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Man dies in tractor-vehicle accident

One man is dead after a tractor-vehicle accident on Highway 90 in Jefferson County.

The Department of Public Safety confirmed that 32 year old James McDonald of Nome, a passenger in the vehicle, died from injuries he sustained in the crash.

At 4:55 p.m., a John Deere farm tractor, which was towing agricultural equipment, was traveling eastbound when it was struck from behind by a 2000 Toyota truck.

The driver of the Toyota over corrected and struck the center median.

State Troopers said the tractor had all necessary safety equipment to travel.

The driver of the Toyota,who has not been identified, was not injured in the crash.

Twenty seven year old Charles Blanchard of Beaumont, the driver of the tractor, was also not injured.

McDonald was transported by a medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he later died.

DPS is still investigating the crash.

Silsbee Firemen work to extract driver from burning car
BREAKING NEWS 8:30 PM Oct. 24 -- The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department is  working a single vehicle accident at the intersection of FM 418 and Lee Miller Road --the car is burning with the driver trapped inside.
Air Rescue is on the way.Tune in to KFDM Channel 6 News at 10pm for more details.

Restaurant Report Card Oct. 24, 2014
We begin with wok D'Lite in Orange. 
Eggrolls were out of temperature.  Dates were needed on  all foods out of their original packaging in both the cooler and freezer. The lemons were molded.  

Baking powder was being stored in an old paint can, chicken fat used for chicken broth was being stored on cardboard box lids in freezer. All foods needed to be covered in the cooler and freezer.

A couple of dead roaches were found. Inspector Scales notes all the storage equipment/shelves,pots, pans,vents above the woks,a/c vents, floors in back storage room & inside walk-in cooler needed to be cleaned and sanitized and  all broken and unused equipment needed to be discarded. Wok D'Lite in Orange gets a 77.
Now onto Tracy Seafood and Wings in Bridge City:
Fish, chicken wings and rice were found out of proper temperature. An employee was found eating in the back storage room.  All foods in coolers and freezers needed to be labeled and dated. And several cans were bulging at the top and bottom and were disposed of  immediately. Tracy Seafood in Bridge City gets an 83.
And finally inspector Scales checks out Happy Donuts in Bridge City:
Boudain, sausage and eggs were all found at improper temperatures. Foods out of their original packaging needed to be labeled and dated in the coolers.  The same pan liners were repeatedly used to bake kolaches and there was no certified food manager on staff. Happy Donuts in bridge city gets an 84.

Around the web: Tiny hospital sets up Ebola checkpoint in parking lot

(FROM KVII - AMARILLO) PORTALES, NEW MEXICO -- The whole world is talking about Ebola. And while the latest case in the US is almost 2,000 miles away, the Roosevelt General Hospital isn't taking any chances. 

Starting today, they've set up an intensive checkpoint to screen all patients and visitors for the deadly virus. The first checkpoint is set up in the parking lot. CEO Larry Leaming says one of the main concerns comes from the effect an Ebola outbreak could have on their staff.

"For a little hospital like ours that would be devastating. I mean, a big hospital can send 45 people home and have them monitored for 21 days. I send 41 people home and I have to close the clinic."

The approach might seem extreme in a small town like Portales, but the staff believes it's needed. "Nobody's completely isolated," Leaming explains.

At the first checkpoint, volunteers ask all vehicles if they've traveled to Africa or if they know anyone who has in the past 21 days. Since the start of the checkpoint, no one has.

 If anyone answers yes to the questions, they would be sent to a second checkpoint behind the hospital. Here, they'd be screened more intensively for symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Roosevelt Chief of Staff Oladotun Akinmurele says that clinical decision-making will be used to rule out the possibility of Ebola.

If healthcare workers suspect a person of having the virus, they would be sent to an isolation room.

Akinmurele says that at that point, "[We'd] follow the CDC recommendations, make calls to the CDC immediately for guidance on what next we need to do."

This isn't the first time the hospital has done something like this. During a really bad flu season, Leaming says they set up a similar screening system. "There was a huge number of them that all showed up at once so the volume was impressive and we had to set up tents and trailers and so forth be able to handle it. But they did it."

If the hospital feels like the threat of Ebola is going down, they will move their screening to the front desk. But as of right now, Leaming says the parking lot checkpoint is here to stay.

"If it's two days, if it's two weeks, if it's two months... Whatever it takes, we're not going to back off until we feel comfortable."

The screening checkpoint will be put to the test tomorrow during the hospital's health fair clinic. They're expecting approximately 1,000 people between the hours of 8 A.M. and noon.

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