Livingston ISD parents express concern over services offered to students with intellectual abilities after they say their 8-year-old son was mishandled
The family of an 8-year-old boy who is diagnosed with Autism expressed concern over services offered to students with intellectual challenges after they said a teacher mishandled their son during an emotional outburst.
A Plea for Help After a Quarter-Century in a 'Penal Tomb'
WASHINGTON — Dennis Hope has spent 27 years in solitary confinement in a Texas prison, in a cell that is 9 feet long and 6 feet wide — smaller than a compact parking space. “It’s three steps to the door and then turn around and three steps back,” Hope, 53, wrote in a recent letter to his lawyers. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times His only human contact is with the guards who strip-search and handcuff him before taking him to another enclosure to exercise, alone. He has hnews.yahoo.com
Conservatives target books amid anti-critical race theory push
Accompanying the anti-critical race theory push has been a building effort to rid school libraries of certain books. Often, these books are deemed to be sexually explicit. But others included acclaimed works about race and racism.washingtonpost.com
Austin and Travis County officials can keep enforcing local mask mandate for now, judge says
Paxton sued the local officials for refusing to end the mandate after Gov. District Judge Lora Livingston has yet to issue a final ruling on the merits of the case, meaning Austin and Travis officials may later be told to comply with state officials. Ad“I've been doing everything that I can to protect the health and safety of people in Travis County,” Brown said in an interview. However, this was not the case in Travis County where officials said they would continue to require public mask use. Therefore, masks remained required in Travis County in the meantime.
Austin can keep enforcing mask mandate for at least two weeks until trial is held, judge says
Austin and Travis County officials can continue enforcing their mask mandates after a district judge delayed action on the Texas attorney general’s request to immediately stop the mandates. That means city and county officials can continue to require masks until at least March 26, when District Judge Lora Livingston will hold a trial. "I told Travis County and the City of Austin to comply with state mask law. Travis County Judge Andy Brown counts the two-week delay as a win. The pandemic has especially impacted Texans of color — including in El Paso where Paxton previously blocked a county judge from ordering non-essential businesses to shut down.
UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations
“This new evidence shows that the jab protects you, and protects those around you,’’ U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said. More than 17.5 million have received one vaccine dose so far — more than a third of the U.K.'s adult population. Overall, hospitalizations and death should be reduced by over 75% after one dose of the vaccine, Public Health England said. The Scotland study was conducted by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland. Because hospitalization data was collected 28 days after inoculation, the data on hospital admissions came from a subset of 220,000 people who received the Pfizer vaccine and 45,000 who got the AstraZeneca shot.
Quest says high demand for Covid testing drove record revenues, increases dividend
Quest Diagnostics said Thursday that continued high demand for Covid-19 testing helped drive record revenue and earnings for the company in the fourth quarter and throughout 2020. While some progress has been made in developing new, rapid-turnaround antigen tests, PCR molecular tests, like those processed by Quest's labs, remain the gold standard in the country. "Continued high demand for COVID-19 testing drove our performance through the second half of the year." The molecular tests detect an active infection while the serology tests look for antibodies against a past infection. He said the company expects Covid-19 testing to remain important through 2022, but average daily volume will likely decline as more people are vaccinated.cnbc.com
Biden official says some doctors are holding back needed Covid vaccine doses as a reserve for second shots
Some health-care providers have been regularly holding back Covid-19 vaccine doses to ensure there will be supply when people come back to get their second shots, an official on President Joe Biden's coronavirus response team said Monday. Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to Biden's Covid response team, who previously worked in the Obama administration, said health-care providers should not be holding back vaccine doses. The U.S. has distributed nearly 50 million vaccine doses, but only about 31.1 million have been administered as of Sunday at 6 a.m. The deal gives the federal government the option to order an additional 200 million doses, according to the announcement. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the agency still recommends people get their second shots on time.cnbc.com
Main Street welcomes added aid in Biden's Covid relief plan as PPP funding sees demand from micro businesses
Biden's American Rescue Plan includes $15 billion in grants to help the hardest hit businesses and $35 billion for small business financing programs. She added, small business recovery is a vital part of the overall economic rebound. CEO David Reiling praised the Small Business Administration's decision to let community lenders lead the way this round. "Our goal is to ensure small businesses can continue to provide for their communities and their employees. Small business confidence dipped in December as Covid-19 cases surged and Main Street awaits the changing of the guard in D.C.cnbc.com
12th worker's COVID death renews pressure on California poultry producer Foster Farms
Three workers at Foster Farms' Cherry Avenue plant in Fresno and nine at its Livingston plant in Merced County have now died of COVID-19. Foster Farms says it implemented a "comprehensive testing program across all of its California facilities" in mid-August, starting with its primary facility in Livingston. A truck enters the Foster Farms processing plant in Livingston, California, October 10, 2013. A judge granted a temporary restraining order sought by a labor union against Foster Farms. The company told CBS News in the autumn that "employee health and welfare has always been Foster Farms' highest priority."cbsnews.com
Court orders Foster Farms chicken plant to give workers protective equipment
A chicken processing plant in central California that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak must provide its workers with masks and follow a raft of other anti-COVID-19 health orders, a court ruled Wednesday. Another outbreak two weeks ago at another processing plant in Fresno forced that plant to shut down for a deep cleaning, although it later reopened. The restraining order, which lasts until a January 29 court hearing, requires the Livingston plant to supply face masks to workers and make sure they wear masks or face shields where social distancing isn't possible. The company is also installing special filters in shared areas at its processing plants. Its positivity rate among workers is far below the rate for Merced County as a whole, the company said.cbsnews.com
IN FOCUS (Photo Gallery): Chapel Hill knocks off Livingston in playoff action
The Chapel Hill Bulldogs took down Livingston in the first round of the postseason 49-37. The Lions were back in the postseason for the first time in seven years as coach Finis Vanover is moving the program in the right direction. Jeff Riordan is also building his Chapel Hill program after coming over from Crosby. Check out the gallery by Andy Tolbert.
FEATURE: Winless to District Champions, Livingston wins first outright title in 57 years.
Five wins, outscoring opponents 130-61, later, capping the year with a 21-20 victory over previously undefeated Huffman last week, the Lions were 8-2 overall and outright District 10-4A-DI Champions. "It makes all the difference in the world in everybody's attitude and everybody's energy," Livingston third-year head coach Finis Vanover said. "We followed the same plan just like we were opening a new school," Vanover said. In 10 games, Livingston surrendered a total of 181 points, the most being 36 to Needville in the season opener, which was a one-point loss. Two years ago, Livingston gave up - Vanover's first season - the Lions' defense gave up 507 points.
Vidor's move to Class 4A make the Pirates a favorite
District 10-4A-DIVYPE Preseason AwardsMVP: Zane Obregon, SplendoraOffensive MVP: Damien Ruiz, LivingstonDefensive MVP: Caleb Pierson, HuffmanBreakout Player of the Year: Quentin Root, VidorSleeper Team: Little Cypress-Mauriceville... This grouping brings back a lot of defensive prowess along with some new signal-callers to step in under center. Vidor makes the move down from District 12-5A-DII to Class 4A, making them a clear favorite to win this district. Defensively, Jordan Smith was the Newcomer of the Year for the district and will be one to watch on the DL. Offensively, Trenton Conn will tote the rock for the Pirates, while Quentin Root has returned to the pirate ship to play QB.
VYPE Football 2020 Preview: District 10-4A-DI
Vidor PiratesVidor makes the move down from District 12-5A-DII to Class 4A, making them a clear favorite to win this district. First-team, all-district wide receiver Luke Thomas will make the move to quarterback in 2020. Jagger Kennedy, who made first-team, all-district as a receiver, will shift into the starting quarterback role for 2020. QB Drake Boykin returns for his senior year after earning second-team, all-district honors in 2019. Also returning are first-team DB Julian Gardner, who also plays receiver, and second-teamers DB Chris Washington, DT LaDanian Walker and P Dustin Heflin.
3 killed, at least 20 injured after tornado rips through Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday
ONALASKA, Texas – At least 20 people were injured and three people were killed after a tornado ripped through multiple neighborhoods in Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday evening, according to the Polk County Office of Emergency Management. Polk County subdivisions hit hardest by tornado (Polk County Emergency Management, Texas)National Weather Service storm spotter Ian Shelton told KPRC 2 he started chasing the storm in the early afternoon. Multiple agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are enforcing blockades, assessing damage and helping residents in the area, Shelton said. VIDEO: Residents describe terrifying moments they saw a tornado touch down in Polk County WednesdayShelters:Polk County Emergency Management said anyone who might need shelter is asked to go to Dunbar Gym in Livingston as the schools in Onalaska have lost power. Posted by Polk County Emergency Management, Texas on Wednesday, April 22, 2020Gov.
Nevada town lacked coronavirus news. A radio station came to the rescue
Column One A showcase for compelling storytelling from the Los Angeles Times. (Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times)Although Livingston and McShane didnt consider themselves journalists, they felt a call to inform. Among those listening was the Ely mayor, Robertson. (Hope Lee / Los Angeles Times)On a recent snowy morning, McShane arrived to the small, throwback radio station. (Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times)Shortly before 11:30 a.m., the soft-spoken and cool-witted Mayor Robertson walked in.latimes.com
Thursday evening storms cause damage in Cypress, Crosby and Livingston
CYPRESS, Texas – The line of storms moved through the area pretty quickly Thursday evening, but they still managed to pack quite a punch in some parts. A power pole toppled on the Crosby Freeway, blocking one lane of traffic. @SheriffEd_HCSO @HCSOTexas @HCSOPatrol @HCSO_D3Patrol pic.twitter.com/iT8U5GBuqh — Captain J. Shannon (@HCSO_NightShift) April 10, 2020Another spot in the storm’s crosshairs was Livingston where a tree toppled into a home although no one was hurt. “All the tree and all the roof right now is in my living room,” said Jesus Valentin, a Cypress homeowner. “Thank God, my wife she’s alive because it’s like right there you know in our living room.” Valentin said.
Cheating, fraud revealed in school audit; principal resigns, teacher fired, Livingston ISD says
HOUSTON – The principal of Livingston High School Academy resigned and a teacher was fired after an audit revealed that students were admitted to the academy fraudulently and that teacher was helping students cheat, according to a press release from the Livingston Independent School District. The audit, which was conducted at the direction of the LISD superintendent, revealed “substantial admission and academic policy violations,” at the academy, the school district wrote. “The campus principal resigned when presented with the investigative findings, which revealed that students were fraudulently admitted into the Academy that did not meet at-risk criteria and/or were not Livingston residents,” district officials wrote. “This resulted in students accelerating through classes required for graduation at astronomical speed, some completing entire semester courses in mere minutes and an entire high school curriculum in weeks,” the district wrote. Livingston High School Academy is an alternative education program that creates alternative routes to graduation for students who have not been successful in a traditional school setting, according to the school’s website.
One-tank trips: 4 spots to relax and recharge in Livingston
HOUSTON – One-tank trips can take you from Houston to some pretty amazing places. Distance from Houston to Livingston: 74 milesAbout an hour outside of Houston, Livingston is a short and easy one-tank trip. This small town serves as a great pit stop if you are trying to break up your drive north or just escape the city for the day. Polk County Memorial MuseumIf you are looking for more of an educational experience, the Polk County Memorial Museum offers a unique perspective of the history of Polk County. Pit Row Pit StopFor those who want some fun and a hearty diner meal on the way through Livingston, be sure to stop at the Pit Row Pit Stop.
One-tank trips: 4 spots to relax and recharge in Livingston
HOUSTON - One-tank trips can take you from Houston to some pretty amazing places. Distance from Houston to Livingston: 74 milesAbout an hour outside of Houston, Livingston is a short and easy one-tank trip. This small town serves as a great pit stop if you are trying to break up your drive north or just escape the city for the day. Polk County Memorial MuseumIf you are looking for more of an educational experience, the Polk County Memorial Museum offers a unique perspective of the history of Polk County. Pit Row Pit StopFor those who want some fun and a hearty diner meal on the way through Livingston, be sure to stop at the Pit Row Pit Stop.