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At least 13 dead in Texas as scorching temps continue

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abc7chicago.com – – 2023-06-29 15:36:48

SUMMARY: At least 13 people have died from heat-related illnesses in Texas as the southern US grapples with a weeks-long heat wave and triple-digit temperatures. Emergency room visits in Texas have spiked compared to the same time last year, as the state battles an early onset of extreme heat. Much of the South is experiencing waves of extreme heat earlier than usual, with Texas regularly seeing temperatures above 100 degrees. Human-caused climate change is making near-record heat in parts of Texas at least five times more likely. Heat is the number-one weather-related killer in the world.

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Austin’s Marbridge Foundation provides ‘a whole new way of life’ for residents

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www.kxan.com – Jaclyn Ramkissoon – 2024-06-13 11:26:00

SUMMARY: For Nexstar's Founder's Day of Caring 2024, KXAN volunteers are supporting the Marbridge Foundation, a 200-acre residential facility south of Austin for adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Celebrating its 71st year, Marbridge hosts 275 residents across three care communities, offering lifelong care from young adulthood to end-of-life. Resident Emily, who has lived at Marbridge since 2019, praises the skills and friendships she has developed. The foundation encourages volunteer participation, including in their new equine facility, and supports residents in activities like Special Olympics sports. Donations are welcomed via their website to further support their mission.

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Body found: Harris County investigators respond to fire-related call, reportedly find man dead inside home on Thistle Street

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-13 10:40:28

SUMMARY: Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire at a home on Thistle Street early Thursday morning, discovering a deceased man. It is unclear if the man died due to the fire. SkyEye footage showed damage to a trailer or mobile home with a fire hose surrounding the area. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fire-related call was received just before 8 a.m. ABC13 is gathering more information and will provide updates. They encourage the public to submit tips or story ideas through their website. Watch ABC13 for live updates on this developing story.

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Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication – KXAN Austin

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www.kxan.com – MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press – 2024-06-13 10:02:27

SUMMARY: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld access to mifepristone, a key medication in two-thirds of U.S. abortions, dismissing the legal standing of opponents to challenge FDA approvals. The ruling, authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, stressed that federal courts aren't the appropriate venue for these disputes. This decision secures mifepristone's availability, a drug deemed one of the safest by the FDA. Opponents argued its eased access endangers women's , but the court found no forced compliance on doctors opposing abortions. The outcome, significant for the FDA's regulatory integrity, arrives amid political stakes as elections near. Another abortion-related case remains pending.

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