Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas is leaving the federal refugee resettlement program — what happens next?; Denton and Carrollton residents can text 9-1-1; gear up for ACL Weekend Two with Art&Seek’s festival photos; and more.
The owner of an Ohio bridal shop that nurse Amber Vinson visited in October 2014 sued Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital this week, The Associated Press reports. During a trip to plan her wedding, Vinson visited Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal in Akron and was diagnosed with Ebola when she returned to Dallas days later.
Vinson was one of two nurses that became infected after treating the first person in Dallas diagnosed with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan. He traveled from Liberia to Dallas in late September 2014, was diagnosed on Sept. 30 and later died from symptoms the following month.
The shop closed several weeks that fall amid the scare and then permanently in early 2015. Shop owner Anna Younker is accusing the Dallas hospital of negligence regarding Vinson's training. Officials with hospital owner Texas Health Resources said Wednesday they see no factual or legal basis for the complaint. Explore KERA’s coverage of Ebola in Dallas. [The Associated Press, KERA News]
Here’s how Ebola made its way from Liberia to Dallas in 2014:
- Texas announced its withdrawal from the federal refugee resettlement program last week — here’s what happens next. KUT reports: Over the next four months, the state will be reassigning about 20 employees who had jobs dedicated to refugee programs, transferring services offered by those employees to various nonprofits and bracing for the loss of $100 million from the federal government to run the program. That loss of funding will affect schools and health facilities across the state that serve refugee populations. [KUT]
- Three Texas amputee athletes are completing a triathlon together. Jennifer Teague Clark and Roy Martin both of Fort Worth and Caitlin Conner of Chappell Hill, Texas didn’t know each other before various accidents changed the course of their lives, but a few years ago, they met at Baker Orthotics and Prosthetics in Fort Worth, WFAA reports. Later this month in San Diego, they will compete as team “Three Legs are Better Than One” in an adaptive athletes triathlon. Jennifer will take on the 1-mile swim, Roy, the 10-mile run and Caitlin, the 44-mile bike course. [WFAA]
- People who live in Denton County and Carrollton can now text their emergency to 9-1-1. The service is available to all wireless customers who have texting set up, The Dallas Morning News reports. The DENCO area 9-1-1 district advises people to text their emergency when they can’t call. The service can’t accept photos or videos yet, and it might not work if a resident leaves Denton County or hits spotty coverage. The texting feature could greatly benefit people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired. Here are tips for using the service. [DMN]
- Whether you’re already missing ACL Weekend One or gearing up for Weekend Two, check out these festival photos. Members of the Art&Seek and KXT team covered the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin last weekend to chat with artists and document the best shows from the 15th annual music festival. Explore the photo gallery on Art&Seek and see how KXT’s favorite artists and festival goers answered the question: “Music is my ___.” [Art&Seek, KXT]
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