POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 8:56am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:26am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A week after the deadly bombing in Boston left three people dead and hundreds injured, the surviving suspect has now been formally charged.
19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his initial appearance from his hospital room before a magistrate judge.
He is facing federal charges of using a weapon of mass destruction.
Tsarnaev remains in critical condition but court records reveal he was alert and able to respond to the charges.
Meanwhile, white house press secretary Jay Carney says Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant due to his citizenship status.
Less than a week after a massive fire and explosion in central Texas, things are beginning to return to normal.
Monday some 1,500 students in the town of West returned to class in nearby Waco after their school was damaged in Wednesday's disaster at the West Fertilizer Company.
14 people were killed and another 200 more were injured in an explosion that leveled the plant, ripped open an apartment complex, damaged a school, and collapsed a nursing home.
The city of McAllen has found its way to the top of yet another painful list.
Earlier this month, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission corridor was named the most obese metropolitan area in the country.
The Huffington Post says McAllen has the worst health care coverage in the US.
Only half of McAllen residents have health insurance, that's the lowest rate in the country.
Only 53% of McAllen residents say they have a doctor.
That is also the lowest national figure.
The border patrol estimates it captures about six out of every ten people who try to cross into the U.S.. illegally along its southern border.
That figure is from 2011 the most recent year for which numbers have been compiled.
The border patrol concedes that these percentages are inexact estimates.
But it claims that 61% of would-be illegal crossers are apprehended.
The report says 23% of people trying to cross illegally turn around and go back to Mexico….leaving 16% who avoid capture and successfully enter the US.