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Texas Senate passes new property tax relief bill in effort to end political standoff

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www.cbsnews.com – – 2023-06-21 12:20:00

SUMMARY: The Texas Senate has passed a bill that provides a record $18 billion in property tax relief, including increasing homestead exemptions for most homeowners and doubling the business franchise tax exemption. The bill has yet to be approved by the Texas House, where the governor's favored legislation, which similarly reduces property tax rates and replaces them with state revenues, has already been passed. The governor's initial plan seeks to gradually eliminate property taxes for public schools, a goal the lieutenant governor said was not realistic.

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Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida is set to be demolished

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-13 07:29:42

SUMMARY: The three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people died in a 2018 mass shooting, begins its demolition on Friday. Previously serving as evidence in the shooter’s trial, the building’s destruction was delayed due to heavy rain. The project aims to be completed before the school’s 3,300 students return from summer vacation. Families of victims have varied opinions on the demolition; some see it as a painful but necessary step in healing, while others wanted it preserved for educational purposes. The building’s removal follows precedents set by other sites of school shootings. The replacement plans remain undecided.

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Truck driver narrowly escapes train collision, moment caught on camera

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-06-13 05:53:14

SUMMARY: The driver of an 18-wheeler narrowly escaped a massive collision with a train near Atlanta, Georgia. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning at Allatoona Road near Interstate 75, Bartow County. Zack Hatcher, who was behind the stalled truck, captured the event on , showing the driver fleeing moments before impact. The train, unable to stop in time, collided with the trailer, causing debris to fly. Miraculously, the truck driver was unharmed. Authorities reported this was the eighth incident at this crossing since 2017 but the first collision. AAA provided safety tips for drivers near train crossings to prevent such accidents.

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Office of Police Oversight providing update, data at Thursday night meeting

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www.kxan.com – Abigail Jones – 2024-06-13 05:49:55

SUMMARY: The Office of Police Oversight (OPO) in Austin will update the public and present new data at its third quarterly Police Oversight Implementation Workgroup meeting. Scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. via Zoom, the meeting is open to the public, and interested participants can register online. OPO will share complaints data and other updates during this virtual session, following Resolution 99. The meeting will be available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL), with additional interpretation services and accessibility accommodations upon request.

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