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Fox 26 news has learned an event celebrating the opening of the new light rail line will cost $400,000.

But the good news is the public transportation company says the cost of the celebration on May 23rd won’t come out of your pocket.

Jerome Gray with Metro says the funds were raised through private donations which inclcludes some contractors who worked on the light rail line. 

The cost to bring in top shelf acts like Ne-Yo and Frankie J is $100,000 alone. 

The weekend celebration is also free and open to the public.

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Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

He was 89.

His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.

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FOX 26 news has learned tonight the principal of Westbury high school is also the subject of a criminal investigation.
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As you know Jason Catchings was fired by HISD Board of Trustees Thursday evening.
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But we have also learned the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit is also investigating Catchings.

Now, our reliable source tells fox 26 news if there are charges Catchings may not be the only one who goes down.

We’re told the embattled principal presented proof to investigators in the form of emails that a higher up at HISD ordered him to chang the grades of several students at Westbury.

The stumbling block investigators face is there is no policy at HISD to address grade fixing according to our source.

Those looking into the case are trying to find a way to proceed with possible criminal charges.

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FOX 26 NEWS HAS LEARNED A  SUGAR LAND PLANT WHERE 5 PEOPLE WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION WILL NOT RE-OPEN AFTER BEING CLOSED NEARLY A MONTH NOW.

IT WAS BACK IN APRIL WHEN WE FIRST REPORTED THERMO-FISHER SCIENTIFIC SHUT DOWN ALL SUGAR LAND OPERATIONS AFTER SOME OF THEIR WORKERS WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION.

NOW, THE COMPANY CONFIRMS THEY WILL NOT RE-OPEN THE SITE SPEEDING UP A TIMELINE TO MOVE ITS OPERATIONS TO MASSACHUSETTS AND THE U-K. A SPOKESPERSON TELLS FOX 26 THERE WERE OTHER INSTANCES OF CONTAMINATION FOUND IN THE BUILDING.

THE TEXAS HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS OVERSEEING THE CLEAN UP.

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT:

On Tuesday, April 14, radiological material was released during the dismantling of a gauging device at the Sugar Land facility.

The health and safety of our employees and the community is our top priority. We initially closed the facility while we conducted additional testing to determine whether any contamination spread beyond the initial area into other parts of the facility, as well as vehicles and homes. We are working with the individuals affected to remove any residual radiological material.

In addition, we are committed to screening all employees present at the site around the time of the incident, as well as appropriate personal property, for exposure related to the April 14 incident. Results to date indicate that no employee was exposed to radiation in excess of regulatory limits as a result of that incident.

In the course of screening the facility, we have identified contamination that may stem from previous incidents. As a result, we are conducting further testing and evaluation to identify, characterize and confirm the source.

We continue to cooperate with the state agency investigating this incident.

We previously announced a decision to discontinue manufacturing operations at Sugar Land by early fall 2015, transfer manufacturing to our Franklin, MA and Winsford, UK sites and relocate remaining staff to a new site in Texas.

We have informed employees that we will accelerate this process and will not reopen the Sugar Land facility. We will take appropriate steps to support the employees impacted by this decision.

Media:

Karen Kirkwood, VP of Public Relations and Corporate Communications

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More veterans struggling to deal with old demons will soon have another place to lay their heads at Camp Hope.

Groundbreaking got underway at the P T S D Foundation of America this afternoon in north Houston.

The organization has been able to raise over 200 thousand dollars to build a new facility that will contain 4 – 7 room units for veterans and their families.

The fundraising effort, which totals over 200 thousand dollars, was spearheaded by Gringo Tex Mex owner Russell Ybarra and talk show host Michael Berry.

Ybarra also surprised the organization with another $100 thousand dollar check today.

The new Russell Ybarra Home for Heroes is expected to be completed in January 2016. 

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Rolling Out Magazine: A New Jersey woman, Kasia Rivera, has been accused of causing a man’s death with a penis-enlargement injection. On Tuesday, the 35-year-old East Orange resident appeared in court, where she was indicted for reckless manslaughter. Rivera pleaded not guilty.

According to reports, Rivera, who is known for performing enlargement services (without prior training) injected Justin Street, 22, who had a fatal reaction to the silicone she pumped into his penis.

Upon injecting Street’s organ with her patented pumping agent, the chemical entered his bloodstream causing him to have a “silicone embolism.” Street leaves behind two children.

Although the cosmetic use of non-encapsulated medical silicone is approved by the FDA in the form of Botox, for use around the eyes, it is also used quite frequently on the black market by untrained practitioners as a budget-friendly alternative to cosmetic surgery. While side effects are thought to be relatively rare, in some cases silicone will migrate through the bloodstream, resulting in a potentially fatal clot in the heart or brain or lungs; similar to Street’s reaction.

If convicted, Rivera faces 10 years in prison.

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***PRESS RELEASE***

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Montgomery County Pct. 4 Deputy Constable was patrolling FM 2090 at Tram Road in Splendora when he attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Ford pickup for a non-moving violation. However, the vehicle continued north on Tram Road for a short distance, during which time the deputy saw a clear plastic bag tossed from the passenger side window. The driver, Roger King, then stopped the vehicle. As the deputy approached he could see King was alone and noticed the vehicle’s windows were down, despite the fact that it was drizzling rain.

As King produced his wallet, the deputy saw rolling papers inside. King appeared to be nervous and confused as the deputy detained him. King gave consent to search the vehicle, claiming there was no contraband inside.

The deputy found a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the area where he saw the item tossed from the vehicle.

Roger Dale King, Jr., 40, of Splendora is charged with third-degree felony Tamper / Fabricate Physical Evidence w/Intent to Impair; and state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

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