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Texas makes crucial water investment, but voters must sign off

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www.dallasnews.com – – 2023-06-06 02:01:00

SUMMARY: Texas lawmakers have passed bills allocating over $2 billion to improve water infrastructure and prevent flooding. The state is predicted to need $150 billion of investment in the next 50 years to ensure a reliable water supply. A funding umbrella known as the Texas Water Fund is expected to be approved by voters in November, which will enable money to be transferred for projects such as the New Water Supply for Texas Fund. Additionally, $125 million has been set aside for water infrastructure projects that will enable Texas to access matching federal funding.

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TEA releases 2024 STAAR results for grades 3-8

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-06-15 21:01:48

SUMMARY: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the Spring 2024 STAAR assessment results for grades 3-8, showing a decline in mathematics and science performance. Math proficiency hasn't returned to pre-pandemic levels, and reading-language arts showed varied results: Grades 3, 5, and 8 decreased by 2%, while grades 4 and 6 saw increases of three and four percentage points. Social studies results remained steady, mirroring 2023. The high school STAAR test showed mostly “steady performance” since its 2023 redesign. Parents can view their child's results on the TEA family portal at TexasAssessment.gov.

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Crews rescue 28 people trapped upside down high up on Portland, Oregon amusement park ride

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-15 20:35:22

SUMMARY: Emergency crews in Portland, Oregon, rescued 28 people on Friday who were stuck upside down for about half an hour on the AtmosFEAR ride at Oaks Amusement Park. Portland Fire and Rescue collaborated with engineers to manually lower the ride while preparing for a high-angle ropes rescue if necessary. No injuries were reported. One rider with a pre-existing condition was hospitalized as a precaution. Park staff immediately called 911, and responders arrived within 25 minutes. The ride, operational since 2021 without prior incidents, will remain closed pending an investigation. Oaks Park expressed gratitude to responders and cooperative guests.

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Friar Point fatal fire: 7-year-old boy dead, grandmother hospitalized after fatal house fire in Houston, fire crews say

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abc13.com – Luke Jones – 2024-06-15 19:03:39

SUMMARY: A 7-year-old boy has died and his grandmother is hospitalized following a house fire on Houston’s south side. Firefighters arrived on the 3000 block of Friar Point at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to find the house engulfed in flames. Six people were inside: a mother, grandmother, and four children aged 4 to 9. The boy succumbed to the fire while the grandmother suffered second-degree burns but is expected to recover. The rest of the family was uninjured but traumatised. Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire and the boy’s death. One firefighter partially fell through the roof but is unharmed.

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