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FBISD graduation traffic: District and Rosenberg Police Department urge graduates to arrive early on jam-packed day of ceremonies

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-05-25 12:16:07

SUMMARY: Graduating seniors from Fort Bend Independent School District experienced significant traffic delays, causing many to abandon their cars and run to their ceremony at the Fort Bend Epicenter. Heavy traffic on feeder roads backed up for miles, prompting graduates to race to the venue. The Rosenberg Police Department managed traffic and advised the use of overflow parking at nearby fairgrounds, with buses transporting attendees. Despite delays, students were assured they would walk at the ceremony, regardless of order. The chaos was attributed to poor traffic management, with ceremonies continuing throughout the weekend, causing significant congestion in the Rosenberg area.

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Dan Patrick laments Texas not enacting Ten Commandments law first

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www.kxan.com – Will DuPree – 2024-06-21 12:22:23

SUMMARY: Louisiana recently became the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in classrooms, a move that disappointed Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. He lamented that Texas should have been the first state to implement such a law. Texas Senate had approved Senate Bill 1515, requiring a visible display of the Ten Commandments in K-12 classrooms, but the bill stalled in the House. Patrick criticized Speaker Dade Phelan for not prioritizing the bill. Louisiana's law also applies to state universities and is facing expected legal challenges for potentially being unconstitutional.

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American tourist Ryan Watson, detained in Turks and Caicos on ammo charge, avoids jail time, fined $2,000

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abc13.com – WPVI – 2024-06-21 11:18:00

SUMMARY: Ryan Watson, an American detained in Turks and Caicos for carrying ammunition, was fined $2,000 instead of serving a mandatory 12-year sentence due to “exceptional circumstances.” Arrested in April with four bullets in his luggage, Watson pleaded guilty and has been on the islands on a $15,000 bond. He was allowed to return to the U.S. immediately after paying the fine. The incident underscores strict firearm laws in Turks and Caicos, recently amended to give courts more discretion in sentencing. Watson’s case follows similar outcomes for other Americans detained for possessing ammunition. He plans to reunite with his family and support others in similar situations.

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Supreme Court upholds federal ban on firearms for domestic violence offenders

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-06-21 09:49:31

SUMMARY: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on firearms for individuals under domestic violence restraining orders, with an 8-1 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts—Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting. Roberts stated that individuals posing a credible threat to intimate partners can be disarmed consistent with the Second Amendment. This ruling stems from the case U.S. v. Rahimi, a significant test since the court's 2022 decision that expanded gun rights. The 1994 federal statute mandates that restraining orders be reported to the national background check system to prevent firearm sales to those posing threats.

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