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What it Means to Break Quorum and What You Need to Know About the Texas House Democrats’ Dramatic Departure

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan speaks with legislators on the opening day of the special legislative session on Thursday. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

What it Means to Break Quorum and What You Need to Know About the Texas House Democrats’ Dramatic Departure

On July 12, Texas House Democrats packed their bags and headed for the nation’s capital in a highprofile effort to block passage of GOP-backed voting restrictions.

Mesquite Dedicates Municipal Center in Honor of Former Mayor George Venner
Mesquite Dedicates Municipal Center in Honor of Former Mayor George Venner

Mesquite Dedicates Municipal Center in Honor of Former Mayor George Venner

City of Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer honored former Mesquite Mayor George Venner on July 14 during the George A. Venner, Sr. Municipal Center dedication ceremony, presenting him with a replica of the plaque that now is displayed in the lobby of the building. In April, the City Council renamed the Municipal Center at 1515 N. Galloway Avenue in honor of Venner who served as Mayor from 1987 – 1991.

Stolen Vehicle / Escaped Prisoner

Stolen Vehicle / Escaped Prisoner

FORNEY, TX – On Saturday, July 17, 2021 at about 1:00 am, a Forney Police Officer observed a vehicle in a ditch in the 700 block of US HWY 80 south service road. Several items of drug paraphernalia were discovered as the officer checked on the welfare of the driver. The driver was taken into custody and then began resisting and assaulting police officers while being secured in the back seat of a patrol vehicle. While officers were locating weapons and narcotics during an inventory of the suspect vehicle, the subject in custody was able to access the front of the patrol vehicle through the small window in the partition behind the front seats. The subject then left the scene in the patrol vehicle and traveled west in the eastbound lanes of US HWY 80 towards Mesquite. The patrol vehicle was later located by Sunnyvale Police Department in the area of US HWY 80 and 635 with reported damage due to striking guardrails. The Sunnyvale Police Department, Mesquite Police Department, Forney Police Department, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, Kaufman County Constables Precinct 2, and the Texas Department of Public Safety established a perimeter in an attempt to locate the escaped subject. A third party phone call to the Mesquite Police Department reported seeing a person wearing handcuffs sitting inside an Applebee’s restaurant, west of the location of the recovered vehicle. The escaped subject was located by Mesquite Police Officers inside the restaurant and placed into custody. The escaped subject was transported to the Forney City Jail after treatment at a local hospital for a minor head injury believed to have been sustained when the patrol vehicle was wrecked. The subject was transported to the Forney City Jail without further incident.

Did You Know?

According to the ASPCA, the number of dogs and cats euthanized in United States animal shelters has declined significantly since 2011. The ASPCA reports that approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. That number is high, but it marks an improvement over 2011, when roughly 2.6 million dogs and cats were euthanized. The ASPCA credits part of this decline in euthanizations to an increase in animal adoptions and greater success at returning stray animals to their owners. Recent data indicates that roughly 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, with a 50/50 split between dogs and cats. A greater emphasis on adoption can help reduce euthanization statistics even further.

How to Win the Fight Against Stickers

Sandbur seed pods are a nasty little sticker that can ruin a walk through the yard. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Erfan Vafaie)

How to Win the Fight Against Stickers

Sandburs can also lead to painful encounters for pets, and removing them can be just as painful for the pet owner. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Adam Russell)

How to Win the Fight Against Stickers

Whether you call them stickers or sandburs, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert can help you win the war against these prickly little pain dispensers.

Youth Step Into the World of a Veterinarian

Outdoor pen and chute-side discussion at the 4-H Veterinary Science Camp on June 15 in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Sam Craft)

Youth Step Into the World of a Veterinarian

Classroom lectures are only one part of the 4-H Veterinary Science Camp, which introduces youth to the veterinarian profession. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Sam Craft)

Youth Step Into the World of a Veterinarian

A physical examination of the teeth of a cow is included in the learning at the 4-H Veterinary Science Camp. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Sam Craft)

Youth Step Into the World of a Veterinarian

More than one kid has wrapped the leg of their “understanding” pet, pretending to be a veterinarian. But to help move this game of pretending to a profession in later years, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service created the 4-H Veterinary Science Camps.

How Small Businesses can

How Small Businesses can use Tech to Their Advantage

Small businesses are vital cogs in the economy. When taking a stroll down a typical Main Street in the United States and Canada, shoppers are likely to pass an array of eateries and shops offering everything from handcrafted furnishings and ornaments to floral arrangements and more. These small, privately owned businesses help make communities unique and desirable places to live.

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