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Case dismissed against Hays County corrections officer who killed escaping inmate

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-06-20 13:18:12

SUMMARY: In San Marcos, Texas, the Hays County District Attorney's Office announced the dismissal of a deadly conduct charge against former corrections officer Isaiah Garcia. Garcia had shot 36-year-old Joshua Wright in December 2022, who was attempting to escape custody at a hospital. Under Texas law, officers may use deadly force if deemed necessary to prevent an escape. In 2023, a grand jury charged Garcia with deadly conduct, a third-degree felony, but not murder or manslaughter. The charge was dismissed at the request of Wright's family after they reviewed body cam footage. Garcia agreed to permanently surrender his corrections officer license.

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Some Houston businesses of price gouging amid recovery efforts after Beryl, according to price gouging complaints ABC13 obtained

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abc13.com – Nick Natario – 2024-07-23 19:40:32

SUMMARY: Following Hurricane Beryl, numerous Houstonians reported price gouging, including inflated hotel rates, gas price hikes, and expensive food. ABC13 obtained complaints indicating doubled hotel rates, gas prices spiking by a dollar, and water cases nearly $20. Complainants like Phillip Knop and Cheryl Dickens voiced concern. Documents show 113 price gouging complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and 252 to Harris County Attorney. Price gouging during disasters is illegal, and businesses may face legal action. Post-Hurricane Harvey, over 60 gas stations paid $300,000 in settlements. Residents are advised to document and report any price gouging incidents for investigation.

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Austin woman entrepreneur wins national grant for Mexican chocolate business

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www.kxan.com – Sarah Al-Shaikh – 2024-07-23 18:27:34

SUMMARY: Ashley Ugarte, after four years in the chocolate industry, founded Hijita, a small-batch Mexican chocolate company in Austin, focusing on sustainable practices and direct sourcing from Mexican farmers. Ugarte combines her cultural passion with agroforestry through her business. She recently applied for and won a $12,500 grant from H&R Block's Fund Her Future competition, aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs and addressing funding disparities. With the grant, Ugarte plans to secure sufficient cacao supplies and scale her production. Her dream is to educate and inspire people about Mexican chocolate, both in the U.S. and Mexico. Ugarte's products will be available at Texas Farmers' Market locations.

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Who is Sen. Mark Kelly, a possible Kamala Harris VP pick and husband to Gabby Giffords?

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-07-23 17:15:23

SUMMARY: Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly is considered a top contender to be Vice President Kamala Harris' running mate, sources told ABC . Kelly, elected to the Senate in 2020, is a former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy pilot. Married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords, Kelly has advocated for gun control and ran for Senate as a Democrat in 2020, winning reelection in 2022. He is known for his moderate stance and has criticized President Biden's immigration policies. Kelly supports abortion rights and gun control, actively introduces related legislation, and has pushed for more border security in Arizona.

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