Wednesday News Rundown (10-01-2014)

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By Brittany Green
News Reporter 

Ebola virus. Courtesy of Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.

Governor Rick Perry says some school-age children in Dallas may have been in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles says five students at four different schools came into contact with him. The children are being monitored at home and are currently only experiencing symptoms of the Ebola virus and have not officially been diagnosed. Perry says the doctors and nurses at Dallas-based Texas Health Presbyterian are doing everything they can to deliver the very best care for this patient. They have been and will continue to keep in contact with officials in order to ensure public safety.

The Texas Department of Transportation will meet tomorrow to discuss the new Interstate 35 Capital Area improvement program that will affect the area between Georgetown and Buda. The Hays County portion of the study covers a 23.7-mile segment of the highway. If the program goes through, overpasses and interchanges will be redesigned, north and southbound lanes will be added as well as bicycle and pedestrian lanes along access roads. The meeting will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. inside San Marcos City Hall. For those who can’t attend this event, an overview of the plan can be viewed on the program’s website, the website is open now until October 13.

The Texas State Police Department has received complaints from victims of a phone scam. Students have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS or police collecting for the IRS. Texas State’s police department reminds students to not give any information to the caller because it is a scam. They recommend that people who might have been scammed file a police report and cancel their credit card.

Texas’s School of Criminal Justice received a $390,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the causes of wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failures. The NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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