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State fire marshal suggests new rules on storage of ammonium nitrate
AUSTIN — The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent a repeat of the deadly explosion that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West. “There has to be some changes post-West,” state fire marshal Chris Connealy told a Texas House committee. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:20

A year later, West is still a long way from recovery
WEST — Two flags, tattered by an explosion blocks away, have flown at half-staff at the Emergency Medical Services station since shortly after a fertilizer mixing operation blew up April 17, 2013, devastating this quiet central Texas town and killing 15. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:33

DPS investigating accident involving Katy ISD student, Fort Bend deputy
An accident involving a deputy constable and a high school student is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation at the scene. At about 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, a ninth-grade female student who attends Seven Lakes High School was struck by a deputy with the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. The accident occurred near the intersection of Gaston and Fry roads in the Katy area. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 07:30

Whitehouse ISD students, faculty taken to hospital after vehicle accident
Two Whitehouse Independent School District vehicles that were transporting Whitehouse High school students were involved in a vehicle accident late Saturday night in Wharton Texas. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 07:30

Dallas ISD police arrest alleged copper thief
Dallas ISD police on Tuesday arrested a man they say is a longtime copper thief. Police believe that Greg Desha Ellis of Dallas has links to at least 30 copper theft incidents at district schools, according to a news release. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 07:30

Texas School District Security Director Steals $2.5 Million to Fund His Gambling
Kris Gentz, the Security Director for a prominent Texas school district, stole $2.5 million from his employer to fund his gambling habits. Gentz stole the money from the Plano School District in the Dallas Metroplex by creating two fake companies. Though it is amazing to believe, the scheme worked for 9 years. Gentz was employed by the district from August 2001 until December 2013, when he was fired from his job as Security Director. Authorities believe the scheme began sometime in 2004. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 07:45

Beaumont: FBI raids home of BISD purchasing agent, former booster club president
Federal law enforcement authorities are conducting a warranted search at two private residences in Beaumont this morning, but U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales declined to confirm or deny the nature of the investigation. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:15

Yoakum: Abandoned school burns
The Yoakum Fire Department is investigating a suspected arson Thursday morning at the former Park Place School at the intersection of Pat Cleburne and Elenora streets. The three-story, brick structure has not been used as a school since about 1957, and was in the beginning stages of being demolished, said Fire Chief Mark Herchek. The floor was falling through and the ceiling had already collapsed. With no electricity, water or gas connections at the building, Herchek said all signs point to arson. View Article ]   Apr 4, 2014, 07:30

Plano ISD ex-manager admits he stole millions
LANO — A former Plano ISD employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling millions of dollars from the school district, federal officials said. Kris Wilson Gentz, 59, of Princeton is believed to have stolen between $2.5 million and $7 million as part of a conspiracy to commit federal program fraud. View Article ]   Apr 2, 2014, 08:38

Memorial High School parents dealing with double dose of scandal
The arrest of Manuel Hernandez Jr., an Edgewood Independent School District police officer, has parents of students at Memorial High School dealing with a double dose of scandal. The 56-year-old is the second staff member of that school to be arrested within days on charges of sexual assault of a child. View Article ]   Apr 2, 2014, 08:20

Walker's plea finalized; he gets $200K, BISD gets nothing
A federal judge this morning finalized the 2012 plea agreement between the government and Calvin Walker, possibly ending the controversial case that hinged on alleged fraud of Beaumont ISD. View Article ]   Apr 2, 2014, 08:20

Former Plano ISD employee admits to stealing $2.5M from school district
A former Plano school district employee admitted to stealing at least $2.5 million from the community. The FBI says 59-year-old Kris Wilson Gentz used most of the money for gambling. Gentz pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the conspiracy. FOX 4 is told that one employee saw a suspicious receipt and brought it to the attention of a district official. Gentz was immediately fired in November. When the district started to dig even deeper, it noticed he had allegedly been stealing money for almost 10 years. Gentz was in charge of equipping Plano schools with fire and security alarms. Investigators say he set up two false companies that were supposed to maintain those systems throughout the district. View Article ]   Apr 2, 2014, 08:10

ECISD Estimates Hood Clean Up to Cost $745,000
We know this is affecting the students, but now we are hearing the cost of the clean up is four times what originally expected. Today, ECISD released a statement saying with the new estimated cost is $745,000. That may seem like a steep price, but school board president Dr. Ray Beaty says thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the district's hands are tied. View Article ]   Apr 1, 2014, 08:35

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