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From some of the earliest moments in the search for 7-year-old Athena Strand last Wednesday evening, investigators knew that a FedEx driver could hold a key piece of evidence in the case.  Strand’s stepmother said a package had been delivered to their Cottondale home in the 200 block of County Road 3573 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.  On Friday afternoon, the driver of that truck was located while delivering packages in the Paradise area. Hours later, the child’s body had been located, and the driver — 31-year-old Tanner Lynn Horner — was in jail facing charges of capital murder of a person under 10 years old and aggravated kidnapping. view article arw

An earlier version of this story included an image of Argyle Middle School. An administrator at Argyle High School needed medical attention after an incident with a student Thursday morning. Argyle ISD sent an email to parents shortly after noon to notify them that the campus was locked down for 10 minutes after two separate incidences of what the district called “student behavior.” “The Argyle ISD Police Department immediately responded after the student was detained,” the email read. “There were no weapons involved.” view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A new ordinance to crack down on catalytic converter thefts and resale is now in effect across Houston this weekend. City leaders unanimously approved the ordinance back in May in an attempt to address the 123% increase in catalytic converter thefts. "People need to know that if you steal them, you will pay the price for it," said Mayor Turner in a news release in May. "If you are going to do it, we are going to make it as inconvenient as possible for you." People will now need to show proof of owning a cut catalytic converter when they go to sell it to a metal recycler. view article arw

All Rains ISD classes have been cancelled Dec. 2, 2022, to allow for gas line repairs. Friday will be the third day potential gas issues have been addressed at high school, and the second day classes have been dismissed for secondary students, according to notices from RISD Superintendent Jennifer Johnson. Wednesday morning, Johnson sent notices to parents and guardians notifying that professionals had been called in due to a gas smell at the high school before classes started for the day. The lead RISD administrator reported no gas leak was found, but Atmos was brought in to thoroughly examine pressure in all natural gas lines in the building. “I want to assure you that all students and staff on the campus are safe and we have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the building. The safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority,” Johnson stated in the notice sent out the morning of Nov. 30, 2022.. view article arw

Two Elkhart High School senior cheerleaders, Kassidy Thomas and Aly Henderson, along with cheer sponsor Pepper Thomas are recovering from their serious injuries since the rollover bus wreck on Oct. 28. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — A water main break turned a road into sheet of ice and left two Amarillo ISD schools without water.  The city said the break happened Wednesday morning at Buchanan Street and NE 7th Avenue, just north of Mann Middle School.  The water ran down the street to Amarillo Blvd. Police closed eastbound Amarillo Blvd. when the water froze, turning it into a sheet of ice.  Traffic was also effected on NE 7th from Buchanan to Lincoln, according to the city. view article arw

DRIPPING SPRINGS — Following a bomb threat that occurred earlier today at the Sycamore Springs Elementary campus, Dripping Springs ISD released a statement at 6:25 p.m.  Today, Dripping Springs ISD received a bomb threat at the Sycamore Springs Elementary campus. The threat was written on a bathroom stall and was discovered by a student.  Sycamore Springs Elementary is a shared campus that is connected with Sycamore Springs Middle School. Upon discovering the threat, the entire building was evacuated and first responders performed a thorough sweep of the campus to ensure there was no bomb.  Students and staff were evacuated for about an hour and forty minutes while law enforcement checked the building. Students and staff were held at the Sycamore Springs football field.    (1) view article arw

CLEVELAND, Texas (KTRK) -- TxDOT officials are planning to visit East Houston Avenue after two students were hit by a truck along the road and airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital. view article arw

Chapel Hill ISD is mourning the loss of a beloved student. According to Superintendent Lamond Dean, Wise Elementary student Daniela Nevaeh Ramirez died in a car crash over Thanksgiving break. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Ramirez family to help with medical and funeral expenses. As of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, more than $5,700 had been raised of the $10,000 goal. Visit bit.ly/ramirezgofundme to donate. view article arw

ZAVALLA — The nearly 700 residents here must boil their water this Thanksgiving as the small East Texas town grapples with aging infrastructure that has left residents without safe water for 10 days this month. The working-class town, 23 miles southeast of Lufkin, has had problems with its water system for years, but issues worsened this month when water pressure decreased so much that the city issued a boil-water notice on Nov. 14. Low pressure then turned into a complete stoppage for several days that caused schools and businesses to shut down. In trying to fix the problem, the city identified multiple infrastructure problems, including a malfunctioning vacuum pump and leaks in several water lines. “It’s almost as if a tsunami has hit us,” said city councilwoman Kim Retherford. “It’s not given us any time to breathe.” view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A Lubbock grand jury indicted a teen after a video surfaced reportedly threatening a Cavazos Middle School student. 18-year-old Xavier Olivarez is charged with exhibiting a firearm on a campus and terroristic threat against a public servant. However, Lubbock ISD officials say a weapon was never brought onto campus. In a statement, the district said Olivarez was not on campus and was likely across the street when he reportedly posted the video brandishing what witnesses believed to be a firearm. The district was placed on a hold protocol after witnesses reported to law enforcement that Olivarez and a 16-year-old Coronado student posted a video reportedly threatening student violence. Olivarez was later arrested on Nov. 3. view article arw

Plainview ISD is making strides to protect their educators, students and to further encourage parent participation in student discipline with a two-pronged disciplinary approach. Part one of the plan was introduced and voted on during PISD’s regularly scheduled board meeting last Thursday. The item on the agenda was to amend the Code of Conduct to allow for the expulsion of students for fighting and assault of students or staff. view article arw

All Houston ISD schools, offices, and facilities will be closed Monday, Nov. 28, 2022," the district tweeted Sunday night.  Houston Independent School District will not hold classes on Monday, November 28 due to an ongoing water boil notice issued by the City of Houston on Sunday night. The district addressed the city's boil alert Sunday evening, stating that the notice will compel it to shutter classrooms and buildings for the first day of the coming school week.  "Due to the Boil Water Notice issued by the City of Houston late this evening, all Houston ISD schools, offices, and facilities will be closed Monday, Nov. 28, 2022," the district tweeted Sunday night. "#HISD will closely monitor the situation and provide additional updates regarding operations tomorrow."    (28) view article arw

The Beaumont ISD school board unanimously approved a contract for a new district-wide security camera system. The board considered the bid at a Thursday night meeting. Eight businesses provided varying equipment, license options and warranty periods. Each business was ranked by a point system which included factors including: view article arw

An Aldine ISD school bus was involved in a crash in northwest Harris County Friday, Precinct 4 constable deputies said. It happened on Kenswick Drive and FM 1960 West Road. Constable deputies said they received a call in reference to a crash involving an occupied school bus and a sedan. view article arw

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A stack of flyers with “unsubstantiated threats of possible explosions” were found in a Texas State University building Tuesday morning, according to Texas State Police. “The threat identified four locations on campus: Jowers, Theater, Chemistry and Education buildings. Since this morning, we’ve been diligently checking all of our facilities,” said Texas State University Police Chief Matthew Carmichael. How a 19-year-old beat an incumbent for political office Texas State University student Meagan Garza said it was just like any other chemistry class until they got a message from the university about the threat. “We saw the dogs like with the cops patrolling around sniffing,” Garza said. Carmichael said they found no credible threat to campus but still will be on alert for the rest of this week.    (17) view article arw

A mother and two children were hurt after being hit by an SUV near an elementary school in north Fort Worth. The driver was turning and claimed to not see the woman and children in a school crossing. view article arw

Round Rock ISD has received the Texas Cyberstar Certificate from the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). The certification is in recognition of the District’s commitment to cybersecurity best practices and efforts to protect the data and privacy of students, parents, teachers, and staff. Round Rock ISD is one of only nine organizations across State/Local government, higher education, and private business in Texas to hold this certificate. The District is also the second K-12 organization to earn the distinction since the certification’s inception. view article arw

On Tuesday morning, the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office reported a minor accident involving an El Campo school bus. The accident occurred at County Road 405 and 406, southeast of El Campo. Six students occupied the school bus at the time of the accident but were not injured, according to authorities. view article arw

Elkhart students involved in a bus wreck Friday have all been released from the hospital. Fifteen people, including 12 students, suffered injuries when an Elkhart ISD bus was involved in a rollover wreck Friday afternoon. The road had standing water, and it was raining at the time of the crash. The bus driver has also been cited for driving at an unsafe speed. view article arw

More than three years after the North Dallas tornado that wrecked several schools, Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde offered a tour Tuesday of the repaired Thomas Jefferson High School. It’s one of three new structures replacing destroyed schools. Elizalde said she hopes they lure private school students back to public education. The original Thomas Jefferson High School was more than 60 years old and it was receiving upgrades when the tornado wrecked all that in October 2019. “But now we're taking something that was destruction and now we're going to be able to have a debut,” Elizalde said. The renovated Thomas Jefferson is different in many ways. Classrooms are larger than the 1956 design. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, TX — San Angelo Police announced Tuesday night that a threat on social media was made against Lake View High School. This is the second incidence of a threat. On September 22, Lake View was emptied following a threat and rumors of gunfire inside the school. The origin of gunfire was never found and police found the perpetrator quickly and arrested him. For this threat, police are well out in front of the incident and announcing its existence well before the threat is spread to a large audience on the socials. view article arw

DALLAS - Three years after being badly damaged in a tornado outbreak Thomas Jefferson High School is about to reopen again as a state-of-the-art learning center. The Dallas ISD campus underwent a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation after an EF-3 tornado struck the school in Oct. 2019. The damage was so bad students at the school have been attending class elsewhere ever since. view article arw

Three years have passed since a tornado tore a ten mile path of damage through parts of Northwest and Northeast Dallas, Richardson and Garland. view article arw

Affirmative action in higher education was clearly was on life support at the Supreme Court on Monday. All six conservative justices indicated great skepticism about allowing race to be considered at all in college admissions. If the court's supermajority does what it sounded like it will do, it will end the ability of colleges and universities, public and private, to do what most say they still need to do: consider race as one of many factors in deciding which of the qualified applicants is to be admitted. At issue were affirmative action programs in two elite institutions — the University of North Carolina, which until the 1950s did not admit Black students, and Harvard University, which was the model for the Supreme Court's 1978 decision declaring that colleges and universities may consider race as one of many factors, from the applicant's geographical and family background, to their special talents in science, math, athletics, and even whether the applicant is the child of the school's alumni. view article arw

ELKHART, Texas (KETK) — On Friday, an Elkhart ISD bus was involved in a single-vehicle crash going west on Highway 294. A total of 15 people were injured and all are expected to make a full recovery, according to Elkhart ISD Superintendent Dr. Lamont Smith. 1 infant, 12 students, 2 staff injured in Elkhart bus rollover crash He said the situation was definitely terrifying, but thankfully, everyone is okay. The bus was headed to Clifton High School for their Friday night football game when it rolled over and landed in a ditch. Dr. Smith shared what the impact is like for the school. “You know our hearts are heavy, but in the midst of that heaviness, we believe that coming together is so critical,” Smith said. “We often give family news and updates as to what’s going on with us. We believe that we act like a family, but we work like a team.” view article arw

ELKHART, Texas ( KETK ) – An Elkhart ISD school bus carrying high school cheerleaders was involved in a Friday crash, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said an infant, 12 students and two faculty members were all injured and transported to Palestine Regional Hospital. The bus was on Highway 294 heading to a game in Clifton when the bus entered a curve in the road that had standing water on it and rolled over into the ditch, according to officials. The school district said weather and road conditions may have been a factor. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO — A proposed change to the way the Texas power grid operates would cost households billions of dollars more each year — including $8.5 billion in 2025 alone — without doing much to ensure that the lights stay on, according to a new study from the Texas Consumer Association. The proposal is one of several received by the Public Utility Commission after the Legislature ordered it to find ways to improve the system’s reliability in the wake of a deadly winter freeze in February 2021, when power plant failures plunged millions of people into darkness. State officials’ apparent favorite, the recommendation would have utilities such as CPS Energy contract directly with power generators to ensure that they have enough electricity to meet demand. While it might head off power shortages like those seen in early 2021, such a change would dramatically raise utility bills for Texas households, according to an analysis from the consulting firm ICF Resources, which compiled the consumer association’s report.    (28) view article arw

LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) — Due to a threat of severe weather Friday morning, the Liberty Hill Independent School District pushed back the start of classes two hours. “Liberty Hill ISD will have a 2-hour delayed start tomorrow, Friday, October 28th, due to the predicted inclement weather and road conditions that could impact public safety,” the district said in a statement. view article arw

Alvin ISD will begin its community service initiative called “Alvin ISD Serves” on Nov. 1, during which schools and departments will complete service projects throughout the month. “Alvin ISD Serves is a way to give back to the community who gives so much to us,” Alvin ISD Superintendent Carol Nelson said. The program originally began in response to Hurricane Harvey as a one-day community service initiative during September, but the district will expand it to one month for the first time, according to Executive Director of Communications Renae Rives. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A U.S. District Judge filed an order on Monday effectively denying Brownsboro ISD’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the high school baseball team has a “long-standing hazing tradition.”  Hazing lawsuit alleges Brownsboro ISD baseball team had history of sexual harassment  The case, which alleges upper classmen on the baseball team openly discussed hazing and sexually assaulted a freshman student on the bus in the presence of the head baseball coach during the 2019-2020 school year, is set to move forward. Claims that the district created a heightened risk for students to be sexually assaulted were denied by the judge.  The judge’s order determined the lawsuit has sufficiently argued that Brownsboro ISD (BISD) knew about the harassment and was “deliberately indifferent” to it. view article arw

ALTO, Texas — Due to power outages and loss of water, Alto ISD students were dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The district also said the Alto Elementary PTO Fall Festival will be moved to Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The outages and water loss come after severe weather moved through the area beginning late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning. view article arw

The Beaumont Police Department is investigating after a Beaumont Independent School District bus and a passenger vehicle crashed Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of Iola Street and Westmoreland Avenue. The bus was carrying Beaumont United High School students, according to BISD spokesperson Adam Thibodeaux. view article arw

ORANGE, Texas — Officials and students from a Southeast Texas school district are working with law enforcement to get justice after suspects defaced turf and other facilities at a stadium. Students have come forward to help the Orange County Sheriff’s Office find out who defaced the Battlin' Bear Stadium. It happened around midnight Saturday night. Two suspects defaced the middle logo, press box and away concession stand at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District stadium. view article arw

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“U.S. reinsurance buyers should be prepared to be flexible in the face of what experts say will be a difficult property cat market punctuated by further price hikes and constrained capacity at Jan. 1, 2023, renewals.” Business Insurance. Property insurers only retain $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 of each district’s insurance; all insurance excess of that is placed with reinsurers. The fact that we may not have had many extremely large losses in Texas over the past year does not mean we can expect premium reductions. “Global reinsurer capital declined by 11%, or $75 billion, to $600 billion in the first half of 2022, driven mainly by substantial unrealized losses on investment portfolios, Aon said in its reinsurance renewal report”. Business Insurance According to Climate Central, a research and communications nonprofit, the frequency of billiondollar weather disasters is now about one event every 18 days. This compares to 82 days between such disasters in the 1980s.    (25) view article arw