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Elaine Wheat: Feeling safe, secure at 'The Rock'

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By By Elaine Wheat “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.” – Psalm 18:2-4 …read more

Source:: Dewitt County – Victoria Advocate

      

Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In October For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 5th day of October, 2018.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Birds in Minnesota 'literally get drunk' and dive-bomb cars and homes

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By LL

iStock/Thinkstock(GILBERT, Minn) — Birds in northern Minnesota are swarming and dive-bombing cars and homes.

The behavior might echo Alfred Hitchock’s “The Birds,” but there’s a key difference: “They literally get drunk,” Chelsea Trucano, a patrol officer with the Gilbert Police Department, told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast.

After a series of bird crashes, including one bird that broke through the window of someone’s house, local experts explained to police that an early frost was causing the berries in the area to ferment in the heat during the day.

Warm fall temperatures have also thrown off migration patterns, according to Trucano: “There’s more birds in the area thus we’re seeing it more frequently that the birds are getting intoxicated by these berries.”

She’s seen the birds in action while on patrol.

“They’ll be flying around and then kind of bump into the window, get stunned, go onto the ground and they kind of have that dazed look,” she told “Start Here.”

There are no field sobriety tests for birds — “We are going to have to develop that,” Trucano said — but she recommended building a “detox box” for the immobilized, intoxicated birds.

“You take a cardboard box, cut holes in it, and then put the bird in there for a little while,” she said. “Within a couple of hours, it will take a little nap and sober up and be good to go.”

This story is featured in Friday’s edition of the ABC News “Start Here” podcast.

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Source:: National News

      

Husband who had blamed cold medicine pleads guilty to killing his wife, stabbing her 123 times

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iStock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A North Carolina man who had said taking too much cold medicine may have led him to stab his wife to death pleaded guilty in court Friday.

Matthew Phelps pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of his 29-year-old wife, Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, after an autopsy determined he had stabbed her 123 times.

Phelps, 29, will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole, ABC Durham station WTVD-TV reported.

His wife died Sept. 1, 2017, in the couple’s Raleigh home.

“I have blood all over me and there’s a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it,” Matthew Phelps said in the 911 call at the time. “I can’t believe this.”

In that 911 call, Matthew Phelps said: “I took Coricidin cough and cold,” explaining that “a lot of times I can’t sleep at night.”

Her body was reportedly found in the fetal position in the couple’s bedroom.

Investigators said they’d learned from social media accounts that “suspect Matthew Phelps was possibly fascinated with and mimicked a portrayed serial killer character from the movie ‘American Psycho.'”

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Source:: National News

      

Little Big Town cues up a second round of The Breakers Tour for Canadian fans

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Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town is extending The Breakers Tour into 2019, taking the trek they started this year in the U.S. to Canada. This time, Midland and Ashley McBryde will join them on the dates.

Earlier in 2018, LBT played more than 20 sold-out shows on the run, with Midland and Kacey Musgraves opening the initial concerts.

The ten-date Canadian trek kicks off on Valentine’s Day in London, Ontario. Pre-sales are underway now, with seats becoming available to the general public next Friday.

Here’s the itinerary for Little Big Town’s Canadian leg of The Breakers Tour:

2/14 — London, Ontario
2/15 — Oshawa, Ontario
2/19 — Winnipeg, Manitoba
2/20 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2/21 — Regina, Saskatchewan
2/23 — Calgary, Alberta
2/24 — Edmonton, Alberta
2/26 — Lethbridge, Alberta
3/1 — Penticton, British Columbia
3/2 — Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Source:: Country Music News

      

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