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Texas heat wave invigorates calls for worker heat protections

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thehill.com – – 2023-06-29 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Workers in Texas are experiencing heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and exhaustion, due to an ongoing heatwave and lack of protective regulations. Maynor Alvarez, a painter, shared his experience of being denied breaks and losing wages. Currently, there are few national rules mandating breaks for workers due to heat, leaving them vulnerable to severe illnesses or death. While the Biden administration planned to develop a rule addressing occupational heat illness, no progress has been made. Texas recently passed a bill that could remove local protections, sparking concerns about workers’ safety. Labor advocates are calling for federal standards to be implemented.

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Mother and son killed when Missouri City officer T-boned their car while responding to robbery call, police say

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-06-21 12:45:59

SUMMARY: In Missouri City, Texas, a mother and son, identified as 53-year-old Angela Stewart and 16-year-old Mason Stewart, were killed when their car was hit by a police officer responding to a robbery call. The accident occurred on Mason’s 16th birthday. The officer, called to an ATM robbery, collided with the Stewarts’ vehicle. Mason had recently obtained his driver’s license. Witnesses reported a loud crash and the police cruiser catching fire. A person was found in the back of the police car hours later, raising questions as it goes against protocol. The officer was briefly hospitalized, and an investigation continues.

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Dan Patrick laments Texas not enacting Ten Commandments law first

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www.kxan.com – Will DuPree – 2024-06-21 12:22:23

SUMMARY: Louisiana recently became the first state to mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in classrooms, a move that disappointed Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. He lamented that Texas should have been the first state to implement such a law. Texas Senate had approved Senate Bill 1515, requiring a visible display of the Ten Commandments in K-12 classrooms, but the bill stalled in the House. Patrick criticized Speaker Dade Phelan for not prioritizing the bill. Louisiana's law also applies to state universities and is facing expected legal challenges for potentially being unconstitutional.

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American tourist Ryan Watson, detained in Turks and Caicos on ammo charge, avoids jail time, fined $2,000

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abc13.com – WPVI – 2024-06-21 11:18:00

SUMMARY: Ryan Watson, an American detained in Turks and Caicos for carrying ammunition, was fined $2,000 instead of serving a mandatory 12-year sentence due to “exceptional circumstances.” Arrested in April with four bullets in his luggage, Watson pleaded guilty and has been on the islands on a $15,000 bond. He was allowed to return to the U.S. immediately after paying the fine. The incident underscores strict firearm laws in Turks and Caicos, recently amended to give courts more discretion in sentencing. Watson’s case follows similar outcomes for other Americans detained for possessing ammunition. He plans to reunite with his family and support others in similar situations.

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