CTC to host nursing educator conference

The Central Texas College Nursing Department will host a Nurse Educators Conference, May 15-16, to assist nursing faculty, deans, department chairpersons, directors and other health care instructors in their competencies as nursing educators. The conference will be in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156).

The keynote speaker is Donna Ignatavicius, president of DI Associates Inc. She has more than 35 years experience as an educator, clinical nurse specialist and administrator.

The conference workshops include facilitating learning, pursuing continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role, curriculum designs and evaluation of program outcomes and assessment and evaluation strategies. Registration fees for both days are $180 for individual and $165 for groups of three or more. The one-day individual fee is $100 and a one-day group fee is $95. The fees include nursing contact hours and meals.

The registration deadline is May 5. Registration forms are available at the CTC Nursing Center or by calling (254) 526-1217.

The conference is open to the public. Vendors also are invited to promote their products and should call the CTC Nursing Center to reserve a table.

Bell County GOP convention April 21

Bell County Republican Chairman Nancy Boston said the 2012 Bell County Republican Convention will be at 9 a.m. April 21 at Sparta Elementary School, 1800 Sparta Road, Belton. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Delegates and alternates to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention June 7-9 in Fort Worth will be chosen and members will consider resolutions or statements on policy issues to send to the state convention.

For more information, call Boston at (254) 760-8155 or email chairman.belltxgop@sbcglobal.net or stop by Republican Party Headquarters, 205 E. Central in Belton.

Metroplex extends scholarship deadline

Metroplex Hospital has extended the deadline for scholarship applications to April 13.

Scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a career in the human health care field.

Up to nine scholarships will be awarded. Pick up an application from Metroplex Hospital, 2201 S. Clear Creek, or go to http://www.mplex.org/Volunteer/Scholarships.aspx.

For more information, call Volunteer Services at (254) 519-8148.

Perry's security bill for presidential run surpasses $3 million

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry's failed run for president cost Texas taxpayers more than $3.6 million - and counting - in travel expenses and overtime pay to agents assigned to his security detail, according to an Associated Press analysis of state reports released Friday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety spent more than $1.8 million on airfare, food, fuel, lodging and other travel expenses between Aug. 10 and the end of January as it protected the governor on the campaign trail.

That tally includes newly issued second-quarter accounts on security-related travel expenses, as well as information from previous months.

Fort Bliss soldier guilty of murder

FORT BLISS - A soldier at Fort Bliss was convicted of murder for the shotgun slaying of a fellow soldier at an El Paso sports bar last year.

Spc. Saleel Zareef Qaasim begged for forgiveness at his court-martial before a military jury sentenced him Thursday to life in prison. He also was dishonorably discharged.

Qaasim was charged with the February 2011 killing of Spc. Alex Gabriel Jaime. The jury that convicted him ruled the shooting was not premeditated.

The El Paso Times reports Quaasim cried on the witness stand, apologized to his family and the military and said he wished he could take back his actions.

His lawyer, Leonard Morales, had hoped for a reduced charge, describing the shooting as two young men "getting into a regrettable situation."

Valley battered by fierce storms

McALLEN - Several school districts in the Rio Grande Valley closed after severe storms packing heavy rains and hail reported as large as baseballs battered the area.

The McAllen and Mission public schools were among districts closed Friday, and National Weather Service officials were examining damage scenes where windows were broken and power knocked out.

Heaviest hail damage was around McAllen as slow-moving storms late Thursday dumped as much as 6 inches of rain in some areas and piled up hail 6 inches deep at a one site four miles north of McAllen in Hidalgo County.

The National Weather Service said a record 4.37 inches of rain was measured Thursday at the McAllen airport.

- Herald wire, staff reports

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