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Austin fixes 10% of barriers to safe routes to school after 8 years of work

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www.kxan.com – Dylan McKim – 2024-05-08 05:52:30

SUMMARY: The City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program is hosting a bike-to-school event at Cowan Elementary in honor of National Bike and Roll to School Day. Since its start eight years ago, the program has addressed 10% of barriers hindering students from walking or biking to school in Austin. Walk-audits at 137 schools revealed 4,654 barriers, with estimated costs to fix all barriers nearing a billion dollars due to rising prices. The program has used $25 million of bond money to fix 468 barriers at 112 schools and received positive feedback from the community for increasing foot traffic at school crosswalks. Another $20 million has been allotted for new safe route projects.

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Flores, Longhorns baseball walk off Kansas again

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www.kxan.com – Noah Gross – 2024-05-17 22:04:33

SUMMARY: The Texas Longhorns baseball team defeated Kansas with a series clinching win, showcasing burnt orange magic with a walk off victory. Jalin Flores was instrumental in both wins, hitting a walk off double on Thursday and a walk off sac fly on Friday. In Friday’s game, the Longhorns tied the score in the ninth inning before ultimately winning 3-2. Jared Thomas and Flores were key players in the comeback. The series will conclude on Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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Deadly Houston storms: EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 110 mph confirmed near Cypress, tornado hits SW part of Waller, NWS says

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-17 21:27:16

SUMMARY: A destructive storm hit the Houston area with 100 mph straight-line winds in downtown Houston and 90 mph winds in Baytown. An EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 110 mph struck near Cypress, and another tornado hit southwest Waller County. President Biden declared a major disaster, allowing FEMA to provide assistance. Seven people died, and recovery efforts are ongoing. Downtown Houston suffered damage from shattered windows and fallen debris. Power outages affected over 700,000 customers. Cooling centers were opened, and officials urged caution and cooperation during the recovery process. Governor Abbott expressed condolences and assured support for affected communities.

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Houston weather: ABC13 identifies tornado, straight-line wind differences through damage in Spring Branch, Cypress, Waller Co.

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abc13.com – Elyse Smith – 2024-05-17 19:53:25

SUMMARY: A recent storm in southeast Texas caused confusion between straight-line winds and tornadoes. Both types of winds impacted Houston and surrounding areas. Straight-line winds can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, with 100 mph winds causing extensive damage in downtown Houston. Meteorologists use indicators like tree damage to distinguish between straight-line wind and tornado damage. Signs of a tornado include stripped trees with shredded appearances and debris embedded in them. Unfortunately, the storms resulted in five fatalities in the Houston area. For more information, follow ABC13 Meteorologist Elyse Smith on social media.

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