March 6, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:08am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Texas Crime Stoppers is offering one of the largest cash rewards ever for a man on Texas' 10 Most Wanted list, 20-thousand dollars. Thirty-seven-year-old Gaspar E. Loya, III is wanted for parole violation, failure to comply with sex offender registration and escape. His previous convictions include murder, assault, indecency with a child by contact, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, obstructing police, burglary of a habitation, vehicle theft, forgery and DUI. If you have information on his whereabouts call Texas Crime Stoppers at the number on your screen.

The Texas Commission of Jail Standards is keeping a close eye on the East Hidalgo County Detention Center after they say some inmates tested positive for tuberculosis. County health department leaders say they were not separated from the general population.

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning people not to keep fish from the Donna Reservoir and Canal. The EPA has signs posted around the water saying that these fish are contaminated with chemicals. Yet despite the warning people continue to fish there. The EPA has also gone door-to-door warning people of the dangers. The EPA says they'll conduct another field sampling starting next month.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a study that links snoring and sleep related illness to behavior problems in children. Doctors say that this period of life, when children are so young, is prime time for brain development. The report studied children between six months to seven years of age. By just four years old, children with sleep disordered breathing were 20 to 40 percent more likely to have behavioral difficulties; by age seven, that number shoots up to 40 to 100 percent more likely. If you have questions about your child's breathing during sleep, you should schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.

The South Texas International Economic Development Alliance is discussing ways to boost global trade, commerce and investment in our region. The group met yesterday to exchange ideas on how to make this happen. Members of the coalition discussed the possibility of a business recruitment mission to China to see what possibilities lie abroad.

Smart meters are being installed in the city of Harlingen and some people aren't happy about it. AEP began putting in the meters at the end of 20-11. AEP says the meter is a two-way communication device that reads meter levels. The smart meter enables power companies to do the readings remotely. Some residents say it's an invasion of privacy. The installation of the meters is expected to be completed by next month.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten.

Have a great Tuesday; take care!

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