Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
TYLER (KYTX) -- At first glance it looks like a typical nursing home. Some men use wheelchairs, others rely on walkers to get around, and they talk about their ailments over a friendly game of dominos. But,these elderly men are some of Texas' most hardened criminals.
These inmates are housed in the geriatric center, at Huntsville's Estelle Unit. It's surrounded by a barbed wire fence, like the rest of the prison, but in here the inmates are separated from many of the dangers associated with prison life.
"It provides a safe haven for those offenders that need this type of care, and this type of kind of get them off, away from the general population and being that it is confined with security officers keep a better eye on them. It's just a safer environment for them," Estelle Unit Assist. Warden, Christopher Carter, said.
At the Estelle Unit there are 60 beds in the geriatric center. It's the largest center of its kind in the state of Texas. Inmates range in age from 61 to 86 years old.
86-year-old Stanis Whited from Whitehouse is serving time for two counts of aggravated sexual assault. He is the oldest inmate in the unit and suffers from a slew of medical problems he told The Investigators about.
"Even though I was a heart patient and I have a lot of disabilities, back and all and my knees are bad they need reconstruction medical said so. The next month they were going to start I had a big heart attack," Whited said.
Whited is part of the burgeoning elderly prison population. A group that needs more frequent and costlier treatments, which the state is required to provide.
"The biggest challenge is with the multiple chronic care issues they come in and out of our hospital Galveston the sub specialty care that they receive, the cost of care that we put out for the offenders who are 50 or older is about 50 percent of the cost," Williams said.
In fact, for each inmate over the age of 55, the state spends $4, 853 a year, on health care. For those under 55, the cost is $795 a year. According to the Correctional Managed Health Care Report older prisoners use health care resources at a rate of more than 6 times higher than younger prisoners.
"The medication alone just with making sure that they are receiving their HIV medications or their oncology medications, we have chemo patients, have radiation patients. They do have a lot of maintenance medication so we are having to make sure that they are taking the medication that they are compliant and that they are getting older dementia sets in so we have a nurse that comes here to medicate them and most of their medications are given at the window," Williams said.
That's why convicted murderer, 70-year-old Fred Durrough, believes frail and elderly prisoners up for parole should be released back to their families.
"We were violent when we got here, but I'm not violent now," Durrough said.
"They're going to let all these people in here die because they are scared they are going to let somebody go. I understand the public probably agrees with what they're doing but that doesn't make it right," Durrough said.
Durrough has spent 39 years in prison for killing a man during a robbery attempt in San Antonio. The parole board has denied his release 25 times.
"They ought to change the name instead of parole board, to death panels for old convicts, because that's what they're doing," he said.
Durrough says instead of dying in prison, at your expense, he should be able to die in peace, at home.
It's an idea State Senator John Whitmire agrees with. As the state deals with budget shortfalls, he wants elderly prisoners released early.
"We don't have the luxury to spend money on old sick and dying inmates. If we want to continue spending millions to house, care for and bury these offenders then OK, but then we won't have money for education, roads and other programs where the money is desperately needed," Whitmire told The Investigators.
Rusk County District Attorney Mike Jimmerson disagrees with Whitmire's proposal.
"I think the thing to do for him (Whitmire) would be to go to Washington and try to change the law so we don't have to give these people cadillac health care," Jimmerson said. "You're talking about excepting a promise from a criminal."
Jimmerson believes it skirts the justice system.
"I have made my career in a courtroom 17 years and it had always been my position that what those 12 people say is justice. Now we are going to circumvent justice. Why? Because medical costs are expensive?" Jimmerson said.
And then there's this fact. While many of the inmates like Durrough, are serving time for crimes committed when they were much younger, there remains a group of elderly inmates who committed crimes later in life, like Stanis Whited. In a written statement, Texas parole board members told The Investigators, that's the group they worry about.
"Age is one factor, but we do not just focus on the age of each offender. The numbers indicate that there have been more offenders received at TDCJ in the age group 55 - 60 than any other age group at entry."
So the debate continues.
"I'd rather go outside to an old folks home than go to my family. I don't want to be a burden to them," convicted murderer Clarence Brown said.
"I would like my family to take care of me," convicted murderer, George White, said.
Medical care, that inside these walls, comes at a cost $465 million dollars, to you.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
TYLER (KYTX) - The Smith County Salvation Army was recently forced to cut food services because of funding shortages. While other local non profits haven't cut services yet, they are also dealing withMore >>
The Smith County Salvation Army was recently forced to cut food services because of funding shortages. While other local non profits haven't cut services yet, they are also dealing with funding issues are fighting to keep services steady.More >>