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Stitt joins other governors in sending troops to the southern border | Oklahoma

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Merrilee Gasser | contributor – 2023-06-02 11:05:00

(The Center Square) – Gov. Kevin Stitt will send Oklahoma National Guard troops to the southern border, joining other Republican governors who have made similar commitments.

Stitt said he is responding to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's call for reinforcements for the ongoing border crisis.

“As Governor, the decision to deploy members of the National Guard is not one I take lightly and, as the parent of a deployed soldier, I am acutely aware of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our National Guard and their families during deployment,” Stitt said. “However, I believe it is in the best interest of Oklahoma and the nation to take decisive action to address the federal government's utter failure to secure our southern border.”

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Stitt did not say when or how many troops he would send.

Twelve other Republican governors have said they will help with securing the border. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem also announced this week she is sending at least 50 National Guard troops to the Texas border. Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota committed to sending 100 troops, and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders said she would send 80. West Virginia's Gov. Jim Justice announced his plans to send 50 guard troops, Tennessee is sending 100, and Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia committed to sending troops.

In total, Republican governors are supplying the help of 1,305 national guardsmen and 231 law enforcement personnel, according to a letter signed by 13 governors.

“President Biden has abandoned his constitutional responsibility to secure the border and continues to fail to prevent millions of migrants from illegally crossing into our country. The illegal flow of criminals, drugs, and contraband moving across our border create an untenable situation for all states,” the letter said. “In response, Republican governors are providing support where Biden failed. The personnel and resources from our states will enhance Governor Abbott's Operation Lone Star security mission to deter and repel unlawful border crossings along the southern border.”

Stitt said he sent a letter to President Biden along with 25 other Republican governors in September asking for a meeting on the border crisis within 15 days but never received a response, the governor said.

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“Republican governors continue to step up to the plate when President Biden refuses to lead; and by deploying our brave National Guard Troops, we are sending a strong message that we remain dedicated to defending our borders and upholding law and order in our nation,” said Stitt.

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Fleming Street shooting: HSCO deputies responding to stolen vehicle recovery shoots, kills man allegedly holding Uzi-type weapon

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-03-02 13:49:32

SUMMARY: A man was fatally shot by deputies in northeast Harris County after being found in possession of an “Uzi-type” weapon while recovering a stolen vehicle. The incident marks the third shooting involving law enforcement in three days in the Houston area. The sheriff’s office responded to a call and encountered the armed man, resulting in the use of deadly force. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and no deputies were injured in the incident. The circumstances surrounding the shooting and the man’s connection to the initial call remain unclear.

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3 Houston Fire Department firefighters injured after suffers small collapse during fire on Canal and Navigation, officials say

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-03-02 11:41:47

SUMMARY: Three firefighters were injured in a restaurant fire in Houston’s Second Ward. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the firefighters were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries after a small building collapse. The cause of the fire is unknown, and it is unclear if there were any other injuries. The incident occurred near 2221 Canal Street and Navigation Boulevard. Eyewitness News and ABC13 originals can be watched around the clock on ABC13’s Live Streaming Channel. Copyright © 2024 KTRK-TV.

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These are 2024’s top wedding dates

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www.kxan.com – Russell Falcon – 2024-03-02 11:30:00

SUMMARY: 2024 is expected to be a busy year for weddings, with October being the most popular month. The cost of weddings has increased, with specific dates like September 21 and June 22 being the most popular choices. Choosing a wedding date should consider factors like cost fluctuations, guest availability, and local events. Green is becoming a popular color choice for weddings in 2024. Certain dates like August 24, May 23, and June 21 are popular for their numerology, three-day weekends, and astrological significance. Planning a wedding with at least a 15-month engagement period is recommended.

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