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METRO abandons next phase of Bus Rapid Train Plan

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www.youtube.com – KPRC 2 Click2Houston – 2024-06-21 18:14:14

SUMMARY: Metro’s bus ridership has declined since the pandemic, significantly affecting the system’s expansion plans. The Silver Line near the Galleria, designed as a bus rapid transit route to operate like a train system, has seen dismal ridership despite costing over $200 million. Consequently, Metro is reconsidering its strategies and has shelved the proposed University line. The 2019 voter-approved $3.5 billion aimed at enhancing Metro’s future remains unused. Metro officials emphasize the need to reassess what’s effective for ridership and explore alternative solutions. The situation continues to evolve, with Metro’s next steps currently unclear.

Before the pandemic, the idea of METRO’s “Bus Rapid Transit” was the cornerstone of the public transportation agency’s future plans.
But this week, METRO, under new, seemingly more fiscally responsible leadership, shelved plans to build the next leg of the “BRT” line.
The University Line is being shelved after the Silver Line, the proof-of-concept line that opened along North Post Oak, near the Galleria, has failed to attract more than 90% of the riders that were promised.

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Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle resigns after Trump assassination attempt | FOX 7 Austin

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www.youtube.com – FOX 7 Austin – 2024-07-23 21:48:52

SUMMARY: Kim Cheeto, the former Secret Service director, resigned amid bipartisan calls for her departure. A bipartisan task force, led by House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries, is investigating how alleged shooter Thomas Kooks managed to target former President Trump. Trump criticized Cheeto for inadequate protection during the incident. Testimony revealed that Butler emergency service officers, initially in a prime position to monitor the situation, were redirected before the shooting occurred. Investigators are questioning whether this information was relayed to the Secret Service. FBI Director Christopher Wray will face inquiries from lawmakers for further clarification.

Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle resigned following Monday's brutal inquisition at the hands of both republicans and democrats in the House

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Harris County inmates, accomplices charged with money laundering, organized crime

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www.youtube.com – KPRC 2 Click2Houston – 2024-07-23 18:49:09

SUMMARY: Three individuals are in custody following an investigation into inmate deaths at Harris County Jail, tied to allegations of money laundering and drug smuggling. District Attorney Kim Ogg held a conference revealing Joshua Sinclair Owens, currently serving a murder sentence, is accused of running a criminal operation inside the jail with help from his stepsister, Lativia Bailey, and cousin, Nathaniel Campbell. Owens increased his commissary account from $200 to over $28,000 by smuggling and selling drugs. The investigation, initiated after several fentanyl-related inmate deaths, continues, and more people may be charged. All three face life in prison.

Three people have been charged with money laundering and organized crime in Harris County after authorities uncovered a drug smuggling operation run from within the county jail.
Nathanael Campbell, Lativia Bailey, and Joshua Owens have been charged for their involvement in an organized criminal activity and money laundering operation within a Harris County correctional facility.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, along with Assistant District Attorney Kim Smith from the Public Corruption division and representatives from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, held a news conference to announce criminal charges related to a major ongoing money laundering investigation at the Harris County Jail.

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Rent prices for Austin apartments have come down | FOX 7 Austin

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www.youtube.com – FOX 7 Austin – 2024-07-23 18:22:20

SUMMARY: In Austin, the rental market has shifted in favor of renters, allowing for negotiation on rent prices. Blaine Thomas, a Southwest Austin resident, saw a significant decrease in his rent from $1,900 to $1,200-$1,300 over the past year. Austin realtor Olivia Veil confirms average rents have dropped about 10%, returning to 2021 levels. The decrease is attributed to an overcompensation in new constructions during the pandemic. However, rent decreases are not uniform; downtown areas remain stable. It's advisable to negotiate if landlords attempt to raise rents, as current market conditions often do not justify increases. Home prices have also declined, but less significantly than rents.

Apartment prices have actually come down significantly in the last year, and there are plenty of bargains to be had. 7 On Your Side reporter John Krinjak has some expert advice.

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