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Beto O’Rourke, in his third month of his Drive for Texas Town Hall tour, stopped by the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, September 6. Upon completion, he will have hosted approximately 70 public events across more than 5,000 miles statewide. (Photo by John Anderson)
“E” is for evidence: A Florida federal judge ruled in donald trumpTrump’s favor on Monday, September 5, saying a special master will be selected for Trump to review the documents FBI seized of Mar-a-Lago last month. The decision will also temporarily block the justice department to use the documents in its current investigation of Trump, though it’s unclear at press time whether the DOJ will appeal.
‘G’ is for Gas: After 12 weeks of continuous price declines, some gas stations in North Texas have seen gas prices drop below $3 per gallon, a seven-month low for the region. The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Dallas peaked at $4.84 on June 16, after being just $2.88 this time last year.
“I” is for Innocent: Like millions of Ukrainians were driven from their homeland by war, Trinity Episcopal School in Austin offers weekend classes to Ukrainian parents and children to help them adjust to life in Texas, KUT reported Tuesday. Natalya Garryshkoone of the school officials said that some Ukrainian children who don’t speak English made their first friends there in Austin.
“M” is for the money: in the footsteps of Austin, Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a measure to raise the minimum wage for county workers to $20 per hour starting Oct. 1, up from the previous $15 per hour. The city council also voted to make $20 the baseline for city employees last month.
“S” is for subterfuge: after Texas”trigger banon abortion took effect, Gov. Greg Abbott Told The Dallas Morning News Friday that victims of rape or incest can use emergency contraception as Plan B to avoid pregnancy. But, as the Texas Tribune reported the next day, emergency contraception isn’t widely available in the state — many Texans of childbearing age are uninsured due to the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion.
‘T’ is for Twist: Republican Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and state Sen. Kel Seliger recently announced their support for challenger and Democrat Lieutenant Governor mike necklace on the holder Dan Patrick. Prior political disputes with Patrick likely fueled both mentions. Seliger said Patrick abused his office and harmed rural Texas and Whitley didn’t like a 2019 bill Patrick approved limiting tax growth.
“Z” is for Zebra: Walter E. Long Lake is now “fully infested” with invasive species zebra musselsthe Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife announced after finding evidence of an established breeding population. The ministry encourages boat owners to clean, dry and drain their boats to prevent mussels from attaching themselves.
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quote of the week
“Here in New York, we will continue to welcome asylum seekers with open arms, as we … see firsthand the seemingly inhumane conditions to which asylum seekers are subjected by the state of Texas.”
– New York Mayor Eric Adams, who sent a “finding” delegation to the southern border as Governor Greg Abbott continues to bring immigrants to New York.