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Austin Animal Center shuts down intake, says shelter at ‘crisis point,’ memo says

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www.kxan.com – Andrew Schnitker – 2024-07-01 15:41:37

SUMMARY: The Austin Animal Center (AAC) is closing animal intake to the public due to reaching critical capacity, as stated in a memo from AAC Chief Animal Services Officer Don Bland. Effective July 2, the center will stop accepting owner-surrendered and healthy stray animals but will continue to take in animals that pose a public safety risk or have life-threatening conditions. Currently, AAC is dealing with an influx, averaging 14 more animals weekly than it can find homes for. To address this, they are using private boarding facilities and working with foster and rescue organizations, while also waiving adoption fees. For assistance, residents should contact 311. Intake will reopen once appropriate kennel space is available.

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Abraham Choukair’s brothers angered over 14-year-old brother’s murder on Hammerly Boulevard in Spring Branch

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-07-23 22:28:08

SUMMARY: The Houston Police Department is searching for a suspect in the murder of 14-year-old Abraham Choukair at an apartment complex in Spring Branch. Surveillance photos of the suspect have been released. Abraham’s brothers expressed their frustration and grief, noting that while they had chosen careers that kept them out of trouble, Abraham fell victim to violence. The family is also angered by the rising trend of juvenile homicides in Harris County, which have increased by 76% from 2021 to 2023. They commented on the heartbreaking irony that another 14-year-old was shot there last year but survived.

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Houston mayor asks for pause on leases in new apartment complex in Second Ward until contaminated ash concerns addressed

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abc13.com – Rosie Nguyen – 2024-07-23 22:18:59

SUMMARY: The Houston Housing Authority has temporarily halted leasing at Pointe at Bayou Bend in Second Ward, Houston, at Mayor John Whitmire's request following concerns over high lead levels and ash contamination. This decision came after four violations were cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Residents nearby, like Shon Jones, reported respiratory issues after construction began, fearing potential cancer risks due to toxic ash from an old incinerator site. An environmental assessment is underway, with HHA committed to achieving full compliance and ensuring safety for future residents. Community members appreciate the pause to address these concerns.

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Houston Mayor John Whitmire puts Montrose flood project on hold, citing doubts about actual flooding in area

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-23 22:16:10

SUMMARY: Montrose residents in Houston are demanding drainage improvements, frustrated by Mayor John Whitmire’s hesitation to acknowledge flooding issues. The Montrose Boulevard Improvement Project aims to update drainage, sidewalks, and bike lanes but remains stalled despite tax funding. Resident Mehdi Rais mentioned their area’s outdated 60-year-old drainage, leading to significant floods even with light rain. Alexander Spike shared that his 90-year-old grandmother was stranded in her flooded car for hours. Whitmire has paused this and other similar city projects, arguing the urgency of drainage issues in Montrose. The project’s future remains uncertain. Residents urge immediate action to mitigate flooding risks.

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