It has been more than six weeks since tornadoes tore through North Texas and displaced hundreds of families. In many cases, there has been little to no positive movement in getting those families back into their homes. Families are maneuvering through insurance claims and adjusters and contractors and that can often take time. view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — Officials say levels of 1, 3-Butadiene have been "greatly reduced to non-irritating amounts" in Port Neches in the area of the TPC Group plant. The voluntary evacuation and shelter in place have been lifted, according to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.  In a Thursday afternoon news conference, officials with the Chemical Safety Board said worker's descriptions of events leading up to the explosions are consistent with a butadiene release. CSB teams can do a full investigation once the area is stable and safe. They goal for the group is to 'determine the root cause' for the explosions.  view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District has changed its plans to rebuild three schools severely damaged by the tornados that hit Dallas in late October.  “We have to go fast,” Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “Our goal, we want to reopen this school by August 2022. Our relocation was a sprint, we got that done overnight, but now the marathon is how you rebuild the buildings.”  Under the plan, the district would build a new Jefferson Campus, but a special wing or “lower grade plan” would be the Walnut Hill Languages Academy that combines elementary and middle school grades. view article arw

The family of Ginger Barnes on Tuesday sued the Levelland ISD for a deadly collision involving a school bus. The bus hit a pedestrian at about 6:30 a.m. on February 12 along Highway 114 (19th Street) along the far western edge of Lubbock, Lubbock Police said. view article arw

PNGISD is canceling school for the remainder of the week. This will allow the current shelter in place that has been called for an area of Port Neches to come to an end, and provide the district adequate time to retest the air quality in our schools before students and staff return. Please check our website and social media for updates. (PNGISD website) read more arw

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Officials say elevated levels for 1, 3-Butadiene have been detected after the TPC fires, and have issued a voluntary evacuation for Port Neches residents.  A temporary shelter for those needing a place to stay has been set up at Ford Park Arena, 5115 Interstate 10 S, Beaumont. Wind is expected to shift direction overnight, and high humidity should keep the vapors close to the ground according to Jefferson County Emergency Management officials.  view article arw

Millions of dollars in federal disaster relief following Dallas' October tornado is now in limbo. A "Presidential Disaster Declaration" hinges on the validation of $38.5 million in uninsured losses, and according to a Federal Emergency Management Administration tally, only $33 million in losses have so far been validated in North Texas. view article arw

A subsidiary of Tulsa-based Williams Companies is suing Texas' oil and gas regulatory agency after it approved a request from Dallas-based Exco Operating Company to burn off natural gas from wells in South Texas even though it was hooked up to Williams' pipeline system.  A major pipeline operator is suing the Texas Railroad Commission — the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling — alleging that it has blatantly disregarded longstanding state law that restricts the controversial and growing practice of burning off natural gas. view article arw

Humble ISD was awarded a $25 million grant from FEMA to help protect Kingwood High School from flooding in the future, the school announced yesterday. The funds will help the district build a $28 million gate system that will rise automatically during a rain storm. The 8-foot flood gates will be located at all of the entrances to create an ‘inverted aquarium’ that will keep water out of the building, said PBK Principal Architect Jeff Chapman during a school board meeting on Nov. 12. view article arw

PNG Statement - PNGISD is eagerly awaiting our students arrival tomorrow morning. During this time of Thanksgiving we have definitely realized just how much we have to be thankful for. As always, our students and staff safety are our top priority. The district has completed assessments by structural engineers, air safety technicians and restoration services on ALL PNGISD campuses both inside and out. This includes walking all fields, inspecting and cleaning all buses, cleaning classrooms, cleaning playground equipment, testing air quality, etc. We know this has been a traumatic event for our PNGISD family, please contact your campus counselor and/or principal if you have any specific needs or concerns regarding your child. #PNGproud view article arw

Six days after two explosions resulting from a fire at the TPC Group chemical plant shook the Port Neches-Groves community, shattering windows and downing ceiling tiles at several area-schools, students and teachers are expected to return to the classroom this morning. view article arw

More than two years after Hurricane Harvey dumped 4½ feet of water in his home in the Castlewood neighborhood of Aldine, Trinidad Hernandez is eager to see his new kitchen finished. Two workmen installed cabinets and granite countertops last month, part of a design by Hernandez’s brother.  But Hernandez acknowledges the remodel, which includes upgrades to the living room and bathrooms, may be pointless. Using eminent domain, Harris County is seeking to seize his and four other Castlewood properties, raze the buildings on them and convert their part of the neighborhood into a detention basin. Hernandez is fighting his case in court. view article arw

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Henrietta (KFDX/KJTL) — According to Superintendent Randel Beaver, Midway ISD will be closed Monday due to plumbing issues. We will continue to keep you updated if the cancellation continues. view article arw

 Five campuses in the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District were impacted by Wednesday’s explosion at TPC chemical plant in Port Neches.  Damage was “relatively minor,” school administrators said, including several broken windows and downed ceiling tiles at Port Neches-Groves High School, Port Neches Middle School, Port Neches Elementary School, Woodcrest Elementary School and the district’s alternative campus on Port Neches Avenue. view article arw

The Port Neches-Groves Independent School District will cancel school Monday, December 2, 2019.  If additional schedule changes need to be made, announcements will be made here and on other social media sites on Sunday, December 1, 2019.   read more arw

Four Aldine Independent School District students were transported to a hospital Friday morning following a bus crash involving at least two other vehicles in north Harris County, the district confirmed. The students from Aldine Education Center, an alternative school within the district, were taken to Houston Northwest Hospital as a precaution and were not suffering from “life-threatening" injuries, according to Mike Keeney, a district spokesman. view article arw

Dallas ISD moved forward with plans to handle the tornado recovery in the district. The move included voting to officially close a middle school destroyed by the Oct. 20 tornado. view article arw

A Judson ISD school bus was involved in a crash with another car in Converse Friday morning. view article arw

Reporters gathered for an update on affected Dallas ISD schools less than 24 hours after an EF-3 tornado went on a rampage through North Dallas, and heard superintendent Michael Hinojosa confidently declare the improbable: Thousands of displaced students would be back in class the next day. But this story starts at 9 p.m. Oct. 20, a Sunday during a Dallas Cowboys game when Apple devices alerted with a tornado warning. view article arw

We see homeless people on the side of the roads or crowding CIty Hall. But they are not the only ones that are categorized as "homeless." We forget about the children that fall into a situation that they can't change. view article arw

PORT NECHES, Texas — Port Neches-Groves ISD says the district has regained access to its documents after a ransomware attack last Tuesday. PNG ISD Superintendent Mike Gonzales told 12News attackers worked their way into the district's computers through email.  School officials have worked with the district's insurance company, Travelers, to get access to its systems back.  view article arw

One organization is stepping up to help teachers and students at Mauriceville Elementary by donating backpacks, school supplies and books. The Kids in Need Foundation donated school supplies during a giveaway Wednesday to more than 600 students and 70 staff members in a giveaway in the cafeteria.  view article arw

The City of West has been picking up the pieces since the explosion of a fertilizer plant in 2013, and this process is almost complete. But one more project is sitting at the end of their road to recovery. “It was a Wednesday, April the 13th, 2017. It was a normal day up until 6:30 or 7 o’ clock,” recalls Mayor Tommy Muska. view article arw

Port Neches-Groves ISD paid an undisclosed amount of money via Bitcoin to a suspected overseas cyberattacker who encrypted millions of the district’s files and issued a four-day deadline to respond to the criminal demands.  Bitcoin is a virtual cryptocurrency that can be used to buy products and services.  Daniel Fontenot, the director of information services, safety and homeland security for the district, said information technology staff had gained access to almost all of the files as of Monday morning. view article arw

A student from McAllen was hit by a vehicle at the bus loading area Friday morning. According to McAllen ISD spokesperson Mark May, the incident took place near Alvarez Elementarys school. The student was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. view article arw

A power outage at Riesel Independent School District’s combined junior high and high school facility led officials to cancel classes there for Friday. A message on the district’s Facebook page posted Thursday afternoon states that needed repairs will not be complete by Friday morning view article arw

Authorities are investigating a fire involving a school bus in Peñitas. On Tuesday night, the front of a La Joya Independent School District school bus sparked into flames near Expressway 83. view article arw

A water main break in Kaufman has some waking up to no water and classes across the entire school district canceled Wednesday. Officials haven’t said if the freezing temperatures caused a water main to burst around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. view article arw

Garland High School will reopen Wednesday after repairs were made to a gas line that caused an issue and school closure Tuesday, the district tweeted. The school was closed Tuesday, and Atmos workers made repairs to restore the building's heat. The school district said the city of Garland has been doing detection tests on gas lines throughout the city and an issue was detected in an area around the back parking lot of the high school. view article arw

A water main break at South Washington Street and Fair Road in Kaufman caused all schools in the district to cancel classes Wednesday, officials said around 7:20 a.m. on social media. view article arw

Garland High School students had an unexpected day off on the coldest day of the year so far. They woke up to learn there was no heat on the campus because crews were busy trying to fix a natural gas leak behind the building. A spokesperson for the Garland Independent School District says Atmos Energy has been doing tests of gas lines all over the city, and noticed a leak in a line on school property Monday night. Fixing it required shutting off the gas and the heat, and it would have been too cold to hold classes without it. view article arw

Systems are down for Port Neches-Groves ISD after district computers were attacked by ransomware. PN-G ISD Superintendent Mike Gonzales told 12News attackers worked their way into the district's computers through email. They have a cyber security forensic team working on it, and the hope is to have the issue resolved in the next couple days. view article arw

The West Oso Independent School District closed all campuses Tuesday morning due to electrical issues at the high school. The electrical issues “created problems with telephone, internet and communication systems, and heating” across the district, said Diane Jackson, secretary to Superintendent Conrado Garcia. The cause of the electrical disruption was unknown, she said. view article arw

Fort Worth and Crowley independent school districts are opening early Tuesday morning so students won't have to wait outside in the cold. view article arw

As of 5:49 a.m. on Nov. 12, Hutto ISD will operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday, due to weather. Buses will run two hours later than normal as well, according to the district.   view article arw