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Katy ISD officials to consider revisions to cellphone use and bus riding policies for students in 2024-25 school year

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abc13.com – Community Impact Newspaper – 2024-06-21 21:47:43

SUMMARY: Katy ISD is revising its student code of conduct for the 2024-25 school year, affecting cellphone use and bus policies. The proposed changes, discussed on June 17, include stricter cellphone rules: junior high students can only use phones during lunch, high school students during non-instructional times, and elementary students must keep phones off and stored. Violations will result in disciplinary action. Additionally, bus-riding policies may require students to scan IDs and prohibit certain behaviors. Board members believe these changes will benefit students, addressing concerns over cellphone usage. The adoption date for the new code has not been specified.

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CenterPoint Energy faces lawsuit from Houston restaurants over prolonged power outages

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abc13.com – Tom Abrahams – 2024-07-15 22:18:37

SUMMARY: Restaurant owners in Houston have filed a class action lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy, alleging that the company’s negligence led to power outages that significantly hurt their businesses. Executive chef Ryan Lachaine of Riel Restaurant emphasized the devastating impact of the week-long outage on his business and employees. Lawyer Tony Buzbee, representing the plaintiffs, aims to address infrastructure issues and advocate for change. Another restaurateur, Robin Wong, highlighted the repeated losses due to power outages. The lawsuit seeks accountability and improvements to prevent future disruptions. The group stresses they don’t want a handout but demand reliable service.

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Beryl’s death toll: Official count pending as heat and power outages continue to cause more deaths

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-15 22:17:44

SUMMARY: In Houston, Texas, at least 13 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Beryl, with concerns that more fatalities could occur due to ongoing power outages. The Shaw family, who has been without power since the hurricane hit, faced a tragedy when 89-year-old Mary Shaw, suffering from dementia and heart disease, died in dire conditions despite family efforts to keep her cool. Agencies tracking storm deaths report that the final count will come from the medical examiner's evaluation. The Shaws, feeling neglected by utility companies, fear for the of other relatives and neighbors.

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Hutto Police searching for missing teen

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www.kxan.com – Kelsey Thompson – 2024-07-15 22:09:10

SUMMARY: The Hutto Police Department in Texas is searching for 17-year-old Rosalie Cecilia Cruz, who is considered a runaway. She was last seen on July 11 leaving her home in the Brushy Creek Meadows subdivision, wearing a black t-shirt, black and red checkered pajama pants, and black “yeezy” style shoes. Cruz may be using the name Lesly Ramirez. The police urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them by email at crimetips@huttotx.gov or anonymously via text by sending “HUTTOPD” to 847411. The search information was shared on Facebook by the police department.

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