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Posts published in “Day: June 23, 2015

Doctors Hospital Tidwell to remain open

Washington, DC., June 15, 2015 – After fighting to save doctors hospital and its reestablishment, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a longtime advocate and fighter for Doctor’s Hospital and the citizens its serves announces that Doctor’s Hospital, with the current assault on the Affordable Care Act, will remain open to serve its community.

Texas has the largest uninsured population in the country – 24.6% of Texans do not have health care coverage. Doctors Hospital Tidwell located at 510 West Tidwell Rd. is a 117 bed acute-care hospital committed to providing continuous quality health-care services to over 500,000 residents in the medically-underserved communities of North Houston. The hospital provides a broad range of primary care and specialty services through a qualified staff of over 200 physicians and 600 healthcare professionals.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has been fighting tirelessly for Doctors Hospital over the years and has been responsible for bringing millions of dollars in federal funds along with lifesaving programs to the Hospital. This is a victory for the city and the residents in which Doctors Hospital serves.

Fatal Shooting in parking lot of Haverstock Hills

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a fight at an apartment in Haverstock Hills at 5600 Aldine-Bender last Saturday night, shortly after midnight.

However, the fight became violent, and gunfire erupted in the parking lot, according to reports from the Harris County Sheriff’s office.

As a result, one man identified as Thomas Campbell, was struck by bullets in the head, and died at the scene, reports Sgt. Robert Spurgeon of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department homicide unit. Sgt. Spurgeon indicated that Campbell was apparently trying to leave the area, and got caught in crossfire.

Witnesses said they thought the gunshots came from a white pick-up truck in the area, but Sgt. Spurgeon said they did not identify who actually shot Campbell.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 713-222-TIPS.

Storm Disaster Recovery Center opens in Houston

HOUSTON – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Harris County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

The recovery center will serve as a central location for survivors who need one-on-one assistance. State and federal professionals will be available to help eligible survivors get help as quickly as possible.

Location and hours of operation:

Leonel Castillo Community Center, 2101 South Street, Houston, TX 77009.

Hours of operation (until further notice): Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday – Closed

Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and help applying for it. Some of the services may include:

. Guidance regarding disaster recovery

. Clarification of any written correspondence received

. Housing Assistance and Rental Resources information

. Answers to questions, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance

. Status of applications being processed by FEMA

Flood survivors statewide should call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 and report their damage to give the state and FEMA a better idea of the assistance that is needed in undesignated counties.

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Low-interest disaster loans from SBA also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Eligible survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

State and County attorneys join forces to fight synthetic Marijuana

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced last Tuesday, June 15, a joint operation against four Houston-area stores for distributing products that contain synthetic marijuana while deceptively claiming the products are safe and legal.

“Synthetic marijuana is an extremely dangerous substance and a growing risk to Texas youth, as evidenced by the mounting numbers of recent hospitalizations in Texas related to its use,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These stores were operating in blatant disregard for the law and with an utter disregard for the safety of their customers. I commend investigators and officials who are working to put an end to this substance’s distribution.”

“These products are marketed and sold to children, despite defendants knowing the products are illegal and unsafe. Use of these products has not only caused illness, but even death in some cases,” said County Attorney Vince Ryan. “The statement on the packaging that it is ‘not intended for human consumption’ is simply an absurdity. The packaging itself was designed to provide cover for the seller and the user if they are confronted by law enforcement.”

In a coordinated effort involving criminal and civil enforcement, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Attorney General joined forces to fight this growing threat to Texas youth. As part of the operation, undercover agents from the Sheriff’s department were deployed into the defendant stores to purchase the items. Among the products being sold is a product called Kush, which is sold in various fruit flavors. The packaging states that Kush is “lab certified,” “contains no prohibited chemicals or materials” and is legal for sale in all 50 states. It lists the “main ingredients” as a variety of innocuous sounding vegetable matters—such as “lemon balm,” “passion flower” and “wild lettuce,” – without any mention of the key ingredient, AB-CHMINACA, a highly addictive and dangerous chemical.

After the undercover operation, the Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the stores and their owner, Bao Quoc Nguyen, also known as Tony Nguyen, they are being sued for engaing in false, deceptive and misleading acts and practices in the course of trade and commerce since they are clearly misleading consumers that these products are safe and legal. They are also being sued as common nuisances under Texas law.

Attorney General Paxton obtained a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction to prevent the sale of these products. A permanent injunction will be sought at trial.