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KRBC NEWS Archives for 2018-05

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

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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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