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U.S. Supreme Court pauses federal smog control plan

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by By Alejandra Martinez, The – 2024-06-27 10:17:36

SUMMARY: The U.S. Supreme Court has paused an EPA plan aimed at reducing smog emissions from industrial facilities like power plants, which affect air quality across state borders. This decision stems from a 5-4 ruling in a case challenging the EPA's “good neighbor” rule, requiring states including Texas to cut emissions contributing to ozone pollution elsewhere. Opponents argue the rule is costly and incompatible as it currently stands for some states. Environmental groups worry this pause will lead to more respiratory issues due to increased smog. The EPA's goal is to save lives and reduce hospital visits for asthma by 2026.

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Texas’ 2024 Democratic delegates: What you need to know

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-07-21 16:00:31

SUMMARY: Texas has 273 delegates, the third-largest contingent after California and New York. Delegates are selected in four ways. Firstly, 159 district-level delegates were elected from congressional districts at the Texas Democratic Convention, based on Democratic turnout. Secondly, 53 at-large delegates representing the state were also selected there. Additionally, Texas will send 32 delegates who are party leaders and elected officials, including mayors and lawmakers. Finally, 29 automatic delegates, similar to superdelegates, include members of the Democratic National Committee and the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation. These groups predominantly consist of Democratic activists and leaders.

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Joe Biden withdraws from presidential race

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by By Isaac Yu and Matthew Choi, The – 2024-07-21 13:28:52

SUMMARY: President Joe Biden announced he will not seek reelection, citing it as the best decision for his party and country. This follows increasing party pressure and concerns around his debate performance and age. He endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the Democratic nomination. Biden's move is the first presidential withdrawal since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The Democratic National Convention in Chicago will likely select the next nominee, making it the first contested convention since 1968. Biden's polling has declined further, especially after a failed assassination attempt on Donald Trump sparked Republican unity. Harris's polling remains slightly better than Biden's.

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Jim Pitts, former Texas House member, has died at 77 .

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by By Pooja Salhotra, The – 2024-07-21 11:55:00

SUMMARY: Former Texas state Rep. Jim Pitts, a Republican from Waxahachie who served nearly a decade as the chief budget writer for the Texas House, died at 77. Pitts, who passed away at Baylor University Medical Center surrounded by loved ones, represented House District 10 from 1993 to 2015 and chaired the Appropriations Committee for many years. Known for his commitment to education and fiscal responsibility, Pitts was praised for his bipartisan support and strong character. He played a key role in replacing House Speaker Tom Craddick with Joe Straus in 2009. Memorial service details are pending.

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