Ford Expands GoRide Health Non-Emergency Transportation Service Nationwide

Ford Motor Company is expanding its GoRide Health non-emergency medical transportation business nationwide, starting with Ohio. GoRide Health expects to deliver thousands of rides per day in six cities by the end of the year.

GoRide Health is operating in Toledo now, with service coming to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus by the end of the year. Later this year, the business plans to begin offering its services in major cities in Florida, beginning with Miami. In 2020, it plans to expand to several other states, including North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, and California.

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MedStar Breaks Ground on North Deployment Center in Fort Worth

Medstar broke ground on its North Deployment Center at 8928 Medical City Parkway.

For 33 years, MedStar has used a centralized deployment model, with all units starting shifts and deployed across the service area from a headquarters facility on Alta Mere Drive in Fort Worth. To better serve the far north side of the ambulance service area, MedStar is building the new deployment center between Medical City Alliance and the Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division Sector, which opened in 2018.

Once it opens, the new facility will deploy assets to the northern part of the city and help improve emergency response in the fast-growing sector.

U.S. Navy to Name Destroyer After Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 133, in honor of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia from 1972 to 1997.

“Senator Nunn’s impact on the Navy and Marine Corps team cannot be overstated,” Spencer said. “His leadership in the Senate, specifically as the long-serving chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, helped streamline the military chain of command and strengthen our Navy and Marine Corps team. I am pleased that Senator Nunn’s legacy of service to our nation will continue in the future USS Sam Nunn.”

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Army Family Looking to Make a Difference in Kids Lives

On any given day there are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Of that number, only about 135,000 are adopted each year.

Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Hill, an intelligence analyst for the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, met his wife Shoko, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. The Hills always knew they wanted to foster and adopt children and discussed the possibility before deciding to start their family.

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Midland RockHounds Fall to Naturals

For the second time in just a few days in the road trip, we have seen another example of why “The Book” is not available in stores.

With the game tied, 2-2, a runner on first and two out in the last of the ninth, the RockHounds went “by the book” – – outfielders playing deep to keep the ball in front of them. The purpose being to prevent the runner from scoring from first base and that makes sense, except that’s exactly what happened as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals edged the ‘Hounds, 3-2, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas, Monday night.

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Zeno Named Fort Worth Chief Financial Officer

Reginald (Reggie) Zeno has been named director of the Financial Management Services Department and CFO of the City of Fort Worth.

Zeno has been finance director for the City of Cincinnati since June 2010. He was finance director for the City of New Orleans from 2002-2010 and held chief of staff and budget director positions for Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana from 2000-2002. He also worked for the New Orleans Public Schools from 1980-2000 in several positions, including interim chief financial officer for several years.

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Midland RockHounds Win Second Straight Against Naturals

What a remarkable 21 hours it has been for the RockHounds’ Chase Calabuig.

Saturday night, the left fielder was injured while making a brilliant catch down the line and had to exit the game. Not only was he back in the lineup Sunday afternoon, he had the game-winning, two-run single with two out in the top of the ninth as the RockHounds broke a 3-3 tie to defeat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 5-3, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas.

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San Antonio Missions Settle for Series Split with Express

Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the San Antonio Missions made things interesting against the Round Rock Express. The Missions plated three runs in the final frame but the rally came up just short as they fell to the Express 6-5.

The Missions and Express went back-and-forth in the middle innings and were knotted at 2-2 through six innings before Round Rock scratched across a pair of runs in the seventh and added two crucial insurance runs in the ninth.

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2019 Gainey Cup International Scout Squad Winner Announced

After several days of Cavalry scout-related tasks, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, representing the 82nd Airborne Division, won the fourth biennial Gainey Cup International Scout Squad Competition May 3 at Brave Rifles Field here.

The 5th Squadron from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, earned the title of “Best Scout Squad” against 24 other competing squads from across the U.S. Army and from international partner militaries, including Canada, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

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San Antonio Missions Thumped by Express

The Force was against the San Antonio Missions Saturday night at Wolff Stadium as they fell victim to the Round Rock Express 11-4. A crowd of 7,288 witnessed the Express continue their torrid offensive stretch as they put up 11 runs on 15 hits including three home runs.

The Express did most of their damage early as they scored nine of their 11 runs in the first three innings. Missions starter Brad Kuntz took the brunt of the hits from Round Rock as he was tagged for nine runs on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.

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Preservation Group Highlights Endangered Fort Worth Landmarks

A 1918 service station, downtown’s funky “spaceship” arena and historic bungalow houses in the Near Southside are included in the 2019 list of Historic Fort Worth’s Most Endangered Places.

Historic Fairmount gas station, 1700 Alston Ave. This small gas station with pressed-metal simulated brick walls and a simulated Spanish tile hip roof has seen better days. It sits on the corner of Alston Avenue at Allen Street in a highly visible and busy location that connects Eighth Avenue to Hemphill Street.

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Fort Worth Well-Being Rate Jumps Among U.S. Metro Areas

Well-being continues to climb in Fort Worth, with new research placing the city in the top 20 percent of the country’s metropolitan areas. According to the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, Fort Worth’s 2019 equivalent rank for residents’ well-being ties for 31st out of 156 communities nationwide.

The city’s latest equivalent ranking is based on a new comparison of updated metropolitan statistical area (MSA) data and is a notable increase over past performance in the survey. In 2013, Fort Worth’s equivalent rank was 185th out of 190 reported metro areas. Four years later, the city’s equivalent rank increased to 58th out of 186 MSAs surveyed. The latest Gallup survey places Fort Worth on par with the Austin/Round Rock area.

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Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Heads to Space Station

More than 5,500 pounds of cargo is on its way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The company’s 17th commercial cargo mission to resupply the space station began at 2:48 a.m. EDT on May 4, 2019, with liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Kenny Todd, International Space Station Operations and Integration manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, explained during the postlaunch press conference that launch success far overshadowed fatigue with the early morning launch.

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Austin Airport Welcomes New Carrier

In a ceremony complete with live music, cake and balloons, WestJet Airlines officially began new seasonal nonstop service from Austin to YYC Calgary International Airport, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on May 2, 2019.

This new route north adds an additional international destination for Central Texas travelers and increases the total number of carriers serving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

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Starbucks Stories: Lori

Lori Price takes twice-daily walks through her neighborhood, New York City’s vibrant Meatpacking District, with her French bulldogs, Lexie and Milo. These walks are the calming book-end to very busy days spent working as a hedge fund manager.

“It’s definitely hectic, fast-paced, fun and difficult all in one,” she said. “You’re never short of having something to do. There’s always a challenge, which is really good, but it’s also a difficult industry right now to be in. I went to UCLA and went straight through graduate school on scholarship and started working and I remember my parents saying, ‘This is a really tough industry. We don’t know if you’ll survive it, and we’re scared for you to go to New York.’”

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U.S. Air Force C-130 Keeps Bases Supplied

Wheels hit hot pavement before slowly coming to a halt along a flightline. Humidity and heat waft over busy Airmen as a ramp opens and they are greeted with forklifts. As quick as they landed, the cargo is offloaded within minutes and the C-130J Super Hercules is ready to leave.

This describes the typical day for Airmen in Camp Lemonnier, Africa, when it comes to C-130J missions in deployed locations. Airmen then undergo extreme weather conditions while ensuring their mission is completed.

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Dr. Jana Rueter Named to Statewide Post

Dr. Jana Rueter, SAISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, was recently elected to the Board of the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

TX ASCD members cast votes to determine board members annually. The April 2019 TX ASCD newsletter, Leadership, reports, “Our nominees were of the highest quality with impressive experience, which made the decision for our members that much harder.”

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San Angelo ISD Honors Teachers at Award Ceremony

Twenty-five San Angelo ISD teachers were recognized April 24th for their outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching the children of San Angelo at the 2019 Teacher of the Year Ceremony.

Nominees from each campus were introduced and presented a framed certificate. Following the presentation of campus honorees, the district Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year were announced. Kevin McSpadden from Central High School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year and Stacy Fischer from Bowie Elementary School was named Elementary Teacher of the Year.

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Angelo State University Announces 2019 Faculty Excellence Award Winners

Michael J. Burnett of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Eddie F. “Trey” Holik III of the Department of Physics and Geosciences, and Dr. William A. Taylor of the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice are the winners of Angelo State University’s 2019 President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence.

They, along with 26 other faculty nominees, were honored at the 10th annual Faculty Recognition Dinner sponsored May 2 by the ASU Faculty Senate.

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