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Texas A&M facility could manufacture breakthrough Ebola vaccine

An experimental Ebola vaccine that has proven to be 100 percent effective during trials in the West African country of Guinea could turn the tide in the fight against the disease that claimed more than 10,000 lives during the historic outbreak.

The results of the three-month trial were published Friday by British medical journal the Lancet and showed that out of 7,651 adults, the 4,123 adults who were assigned the Zaire Ebolavirus vaccine immediately after coming into contact with the disease did not show signs of Ebola 10 days after being vaccinated, but of the group of 3,528 adults who were not treated until 21 days after initial contact, there were 16 individuals who came down with the disease.

The international team of authors concluded that the experimental vaccine "might be highly efficacious and safe in preventing Ebola virus disease, and is most likely effective at the population level when delivered during an Ebola virus disease outbreak."

The vaccine is licensed by Merck, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in New Jersey, but the Texas A&M Health Science Center, which is one of three locations nationwide with a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, could be asked to manufacture an Ebola vaccine on a large scale in case of a pandemic. Although HSC officials could not be reached Friday afternoon to say if the center will be involved in production of any Ebola vaccines any time soon, former HSC CEO Dr. Brett Giroir told Reuters in August 2014 that A&M would be ready.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/texas-a-m-facility-could-manufacture-breakthrough-ebola-vaccine/article_ed2a6af8-ab07-5b3d-b2fc-40b42d17c966.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 08:11 AM (1 replies)

Rick Perry -- Bringing Back Traditional Marriage

Beware, the gaypocalyspe is coming!

Cross-posted in the General Discussion Forum and the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 04:21 AM (3 replies)

Rick Perry -- Bringing Back Traditional Marriage

Beware, the gaypocalyspe is coming!

Cross-posted in the General Discussion Forum and the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 04:21 AM (0 replies)

Rick Perry -- Bringing Back Traditional Marriage

Beware, the gaypocalyspe is coming!

Cross-posted in the LGBT Group and the Texas Group.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 04:21 AM (5 replies)

Sheriff refuses to turn over jailhouse video after 32-year-old gay man dies of 'natural causes'

The family of a 32-year-old gay man who died in a Texas jail want more answers as to why he was denied his medication that led to the seizures that killed him, reports KTRK.

With Texas lawmakers looking into jailhouse reform in the wake of the recent death of Sandra Bland in Houston, the parents of Jesse Jacobs have come forward to discuss their son’s death after he turned himself into a Galveston jail to serve a DUI sentence, only to die within a week.

The parents of Jacobs, who died in March, want an investigation into what happened in the jail, however the sheriff — on the advice of the Galveston County Attorney– is refusing to turn over video fearing a lawsuit.

Jacobs voluntarily entered jail to serve his 30 days, with the hope that he would only have to stay for 12 days with time off for good behavior. However after being processed, jailhouse medical personnel denied him the prescribed Xanax he had been taking for ten years to treat a severe anxiety disorder. A week after being denied the drug Jacobs began experiencing seizures, a known side-effect of Xanax withdrawal.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/texas-sheriff-refuses-to-turn-over-jailhouse-video-after-32-year-old-gay-man-dies-of-natural-causes/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 02:14 AM (3 replies)

Republicans keep quiet following Paxton indictment

AUSTIN — Republican leaders in Austin remained quiet Saturday as Democrats and government watchdogs lambasted Attorney General Ken Paxton amid reports that the state’s top law enforcement official was indicted on state securities fraud charges.

“The widespread corruption in state government continues,” said Glenn Smith, director of Progress Texas PAC.

Paxton’s indictment is the second in the last year against a sitting Republican statewide elected official. Former Gov. Rick Perry was indicted last summer on criminal charges related to allegations he abused his power while in office.

A Collin County grand jury issued a three-count indictment against Paxton Tuesday. The charges include two counts of first-degree securities fraud and one count of third-degree failure to register.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150801-republicans-keep-quiet-following-paxton-indictment.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:54 AM (3 replies)

Houma bakery denies same-sex couple wedding cake, Fox 8 reports

A lesbian couple in Houma is claiming that a local bakery refused to make them a cake for their wedding, WVUE Fox 8 News reports.

Sarah Matherne said when she contacted Caro's Bakery on Bayou Blue Road there were no problems at first until they realized the cake was for a same-sex wedding.

"They had an appointment available and immediately asked for the bride's name,'" Matherne said to Fox 8. "I told her who it was. It was obviously a female name, and then she asked for the groom's name. That's when I told her it was two brides and that her name was Jenita. I was excited. I was ordering my wedding cake and she said 'No, we don't do that.'"

"The refusal angered Matherne because her partner has previously ordered cakes from Caro's, but now the couple feels their money is unwanted because of their sexual preference."

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/08/houma_bakery_denies_same-sex_c.html#incart_river
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 09:56 PM (3 replies)

Trooper who arrested Bland disciplined last year

The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a traffic stop in Prairie View on July 10 had been disciplined previously for misconduct, agency records show.

Brian Encinia, 30, who has been with DPS a little more than a year, was warned about his conduct in November 2014 for an incident that had occurred sometime in the previous two months.

"Trooper Encinia was given a written counseling for unprofessional conduct ... for an incident that occurred at a school in Austin," DPS officials wrote in a performance evaluation of the then-probationary officer. "In the future, Trooper Encinia should conduct himself at all times in a manner that will reflect well on himself, the Department, and the state of Texas."

Additional evaluations listed Encinia's performance as "competent." The incident is the only disciplinary action noted in about 80 pages of records that DPS released Friday night.


The records, which include Encinia's job application and personnel file, provide some additional details about his background before joining DPS last year. According to the records, he studied at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2008. He had previously worked as an "ingredient processing supervisor" at Blue Bell and served as a volunteer firefighter at the Brenham Volunteer Fire Department for four years, rising to the rank of district fire chief, according to his resume.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/sandra-bland/article/Trooper-who-arrested-Bland-disciplined-last-year-6419078.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 03:39 PM (1 replies)

Fort Worth officer, accused of soliciting prostitutes and having sex on duty, is fired

A Fort Worth police officer has been fired because of allegations that he solicited prostitutes, engaged in sexual conduct while on duty and messaged obscene photographs of himself to others, often identifying himself as a police officer.

Officer Ryan Cantu, who had been with the Fort Worth Police Department since December 2004, was indefinitely suspended as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

His attorney, Terry Daffron Porter with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, said she believes that her client is being singled out for alleged actions that others in the department have done but for which they were never disciplined or fired.

She points out that Cantu was never charged with solicitation of prostitution.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article29668903.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 03:31 PM (2 replies)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted, Sources Say

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on three charges by a grand jury in Collin County, two people close to the case told NBC 5 on Saturday.

The indictments were issued on Tuesday and immediately sealed, the sources said, adding they are set to be unsealed as early as Monday in Collin County.

A Tarrant County judge has been appointed to hear the case, the sources said.

The grand jury and two special prosecutors have been investigating whether Paxton committed a securities crime by acting as a broker without being licensed.

Read more: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-Attorney-General-Ken-Paxton-Indicted-Sources-Say-320384181.html

Another article at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/headlines/20150801-report-texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-indicted-by-grand-jury-in-collin-county.ece

Cross-posted in LBN.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 02:59 PM (4 replies)
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