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This Week in Texas: Houston firefighter contracts, immigration policies, and Senator Cook’s historic election

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abc13.com – Tom Abrahams – 2024-06-23 17:56:20

SUMMARY: On an all-new episode of This Week in Texas, Houston firefighters secure a contract, but its cost is examined. ABC13 analyzes the numbers and interviews State Senator Molly Cook, who reflects on breaking barriers and outlines her legislative priorities. The episode also features discussions on the Biden Administration’s immigration executive orders with political insiders and insights from two Ukrainian pastors sharing their experiences of persecution amid the Russia-Ukraine war. Catch up on previous episodes and follow Tom Abrahams for the latest in Texas politics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Pasadena father charged for abandoning infant daughter in dumpster behind restaurant, records state

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-07-23 21:24:11

SUMMARY: In Pasadena, Texas, Anferne Gray is accused of abandoning his daughter in a dumpster outside a restaurant due to mental anxiety, as revealed in court. Records indicate Gray initially intended to leave the child at a fire station but left her outside a motel pool instead. The child was later abandoned in a dumpster for three to four hours. The girl is expected to survive. Gray faces charges of child abandonment, family member assault, and impeding breathing. He will appear in court again on Wednesday. Separately, another baby was found abandoned in a dumpster in southwest Houston but is in good .

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Hays County Judge explains he livestreams his court to promote transparency

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-07-23 19:49:00

SUMMARY: Hays County District Court Judge Tanner Neidhardt has begun livestreaming court proceedings to enhance transparency. Neidhardt believes that by livestreaming, he is making court accessibility realistic for those unable to attend, such as busy parents or students. His decision has sparked criticism, notably from Hays County District Attorney Kelly Higgins, who pointed out issues with consent and statutory protections for child victims, leading to a motion to cease the livestream. Neidhardt contends he was not hiding the cameras and asserts the practice aligns with the Texas Constitution's mandate for open courts. He has since added visible notices about the livestreaming in the courtroom.

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Some Houston businesses of price gouging amid recovery efforts after Beryl, according to price gouging complaints ABC13 obtained

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abc13.com – Nick Natario – 2024-07-23 19:40:32

SUMMARY: Following Hurricane Beryl, numerous Houstonians reported price gouging, including inflated hotel rates, gas price hikes, and expensive food. ABC13 obtained complaints indicating doubled hotel rates, gas prices spiking by a dollar, and water cases nearly $20. Complainants like Phillip Knop and Cheryl Dickens voiced concern. Documents show 113 price gouging complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and 252 to Harris County Attorney. Price gouging during disasters is illegal, and businesses may face legal action. Post-Hurricane Harvey, over 60 gas stations paid $300,000 in settlements. Residents are advised to document and report any price gouging incidents for investigation.

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