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Texas Billionaire H. Ross Perot Dies Aged 89

DALLAS – H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died. Family spokesman James Fuller says Perot died early Tuesday. He was 89. Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation’s richest men as the founder of computer services giant Electronic Data Systems Corp. In 1992, Perot jumped into the presidential…

South Dakota’s Nilsen Earns 3rd NCAA Pole Vaulting Title

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – University of South Dakota pole vaulter Chris Nilsen has captured his third national title in the NCAA Track and Field Championship meet in Austin, Texas. Nilsen broke his own championship meet record in the process with a personal best of 19 feet, 6¼ inches (482.6 millimeters). Nilsen’s record height was a highlight of the evening Wednesday….

Austin Area Serial Bomber Suspect Killed

Update – Austin’s mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant, despite the death of a man suspected in this month’s string of bombings in Texas’ capital city. Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that: “We’re just really relieved and just incredibly thankful for this army of law enforcement that has been in our community here for the…

A Warning to Pet Owners about Food Bag Suffocation Risks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A Texas pet owner’s Facebook post is going viral. it comes after her dog suffocated because of an empty chip bag. Now she’s warning others. Christina Young came home to find her dog Petey Pablo dead with a chip bag over his head. He died from suffocation. She shared her story on facebook to prevent it from…

Houston’s Harvey Fund Gives Out $28.9 Million In Grants

Courtesy of NBCHOUSTON (AP) – The Harvey relief fund promoted by top elected officials in Houston says it’s given out $28.9 million in grants to a range of groups helping victims of the August storm. The Greater Houston Community Foundation announced Wednesday that it issued grants to 90 groups. About $10 million of the total amount will go toward housing…

Police Brief Community in Response to Deadly Texas Shooting

Michael McGee is a local father of four and church pastor. Like the rest of the nation, he’s still making sense of the deadly shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “I think because of the safety of our community, we take something like that for granted,” said McGee. McGee isn’t naive, though, and the safety of his hundreds…

Indigenous Peoples Day Gaining Momentum

What has long been known as the Columbus Day holiday may be changing, but still has its supporters

NEW YORK – A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day is gaining momentum. Los Angeles recently became the biggest city yet to stop honoring the Italian explorer. Austin, Texas, followed suit last week. But the gesture to recognize victims of European colonialism has also outraged Italian-Americans. They say eliminating their festival of ethnic pride…

Texas Delegation Requests $19B In Additional Harvey Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Texas congressional delegation wants an additional $19 billion to help the Lone Star State recover from Harvey. Republicans and Democrats are teaming up behind a request to repair water projects and help homeowners and communities rebuild from the storm. The bipartisan request would come on top of President Donald Trump’s request earlier this week for $29…

Local Red Cross Volunteer Helps In Houston, Shares Stories of Heartache And Hope

Organization Has Sent More Than 100 Volunteers From The Dakotas To Areas Hit By Hurricane Harvey, Irma

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit, the American Red Cross has provided nearly 1 million overnight stays to victims. They have opened shelters in 8 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 100 North and South Dakotans have answered the call for help as well. “It’s just natural for me to…

Harvey’s Insured Losses Estimated To Cost Nearly $19 Billion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The nation’s largest state insurance trade association estimates insured losses from Harvey at nearly $19 billion – and that doesn’t count damage not covered by insurance. The Insurance Council of Texas says windstorm and other claims from Harvey will be worth nearly $3 billion. Approximately 250,000 damaged cars and commercial vehicles will trigger around another $4.75…

Texas Could Seek $50B In Federal Housing Aid After Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas expects to seek more than $50 billion in federal housing funding after Hurricane Harvey. Abbott said at a news conference Thursday that those displaced by the storm can seek help via community development grants covering long-term housing needs as well as temporary costs while waiting for their homes to be repaired….

Texas So Far Not Raiding $10B ‘Rainy Day’ Fund After Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Soaring costs from the Harvey storm are raising calls for Texas lawmakers to break open the state’s emergency piggy bank of more than $10 billion. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signaled Friday that lawmakers are ready to use the state’s rainy day fund in response to the devastation of Harvey. But how much will be spent…

Official Says Texas Gas Supply Recovering After Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas official says the state’s gasoline supply is recovering quickly after shortages he blames on hoarding and panic buying due to Harvey. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says any shortages likely will be resolved within the next day or two. He says several refineries in the state idled by the storm have restarted, although a few…

Latest: Explosions Reported At Chemical Plant In Texas

CROSBY, T.X. (AP)–Two explosions have been reported at a Houston-area chemical plant that lost power amid flooding from Harvey. A statement from the company says the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant early Thursday. In a tweet, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was taken to the…

Texas Accomplice Sentenced In Iowa For Role In Lottery Scandal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Texas businessman has been sentenced in Iowa to two years of probation and six months of home confinement for his role in a lottery scandal. Robert Rhodes, who lives near Houston, reached a plea deal to testify against his friend Multi-State Lottery Association computer programmer Eddie Tipton. Tipton rigged computers to make numbers predictable…

Tropical Storm Harvey Now A Hurricane, Likely To Become Major

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey and is forecasting it will become a major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline. Sustained winds have reached 80 mph. A major hurricane means winds greater than 110 mph. Forecasters said a “life-threatening” storm surge along with rains and wind were likely…

Texas Mom Arrested After Baby Drowns In Bathtub

Authorities Say The Mother Was On Social Media

(NBC) – Police in Reno, Texas say a six-month-old baby drowned in the bathtub while her mother was on social media. Twenty-one-year-old Cheyenne Summer Stuckey was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Parker County investigators say Stuckey initially told them she left the child in the tub for only a couple of minutes and returned later to find…