HUD Earmarks $5 Billion to Help the Homeless
In a virtual briefing with press members, Fudge noted that HUD allocated the supplemental funding through the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program. “With HUD’s swift allocation of this $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding, we are providing communities the resources to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one. HUD estimates that these EHVs, alongside resources provided by the CARES Act, could help house 130,000 homes, HUD officials noted. The $5 billion in EHV-ARP funding is the second of two homelessness-related funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan that HUD released. In April, HUD announced it would allocate $5 billion in ARP funds to increase affordable housing to address homelessness.thewestsidegazette.com
Street named after Botham Jean unveiled in Dallas
A ceremony was held Saturday to unveil the newly named Botham Jean Boulevard in Dallas. He found a church home… and contributed to making Dallas a better city," Johnson said, according to CBS Dallas. Johnson also proclaimed Saturday as Botham Shem Jean Day in Dallas. We are proud that Botham Shem Jean chose to live in Dallas. 555 Botham Jean Blvd.'cbsnews.com
Winter weather in Texas impacts pro, college sports
NHL games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators had already been scrapped. The shuffling of pro events came amid adjustments for several men's and women's college basketball games in Texas because of frigid temperatures and icy conditions for traveling. 12 Texas men's visit to ninth-ranked Oklahoma has been moved back a day to Thursday after originally getting bumped from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the weather. Two other women’s games scheduled for Wednesday had also been called off: Texas at TCU and Texas Tech at Oklahoma. The American Athletic Conference men's game between Tulane and SMU in Dallas scheduled for Wednesday was postponed, with no makeup date announced.
Predators-Stars postponed at city request, extreme weather
A lone vehicle drives on Victory Ave. in front of American Airlines Center which was to host the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Dallas. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson requested that the teams not play Monday due to a shortage of electricity in the region. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)DALLAS – The Dallas Stars postponed their home game Monday night against the Nashville Predators after a request from city officials not to play because of the impact extreme winter weather had on the area. The NHL didn't announce the postponement until just more than a half-hour before the scheduled start of the game. “I don’t know the status of that grid, but frankly, the Stars game is not critical infrastructure,” Hallman told the DMN.
Will Texas or Florida be the next Italy? Red states lag blue in stay-at-home orders
Ron DeSantis said at a Sunday briefing at one of the states three coronavirus test sites. Greg Abbott, center, says his states size makes a stay-at-home order unnecessary. There, Jenkins displayed a chart showing the projected spread of the coronavirus far exceeded Texas available hospital beds. But in Texas, Abbott waited until Thursday to issue an order closing schools and dine-in restaurants and limiting gatherings to 10 people, as of Saturday. New York state has at least 5,000, but expects to need about 30,000, Cuomo has said.latimes.com
Jessica Simpson discloses struggles with addiction, sex abuse
MIAMI – When Jessica Simpson was starring in MTV’s “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” she was struggling with addiction. The reality TV show aired from 2003 to 2005 when she and Nick Lachey got divorced. “I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” Simpson wrote in her new memoir, “Open Book,” according to People Magazine. The singer and fashion designer believes the undealt pain from the trauma was fueling her addiction. Simpson told People she got sober in November 2017, three years after she wed Eric Johnson, the father of her three children: 7-year-old Maxwell, 6-year-old Ace and 10-month-old Birdie.
North Texas tornado outbreak caused $2B in losses
A damaged Talbots store in the Preston Royal shopping area on Oct. 21, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. (CNN) - The tornadoes that tore through northern Texas on Sunday will be the costliest tornado outbreak in Texas history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. That historic bill is expected to be about $2 billion for the damage caused by the outbreak of at least nine tornadoes in northern Texas, council spokeswoman Camille Garcia told CNN Thursday. Garcia said the previous most-expensive tornado outbreak in Texas came in 2015, when twisters struck the towns of Garland and Rowlett, causing $1.2 billion in losses. The weekend tornado outbreak was part of a line of storms that killed two people in the Great Plains.
Baby born by candlelight in laundry room during Texas tornado
She came into the world during a tornado -- taking her first breath by candlelight in a laundry room. The day started out beautifulSekani's mom was a week overdue when she came to the Bump Birthing Center in Rowlett, Texas, on Sunday. With the power out and tornado sirens going off, the staff quickly transformed the safest place in the Center into a birthing room. "We quickly took [the mom] into the laundry room, where we went on to deliver her baby by candlelight," McElhaney said. Luckily, the birthing center had no damage and the electricity came on right after the new family was discharged, McElhaney said.
U.S. has lost 24 million acres of natural land in 16 years: independent report
FILE PHOTO: Timber clear cuts inside the Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon, U.S. on July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Johnson(Reuters) - The United States has lost the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks, or 24 million acres (9712455.41 hectares) of natural area, between 2001 and 2017 due to agriculture, energy development, housing sprawl and other human factors, making the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released Tuesday. The report attempted to calculate the rate of loss of natural lands by assessing the impact of oil and gas extraction, road construction, housing sprawl, agriculture and other human activities. The steepest losses of natural areas - untouched by human development - occurred in the southern and midwestern U.S. as the footprints of cities, farms, roads, power plants, and other development increased from cover 47% and 59% of their land area. To achieve a goal of protecting 30% of land by 2030, the U.S. would need to beef up existing land conservation policies at both the federal and local level, the report said.feeds.reuters.com