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Former Texas Bank President Heads To Federal Prison

June 5, 2020
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TEXAS (1080 KRLD)- Prosecutors say Anita Gail Moody  pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and arson. She was the President of Enloe State Bank in Cooper, Texas. 

In  2019, there was a fire at the bank and it turned out to be arson. Investigators say Moody eventually admitted to setting the fire to cover up her  false loans.

They say she used the  money to help her boyfriend’s business and other businesses to the tune of around $11 million dollars.

She has to pay back the money and serve time in federal prison.

Author: Emily.Jimenez
Posted: June 5, 2020, 8:53 pm

Difference Maker Is First Person To Test Positive for COVID-19, Becomes First to Help Save Lives

June 5, 2020
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When Father Robert Pace returned from a trip to a church conference in Kentucky, he felt sick and thought he had the flu. 

His symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath continued to get worse, so he went to the emergency room. By that time, news that several people who had been at the church conference in Kentucky were testing positive for COVID-19. He informed his doctor and they immediately tested him for COVID-19. He was the first person to test positive for the coronavirus in Tarrant County. 

Father Pace was admitted to the hospital. 

"It was touch and go. My pneumonia was really bad and then they are saying things like, 'Your oxygen is going down and we're going to have to talk about a ventilator,'" said Father Pace. "And of course you're also in this isolation room. It was one of the most jarring experiences of my life. All I could do was turn to my faith and know that God was with me." 

Luckily, Father Pace did not need a ventilator and was only in the hospital for 3 days, before he was sent home to quarantine for 2 weeks. Then he got a call from his doctor. 

"Dr. John Burke, he called me and said that there was this FDA approved procedure using convalescent plasma and would I be willing to donate plasma? I said, 'Of course! What do I do?'" Father Pace said. 

That plasma was needed for Jose Martinez. He had recently felt ill and was quarantined at home for two weeks. His symptoms continued to worsen until he was admitted to the hospital. Martinez was in the hospital for more than 3 weeks and put on a ventilator. The convalescent plasma treatment was doctor's last resort. 

"Time was not on my side," Martinez said. 

It was the plasma from Father Pace that saved his life. Martinez slowly began to recover. 

"Dr. Burke called me again and said the person to whom I donated plasma wanted to meet me," said Father Pace. "I said, 'So, it worked?!" 

Texas Health Resources set up the meeting. 

"We were both in masks. Everyone there was in masks but I could see the smile in his eyes and I hope he could see mine," said Father Pace. "To see him healthy and happy, it was one of the most joyous experiences of my life." 

"There were a lot of emotions. I was just so overwhelmed with joy and I just thanked him for the selfless act of donating plasma to save my life," Martinez said. 

Martinez's family gave Father Pace a small statue of archangel Michael that Pace keeps close as a reminder of their newfound friendship. 

We're proud to call Father Robert Pace this week's KRLD Difference Maker. 

If you know someone who is making a difference in the community, send Susy an email at susy.solis@entercom.com

Author: Emily.Jimenez
Posted: June 5, 2020, 3:28 pm
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Oil Prices Surge Again In Friday Trading

June 5, 2020
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TEXAS (1080 KRLD)- The significant rebound continues for oil prices.

Since the crash that drove West Texas Intermediate Crude into negative territory in April, prices have been rising steadily.  On Friday morning, the U.S. benchmark was up more than 4% to jump back over $39 a barrel.  It's the highest level for WTI Crude since early March, just before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic started to take hold.

GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan told KRLD News gasoline demand is also increasing steadily, as more Americans go back to work.  His expectation is that gas prices will continue to go up, especially as more signs of an economic recovery surface.  DeHaan talked Friday with KRLD's Chris Sommer.

Author: Emily.Jimenez
Posted: June 5, 2020, 2:26 pm

US Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Universal Mail-In Balloting

June 4, 2020
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TEXAS (1080 KRLD)- A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday unanimously decided to grant the state’s motion to stay the preliminary injunction pending their appeal of a lawsuit brought forth by the Texas Democratic Party. This temporarily blocks a lower court decision that would have allowed all Texans to vote by mail during the pandemic.

Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for its decision blocking the federal district court in San Antonio’s order, which allowed anyone in Texas to vote by mail using protections specifically created to aid those with an actual disability or illness.   

“I applaud the Fifth Circuit for staying the federal court’s erroneous decision and preventing widespread mail-in balloting while the case proceeds. Allowing universal mail-in ballots, which are particularly vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The unanimous Fifth Circuit ruling puts a stop to this blatant violation of Texas law.”  

An official with the Texas Democratic Party says they’re likely to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

Author: Emily.Jimenez
Posted: June 4, 2020, 8:55 pm

Demonstration in Downtown Fort Worth Remains Peaceful

June 3, 2020
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A crowd of several hundred people gathered in front of the Tarrant County Court House in downtown Fort Worth yesterday, staying until early evening.

But when the 7 p.m. curfew kicked in, most of them left.

A group of about 150 did remain late into the night, milling about and chatting among themselves.

Unlike the previous night, there were no confrontations with police who were content to allow them to remain, despite breaking curfew, as long as no trouble erupted.

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Posted: June 3, 2020, 2:54 pm
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Former President George W. Bush, Senator Ted Cruz Respond to ​Protests, Riots

June 3, 2020

Former President George W. Bush and Senator Ted Cruz say violence related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is taking away from the message of peaceful protesters.

Cruz and the former president made separate statements Tuesday.

Bush says he had resisted the urge to speak out sooner, writing, "this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen." He says America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of different backgrounds. He says the habits of racial superiority once nearly split the country and "still threaten our Union."

"The heroes of America -- from Frederick Douglas, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. -- are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation's disturbing bigotry and exploitation -- stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to imagine," Bush writes.

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But Bush also says, "looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress." He says people serve their neighbors best when they try to understand their experience.

Cruz says political leaders, including President Trump, governors and mayors have a duty to "protect the American people, and stop this rioting now."

"Violence and the terrorism we're seeing across the country is unacceptable. It is wrong," Cruz says. "Everyone has a right to speak. You have a right to speak peaceably and exercise the first amendment. What you don't have a right to do is engage in violence. What you don't have a right to do is loot stores. What you don't have a right to do is shatter store windows. What you don't have a right to do is light police cars on fire."

Cruz does say there is "no legitimate law enforcement purpose for what we saw" in the case of George Floyd. He says people should now trust the criminal justice system to hold the officers accountable.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: June 3, 2020, 11:20 am

Former President George W. Bush, Senator Ted Cruz Respond to ​Protests, Riots

June 3, 2020
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Former President George W. Bush and Senator Ted Cruz say violence related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is taking away from the message of peaceful protesters.

Cruz and the former president made separate statements Tuesday.

Bush says he had resisted the urge to speak out sooner, writing, "this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen." He says America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of different backgrounds. He says the habits of racial superiority once nearly split the country and "still threaten our Union."

"The heroes of America -- from Frederick Douglas, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. -- are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation's disturbing bigotry and exploitation -- stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to imagine," Bush writes.

Cruz says political leaders, including President Trump, governors and mayors have a duty to "protect the American people, and stop this rioting now."

"Violence and the terrorism we're seeing across the country is unacceptable. It is wrong," Cruz says. "Everyone has a right to speak. You have a right to speak peaceably and exercise the first amendment. What you don't have a right to do is engage in violence. What you don't have a right to do is loot stores. What you don't have a right to do is shatter store windows. What you don't have a right to do is light police cars on fire."

Cruz does say there is "no legitimate law enforcement purpose for what we saw" in the case of George Floyd. He says people should now trust the criminal justice system to hold the officers accountable.

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Author: Anonymous
Posted: June 3, 2020, 11:20 am
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Conservative Lawmakers Call For End To Contact-Tracing Contract

June 3, 2020
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Members of the Texas Freedom Caucus called for an immediate end to the controversial, $295 million contact-tracing contract that the State of Texas entered into with MTX Group, Inc. last month.

“We share the grave concerns of our constituents about the MTX contract from both fiscal responsibility and privacy standpoints, and call for its immediate cancellation,” said Rep. Mayes Middleton, chair of the caucus.  “This is an enormous amount of money to be spent by the Health and Human Services Commission, and the Legislature has had no say in it. Even though it’s voluntary, there is potential for abuse when the state collects that much data from citizens and the information, once collected, could easily fall into the wrong hands.”

Contact tracing in Texas has the endorsement of one of the State’s top infectious disease specialists, Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Peter Hotez. When asked why a proven method of mitigating the spread infectious diseases has become so controversial Hotez said, “Texas has a very aggressive anti-vaccine movement and they use these fake terms like health freedom, and medical freedom. And now I’m starting to see on some of their social media that they're latching themselves onto this issue as well, claiming that contact tracing is a violation of their civil liberties.”

Hotez went on to say, “Without a vaccine, the only things we have are testing and contact tracing and what I call syndromic surveillance, and if they're going to block all of those things, I can guarantee COVID-19 is going to come roaring back.”

Rep. Matt Schaefer, vice-chair of the caucus, also commented: The MTX contract presents too many concerns about overspending, lack of local knowledge, and oversight for privacy and constitutional issues."

“We discussed the issue and came to the conclusion that the privacy concerns we had were alone reason enough to void the contract,” said Rep. Matt Krause, secretary/treasurer of the caucus. “Such a massive collection and centralized storage of data on our citizens gives enormous power to whomever has access to it, and that power could largely go unchecked.

Back in late April press conference Governor Greg Abbott gave an update on the contact tracing program saying, “Phase one of our tracing program is already completed. It mobilized a team of more than 1100 state and local contact tracers. It created a contact tracing IT application. It set up the COVID-19 contact tracing call center.” Abbott has also made assurances that the privacy of Texans would be respected under the terms of the deal.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: June 3, 2020, 10:36 am

George W. Bush 'Anguished' Over Death of George Floyd: 'The Doctrine and Habits of Racial Superiority … Still Threaten Our Union'

June 2, 2020
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former President George W. Bush on Tuesday broke his silence about George Floyd, writing in a lengthy statement that he and wife Laura are "anguished" by the Minneapolis man's "brutal suffocation" and "disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country."

Bush wrote it's a "shocking failure" that many African American men "are harassed and threatened in their own country."

He continued, "The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights."

He also praised the protesters marching across the country: "It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future," he wrote.

He does not have praise though for those looting, writing, "Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress."

 The full text of Bush’s message can be found here.

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Author: Anonymous
Posted: June 2, 2020, 10:06 pm
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Texas Rangers Get Corey Kluber in Trade from Cleveland

Rangers send Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase to the Indians

December 15, 2019
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NBC 5 is reporting Corey Kluber led by example and excellence in Cleveland. The Texas Rangers are hoping he can do the same for them.

The Indians traded the two-time Cy Young Award winner -- and their unquestioned ace -- over the past six seasons to the Rangers on Sunday, a blockbuster deal that could dramatically change both teams.

In exchange for the 33-year-old Kluber, Cleveland received outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase, a hard-throwing 21-year-old with huge potential.

The stoic and steady Kluber has been one of baseball's most dominant pitchers since 2014, when he went 18-9 and won his first Cy Young. He got his second in 2017, going 18-4 and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA.

Author: Mark.Willis
Posted: December 15, 2019, 8:58 pm