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The Monitor 01-20-2012

The Monitor 01-20-2012

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McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez takes a pause Thursday as a video is played during the State of the City Address at the McAllen ConventionCenter.
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Members of the Sanlahi Dance Troupe perform Thursday during the State ofthe City Address at the McAllen Convention Center.
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McALLEN — With an economic storm brew-ing, McAllen must reinvent itsel as a “rontier orinnovation,” Mayor Richard Cortez said Thurs-day in his annual State o the City Address.McAllen’s sales tax revenue remains at. Tra-fc across the Rio Grande Valley’s internationalbridges continues to all. And deep cuts to edu-cation and health care, which account or 26percent o Hidalgo County’s economy, according to the Texas Workorce Commission, are expect-ed to ripple across the region.
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While the jobless ratesin Hidalgo and Cameroncounties remain thehighest in the state, theregion has attemptedto buck that trend bysteadily adding jobs to itswork force. The McAllenmetro area set an all-timehigh in November.
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MISSION — Federal and state investi-gators raided a healthcare agency Thurs-day belonging to ormer state Rep. SergioMuñoz Sr., who serves as president o theTexas Healthcare Advocacy Association.More than a dozen FBI agents andTexas Attorney General’s investigatorsexecuted a search warrant at HosannaHealth Care, 1001 N. Con- way Ave., starting about9 a.m. Thursday. Agents with the Healthand Human Services De-partment’s Ofce o theInspector General, whichis the largest such ofceo any department in theederal government, also assisted withthe raid.Though he could not provide detailso a pending investigation, FBI spokes-man Erik Vasys confrmed the bureau was conducting “a regular and usual in-vestigative activity” with other agencies.Muñoz Sr. is the ather o currentDistrict 36 state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr.,though the younger Muñoz does not ap-pear to have any direct ties to his ather’sraided business.
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Hosanna Health Care, 1001 N. Conway Ave., is seen Thursday in Mission. The healthcare agency was raided Thursday by federal and state investigators.
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NORTH CHARLESTON,S.C. — The race or the Re-publican presidential nomi-nation took a turn toward theSouth Carolina surreal Thurs-day as Rick Perry droppedout, Newt Gingrich acedstunning allegations roman ex-wie and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky ront-runner’s standing. An aggressive evening de-bate capped the bewildering day.Former Sen. Rick Santorum played aggressoror much o the night, try-ing to inject himsel into whatseemed increasingly like atwo-way race with little morethan a day remaining untilthe South Carolina polls openon Saturday. He accused Gin-grich and Romney o “playing ootsies with the let” whenit came to health care. Bothmen rejected the allegations.The debate began a ew hours ater frst word thatRomney had been stripped ohis Iowa caucus victory, only to be stung a ew hours later
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, U.S. Army vice chief of staff, left, on a new reportsaying the number of suicides among soldiers is down but there’s been a dramatic jump indomestic violence, sex crimes and other destructive behavior.
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3. POPE HITS OUT AT‘RADICAL SECULARISM’
VATICAN CITY — Pope Bene-dict XVI says Roman Catholicsin the United States need tounderstand the “grave threats”to their faith posed by what hecalls radical secularism in thepolitical and cultural arenas. Headdressed visiting U.S. bishopsThursday and used the samelanguage in warning that at-tempts are being made to erodetheir religious freedom.
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Food stamp families seek comprehension
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Some have advanced de-grees and remember mid-dle-class lives. Some work selling lingerie or building ebsites. They are white,lack and Hispanic, young nd old, homeowners andomeless. What they haven common: They’re all onood stamps. As the food stamp pro-ram has become an issuen the Republican presi-dential primary, with can-didates seeking to tie Presi-dent Barack Obama to theprogram’s record numbers,The Associated Press inter-viewed recipients across thecountry and found many  who wished that critics would spend some time intheir shoes.Most said they never ex-pected to need food stamps,but the Great Recession, which wiped out millionsof jobs, left them no choice.Some struggled with the ideaof taking a handout; otherssaw it as their due, earnedthrough years of working steady jobs. They yearnto get back to receiving apaycheck that will makefood stampsunnecessary.“I couldnever havecomprehend-ed being onfood stamps,”said Christo-pher Jenks, who becamehomeless in his hometownof Minneapolis-St. Paul aftera successful career in salesand marketing.He refused to apply forseveral years, even pan-handling on a freeway exitramp before finally giving in. A few months ago, whileliving in his car, he beganreceiving $200 per month.“It’s either that or I die,”said Jenks, who grew up ina white, middle-class family and lost his job in the reces-sion. “I want a job. So do alot of other Americans thathave been caught up in thistragedy.”In 2011, more than45 million people — aboutone in seven Americans —received benefits from thefederal Supplemental Nu-trition Assistance Program,the most ever.Fewer than 31 millionpeople collected the ben-efits about three yearsearlier.Forty-nine percentof recipients are white,26 percent are black and20 percent are Hispanic, ac-cording to Census data.Food assistance emergedas a campaign issue afterstatements by GOP can-didates Newt Gingrichand Rick Santorum about African-Americans, thepoor and Obama, whom
>>More than 45 million people receivedbenefits from the federal program in 2011.
Army reportssuicidesdown, butviolentcrimes up
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 WASHINGTON Thenumber of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off but there’s been a dramaticump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other destructivebehavior in a force that hasbeen stressed by a decade of ar, a new Army report saidThursday.“There’s a lot of good newsin this report, but there’s alsosome bad news,” Army ViceChief of Staff Gen. Peter Chi-arelli told a Pentagon newsconference. “We know we’vegot still a lot of work to do.”Suicides among soldiersin the active duty, Guard andReserve totaled 278 last year,down 9 percent from 2010.“I think we’ve at least arrest-ed this problem and hopefully ill start to push it down,” Chi-arelli said.But violent sex crimes anddomestic violence have in-creased more than 30 percentsince 2006 and child abuse by 43 percent.“After 10 years of war withan all-volunteer force, you’regoing to have problems thatno one could have forecastedbefore this began,” he said.Chiarelli was releasing a200-page report for com-manders, healthcare providersand other military leaders andmeant to assess the physicaland mental health conditionof the force, disciplinary prob-lems, and any gaps in how thermy deals with them.It follows up on a 2010 reportthat said the Army was fail-ing some soldiers by missing signs of trouble or by looking the other way as command-ers tried to keep up with tightdeployment schedules need-ed to fight in both Iraq andfghanistan.Chiarelli said command-ers are now getting moretroops into substance abuseprograms; are kicking moreout of the service for miscon-duct, and are barring othersith alcohol and drug con-victions from joining in thefirst place.
Campaign workers Ryan Vise, left, andLucas Baiano remove a sign followinga news conference Thursday in NorthCharleston, S.C., where Republicanpresidential candidate Texas Gov. RickPerry announced he is suspending hiscampaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich.
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ov. Rick Perry droppedout of the presidentialrace on Thursday, en-dorsed his old friendNewt Gingrich and re-turned home to Texas, where thefailed White House candidate hasthree years left to serve as the chief executive.“I have come to the conclusionthat there is no viable path to victo-ry for my candidacy in 2012,” Perry said in North Charleston, S.C., justtwo days before the primary there.“I believe Newt is a conservativevisionary who can transform ourcountry.”Money also was a factor, withspokesman Ray Sullivan say-ing: “We have spent the bulk of our funds.” He added that Perry hasn’t ruled out running again forgovernor or the White House in2016 if President Barack Obamais re-elected.Perry ended his campaign wherehe launched it last August, whentea party and evangelical Christianleaders hailed him as a charismaticconservative and some early pollsshowed him as a front-runner forthe Republican nomination. Butsoon after, Perry’s verbal gaffes andpoor debate performances senthis campaign into a tailspin from which it never recovered.It was too soon to tell whetherPerry’s rocky turn on the nationalstage had damaged him politically at home. But already there weresigns of his diminished clout.Several Texas donors who fu-eled his bid indicated they werelikely to back Mitt Romney, the for-mer Massachusetts governor whois considered the more moderatecandidate in the race. And SouthCarolina House Speaker David Wilkins, who had supported Perry,ignored the governor’s recommen-dation and shifted his support toRomney, too.Short of a Gingrich victory lead-ing to a job for Perry in Washing-ton, D.C. Perry will most likely stay in Austin where he’s still consideredthe most powerful politician in thestate. He has appointed more than1,000 people to key governmentpositions since becoming gover-nor in 2000. State lawmakers alsodepend on his support.Democrats insist the failedpresidential run has diminishedhis power and embarrassed Tex-ans. Top Republicans, meanwhile,have been positioning themselvesto replace him whether he won thepresidency or retired in 2014.
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>>TEXAS GOVERNOR’S POLITICALFUTURE REMAINS OPEN
 
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