|DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on August 8 in Austin
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, 7551 Metro Center Drive in Austin. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED JUNE 19, 2019
|State files lawsuit against Aliera Healthcare
The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Aliera Healthcare from selling health insurance in Texas and engaging in the business of insurance without a state license. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties. After filing the lawsuit June 13 in the 53rd Civil District Court in Travis County (Cause Number D-1-GN-19-003388), TDI dismissed the administrative action pending with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
POSTED JUNE 18, 2019
|Four Companies Earn Safety Award
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized four Texas companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses by renewing their Lone Star Safety Program awards for a second time.
POSTED JUNE 05, 2019
|DWC Hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on July 11 in Waco
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Education Service Center, Region 12, 2101 West Loop 340 in Waco. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED MAY 30, 2019
|Focus group helps TDI test, improve consumer information
How can an agency full of policy wonks, lawyers, and actuaries make sure it's using plain language? The Texas Department of Insurance uses a volunteer focus group to test its materials.
POSTED MAY 29, 2019
|TDI improves continuing ed service
A year ago, it took months for insurance agents and adjusters to get continuing education transcripts, course credit, and other information from the Texas Department of Insurance. Today, it takes about two weeks.
POSTED MAY 21, 2019
|TDI files against unlicensed company selling health plans
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has filed an action to stop Georgia-based Aliera Healthcare from selling health insurance in Texas without a state license.
POSTED MAY 17, 2019
|DWC hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on June 4 in Houston
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Community College, 5000 Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and on current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED MAY 17, 2019
|DWC hosts Regional Workplace Safety Seminar on May 21 in El Paso
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) offers a Regional Safety Seminar on May 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Education Service Center, Region 19, 6611 Boeing Drive in El Paso. The seminar provides employers and employees affordable training on common causes of preventable workplace injuries and fatalities and on current and upcoming regulations in the occupational safety and health fields.
POSTED MAY 16, 2019
|Hurricane season is coming. Do you have flood insurance?
A year after Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters covered an area the size of New Jersey, the number of federal flood insurance policies increased 29 percent in the counties that suffered Harvey’s wrath. Then we began to see some declines in coverage. Please don’t let our memories be that short.
POSTED MAY 08, 2019
|SAPD: Man shot and killed by police after allegedly pulling knife
A man who threatened to jump off an overpass near downtown San Antonio was fatally shot by officers instead after he allegedly pulled a knife on them Tuesday morning.
POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:37 PM
|Five hospitalized after SUV, VIA bus collide in east Bexar County
All lanes of Loop 1604 and Schuwirth Road will remain closed through Tuesday morning after a crash involving an SUV and VIA bus hospitalized five people, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 1:51 PM
|SAPD auctioning off 100 items, including Jordan shoes, Gucci watch and jewelry
On Thursday, San Antonio residents have a chance to upgrade their wardrobes at a police auction.
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 7:39 PM
|Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed
The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 kids were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.
Rep. Veronica Escobar said 30 children were at the facility near El Paso as of Monday. Her office was briefed on the situation by an official with Customs and Border Protection.
Attorneys who visited the station in Clint, Texas last week said older children were trying to take care of infants and toddlers, The Associated Press first reported Thursday. Some had been detained for three weeks, and 15 children were sick with the flu.
It's unclear where all the children have been moved. But Escobar said some were sent to another facility in El Paso.
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 5:10 PM
|Official: Woman, 3 children died of heat exposure in Texas
MISSION, Texas (AP) — Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S., authorities said Monday.
A law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press the four were overcome by the heat and foul play is not suspected. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person isn't authorized to speak publicly about the bodies found Sunday.
Hidalgo County sheriff's Sgt. Frank Medrano said earlier that the bodies of a woman in her early 20s, a toddler and two infants were found in or near Anzalduas Park, which borders the river in the city of Mission.
Authorities believe they may have been dead for days before being discovered. The FBI is leading the investigation into the deaths because the park is on federal land.
"It's an incredibly heart-breaking situation," the agency said in a statement Monday.
The names of the four have not been released and authorities are working to determine their country of origin.
Medrano said the area is commonly used by migrants entering the country illegally.
"It's a well-known route because it's so close to the border," he said.
Constable Larry Gallardo told The Monitor newspaper in McAllen that the terrain can be difficult to traverse.
"There's a lot of brush," he said. "It's like ranchland, there's no difference."
The Rio Grande Valley sector of the Border Patrol, which includes the area where the four bodies were found Sunday, has experienced an unprecedented number of apprehensions involving people entering the country illegally.
Over a seven-month period ending in April, Border Patrol agents had apprehended more than 164,000 people, a number surpassing the total...
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 3:53 PM
|Iconic "Torch of Friendship" temporarily goes gray for fresh paint
The red-orange hues that have radiated from the Torch of Friendship in the center of downtown for 17 years are now temporarily gray as the structure undergoes an "anniversary facelift."
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 2:54 PM
|San Antonio storms causing massive power outages on Northwest Side
Severe weather left more than 12,000 CPS Energy customers without power on Monday afternoon in San Antonio.
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 12:40 PM
|Do Mexican drug cartels make $500 billion a year?
"At half a trillion dollars - $500 billion - that makes the cartel business and the drug traffic just in Mexico alone coming across to the United States bigger than Walmart, to put it in perspective. So this is larger than our largest companies." - Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., at a hearing of the Senate international narcotics control caucus , June 11, 2019
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Mexico's violent drug cartels operate in the shadows, so it's difficult to assess how much money they make. They're not filing tax returns or getting audited.
But that hasn't stopped governments and researchers from trying to pin down the number. These estimates are all reverse-engineered, derived from other figures such as street values and drug-consumption rates, or the amount of U.S. dollars repatriated from Mexico to the United States.
The results are all over the map, ranging from $6 billion to $29 billion in estimates released since 2006. But none of them pegs Mexican drug traffickers' revenue at "half a trillion dollars," as Perdue claimed.
The underground economy for drugs is huge. The United Nations estimated in a 2011 report that worldwide proceeds from drug trafficking and other transnational organized crime were equivalent to 1.5 percent of global GDP, or $870 billion in 2009.
At a drug caucus hearing June 11, senators heard testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several experts. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the caucus co-chair, began her remarks by noting: "The illicit drug trade is a business, valued at anywhere between $426 [billion] and $652 billion. Its reach is global. Its distribution is growing. Its leadership is criminal."
Those numbers come from a 2017 study by Global Financial Integrity, a Washington think tank studying illicit flows of money. The report estimated $426 billion to $652 billion in the retail value of...
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 11:09 AM
|Woman shot while driving on Loop 410
Angelica Garcia, 35, was shot as she drove from a club early Sunday morning.
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 5:00 AM
|A year after her son was fatally shot, a mother seeks answers in his unsolved death
Police are urging any witnesses to the June 23, 2018 slaying to come forward.
POSTED JUNE 24, 2019 2:13 AM
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