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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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