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Flies in Texas: Are there more right now and why?

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www.kxan.com – Russell Falcon – 2024-07-06 12:54:41

SUMMARY: In Texas, residents have observed an unusual rise in fly populations, particularly exacerbated in recent years. The phenomenon, discussed by Central Texans on Reddit, aligns with insights from Texas AgriLife Entomologist Wizzie Brown. She explains that the state's warm climate supports year-round fly activity, with heat accelerating their life cycle, leading to rapid population growth. Climate change is likely worsening the issue, as higher temperatures benefit flies and expand their habitable areas. To manage the infestation, Brown suggests regular trash removal, using outdoor garbage bins, and cleaning these bins with dish soap to eliminate fly-attracting odors.

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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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