4-time Texas lotto winner has $21 million to show for it

BISHOP, Texas (AP) The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion _ that’s 18 and 24 zeros. Just as unlikely? Getting to know one of the luckiest women in the world. “She wants her privacy,” friend Cris Carmona […]

Blood in the urine can definitely be a red flag for cancer


MADISON, Wis.-Few health symptoms are as unsettling as blood in the urine. Should you freak out? Not necessarily. The technical term for the condition is “hematuria,” and experts at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say it’s likely the result of one of several health conditions, only one of them serious. “The first thing I’d say […]

Texas shrimpers open new season with worries of oil spill effects

HOUSTON (AP) Texas shrimpers concerned about what the BP oil spill means for them are preparing for what could be a shaky season and watching the horizon for longer term changes that could bring more shrimpers from neighboring Louisiana. The commercial brown shrimp season opened on Thursday night, but state waters could close if oil spreads to Texas slowly or […]

Shoplifter sentenced to 2 years in prison

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announces that on July 19, 2010, Oscar Garza, 28, of Raymondville, was found guilty by the 197th District Court Visiting Judge J. Bonner Dorsey and a Willacy County jury comprised of 7 women and 5 men who returned a sentence of 2 years in a state prison, the maximum sentence allowed by law, […]

Thunderstorms are deadly, destructive force, warns IBHS

Tampa, Fla. – As insurers and homeowners keep a close watch on the Atlantic Basin for hurricane activity this summer, the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) cautions people across the nation not to underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms and lightning, which occur far more often and directly affect more of the U.S. than hurricanes. According […]

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.2 Percent in June Texas employers add 166,100 jobs since January

AUSTIN -Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in June, down from 8.3 percent in May, and continued to trend well below the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.5 percent for the same month. Texas total nonagricultural employment grew by 14,000 jobs in June for a total of 166,100 jobs gained since the beginning of 2010. “Texas […]

Mexico City sees 271 gay weddings in 4 months

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian couples get married since the capital enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly allowing same-sex marriages. The city government says there have been 142 marriages between men and 129 between women in the four months since the law went took effect March 4. The government said Tuesday […]

12 killed in shootout in Nuevo Laredo

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (AP) Authorities say 12 people have been killed in running gun battles between soldiers and suspected drug-cartel gunmen in the northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo. The federal Interior Department says in a statement that the dead include nine suspects, two civilians and one soldier. Twenty-one people – including three children caught in the crossfire – […]

Graduation rates high on list of state concerns


AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry is proposing an initiative to provide a business tax credit while helping working Texans earn a diploma or GED. While in El Paso on July 13, Perry said the initiative, if passed by the Legislature, will provide a tax incentive to employers who grant their employees two hours a week of paid time off to […]

Operation Lone Star Offers Free Medical Care in South Texas

Operation Lone Star will offer free health clinics during its annual two-week effort to provide health services to people in South Texas. Services include health screenings and treatments, immunizations, physicals for students, hearing and vision exams, and limited dental care. Last year Operation Lone Star provided medical services to more than 12,000 residents. “This is one-stop opportunity for people in […]