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Olympic gold medals aren’t solid gold – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Laura Harris – 2024-06-26 16:55:00

SUMMARY: The Paris Olympics and Paralympics will award hundreds of medals featuring a piece of iron from the Eiffel Tower and delivered in Louis Vuitton boxes. However, none of the gold medals are solid gold. They contain just six grams of gold with a silver core due to cost and environmental concerns. Rohit Pandey from Virginia Tech explains that making solid gold medals would be prohibitively expensive, costing around $40,000 each, leading to over $80 million if all were pure gold. Silver is more abundant and less costly to mine. Paris aims to be one of the greenest Olympics ever. NBC 5 will cover the event starting July 26.

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Hurricane Beryl sets off derecho-time issue nested outages again across Houston as thousands remain dark for 1 week

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abc13.com – Daniela Hurtado – 2024-07-15 20:56:23

SUMMARY: CenterPoint Energy in Houston had about 135,000 customers still without power by Monday evening after Hurricane Beryl caused 240,000 outages. They forecast full restoration by Friday, July 19, 11 days post-storm. By Monday night, 92% of customers had power back, with 98% expected by Wednesday. They cautioned customers about potential weatherhead damage preventing quick restoration. CenterPoint noted “nested outages” and varying circuit damage as ongoing issues. With 14,000 crew members working 16-hour shifts, the company has extensively repaired infrastructure but some outages may persist until Friday. Governor Abbott has requested an investigation into the response.

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How to get help after Beryl: Hurricane Recovery Fund launched and FEMA funding now available

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-15 19:20:44

SUMMARY: Hurricane Beryl struck Harris County, Texas, a week ago, causing significant damage and power outages. Local officials announced the Hurricane Beryl Recovery Fund, which has amassed $3 million for trusted nonprofits to distribute aid. Over 68,000 homes were damaged, with 142 destroyed. FEMA funding and a $750 short-term assistance program are available, with applications encouraged despite ongoing power issues. Major donors include HEB, Sarofim Foundation, and CenterPoint’s foundation. For more information, visit the Greater Houston Disaster Alliance site or call 211. Follow Pooja Lodhia for updates on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

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Who is Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle?

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www.kxan.com – Lauren Sforza – 2024-07-15 18:28:17

SUMMARY: Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle has been thrust into the spotlight following an attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump during a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. House Republicans are calling for her testimony over security lapses that allowed a gunman to shoot from a rooftop, grazing Trump's ear. The shooter and one rally attendee were killed, while two others were critically injured. President Biden has ordered an independent review of the incident, and Cheatle has pledged full cooperation. Having served 27 years in the Secret Service before working at PepsiCo, Cheatle was sworn in as Director in September 2022.

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