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By: Fox S.A. Staff
The owner of a group home where four disabled men died in a fire is back in business.
City officials tell Fox San Antonio Nancy Murrah is running a boarding home on West French Place.
Authorities say its illegal since she doesn't have a certificate of occupancy.
Four people died in august in a group home run by Murrah on West Norwood.
City Council leaders heard a proposal this afternoon that would create regulations for boarding facilities like the ones run by Murrah.
It would require permit fees and and important safety features that could save lives in an emergency.
Rod Sanchez, Director of Development Services for the City of San Antonio, said, "When we get sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and smoke detectors in these homes it will definitely suppress the fire and give people a fighting chance to get out of a fire should one occur."
Diego Bernal, city councilman for District 1 said, "It's an appropriate first step. We have to make sure we can do this right and make sure the people are taken care of.
The State of Texas no longer regulates boarding homes, just assisted living facilities, which tend to have patients that require more assistance.
City Council will consider the proposal some more before taking a vote.
Right now, city leaders estimate there are close to 200 boarding homes operating legally and illegally throughout San Antonio.
Man linked to Mexican cartel gets 16 years
May 24, 2013 13:07 GMT
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Prosecutors say a man who helped get loads of cocaine moved from Mexico to Texas has been sentenced to 16 years in a U.S. prison.
A federal judge in McAllen on Thursday sentenced Juan Oscar Garza-Alanis. He pleaded guilty in October 2011 to drug conspiracy and money laundering counts. His brother and his sister also pleaded guilty to those counts in what prosecutors say was a drug trafficking ring linked to Mexico's Gulf cartel.
Cantalicia Garza was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in a U.S. prison. Prosecutors say she had an accounting role in the drug ring. Josue Ruperto Garza awaits sentencing.
The three siblings were arrested in Reynosa, Mexico, in 2007. They were extradited to the U.S. the following year.
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