Know this now: Thursday, September 7
SAN ANTONIO – Get in the know, San Antonio. The road to recovery is beginning across the Lone Star State. Here are the stories that impact you and some you’ll be talking about at the water cooler this week.
A man accused of targeting women in the Medical Center area during an alleged two-year crime spree was indicted Thursday for the charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated battery, the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's office said. || SAPD said around 2 p.m. a man first tried to run across the highway and causing a three car accident. The man then ran to the overpass and jumped into traffic, killing him and causing another accident. || Amazon, bursting out of its Seattle headquarters, is hunting for a second home and San Antonio plans to make a run for it. The company said Thursday that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees.
University Hospital is facing some tough questions after one of its former employees kept his job, after being charged with a felony sex crime. Investigators said back in April, Jaime Santos, 44, who worked as an emergency technician at the hospital, recorded a woman while she was in the bathroom without her permission. || Popeye’s employees in San Marcos are serving more than just fried chicken to their customers -- they’re battering up fists. In a 34-second video originally posted to Twitter Tuesday evening, a handful of Popeye’s employees and their customers were seen fighting each other behind the restaurant’s counter in an all-out brawl. || If you haven't scored tickets for George Strait's Harvey benefit concert, you're out of luck. Tickets for the country western singer's "Hand in Hand" concert at the Majestic Theater went on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. and sold out fast.
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor's decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move "cruel" and "self-defeating." || The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch." || George Strait will perform at the Majestic Theater on Sept. 12 as part of a benefit for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, a one-hour benefit telethon headlined by Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT.
The images from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are striking: from the damage along the Texas Coastal Bend to the historic flooding and rescues in Southeast Texas. A rain gauge in Cedar Bayou measured 51.88 inches of rain over a four-day period. That eclipsed a record that stood for more than 39 years after the remnants of Tropical Storm Amelia unleashed a torrent of heavy rain in the Texas Hill Country. || Officials now blame at least 60 deaths on Harvey, after the storm dumped many feet of rain on several counties in a matter of days. Many of those deaths confirmed in 11 counties across south Texas happened when people were caught in quickly rising floodwaters or lost control on water-logged roads. || Our furry friends have also been in need of assistance after Hurricane Harvey. As dog rescues continue, the San Antonio Humane Society rescued pets from some of Texas' hardest-hit areas and brought them here.
One unfortunate side effect of Harvey has been the run on gas. Though there is plenty of gas in the state, there was a kink in delivery last week and people freaked out. The rush on gasoline complicated an already weakened fuel supply system in the wake of Harvey, and caused fuel pumps to temporarily run dry in San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas.
Avoiding a lemon
Assuming you’ve got enough gas to get to a car dealer or someone trying to sell a vehicle, it will be important to make sure you don’t buy one that has been damaged by floodwaters. Auto industry experts estimate that 500,000 to 1 million vehicles will have been damaged by water, with most being total losses. Here are some important questions to ask before handing over any cash.
Raise the roof … on the debt ceiling
Amid the animosity the country has seen in recent weeks, the outpouring of support from people to their fellow Americans has been awe inspiring. Let’s hope our lawmakers feel the same way. The Trump administration wants federal spending on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to be tied to raising the debt limit. The administration has asked Congress to approve a $7.85 billion package as part of an initial request for funds.
Teachers need help too
They already don’t get paid enough, now many teachers, who already pay for plenty of their classroom supplies out of their own pocket, are faced with another crisis. Many teachers and students lost everything due to Hurricane Harvey. When students return to the classroom, many of them won't have school supplies to take to their campuses. To allow teachers to help their students focus as best they can, Teachers of Tomorrow has launched an online fundraiser to help families and teachers get back on their feet.
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