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Troopers identify Silsbee woman kill in FM 418 crash

Texas DPS reported a Silsbee woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on FM 418 near the intersection with FM 1122 in Hardin county at about 2:30pm today. 

According to the investigating Trooper, a 2014 Mack truck tractor was traveling westbound on FM 418 and a 2007 Saturn passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on FM 418.  

The driver of the Saturn attempted to make a left turn into a store parking lot directly in the path of the truck tractor.  The truck tractor struck the Saturn in the passenger side door.

The passenger of the Saturn, 19 year old Jobaha Sanchez of Silsbee, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  

The driver of the Saturn, 20 year old Chase Spencer of Silsbee, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital in serious but stable condition.  

The driver of the truck tractor, 60 year old Frank Morgan of Livingston, was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

DPS closed FM 418 in both directions for almost three hours, but was reopened at 5:20pm.

Patient is first Ebola case to be diagnosed in U.S.

AUSTIN - Texas Department of State Health Services

A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result.

The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC, the local health department and the hospital to investigate the case and help prevent transmission of the disease. The hospital has implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.

The CDC recommends that individuals protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola. DSHS also encourages health care providers to ask patients about recent travel and consider Ebola in patients with fever and a history of travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and some parts of Nigeria within 21 days of the onset of symptoms.

DALLAS (AP/KEYE) -- Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.
The case announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

"The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in
Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the
positive result," the Texas Department of State Health said in a press release. 

The patient, an adult male, has a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas, health officials say. He was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Presbyterian Hospital officials say they're following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

Health officials say the early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue, and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, a press release from the Texas Department of State Health said.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this report.)

The CDC will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. CT, WATCH LIVE HERE: Patient Tests Positive For Ebola, First U.S. Diagnosis

Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas has pleaded not guilty to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder.

Arron Michael Lewis appeared in court Tuesday. The office of Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber said Lewis pleaded not guilty to one count each of capital murder, kidnapping and robbery, as well as four weapons charges.

The 33-year-old Lewis is being held on $1 million bail.

The body of Beverly Carter was found overnight in a shallow grave at a concrete company where, according to a newspaper report, Lewis formerly worked.

Carter had been missing since Thursday, when she told her husband she planned to show a home to a prospective buyer near Scott, near Little Rock.

Texas Governor debate tonight at 8pm online

The candidates for Texas Governor will square off on key issues affecting the state and nation in a debate to be streamed live on the KFDM website tonight. (See instructions below)

The debate is produced by KLRU and the Texas Tribune and made available to KFDM by the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Tonight's debate will be at 8:00 pm between Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.

It will not be on the air but will be streamed live on KFDM's website.To view the debate go to the KFDM website In the right column you will see a box that is entitled "Texas Governor Debate."

Clicking on that box will take you to the live debate page with text about the event.


When the debate starts the will see the debate live in that box.We encourage you to Tweet your comments and thoughts about the debate and the candidates to us at @kfdmnews and with the hashtag#TexasDebates2014. You may also use the online form at the bottom of the live streaming page

Fatal accident in Hardin County reroutes FM 418

Texas DPS reported a fatality in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 418 and FM 1122 in Hardin county at 3:00pm today. 

DPS said at this time, FM 418 is closed in both directions and the roadway will remain closed during the fatal crash investigation.  There is no approximate time for the roadway to be reopened.  Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route and avoid this area if at all possible

The crash involves a passenger vehicle and a truck tractor.

The Texas a Department of Public Safety confirmed that at least one person has been killed in this crash.  There is no further information on additional fatalities or injuries.

FM 418 is a the main highway between Silsbee and Kountze. This is a Google Maps view of the intersection:

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Vidor Police release name of hit-and-run fatality victim

VIDOR - Vidor Police are releasing the name of a man they say is a victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident on the I-10 service road.

Carlton Lee Newman, 46, of Ore City, near Longview, died in the collision Tuesday morning.

Vidor Police Chief David Shows says the accident was reported at about 5 a.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Concord Street.

Investigators say they're trying to determine the events leading up to the fatal hit-and-run.

Detective Chris Pearson with Vidor P.D. tells KFDM News the victim had a hard hat as well as clothing and tools indicating he was going to a job site, perhaps a construction job. He may have been heading to a nearby shopping center as a pickup point for a ride to work.

Detective Pearson says it's clear the driver knew he or she had struck Newman. Tire marks show the driver swerved off the service road and then got back on and drove away.

Pearson says drivers should do the right thing following a collision. They should stop and render aid or call 911.

If you have information about the fatal hit-and-run collision call Vidor Police at 769-4561.

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