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Walk against antisemitism at Texas Capitol, held same time as pro-Palestinian ‘May Day’ protest

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www.kxan.com – Jala Washington – 2024-05-05 11:53:44

SUMMARY: Jewish community members in Austin are walking against antisemitism amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Pro-Palestinian protests on the UT Austin campus have caused disruptions, leading to increased police presence. Antisemitic incidents have risen in Texas, with a 45% increase in Southwest Texas between 2022 and 2023, linked to the Israel-Hamas war. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to address this issue and protect Jewish students on college campuses. The walk in Austin is in support of Jewish college students, with efforts to combat antisemitism gaining attention from elected officials and law enforcement.

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DPS to shut down Capitol grounds ahead of Nakba Day rally

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www.kxan.com – Cora Neas – 2024-05-17 16:35:34

SUMMARY: The Texas Department of Public Safety will close access to the state Capitol on Saturday night in anticipation of a large-scale protest event on Sunday commemorating the Nakba, the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948. The closure is deemed necessary for safety reasons. Organizers planned to bring attendees from Dallas and Houston but had to cancel due to facility restrictions. Despite obstacles, the protest will still take place, with organizers urging people to join. Previous pro-Palestinian rallies have been held at the Capitol since October 2023. The Department of Public Safety cited the closure decision as being out of their control.

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Houston-area power outages: Hundreds of thousands of CenterPoint Energy customers without electricity following damaging storms

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-17 15:49:55

SUMMARY: Severe thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds caused power outages for over 600,000 customers in southeast Texas. CenterPoint Energy’s operations were affected, with damage to their transmission and distribution electric system in areas like Bellaire, Cypress, Baytown, and Humble. Restoration efforts are expected to take several days, with 4,000 lineworkers and 1,000 vegetation professionals requested to help. The hardest-hit area was likely along Highway 290. Customers are advised to check their weatherhead for damage before service can be restored. The outages are also impacting traffic lights and connectivity, with companies like Comcast and AT&T offering assistance.

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Austin Energy crews to help restore power in Houston after damaging storms

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www.kxan.com – Jaclyn Ramkissoon – 2024-05-17 15:34:00

SUMMARY: Austin Energy is sending 21 lineworkers and support personnel to Houston to help with storm recovery after severe thunderstorms killed at least four people and left over 900,000 homes without power. The crews are equipped with bucket trucks and support vehicles and are prepared to stay for up to two weeks. CenterPoint Energy requested assistance, and Austin Energy is honored to provide mutual aid in natural disasters. Meanwhile, CenterPoint is working on restoration and has requested a total of 4,000 lineworkers and 1,000 vegetation professionals to help with recovery. Strong winds caused significant damage to the electric system in various areas, but progress has been made in restoring power to over 180,000 customers.

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