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Tarrant County approves effort to map out overdoses – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Keenan Willard – 2024-06-21 16:44:42

SUMMARY: Tarrant County recently approved participation in the OD Map project, a national initiative to map overdose cases and combat the opioid epidemic. Dallas has used the software since June, aiding first responders in targeting opioid hotspots and interventions. Ofie Moreno, who lost her son Sebastian to fentanyl in 2022, supports the project and founded Bash'en Fentanyl to raise awareness. The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department reports mapping over 600 overdose sites since early 2024, utilizing data for both immediate response and long-term solutions like mental support. Tarrant County residents hope this mapping tool will similarly help mitigate fentanyl's impact locally.

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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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