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Texas’ coastal emergency leaders watching Beryl closely in anticipation of tropical storm hitting Texas coast

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abc13.com – Nick Natario – 2024-07-05 18:40:30

SUMMARY: Coastal communities in Texas, particularly and Matagorda County, are preparing for the impacts of Tropical Storm Beryl, expected early next week. Emergency leaders have activated preparation plans, anticipating strong rip currents, storm surges, flooding, and potential power outages. Despite not expecting an evacuation order, residents and tourists are urged to stay aware and prepared, especially with the influx of holiday visitors. Cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean are monitoring the situation and may adjust itineraries. Travel experts emphasize the importance of flexibility and having travel insurance during hurricane season for those in affected areas.

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'Good moment for democracy': UT historian says there is precedent of presidents stepping aside

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-07-21 20:39:54

SUMMARY: A University of Texas at Austin historian, Jeremy Suri, commented on President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from the 2024 reelection campaign, stating it aligns with a historical tradition of presidents stepping aside for the country's best interest. Suri highlighted examples, including George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, reflecting that voluntary resignation supports democratic principles. He praised Biden's courage and viewed the move as beneficial for democracy, noting Biden's consideration for voter concerns about his age. Suri emphasized that Biden's decision strengthens democratic processes by allowing party turnover without forcefully holding onto power.

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Who could Kamala Harris pick as vice president if she wins the Democratic nomination?

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-07-21 20:38:02

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As Vice President Kamala Harris begins her 2024 presidential campaign following President Joe Biden's decision not to seek reelection, potential running mates include:

  1. Gretchen Whitmer: Michigan Governor since 2018, known for action on clean water, equal pay, and discrimination issues.
  2. Josh Shapiro: Pennsylvania Governor since 2023, recognized for reopening I-95 quickly after its collapse.
  3. Roy Cooper: North Carolina Governor focusing on job creation, education, and the opioid crisis.
  4. Phil Murphy: New Jersey Governor promoting minimum wage hikes, family leave, and gun safety.
  5. Andy Beshear: Kentucky Governor leading educational and healthcare reforms.
  6. Wes Moore: Maryland Governor and former U.S. Army captain.
  7. J.B. Pritzker: Illinois Governor known for progressive reforms.
  8. Mark Kelly: Arizona Senator, former Navy pilot, and astronaut, advocating military aid.

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HISD takeover is center stage as American Federation of Teachers convention begins in Houston

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abc13.com – Luke Jones – 2024-07-21 19:46:36

SUMMARY: The state takeover of Houston Independent School District (HISD) was a focal point at the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Houston. Educators criticized the takeover, calling it a power grab. Jessica Campos, a parent, expressed concerns about the lack of communication with teachers and loss of resources. Although Superintendent Mike Miles highlighted improvements in high school test scores, many doubted the authenticity of these gains. The convention also addressed concerns about school vouchers, with critics arguing they support subpar private schools. Governor Greg Abbott has shown support for introducing school vouchers in Texas.

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