Berkeley Point Capital Provides $47.2 Million FHA 221d4 New Construction Loan for Tower Bay Lofts

BETHESDA, MA – Berkeley Point Capital recently closed a $47.2 million FHA 221d4 New Construction loan for Tower Bay Lofts, a 308-unit multifamily apartment building located in Lewisvile, Denton County, TX.

Tom White led the Berkeley Point team who was successful in arranging the loan in the new construction program, which provides non-recourse, fixed rate construction to permanent financing. The rate is fixed for both the construction and permanent phases with I/O during the construction period and a 40 year, fully amortizing permanent term. Berkeley Point achieved a "Residential" Wage decision for the multifamily building despite having an exterior facade in excess of four stories. The fifth story space represents fourth floor loft bedrooms, and therefore, does not count as a fifth floor for purposes of Davis Bacon. Finally, Berkeley Point was able to rate lock the loan in a timely manner at 3.78%, saving the Borrower several basis points in rate.

Tower Bay Lofts is a Class A, market rate, multifamily apartment building with one five story building "wrapping" a five story parking structure, with two additional below ground parking levels. The property will have a rooftop deck, pool, and offer residents excellent views of Lake Lewisville. The site is located next to the Lake Lewisville marina, and a short walk to the A-Train Lewisville Station which connects to downtown Dallas. Residents will also have easy excess to I35E.

“Going with Tom White and the Berkeley Point Capital team was the right decision,” said Al Crozier, President of Wittington Holdings. “Berkeley Point’s combination of resources, experience and ‘get it done attitude’ was the perfect fit. With their HUD experience and knowledge, they successfully guided the loan through the HUD process and delivered an excellent rate. Their flexibility and ability to adapt was very important to me and my team.”

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Blotter: Man drowns at Ray Roberts Lake on Saturday afternoon

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens from Denton County received a call about 1:15 p.m. Saturday about a possible drowning at the swim beach at Isle du Bois unit at Ray Roberts Lake.

A 25-year-old man from Valley View was helping a child get back on a flotation device and was unable to get himself back up, said Darla Barr, a game warden.

The child safely got back to shore, but bystanders were unable to find the man, Barr said.

A dive rescue team from the Lewisville Fire Department and sonar radars were able to recover the body at 4:33 p.m. Saturday.

Other reports

3500 block of East McKinney Street — A woman reported to police she was receiving threatening text messages from an unknown person who lives at the same apartment complex as her.

The victim said she was in fear of serious bodily harm for her and her family because of the texts she was receiving.

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No arrests or charges have been made.

2500 block of West Prairie Street — A man told police about midnight Saturday an unknown man deployed a Taser on him and stole his wallet.

Police were unable to find the suspect, and no arrests were made.


Between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, Denton police made 150 calls for service, 10 arrests, two felony charges and 20 misdemeanor charges.

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As Firehouse Sees It: Are You Prepared to Take Ownership?

Tim Sendelbach explains how technological advancements can help firefighters prioritize their health and safety.

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The words pride and ownership have been tossed around the fire service for more than 20 years now. In 2006, after taking his message on the road to share with firefighters across the country, then-Lewisville, TX, Fire Chief Rick Lasky penned the popular book “Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love of the Job.”

Lasky’s message created a renewed focus on some of our most precious and time-honored traditions. It inspired firefighters of all ranks to go out and train, take pride in their profession, and cherish the work we do, the equipment we use and the service we provide our customers. “It’s a privilege,” he wrote. “Don’t allow anyone to tarnish our image.” While it may not have been his intent, these words are as much marching orders as they are rallying cries for each of us as current and aspiring leaders of the American fire service.

In March, I had the privilege of participating in the Firefighter Physiological Monitoring Technology Summit hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The summit highlighted some of the outstanding research and technology geared toward improving the operational effectiveness and health and safety of our nation’s firefighters.

Casey Grant—executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of the NFPA—discussed the future of wearable technology, highlighting some of the progress being made in firefighter physiological monitoring and personnel tracking using nanotechnologies, electronic textiles and biomedical systems, to name a few. Each of these advancements is incredibly impressive and promising for our future.

As I look back, the crux of Grant’s message was not about the ever-enticing gadgetry; it was all about the data. Grant quoted Clive Humby, a UK mathematician and data scientist: “Data is the new oil. It’s valuable, but if unrefined, it cannot really be used. It has to be changed into gas, plastic, chemicals, etc., to create a valuable entity that drives profitable activity; so must data be broken down, analyzed for it to have value.”

So how does this apply to your pride and ownership of the fire service? Physiological monitoring is about your personal health and wellbeing. When used correctly, it could potentially lead to proactive and/or preventative life-saving actions; it could affect critical decision-making, operational procedures, tactics, equipment development and deployment methodologies, and a multitude of other life-saving advancements.

Surprisingly, the biggest hurdle we face with these advancements is not the technology itself, but rather human behavior and our personal ownership and responsibility to our health and wellbeing. The future of these advancements rests with each us and our willingness to selflessly serve and provide access to the required data. To that end, ask yourself, what value do you place on your health and wellbeing and the safety of those with whom you serve?

In Chief Lasky’s words: “Sounds kind of selfish, doesn’t it? Firefighters thinking of themselves first. It doesn’t seem to fit—or does it? In order to commit to a life of selflessness and be good at it, you have to care for yourself first.”

Are you willing to prioritize your safety and the safety of your crew by providing the necessary data to proactively thwart potential health risks? After all, when we fail to do the responsible thing when known conditions exist, we not only put ourselves at risk, we put others at risk as well. Is this truly the ownership we seek?

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, PTSD and many other occupational illnesses continue to claim far too many within our ranks. It’s with this thought in mind that I challenge each of you to truly take pride and ownership in this great profession. Prioritize your health and wellness first, not simply for the love of the job, but rather for the longevity of your life, your career and the many cherished memories ahead.

June is the annual Firefighter Safety Stand Down. This year’s theme is “Be Aware – Get Checked,” underscoring the importance of early detection through annual medical evaluations and physicals. I challenge you to get involved in this event and show your commitment to your health.

A truly selfless servant will never allow the tasks that bring about personal gratification to overshadow his or her responsibility to serve and protect. Let us never forget that to serve in this great profession is a privilege, a privilege we ALL must cherish and protect.

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StoneGate Senior Living Launches Global Liaison Program to Enhance Seamless Care for Texas Seniors and Expands Central Intake Center in Texas

Award-winning senior care and housing company launches white glove patient service resource. In a move to further enhance its award-winning standard of care for Texas’ seniors, StoneGate Senior Living, LLC announces its Global Liaison program for the Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth region, effective April 19th, 2018. The program delivers a seamless contact point for patients across its myriad of services and programs, ensuring each patient receives even greater levels of coordinated care across its 13 participating facilities.

“StoneGate Senior Living’s communities have earned recognition and awards for their programs serving seniors’ minds, bodies and spirits,” says Angela Norris, RN & StoneGate Senior Living Senior Vice President of Business Development. “The launch of our Global Liaison program ensures our patients and their families will have even greater levels of ease and access to the highly-successful programs offered in our network of exceptional skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities.”

The Global Liaison program will ensure that a thorough analysis is conducted for a patient, evaluating their needs and pertinent information, including insurance coverage, prior to admission. The goal of this service is to ensure optimal care quality and customer satisfaction beginning at the time of hospital-to-skilled nursing facility transfer.

The Global Liaison team member will discuss ease of access to the StoneGate’s spectrum of care and lifestyle-enriching programs, including such offerings as the Dining Your Way restaurant-style dining program, which features the option of pre-ordering selected meals; Life Works Wellness, an exhilarating exercise program calibrated to the unique needs of each senior, customized levels of support for each senior’s need, property design with a focus on well-being as well as pleasing aesthetics, and a third-party listening program that ensures each family and patient’s voice can be heard by a neutral, external resource.

Participating Texas facilities include: Accel at Willow Bend, located in Plano; Baybrooke Village Care and Rehabilitation Center, McKinney; Emerald Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, North Richland, Garnet Hill Rehabilitation & Skilled Care, Wylie; Lakewest Rehabilitation & Skilled Care, Dallas; Ridgeview Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing, Cleburne; Settlers Ridge Care Center, Celina; The Homestead of Sherman, Sherman; The Plaza at Richardson, Richardson; Town East Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Mesquite; Villages on MacArthur, Irving; and Williamsburg Village Healthcare Campus, DeSoto. (Simpson Place, Dallas – Coming Summer 2018)

In addition to the Global Liaison program, StoneGate is expanding its Central Intake Center (CIC).

The CIC’s mission is to streamline the process of incoming medical referrals, assessing which communities would be a good fit for a patient and whether those buildings have the availability to support the coordinated patient care between hospitals and post-acute care. The CIC also validates health insurance benefits and secures prior authorizations from managed care organizations when necessary. The CIC will work in tandem with the Global Liaisons.

The CIC, which first launched in all Dallas/Fort Worth locations in September 2017, will now coordinate medical referrals to Houston’s Pathways Memory Care and Villa Toscana at Cypress Woods, and College Station’s Accel at College Station. Longview’s Treviso Transitional Care is also included in the expansion. The centralized referral system is aimed at ensuring the continuity of patient care and expediting admissions for the medical care community.

Located in StoneGate Senior Living’s headquarters in Lewisville, Texas, CIC is a free service available to patients, families, and medical professionals seeking post-acute short-term placement in a skilled nursing & rehabilitation center or long-term care in a nursing home. The CIC’s referral service can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 833-EZ-ADMIT (833-392-3648).

About StoneGate Senior Living, LLC
StoneGate Senior Living, LLC provides support services to senior living and care properties that offer skilled health care, assisted living, memory support and independent living locations in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Founded and led by a team of senior living industry veterans, StoneGate understands that careful attention to customer expectations is vital to the success of a senior living and care community.

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Ni ‘gasolinazos’ ni más impuestos, promete AMLO en Nuevo Laredo

Temen derramamiento de sangre en San Juan Yucuita
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En el mes de marzo, personal de la Comisión de Seguridad Pública y Vialidad Municipal realizó la detención de un total de 509 personas, de las cuales, 59 fueron consignadas a la autoridad ministerial por la presunta comisión de un delito y 450 personas fueron detenidas por cometer una falta al Bando de Policía y Buen Gobierno del Ayuntamiento de Oaxaca de Juárez.

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El candidato de la Coalición “Juntos Haremos Historia”, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aseguró que de ganar las elecciones a la Presidencia de la República, durante su gestión no habrá ‘gasolinazos’.

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Ciudad de México. La demanda que presentará el ombudsman de Oaxaca, Arturo Peimbert, en contra del ex presidente Felipe Calderón, el ex gobernador Ulises Ruiz Ortiz y una docena de altos funcionarios ante la Corte Penal Internacional por cometer delitos lesa humanidad, por la represión al movimiento popular de 2006 y 2007, busca demostrar, a 12 años de distancia, que la forma en que actuó el Estado en ese momento es un patrón sistemático y generalizado de guerra de baja y mediana intensidad, como estrategia de contención de la protesta social.

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Si no tuviéramos suficientes excusas para construir ciudades flotantes en las nubes de Venus, aquí hay otro elemento que podemos agregar a la lista: la atmósfera inferior del planeta puede estar repleta de microbios extraterrestres.

Como se detalla en un artículo publicado recientemente en Astrobiology, los estudios de organismos capaces de soportar ambientes extremos en la Tierra –mejor conocidos como extremófilos– han hecho que la perspectiva de la vida microbiana en Venus sea más plausible en los últimos años. De hecho, las bolsas de microbios que mastican dióxido de carbono a la deriva en la atmósfera de Venus pueden explicar las misteriosas manchas oscuras que se han observado en las nubes de Venus durante más de un siglo.

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“Trabajar el ganado y montar acaballo esto es mi verdadera vida”, presume el candidato de la alianza PRI-PVEM al senado de la república, Raúl Bolaños Cacho Cué, en un video de dos minutos y 58 segundos que se difunde en redes sociales para ganarse el voto popular en un estado con el 70 % de población en pobreza y extrema pobreza.

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El secretario de Gobernación, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, señaló que el hecho de que los candidatos presidenciales de oposición rechacen la seguridad que brinda el gobierno para sus campañas “es una decisión de ellos y la vemos con mucho respeto”.

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Jueves, 05 de Abril de 2018 14:34

La firma tecnológica estadunidense Twitter cerró 1.2 millones de cuentas vinculadas con la promoción del terrorismo en un periodo de casi dos años y medio, desde agosto de 2015 hasta el final de 2017, según informó hoy en su reporte bianual sobre transparencia en la red social.

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Temen graves consecuencias para el desarrollo del país si los menores abandonan las clases

La Unicef México alertó ante el eventual aumento en el abandono de la escuelas, por parte de los niños, en las poblaciones afectadas por los sismos de septiembre de 2017.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca.- El coordinador de la fracción parlamentaria del Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Toribio López Sánchez, exhorto a la Secretaría General de Gobierno (Segego) para que dé solución a la protesta social y conflictos políticos, a fin de evitar posibles cierres a la circulación de vías de comunicación en perjuicio de los habitantes del estado.

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Oaxaca, México.- Integrantes de la organización Antorcha Campesina, acusaron que las autoridades municipales de la ciudad de Oaxaca, no han cumplido con acuerdos para beneficios que mejoren sus condiciones de vida.

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Los ganadores sorpresa de una disputa comercial entre Estados Unidos y China podrían ser los productores mexicanos de carne de cerdo y televisores de pantalla plana.

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El cadáver de la mujer fue localizado en un tambo

A una mujer le diero un disparo en los genitales y la emtambaron.

El cadáver fue localizado dentro de un tambo de plástico de color azul en un camino de terracería que comunica a las ruinas de Dainzú en la agencia municipal de San Mateo Macuilxóchitl perteneciente a San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Tlacolula de Matamoros.

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Manuel Velasco Alcántara y Javier Martín Villanueva Hernández ocuparán el cargo por siete y cinco años respectivamente

Oaxaca, Oaxaca.- El Congreso del Estado de Oaxaca concluyó la integración del Sistema Estatal de Combate a la Corrupción con las designaciones de Manuel Velasco Alcántara como Magistrado de la Sala Superior y de Javier Martín Villanueva Hernández como Magistrado de la Sala Unitaria de primera instancia, ambos del Tribunal de Justicia Administrativa del Estado de Oaxaca.

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La demanda que presentará el ombudsman de Oaxaca, Arturo Peimbert, en contra del ex presidente Felipe Calderón, el ex gobernador Ulises Ruiz Ortiz y una docena de altos funcionarios ante la Corte Penal Internacional por cometer delitos lesa humanidad, por la represión al movimiento popular de 2006 y 2007, busca demostrar, a 12 años de distancia, que la forma en que actuó el Estado en ese momento es un patrón sistemático y generalizado de guerra de baja y mediana intensidad, como estrategia de contención de la protesta social.

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Assessments will be disrupted: Is performance approach the future?

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Testing’s disruption is inevitable and the space is ripe for it, Andreas Oranje, principal research director at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) told a crowd gathered at SXSWedu 2018 this week. He predicated that, in the next 10 years, assessments and testing would be “inseparably connected” to optimal learning, that having the right data would matter more than ever, and that at least 95% of current ed tech offerings would be gone or obsolete because they don’t really provide value as tools.

Perhaps most notably, he pointed out that assessments are approximations, but that the closer they get to the real thing being measured, the less inferential distance there is between a student’s abilities and evidence of those abilities.

Essentially: There’s more of a direct measurement of a student’s ability to perform a given task the more an assessment actually involves that actual activity.

That’s where performance assessment comes in.

On Wednesday afternoon assessment experts and administrators from Ohio and Texas discussed the approaches they are taking on that front.

The Fortune 500 Most Valued Skills were, in 2010, topped by teamwork, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, oral communication and listening skills, said Ray Pecheone, executive director of the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning & Equity (SCALE). Additionally, deeper learning competencies put forward by the Hewlett Foundation include mastering core academic content, thinking critically and solving complex problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.

Current standardized testing and curriculum models are not solving this problem. Pecheone cited educator John Dewey’s desire for his own children to foster a joy of learning, equipped with the skills and competencies to pursue their own learning, saying that this is at the heart of testing differently.

Barriers to practice in assessing these 21st century skills continue to persist, however, because paced and scripted curriculum that is test-based continue to essentially serve as test prep for high-stakes state assessments. Master schedules are also overloaded, suppressing peer and teacher collaboration. People need time to talk, Pecheone said, adding that the international community knows these things well.

Performance assessment, the panelists explained, is delivered in a range of “grain sizes.” The smallest grain sizes are tasks that can be performed in one class period, performed by students on an individual basis, while the largest are essentially projects embedded in curriculum and can take a few weeks to complete. The questions must also be open, providing room for students to find their way to the solution in the ways that work best for them. But the most important aspect, perhaps, is that they make a task authentic for students, providing real-world relevance and context.

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Sean Hood, a secondary literacy and language arts administrator for the Lewisville (TX) Independent School District, reiterated this, saying that the tasks must contextualize skills for students as to why they’re important. The study of Shakespearean plays, for example, can strengthen critical thinking around rhetorical messages. It’s about answering the questions of why you need to know this so you can apply it in ways that matter in your life.

“When we sit at the state level, our ultimate goal is two-fold,” said Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, adding that leaders have to make the state assessment system make sense.

At the state level, he added, it’s increasingly apparent that, partially due to federal policy, standardized assessments have been put in place as the gauge for how well schools and districts are doing, and as the main tool to measure what students know. But it’s becoming apparent that there are multiple ways for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

“What we also want to do is create an assessment system that interfaces with good instructional practice,” DeMaria said, adding that he never wants to hear students say that what they think they can do after they learn something, like how to read, is “do well on the test.”

The movements toward performance assessment in Ohio, Texas and other states are largely grass-roots.

In Ohio, Christa Krohn, a K-8 instructional math coach, said the Orange City School District, is in the third year of working on performance assessment. They started out with a personalized learning grant from the Ohio Department of Education. First, they had to learn what a performance assessment was, why they needed it, and the “grain sizes” of the assessments. They also had to learn how to author performance assessments.

In the second year, they started looking at the blueprints for standardized tests. They added people to their cohort, which currently includes has six districts in the state. They are field-testing right now, focusing on Algebra I, math in 6th grade, science and American history. To build capacity, they just received money from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to train more districts in the state.

Texas’ experience has been similar, Hood said, noting that “the want to do it is there” among teachers. Those experimenting want something new, but administrators have to figure out what that means and how to prepare them for this while ensuring reliability in what teachers are seeing.

“Addressing the adult needs in this work is huge,” said Eric Simpson, the director of learning and leadership services for the Texas Association of School Administrators. He noted that a lot of professional learning is needed. The teaching profession is about observing and giving feedback and finding what’s causing the results, and it has to move toward teachers becoming assessors rather than just receiving assessment data.

Asserting that performance assessment, then, should lead students to a deeper level of learning and thinking, having them tackle complex problems in unique and creative ways, the panelists played a video showing examples of performance assessment for math and science. Ohio students at several grade levels were seen collaborating in a peer-learning environment to solve problems around multiplication, volume, and physics.

To provide further elaboration on what these approaches look like structurally, SCALE has developed a convenient resource bank for educators.

The technical realities of being able to flip a switch and use performance-based assessment are still complex, though, because of things like federal requirements. So policy change remains a necessity in the long run. The more states get onboard with these efforts and demonstrate reliable results, the more likely that will become.

“It’s going to be an interesting time to watch how this develops,” DeMaria said.

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Travis and Brianne Blankenship

Travis and Brianne Blankenship of Lewisville, Texas, were married Nov. 11 at Wildcatter Ranch in Graham Texas.

The bride is the daughter of Elyse Tuttle of Houston, TX.

The groom is the son of Steve and Jenny Blankenship of Morgantown.

Alyson Tuttle was the maid of honor, and Rusty Scott was best man.

He works for PepsiCo in Global Logistics. She is in supply chain management at Ventura Foods.

The couple resides in Lewisville, Texas.

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Texas man allegedly swindled women with free tattoos, then raped them

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A tattoo artist from North Texas has been accused of luring at least a dozen women with free or cheap tattoos before he sexually assaulted them, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday, citing police.

Chapman Edward Swindell, 38, of Lewisville, Texas, reportedly offered women tattoos for free or low prices under the pretext of building “his profile.” Swindell would partially ink the women and then would then allegedly order them to remove their clothes. If they resisted, he would offer them alcohol or drugs, police said. Swindell would then forcibly hold the women down and rape them, paper reported.

A woman told police she drove Swindell back to her apartment in September so he could complete a tattoo. Midway through, the woman told Swindell to stop because the procedure was painful. According to the affidavit, Swindell suggested she drink a whisky and Coke to quell the pain.

When she refused he asked, “If I gave you something to take the pain away, that no one would know about but us, would you want that?”

Swindell briefly resumed work then raped her, authorities said. The woman reported Swindell to police. Investigators found 13 additional women who said they had been sexually assaulted by Swindell, WFAA-TV reported. Swindell was arrested and charged on Jan. 27, the station reported.

According to authorities, Swindell has a history of legal issues. He had previously been accused of aggravated assault, and served 2 years of a six-year prison sentence between 2011 and 2013 for unlawful restraint with risk of serious bodily injury. In 2017, he spent six months in jail for attempting to injure an elderly person.

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State Highlights: Texas’ New Autism Community Is Ready For Enrollees; Milwaukee Health Department Employees Under Gag Order, Officials Find

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The first part of a $12 million project in Denton County that’s aimed at creating job and housing opportunities for adults with autism officially launches this year. Starting in mid-February, adults 18 and older who have a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and who have completed high school can apply for placement in the 29 Acres Transition Academy, the founders say. The two-year transition program will help young people with autism learn to live independently, and offer specialized job training and employment assistance. Residents will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis as they meet the criteria. (Rice, 1/31)

A gag order banned Milwaukee Health Department employees from going to aldermen and Mayor Tom Barrett with their concerns about the city’s troubled lead program and other problems, health officials said Wednesday. Department employees disclosed the policy during a heated meeting at City Hall, where angry aldermen grilled them for more than four hours about a newly released report detailing a litany of problems with the city’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Program. (Spicuzza, 1/31)

The State Auditor’s Office released a 44-page report this week showing the Health and Human Services Commission allowed Superior HealthPlan, Inc., a health insurance company, to report $29.6 million in bonus and incentive payments paid to medical providers’ employees, even though those payments were not allowed under its contract with the state. (Evans, 1/31)

As UMass Boston struggles to fix its overwhelming budget troubles, one especially complex challenge has loomed large: a massive, underground garage in urgent need of costly repair. On Wednesday, interim chancellor Barry Mills said he has found a way to fix the garage for $92 million — dramatically less than the previous estimates of $150 million to $260 million. (Krantz, 1/31)

Glenn Chin, the former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed dozens of people across the country. Chin was charged in the deaths of 25 people who received tainted epidural steroid shots made at the now-closed Framingham pharmacy. (Cramer, 1/31)

State investigators say a nurse mistakenly gave a short-term resident at a New Hope, Minnesota, nursing home a dose of oxycodone that was 20 times stronger than he should have received, killing him. (1/31)

A North Texas operator of freestanding emergency rooms has moved its corporate office from Lewisville to Las Colinas. In a tweet Tuesday Adeptus Health said that it is now located on 220 East Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving. The Dallas Morning News has learned that its new space in the Mandalay Tower office building is two full floors and totals about 44,600 square feet. That’s significantly smaller than the the 80,000 square foot office space it leased in the Vista Ridge Business Park in Lewisville. (Rice, 1/31)

A limited exception to Iowa’s law making it a felony to carry firearms onto school property has cleared an initial hurdle at the statehouse, with the backing of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Under the bill, a gun owner with a permit to carry can remain armed while driving onto school property for the sole purpose of transporting a student, but without entering the school building. (Russell, 1/31)

San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s marijuana-legalization laws to past criminal cases, District Attorney George Gascón said Wednesday — expunging or reducing misdemeanor and felony convictions going back decades. The unprecedented move will affect thousands of people whose marijuana convictions brand them with criminal histories that can hurt chances of finding jobs and obtaining some government benefits. (Sernoffsky, 1/31)

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