Investigation of Local Priest St Lukes Appeals Loss of Medicare Funding Controversial

first_imgWednesday, September 19, 2018Top afternoon stories:Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office via APFather Manuel LaRosa-Lopez.Raid to investigate priest accused of sexual abuseThe Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a rehabilitation facility located in Splendora where a priest who has been recently arrested for sexually abusing children was treated in the early 2000s.Conroe Police Sergeant Scott McCann said the raid took place at a facility called Shalom Center which describes itself as a “Residential Renewal and Treatment Center” on its website.The search warrant was conducted to collect evidence in the case against priest Manuel LaRosa-Lopez.LaRosa-Lopez is charged with four counts of indecency with a child and was released on a $275,000 bond last week, according to Tyler Dunman, chief of the Special Crimes Bureau at the Montgomery County DA’s Office.LaRosa was the priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church when he committed the alleged sexual abuse.Twitter via @BCMHoustonBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.St. Luke’s appeals loss of heart transplant Medicare fundingBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is appealing the loss of federal funding for its heart transplant program.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) canceled reimbursement funding for the program after a Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigation revealed high rates of patient deaths and other problems within the transplant program.“We do not believe CMS’ recent decisions reflect our ongoing progress and accomplishments to improve the quality of our care, and we look forward to presenting the facts so that heart transplant reimbursements can be reinstated,” St. Luke’s president Gay Nord said in a statement.The hospital said the loss of funding only affects its heart transplant program, but its kidney, liver, and lung transplant programs, as well as other heart surgery programs, remain funded.St. Luke’s appeal will be heard by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board.Onalaska Independent School DistrictLynn Redden, Superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District.Controversy over comment about Texans quarterbackAn East Texas school district says it regrets a critical comment about the Houston Texans quarterback made by its superintendent.After the Texans Sunday game and reflecting on how quarterback Deshaun Watson held the ball as time expired at the end of the game, Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, wrote on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page “You can’t count on a black quarterback.”In a statement that was posted on social media, the school district categorized Redden’s comment as “inappropriate” and the superintendent argues he thought his comment was private.Onalaska is located about 90 miles north of Houston.Social media users have criticized Redden’s comment because they think it’s racist.The Texas Tribune (Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Conflicting polls about Cruz-O’Rourke raceA poll released this week regarding the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke shows the Republican incumbent Senator leading by 9 percentage points, while the other one indicates the Democratic Congressman is ahead by 2 percentage points.Cruz, R-Texas, leads O’Rourke by 9 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, which conducted the survey through phone interviews.Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided.The company Ipsos conducted the survey that has O’Rourke ahead. The poll was also conducted online among likely voters and was released Wednesday, in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia.O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz.Forty-seven percent of likely voters told Reuters they would vote for O’Rourke, while 45 percent said they would cast their ballot for Cruz. Three percent said they would vote for “Other,” and 5 percent said “None.” The margin of error on that portion of the poll was 3.5 percentage points. Sharelast_img

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