some restaurants

Chili's Bar and Grill has revealed a data breach that happened at some of its restaurants and may have impacted customers earlier this year.

The restaurant chain released a statement on Saturday to let customers know about a "data incident" that may have resulted in "unauthorized access or acquisition of your payment card data."

According to the statement, Chili's was made aware Friday that some payment card information was compromised at certain restaurants. They believe the data incident happened between March and April of this year but say they are still trying to assess it.

Right now, the chain believes malware was used to access payment card information, including credit or debit card numbers and cardholder names, from payment systems in certain Chili's restaurants.

The statement does make it clear that not all guests were impacted and no personal information such as social security numbers, dates of birth and ID numbers were compromised.

Once Chili's was notified, the company says it immediately activated its response plan and began working with third-party forensic experts to investigate what happened. Law enforcement was also notified of the incident. 

Chili's says it is working to provide fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for guests who may have been impacted. 

The company is advising customers to monitor and check bank and credit card statements. If you notice any suspicious activity, you should contact your bank immediately. You can also contact the nationwide credit-reporting agencies to add a fraud alert statement to your credit file and place a security freeze on your credit account.

Chili's says it will provide the most up-to-date information on this website.


Motorcycles banned from Western Heritage Classic Parade after horse pulling Senator bolts

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Motorcycles have been banned from the Western Heritage Classic Parade after a horse pulling Texas Senator Dawn Buckingham bolted, causing her carriage to overturn. 

The horse, which was pulling Senator Buckingham and one of her aides, was spooked when motorcyclists "revved their engines under the underpass of North First at Oak St," according to a press release from the Abilene Police Department.

Buckingham and the aide were able to jump from the carriage without injury, but the press release states the driver was thrown and ended up under the carriage. She was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. 

A Taylor County Expo Center representative says  that because of this incident, "motorcycles will not be allowed in the Western Heritage Classic Parade in the future."

KTAB and KRBC are working to determine if motorcycles will be banned from other parades as well.


Saying the state is violating a voter registration law, judge gives Texas until Thursday to fix

Texas has less than a week to tell a federal judge in San Antonio how it will begin complying with the National Voter Registration Act, a decades-old federal law aimed at making it easier for people to register to vote by forcing states to allow registration while drivers apply for or renew their driver’s licenses.  

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled more than a month ago that Texas was violating the law, sometimes called the Motor Voter Act, by not allowing Texas drivers to register to vote when they update their driver’s license information online. But it wasn’t clear until this week what exactly state officials would have to do to address that — and by when they’d have to do it.

Now, Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project — which sued the state over the issue in 2016, saying Texas’ current system disenfranchised thousands of voters and violated the U.S. Constitution — have until Thursday to propose a detailed fix for the system. After that, Garcia will weigh the proposals and order a remedy.

“Defendants are violating [several sections] of the NVRA and their excuse for noncompliance is not supported by the facts or the law,” Garcia ruled in a strongly-worded 61-page opinion.

Texas Civil Rights Project President Mimi Marziani said her group will fight to get a fix in place in time for voters to register for this fall’s midterm elections. The deadline for Texas’ closest election — May 22 primary runoff races — has already passed.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has offered to work with the state to submit a remedy both sides can support. The Texas Attorney General’s Office said Friday it was “reviewing the order and weighing our options.” But a spokesman already pledged last month to appeal Garcia’s ruling.

"We are not surprised by the order ... by this particular judge," spokesman Marc Rylander said at the time. "The Fifth Circuit will not give merit to such judicial activism because Texas voter registration is consistent with federal voter laws."

But, Marziani said, the state will not have the opportunity to appeal until after Garcia weighs in on the remedies each side proposes.

The lawsuit centers on what plaintiffs characterize as a confusing procedure for registering to vote through the Department of Public Safety’s online system. Plaintiffs said that Texans updating their driver’s license information online were asked whether they wanted also to register to vote; when users checked “yes” to that prompt, they were directed to a registration form that they had to print out and send to their county registrar.

Though the website specifies that checking yes “does not register you to vote,” that language has caused “widespread confusion” among Texans who incorrectly thought their voting registration had been updated, the plaintiffs claimed.

The state argued that its practices followed federal law. But lawyers for the Texas Attorney General’s Office could not convince Garcia to dismiss the case.

The state also argued that there are technological difficulties associated with online voter registration even in this narrow form, particularly because state law requires a signature when an individual registers to vote. But the state already keeps an electronic signature on file, officials told the court.

“With motor voters’ electronic signatures already in the voter registration agency’s possession, there is no reason why Defendants could not register them to vote in a simultaneous online transaction,” Garcia wrote.

Marziani summed up Garcia’s thorough order succinctly: “Legally, the state has to make this change, and technologically, there’s nothing standing in their way.”

Voting rights advocates are hopeful that Garcia’s ruling will open the doors to a wider system of online voter registration in Texas.

Texas is one of about a dozen states that does not yet provide for any form of online voter registration — a system critics warn would make the state’s elections vulnerable to voter fraud. Most experts reject those claims.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/05/11/federal-judge-texas-must-propose-remedy-voting-rights-violation/.

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Dragon float catches on fire during Disney's Magic Kingdom parade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (WFLA- A dragon float involved in a parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom caught on fire on Friday.

Maleficent's dragon involved in the Festival of Fantasy parade is the float that caught on fire.

Viewers sent in video to News Channel 8 showing the flames. 

Disney World confirmed the float caught on fire during the 3 p.m. parade.

Disney said no one was injured in the fire and it was "quickly extinguished."


Woman severely injured after 4-vehicle crash in south Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene woman suffered life-threatening injuries after a four-vehicle crash late Friday night, according to police. 

The crash happened at about 11 p.m., Friday off Loop 322 and the Hill Street exit. 

Police on scene said a 16-year-old boy driving a white car eastbound made a sharp movement and went across the grass median into westbound traffic.

The white car then hit a red truck driven by a 30-year-old Abilene woman, police said. 

After the initial impact, police said the red truck spun around and a silver truck hit it from behind to against a guardrail. 

The fourth vehicle was a maroon car that was behind the silver truck. It had four juveniles inside and rebounded. 

The 30-year-old woman in the red truck was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The 16-year-old boy in the white car was also taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

No one else was hurt.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 


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