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Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 12:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 10:51 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, were among Republican lawmakers who were on a train that hit a trash truck in Virginia Wednesday, but they were not injured, their offices have confirmed.
One person in the truck was killed and another critically injured, while four people in the train were taken to the hospital, including U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R- Minnesota, a staffer and two Amtrak crew members.
Wenstrup and other doctors on the train assisted the injured.
Wenstrup, who was on the train with his wife and son, told Fox FOX News channel’s Your World With Neil Cavuto on Wednesday night that when the crash happened if felt like the train had driven over a boulder and people weren’t sure what had occurred.
“I looked over at my wife and son, and they were okay and then we realized out the window that we had hit a garbage truck, which was very mangled and off to the side of the road and down the hill a little bit. Then someone said there’s several guys on the ground. So as a doctor, I tried to get off as quickly as I could,” Wenstrup said in the FOX interview.
Wenstrup, a podiatric surgeon, said he and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who is also a doctor, ran out of the train.
“As we were running there, I asked the guy, I said, did you get a pulse? He said not on the one guy, and so Dr. Rowe and I kind of split up, and ultimately – we had about eight doctors with us – we started performing CPR on the one gentleman who unfortunately I believe he probably died instantly,” Wenstrup said. “The other gentleman I started taking care of was bleeding from his nose and around his mouth and was unconscious. So we maintained his airway and checked everything out with him.”
“He had a good heart rate going, and hopefully he’s going to be okay. No way to assess his internal injuries,” Wenstrup said.
Wenstrup also provided medical treatment to people injured in June at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.
U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Warren Davidson, R-Troy, were traveling separately but not on the train. Davidson urged people to pray for the families of those involved in the crash.
Please pray for the family involved in today's tragic train accident. I chose to travel separately to the retreat instead of taking the train.— Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) January 31, 2018
The train , which was enroute to a Republican policy retreat, collided with the truck at about 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, Virginia, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville.
Jordan and Portman’s offices both released statements.
“Jane and I were on the train this morning traveling to the House and Senate Republican Member retreat. We are both fine,” Portman said in a news release issued by his office. “We are keeping those who were injured in our prayers and are grateful for the first responders who quickly arrived on the scene.”
We have heard from @senrobportman and his wife Jane. They were both on the train and are okay. Thank you all for your concern.— Emily Benavides (@embena) January 31, 2018
“Congressman Jordan and his wife were on the train. They are both safe,” said Melika Willoughby, Jordan’s communications director.
The Republican policy retreat is held at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. and is an annual event.Tweets by LynnHulseyDDN
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:13 AM
— Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago.
The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said.
New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state leaders.
“When agencies submit kits without delay, suspects can be identified faster, taken off the streets sooner and future attacks prevented,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:08 AM
— A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children.
That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders.
The study, published this week in the academic journal Molecular Autism, tested 38 children between 5-12 years old with autism and 31 without, looking for differences in samples of urine and blood between the two groups.
The results revealed that children with autism had greater protein damage when examining plasma in their blood, which causes higher levels of an oxidation marker called dityrosine as well as sugar-modified compounds known as advanced glycation end-products.
"We have found that the power of measuring damaged proteins to the brain may be a cause for a development of autism," Dr. Paul Thornalley, professor of systems biology at the University of Warwick and one of the study’s lead researchers, explained to CNN.
According to Thornalley, previous research has also shown a connection between autism and proteins that were not damaged, the reverse of this study.
"Our discovery could lead to earlier diagnosis and intervention. We hope the tests will also reveal new causative factors," Dr. Naila Rabbani, another lead researcher from the University of Warwick, told The Guardian.
"With further testing we may reveal specific plasma and urinary profiles – or 'fingerprints' – of compounds with damaging modifications. This may help us improve the diagnosis of ASD and point the way to new causes of ASD,” she said.
While the new results appear promising, some researchers have expressed caution about the study’s small sample size and the study’s lack of a concrete diagnosis plan.
"This study may give us clues about why autistic people are different but it does not provide a new method for diagnosis. It is far too early for that," Dr. James Cusack, director of science at the UK autism research charity Autistica, told the BBC.
"We don't know whether this technique can tell the difference between autism, ADHD, anxiety or other similar conditions. The study also only looked at a small group of people," he pointed out. "The best way to diagnose autism is still through clinical interview and observation."
But despite the criticism, the scientists behind the research are calling it a "first step" toward developing a simple test. They aim to move forward with further research, performing the tests on a larger group including younger children.
"We have the method, we have everything. All we need to do is repeat it," Rabbani said. "I would really like to go forward with younger children, maybe two years, or even one year old. Then the next step will be to validate in a larger cohort. Then the tests will be ready for screening."
More than 3.5 million people in the U.S. currently live with autism spectrum disorders, according to statistics from the Autism Society. The development disorder, which mainly affects social interaction and leads to behavioral problems, is estimated to have genetic causes in 30 percent of cases. The other 70 percent of autism cases are believed to be caused by mutations of genetics and environmental factors combined.
Although many individuals with autism go on to live normal productive lives, 35 percent of young adults with the disorder are unable to work jobs or pursue higher education after high school.
Doctors currently rely on a series of behavioral tests to diagnose the disorder. These can take a great deal of time and are not always accurate. If a blood or urine test could provide a faster and more definitive diagnosis, it would go a long way to ensure young children received the treatment and resources they need earlier on.
However, although experts see the new research as promising, they are still cautioning that such a test is still a long way from being viable.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:17 AM
WHITESTOWN, Ind. — An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported.
Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking to a funeral home employee after her mother’s service Wednesday at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown. The employee told her that cemetery officials had encountered a “technical glitch,” WTHR reported.
“They lost my dad. They don’t know where my dad is. He’s not there. He’s not in the grave,” Vasel told WXIN.
Charles Bovenschen’s casket was not in the family plot because of the glitch, and cemetery officials were at a loss to explain why.
“That’s the term they used,” Vasel said. “I thought the technical glitch was because it was too muddy.”
The cemetery had moved Mary Bovenschen’s service into the mausoleum area of the facility, WISH reported. After the service, Vasel learned that her father’s remains were missing.
“I stood there for a minute and I said, ‘So, what you’re telling me is you don’t know where my dad’s at.’ She (official) said, ‘No, we don’t.’
“I froze. I completely just froze.”
The Bovenschens were married on Aug. 16, 1946, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary three months before Charles’ death.
They bought a plot at Lincoln Memory Gardens, and that was where Charles was supposed to be buried.
Vasel said that when her father died, the ground was so muddy that there could not be a graveside service. However, the family did see the area where he was supposed to be buried, WTHR reported.
Apparently, he wasn’t buried there.
"I know mistakes get made, but when you're talking about the remains of a loved one, I think you need to be vigilant on putting them where they belong," Vasel said.
The cemetery was sold to Stonemar Partners in 2010. A company spokesman said they have apologized to Vasel and her family and are launching an internal investigation, WTHR reported.
“You're grief-stricken, you're putting your loved one in the ground. You don't think to make sure it's the right hole," Vasel told WTHR.
Mary Bovenschen’s final resting place has been put on hold until cemetery officials can locate her husband’s casket, WTHR reported.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
— Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?
Of course not.
Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported.
The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the license.
While the bill would grant drivers freedom of choice, it would be more expensive for drivers getting their photos taken, KABC reported.