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City of Austin tries to create more green jobs, partners with local organizations

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www.kxan.com – Sarah Al-Shaikh – 2024-06-14 13:46:22

SUMMARY: The City of Austin, collaborating with local organizations, is promoting green jobs through the Green Workforce Accelerator program. This initiative aims to increase green job opportunities, provide relevant training, and ensure equitable job access. Ten local organizations recently completed the program, receiving $15,000 grants to support their initiatives in sectors like water management, energy efficiency, alternative energy, waste management, transportation, and urban agriculture. A study by the City and the University of Texas highlighted the rising demand for green jobs. Predictions show significant job growth in green industries in Travis County, with future expansions of the program expected.

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Nonprofit status gives Austin School of Furniture Foundation new legs for charitable efforts

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www.kxan.com – Mercedez Hernandez – 2024-07-12 08:36:56

SUMMARY: The Austin School of Furniture Foundation (ASFF), driven by creativity and passion, has achieved nonprofit status, enabling it to expand its woodworking programs. ASFF Managing Director Austin Waldo shared that the school, established in 2018, offers classes from beginner woodworking to fine furniture making. Before the nonprofit designation, community classes were offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. The new status allows ASFF to grow its programs, including scholarships and tool stipends, and receive tax-exempt donations. Student Adam Baumeister appreciates the variety of tools used in classes, enhancing his learning experience.

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Eastex Freeway closed: IH-69 northbound mainlanes at Kingwood Drive shut down after deadly, wrong-way crash

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-07-12 07:35:53

SUMMARY: A fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver has caused the shutdown of all northbound lanes of IH-69 Eastex Freeway at Kingwood Drive in Houston, Texas. The incident, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m., resulted in the death of the wrong-way driver and left the other vehicle’s driver in critical condition. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if the wrong-way driver was intoxicated. Houston police are directing traffic off the freeway, suggesting Loop 494 as an alternate route. For real-time traffic updates, sign up for notifications via the ABC13 app.

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Suspect Injured Following Police Chase and Shootout in Midlothian

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www.wbap.com – – 2024-07-12 06:54:42

SUMMARY: A police chase in Dalworthington Gardens, near Arlington, ended in a shootout in Midlothian early Friday morning. Officers attempted to serve a warrant, leading to a pursuit that culminated at an apartment complex around 3 a.m. on Highway 67 and Henderson Street. The suspect hit a squad car and subsequently fired at officers, who then returned fire. The suspect was critically injured and hospitalized; no officers were harmed. The incident is still under investigation.

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