Saturday, June 22, 2024

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Article Icon 1Arrests Made for Murder of Jocelyn Hungary 

Two illegal immigrants have been charged in the death of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray, whose body was found in a Houston creek this past Monday.

Houston police indicated that the suspects were seen on surveillance footage interacting with Jocelyn before heading to a bridge, where she is believed to have been killed. The nature of the suspects’ relationship with Jocelyn is still being investigated.

It is also believed that Jocelyn snuck out of her family’s apartment and was with her boyfriend before encountering the suspects.

Article Icon 1Final Rule Approved for Emergency Abortions 

The Texas Medical Board has unanimously approved a final rule on the emergency medical exception for abortions in the state.

In cases where abortion is deemed necessary to preserve the life or major bodily function of the mother, the new rule requires doctors to document their decision-making within seven days and removes the requirement to consider transferring patients to a facility with a higher level of care.

The rule clarifies that abortions can be performed for ectopic pregnancies and that emergencies do not need to be imminent.

Article Icon 1Texas Jobs Outperforming the Rest of the Country 

The Texas economy is outpacing the national job growth rate and has set new records in total jobs, according to the May jobs report from the Texas Workforce Commission, which indicated the addition of 41,800 non-farming jobs in the month.

Governor Abbott praised Texas’s business climate and workforce, saying, “Texas is where today’s products are made and where tomorrow’s technologies are born. We will continue to lead the nation as we build a bigger, better Texas for decades to come.”

The state reached an all-time high in May with a labor force of over 15.2 million.

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Around Texas

Cyprus: The Ans, a five-person family of taekwondo instructors, intervened to save a woman from an attempted sexual assault, subduing the suspect until police arrived. Being hailed as a hero, Hannah An said, “I thank everybody who’s calling us that, but still, I think anybody can do it.” (Details

Castle Hills: The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to revive the civil rights case of Sylvia Gonzalez, a Castle Hill city council member who was arrested after criticizing a city official. The ruling allows her to pursue a retaliation claim and send the case back to a lower court. (More)  

Plano: Mike Buster, executive pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, is stepping down after 35 years at the 45,000-member church. The news was announced at the church during Sunday services. (Watch announcement)  

Austin: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pledged to pass legislation requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in Texas public schools, following Louisiana’s recent mandate. Patrick blames Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan for the previous bill’s failure and will prioritize its passage in the next legislative session. (More

Rio Grande: The Supreme Court has rejected a proposed agreement between New Mexico and Texas to settle their long-standing dispute over Rio Grande water management, citing the exclusion of federal interests and requirements in the process. (Details)  

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➤ Astros No. 10 prospect Jake Bloss will make his MLB debut on Friday against the Orioles. The 22-year-old righty has been praised for his fastball which peaks at 97 MPH and his sharp curveball. He has a 1.61 ERA through eight games for AA affiliate Corpus Christi. (More)

➤ Gerry Glasco, former University of Louisiana softball coach, has accepted Texas Tech’s head coaching job. Glasco turned Louisiana into a perennial contender, boasting a 300-88 record, five Sun Belt regular season titles, and reached an NCAA regional in all six seasons that Louisiana was eligible under his tenure. (More)

➤ Yordan Alvarez notched a three-hit day in his return to the Astros lineup Thursday, following a family-related absence that caused him to miss the first two games of the team’s series against the White Sox. In Alvarez’s first at-bat of the day, he blasted a no-doubt 440-foot home run off of Chris Flexen. (See it here)

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Et Cetera

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials unanimously passed new regulations on hunting mountain lions, including a ban on hunting any mountain lions in captivity and imposing a 36-hour limit on keeping the animals in traps. Public feedback on the stricter rules were open until late May. (Details

Houston Methodist Hospital is reporting a surge in a new COVID-19 variant nationwide, with a moderate increase observed in Texas. The strain does not appear to cause more severe illness than previous variants. (More

Fort Worth-based American Airlines is halting pilot training for the remainder of the year due to a combination of decreased travel demand and aircraft delivery delays. This suspension aligns with competitors like United Airlines and Southwest Airlines also adjusting their hiring and growth strategies. (More

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