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With Texas Governor Greg Abbott signing the “constitutional carry” bill into law yesterday, some law enforcement experts are concerned the law, which will go into effect on September 1st, could be a problem.

Now Athena Security, a tech company based in Austin, has developed a thermal device system that can detect concealed weapons according to a report by Austin TV station KVUE.

Athena Security, an Austin-based technology company, uses a heat source reference point (HSRP) blackbody device and a thermal camera to help detect a concealed weapon. The system can also detect body temperature, check for a face covering and ask health screening questions.

The software was originally intended to be used for use in schools to prevent mass shootings. KVUE posted a video showing a demonstration of the technology.

KVUE reports companies may be interested in the software when the permitless carry law goes into effect.

It’s a technology that some businesses may be looking closer at after Texas lawmakers passed a bill making it easier for people to carry weapons.

"We have so many technologies and innovations in our personal lives, in our entertainment world, but not a lot of those technologies have sort of seeped into the workplace," said Emily Whitcomb, director of the National Safety Council’s Work to Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate workplace deaths. "What we are really wanting employers to do is to innovate their safety practices, to adopt technologies such as this, to really help mitigate some of that, that risk."

So give your thoughts on the software developed by Athena and the passage of the constitutional carry law. Tell us on Facebook or chat with us on our station app.

The Abandoned St. Anthony's Hospital on Amarillo Boulevard


The 119-year-old abandoned hospital is a fascinating place for any who are lucky enough to be granted the chance to explore.

The sprawling building saw thousands of Amarillo's citizens inside its halls daily, all the the way until it was shuttered in 2001. But there are still incredible artifacts of the all-too-recent past tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the old St. Anthony.

The explorer who took these photographs gave the following information:

"Many rooms were left untouched, we found patient files, old prescriptions, a blood transfusion machine from the 60s, and microscopic slides of breast cancer from the 70s and 80s. I put one picture in here of some heart scans so you can see the dates and diagnosis of the patient, but marked out the patient’s names of course. During a time when mental illness was not understood, 76 exorcisms were documented to have been performed between 1909 and 1931."

Take a look inside the halls of the legendary abandoned St. Anthony's hospital

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