Category Archives: State News

Massive Rains Pound SE Texas, Flooding Causes Gov. Abbot to Declare State of Disaster [VIDEO]

Massive Rains Pound SE Texas, Flooding Causes Gov. Abbot to Declare State of Disaster [VIDEO]

Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in several counties, including Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange and San Jacinto after the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda unleashed torrential rain Thursday in parts of Southeast Texas.  The floods prompted hundreds of water rescues and road closures as the powerful storm system drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.

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Woman Who Licked Ice Cream And Put It Back On Store Shelf Now Faces 20 Years

Woman Who Licked Ice Cream And Put It Back On Store Shelf Now Faces 20 Years

Police have identified and apprehended the sick-licker, but will not name her because she turns out to be a minor. Before they realized she was a teenager, police warned they had planned to arrest her on a charge of second-degree felony tampering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. But… “Because she is a juvenile offender, her identity is protected under section 58.104 of the Texas Family Code,” Lufkin Police Department spokesperson Jessie Pebsworth said.”The case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.”

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Texas Plumbing Board and Laws Abolished After Legislative Strife

Texas Plumbing Board and Laws Abolished After Legislative Strife

The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners — responsible for licensing plumbers and enforcing plumbing law — was caught up in a legislative fiasco with lawmakers twice failing to pass the legislation that would have kept it going. It was also not saved via legislation known as a “sunset safety net bill” that lawmakers pass each legislative session to keep a long list of state agencies from shutting down. The plumbers board is now heading toward what’s known as a “wind down” period, which gives it until Sept. 1, 2020, to wrap up its operations. The plumbing code, which regulates everything from plumbers’ insurance to the standards they must follow, expires in September, (but individual municipalities can and will likely still regulate plumbers under local regulations).

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Dozens Of Tankers Stranded In Houston Ship Channel After Chemical Leak Contamination

Dozens Of Tankers Stranded In Houston Ship Channel After Chemical Leak Contamination

The Houston Ship Channel could remain shut to regular through traffic for several more days, the Coast Guard has confirmed, trapping dozens of inbound and outbound oil and LPG tankers. Emergency crews led by the Coast Guard noticed elevated Benzene levels in the area, and even what was described as a “benzene plume” hovering above the water. This as Deer Park area residents complained of illnesses ranging from nausea to headaches to irritation and burning in the skin, eyes, nose and throat from the disaster which began on March 17. 

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Shelter-In-Place, Close Air Vents Order Given As “Uncontrolled” Chemical Fire Rages In Houston Area [VIDEO]

Shelter-In-Place, Close Air Vents Order Given As “Uncontrolled” Chemical Fire Rages In Houston Area [VIDEO]

A petrochemical terminal is on fire at an oil storage facility in Deer Park, Texas just outside of Houston and has been raging throughout the day Sunday. City officials have warned residents to shelter in place and further advised them to close air ventilation systems in their homes and close all windows.

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A Texas Mystery: Small Town Has 1,000 Registered Aircraft But No Airport [VIDEO]

A Texas Mystery: Small Town Has 1,000 Registered Aircraft But No Airport [VIDEO]

WFAA, an ABC-affiliated television station, has revealed a secret in a small East Texas town called Onalaska, which has more than 1,000 registered aircraft – and no airport. The investigation found planes were registered to two standard post office boxes in Onalaska. According to the most recent government data, the town had a population of 2,755, indicating that there were enough registered aircraft for nearly 37% of its residents.

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