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TS Alberto’s storm surge eats away at Bolivar Peninsula sand dunes

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www.youtube.com – KPRC 2 Click2Houston – 2024-06-20 22:24:37

SUMMARY: Tropical Storm Alberto's storm surge caused significant damage to the Barrier Islands, particularly on the Bolivar Peninsula. The storm surge, reaching up to 4 feet, eroded sand dunes designed to protect the area, leaving backyards covered in debris. At Crystal Beach, Gage Golding from KPRC 2 reported that dunes up to 12 feet high were completely washed away, almost reaching the homes' pilings. This early-season disturbance highlights the vulnerability of the coastline. County is assessing the damage and planning recovery efforts. With another tropical system forming in the Gulf, time is a critical concern for rebuilding protective dunes.

The Houston area dodged the worst of Tropical Storm Alberto, but that doesn't mean we got away without a scratch.

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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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Dallas City Council may consider lowering neighborhood speed limits

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www.youtube.com – FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth – 2024-07-23 17:53:55

SUMMARY: A recent memo to Dallas City Council Members explores reducing neighborhood speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph, aiming to decrease traffic fatalities and severe injuries. This initiative is part of Vision Zero, a national campaign to eliminate traffic deaths by 2030. Cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, and Tacoma have seen significant reductions in crashes after implementing similar measures. Dallas City Councilman Chad West supports the plan but acknowledges its high cost of $3 billion for full implementation. However, lowering neighborhood speed limits could be an affordable first step. Enforcement remains a concern among residents. The council will discuss Vision Zero in upcoming budget talks.

A recent memo to Dallas City Council members explores the possibility of reducing the speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour in neighborhoods.

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