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Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes

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By Public News Service Study: Investing in Public Services Brings Improved Health Outcomes HOUSTON – Can building a library improve the health of the people who use it? Information in a new study shows that investments in those kind of social services can bring communities a significant “health dividend.”

The report finds that when local governments in Texas increase spending for public services by just 10 percent, they see measurable improvements in health outcomes in just four years. Report author Mac McCullough, an associate professor of health-care delivery at Arizona State University, said communities that invest in areas such as education, housing, parks, police and libraries have healthier citizens.

“If you spend $10 more per person in a given year on, say, housing or libraries,” he said, “four years later – which is pretty short in terms of health outcomes – you can see gains in your county health ranking relative to your peer counties of up to about seven spots.”

For the study, McCullough said, they compared data on social-service investments to health rankings in those counties based on obesity rates, premature deaths, overall health status and other areas. “…(Read More) …read more

Source:: Texas News Service


Port Lavaca hospital lands Luby's, etc.

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By By Kathryn Cargo | kcargo@vicad.com

When Jason Anglin eats at the Luby’s, etc. at Memorial Medical Center, he’s taken back to his childhood. …read more

Source:: Lavaca County – Victoria Advocate


Facebook user posts confession hours after his mother and friend are found dead: Authorities

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Facebook(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — A man driving on a Mississippi road phoned local police and then typed a confessional on Facebook detailing the savage double murder of his mother and a close pal, according to police.

Police say Casey James Lawhorn typed over a 1,000-word screed about how early Sunday morning he apparently was fed up with his mother and his friend and decided to kill them in his East Ridge, Tennessee, home.

As of Sunday night, Lawhorn — who is wanted for killing his mother and his friend — is on the lam in Jasper County, Mississippi, according to the Sheriff’s Department there. A SWAT team surrounded his gold Taurus, but he was nowhere to be found, Tennessee authorities said.

East Ridge Police Assistant Police Chief Stan Allen told ABC News the Facebook post to be authentic, saying Lawhorn “posted a pretty specific message on Facebook detailing the crime.”

According to the Facebook post from Sunday evening, Lawhorn, who in the post claims he is “almost 24,” admitted to picking up a “stolen .22 LR rifle caliber” from his bedroom and about 1:30 a.m., walked up to his friend dozing on the living room floor and “shot him in the head once.”

The Facebook post said the young man the young man “seemed to die instantly.”

Then, the post suggests, he marched to his mother’s dark bedroom while she was sleeping. The post claimed that his mom was inebriated when he tried pulling the trigger.

But the gun jammed, according to the post.

The post stated that he left the room momentarily to fix the weapon, and then returned. That’s when he “rapidly got off two shots” in the dark.

The blood-curdling screams tested Lawhorn, according to the post.

“She started screaming the worst scream I’ve ever heard,” according to the post. “Movies really don’t do justice to how true terror sounds.”

The gun jammed again, according to the post, and after fixing it a second time, Lawhorn then allegedly turned a light on and “shot at her twice more and it was over.”

The post stated that Lawhorn later swiped heroin and cash from his dead friend’s pockets and wallet but spared his mother’s dog, Oscar.

“I didn’t hurt our dog or cat, in case anyone was wondering about the animals.”

Afterward, the post claims that Lawhorn was struggling with college and that he was hoping to commit suicide.

“Surely any normal person would wish death on themselves after doing what I did, seeing what I saw, and hearing what I heard,” according to the post.

Allen confirmed to ABC News that dispatchers received a phone call from Mississippi — approximately 40 miles from his home — earlier in the evening from a man they believe to be Lawhorn tipping them off on the double homicides.

“The suspect called us and identified himself and talked to our dispatchers for some time,” Allen said, noting that Lawhorn directed cops to the location of the purported double murder scene.

“He told them that he had committed the crime and that he was going to a location north of our city to find a secluded spot to kill himself,” said Allen.

When officers appeared at the home, which is just south of Chattanooga, Allen said there was no answer.

“They ended up forcing entry into the home,” he said.

Once inside Allen said the cops found a woman, whom they identified as Lawhorn’s mother, Vi Lawhorn, and a young man whom they are not identifying. Both were dead from apparent gunshot wounds, he said.

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Source:: National News


Report: Miranda Lambert and Anderson East call it quits

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA The relationship between Miranda Lambert and Anderson East is over for now, according to Us Weekly, which cites multiple unnamed sources.

Their two-year relationship came to light following Miranda’s high-profile, surprise divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015. Blake famously united with fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani after his split from the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

Us Weekly is still holding out hope for a Miranda-Anderson reunion, however. “They have spent a lot of time apart, but potentially could end up back together,” one of the publication’s sources says. “The love is still there.”

Speculation about a break-up kicked into high-gear last month, after Miranda let a Knoxville, Tennessee, audience in on the emotions she was experiencing.

“Part of feelings is also heartbreak unfortunately,” she said from the stage, “but fortunately for me, I can use it for my art or whatever. I like to write sad songs. I like to listen to sad songs, so I want to sing y’all one.” The 34-year-old then went on to perform her latest single, “Tin Man.”

Throughout the relationship, the two frequently posted about each other on social media. Anderson’s last mention of Miranda came last November, however, while Miranda hasn’t talked about her fellow singer/songwriter since the first of the year.

The 29-year-old Anderson — who was largely unknown before he started dating Miranda — released his latest album, Encore, in January.

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Source:: Country Music News


Alert - HTST2 - Lavaca River at Hallettsville (Texas)

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Alert conditions are not currently being met.

Flood Categories

Primary (ft)

  • Action : 20 ft
  • Minor : 27 ft
  • Moderate : 28 ft
  • Major : 29 ft

Secondary (kcfs)

  • Action : Not Set
  • Minor : Not Set
  • Moderate : Not Set
  • Major : Not Set

The forecast flood categories are the same as the observation flood categories.

Gauge Data


Latest Observation Category: Normal
Latest Observation: 3.09 ft
Latest Observation (Secondary): 0.0014 kcfs
Observation Time: Apr 7, 2018 04:15 AM -0500


Forecast Issued: N/A

There is currently no forecast data available.


Recent Projected Forecast Available: N/A
Recent Projected Forecast Time: N/A


Highest Projected Forecast Available: N/A
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Last Projected Forecast Available: N/A
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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Hallettsville: USGS ID: 08163500

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Source:: Lavaca River at Hallettsville (ALERT)


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