Local and National News Headlines 2/1
Birth Control Pill Recall
WASHINGTON — A packaging error has led to the recall of 1 million packets of birth control pills that could leave women with an inadequate dose of the hormone-based drugs and raise the risk that they will get pregnant accidentally. The problem affects 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. Both products are manufactured by Pfizer and marketed in the U.S. by Akrimax Rx Products. The affected packets have expiration dates ranging from July 31st,2013 to March 31st, 2014. Pfizer found that some packets of the drugs had too many active tablets, while others had too few. Oral birth control products use a series of 21 drug tablets and 7 inactive sugar tablets to regulate the menstrual period while providing contraception. A company spokeswoman said the problem was caused by both mechanical and visual inspection failures on the packaging line. She said the problem has been corrected. Pfizer issued a statement saying the problem is not related to safety but does raise the risk of unintended pregnancy.
Plea Agreement Hearing Set
TYLER, Tx. – A Chapel Hill Teen accused in the shooting death of his sister his expected to enter a plea agreement Thursday ,according to court officials. 16 year old Nate Anderson has been in custody since the September 2010 shooting death of 19 year old Amanda Anderson who was found in the family’s home dead from multiple gunshot wounds. The hearing is set for 1:30pm in Judge Jack Skeen’s courtroom.
Pit Bulls Euthanized after Attacking Toddler
FORT WORTH — Four pit bulls blamed for attacking a North Texas toddler have been euthanized. Fort Worth Animal Control officials say the dogs will be tested for rabies. Officials believe the 18-month-old was attacked Monday after he crawled through a doggie door and into the yard.
Crime Decreases in Tyler
TYLER,TX. – Less violent crimes were committed in Tyler last year compared to 2010, according to a crime statistics report from the Tyler Police Department. Overall violent crime decreased by more than 18 percent last year compared to 2010, with homicides showing the biggest decrease of 33 percent. Tyler recorded four homicides in 2011, compared to six in 2010. Robbery , aggravated assaults and property crime also decreased last year, but police responded to more sexual assaults in 2011, showing an increase of 28 percent.
Longview Robbery Suspect Arrested
LONGVIEW,TX. – A Longview man suspected of robbing the EZ Mart on South High Street last week has been arrested. 26 year old Bret Andrew Jones was taken into custody late yesterday and booked into the Gregg County Jail on an aggravated robbery charge. The store clerk said the suspect was armed with a pocket knife and tried to open the cash register but fled with several packs of cigarettes instead. No injuries were reported.
Romney Wins Florida
TAMPA, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won Florida’s primary by a wide margin over Newt Gingrich, declaring he’s “ready to lead this party and our nation.” Gingrich is promising to “contest everyplace.” He has three Nevada stops today while Romney plans to campaign in Nevada and Minnesota.
Workers Hurt in Power Plant Construction
SACUL — Construction has been suspended at an East Texas biomass power plant after an accident left two workers critically hurt. Nacogdoches County emergency personnel say an electrical-related accident and brief fire were reported Tuesday morning in Sacul , about 165 miles northeast of Houston. The workers are hospitalized in the burn unit of Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The site has been closed for the investigation.
Texas’ Voting Maps Still Under Fire
WASHINGTON — Three federal judges are now deciding whether the Texas Legislature’s new Republican-friendly political maps violate a federal law aimed at protecting minorities. Texas is among nine states with a history of racial discrimination that must get federal permission to make changes to election laws. The Justice Department and a coalition of minority groups say the new map dilutes minority voting power. The state denies the claim.
Obama Administration to Unveil Homeowner Plan
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is about to detail a homeowner-friendly plan it hopes will ease a major drag on the economy. It would allow all homeowners to refinance at lower interest rates even if they owe more than their homes are worth. The major hurdle in Congress is that the program would be paid for by a fee on large banks.
Phony Tax Refunds a Growing Problem
WASHINGTON — The federal government has sent a stiff warning to those who would steal identities to fraudulently file for tax refunds. In a nationwide sweep this past week, the IRS says 105 people were arrested in 23 states from Alaska to Florida. Applications for phony tax refunds are a growing problem.