Daily News Recap (2-23-15)

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By Holly Henrichsen
Assistant Web Content Manager

Alkek Library. Photo by Daryan Jones
Photo by Daryan Jones

Prison officials in south Texas are transferring hundreds of inmates after nearly 2,000 men took control of the prison and caused riots Friday morning. According to BBC, most of the “low-level” offenders housed at the Willacy County Correctional Center located in Raymondville, are immigrants who entered the United States illegally. Pipes were used as weapons and prisoners maintained partial control of the facility until Saturday. Inmates damaged the plumbing and heating and cooling systems making the prison uninhabitable. All 2,800 prisoners will be transferred to other facilities this week.

Recent reports from British Prime Minister James Cameron are showing that British Police are still searching for the missing trio of school girls who are suspected to be flying to Turkey in attempt to reach Syria. Cameron says that the case indicates the need to fight ISIS and terrorism on multiple levels including in schools and the community. The young girls parents have also responded with pleas for the girls to return, though British police say once the girls are in Syria its unlikely they will ever be able to leave.

Today, French authorities have confiscated the passports of 6 nationalists who allegedly were planning to travel to Syria to join Jihadists. According to BBC News, the mens passports and ID’s have been confiscated for 6 months. Along with France, a few other European countries are confiscating the passports of suspected jihadists who want travel to Syria in support of the terrorist group ISIS.

Malls across the United States are on alert after al-Shabaab, a Somali militant group, released a video yesterday that encouraged attacks on U.S. shopping malls. Spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, Jesse Tron, says mall security is constantly evolving and improving so there won’t be a mad dash for improvements. The Mall of America issued a statement saying they have implemented extra precautions. According to Tron, mall security has been constantly upgraded since September 11 terrorist attacks and officers are constantly being trained on what to watch for. Al-Shabaab, the militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, took responsibility for a bombing in 2013 at the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya. In the video, an unidentified man mentioned attacking the Mall of America in Minnesota. According to USA Today, the Mall of America employs more than 12,000 people and is the worlds busiest mall, bringing in over 40 million visitors a year.

The planned diversions of I-35 lane closures at Yarrington Road scheduled for today will now take place tomorrow and Wednesday due to the possibility of freezing temperatures today. Tomorrow from 8 pm to 5 am Wednesday morning, traffic northbound on I-35 at Yarrington Road will be diverted to the frontage roads. Wednesday from 8 pm to 5 am Thursday, traffic southbound on I-35 at Yarrington will be diverted to the frontage roads.


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