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Houston Fire Department: 50 water rescues and counting on stormy Saturday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms hit Harris County on Saturday night, prompting officials to warn people to stay off the roads.

Flood Control District officials reported as much as 6 inches of rainfall in some parts of Harris County in three hours, mostly in the west, southwest and central parts of the area.

Another 2 to 4 inches of rain were expected overnight when another cluster of storms moves into the Houston region from the west, said National Weather Service staff meteorologist Wendy Wong.

There were also some reports of golf ball-sized hail in parts of the Houston metro area.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-Fire-Department-50-water-rescues-and-4469585.php .

Water group sounds alarm; Lake Amistad level at record low

Water levels at Lake Amistad have dropped to a record low, and the amount of water released from Amistad to the Falcon Reservoir will be reduced beginning Sunday.

Levels at Lake Amistad, on the Rio Grande near the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuna Coahuila, dropped to 1,058.29 feet on Friday, below the previous record-low elevation of 1,058.37 feet in August 1998, officials said Friday.

Sally Spener, spokeswoman for the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, said though the levels have dropped at Amistad, water will continue to be released from Amistad but at reduced amounts.

It is unknown if new low levels will have any impact on the city of Brownsville’s upcoming voluntary water conservation plan scheduled to begin May 1.

More at http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_4d1cf7d6-aee4-11e2-bf3d-001a4bcf6878.html .

92-year-old still fitting bras

Photo Credit: Alberto Martinez


The new kid at the Julian Gold women’s apparel store on W. Sixth St. is 92-year-old Earlene Moore, Austin’s best-loved bra fitter.

We first brought you Moore’s story in 2010, when she held a similar position at the now-closed Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Arboretum area. That profile brought an added measure of notoriety to Moore, who was already well-known in her field. The foundation department was packed with so many people after the story ran, she said she thought there’d been an accident. Somebody went for champagne. Customers drove in from the Rio Grande Valley.

Saks closed on Dec. 31 and Moore thought that was the end of her career, but Julian Gold store director Melinda Snell lured her back downtown, where she’d worked many decades ago. She started this month and works five hours a day, three days a week.

“All of Austin knew Saks was closing,” Snell said. “I thought it would be wonderful for Julian Gold to have her celebrity.” Moore’s reaction?

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/92-year-old-still-fitting-bras/nXY2P/ .

College Station, Texas A&M System hash out details of new development

The College Station City Council and the Texas A&M University System came together Thursday night for negotiations on a mixed-use development that could add millions of dollars to the city's tax roll.

The council voted 5-0 on an agreement between the city and system that lays out responsibilities of the governmental bodies. Councilman James Benham and Mayor Nancy Berry were absent.

The negotiation was atypical, because the majority of state university developments are tax-exempt.

However, the system's Campus Pointe development, which will be located on about 60 acres along University Drive, is different than most university endeavors.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_eec74ddd-6e58-5895-83e8-acb6e28a6574.html .

Texas lawmakers pushing back on Gov. Perry in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry revved up for a presidential bid in 2011 by showing the country who's boss in Texas: He slashed spending, tightened abortion restrictions and declared illegal immigration a state emergency.


A year after Perry's run for the White House flamed out, the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature is showing signs of defiance in a series of votes that push back against Perry's authority — a poke in the eye of the 12-year governor.

In recent weeks, the Texas House and Senate have approved separate budget plans that increase spending and put some money back into public education, something Perry said the state spends plenty on. The Senate has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment calling for term limits for statewide office holders and voted to audit Perry's pet Texas Enterprise Fund, which the governor has used for the last decade to give $485 million to private companies looking to expand or relocate in the state.

And members in both chambers have gone on the offensive in challenging Perry's political appointments to the University of Texas System regents, part of a power struggle over who governs day-to-day operations of state universities. The Senate recently voted to curtail regents' authority.

More at http://www.mywesttexas.com/statenation/article_5f958a78-aea7-11e2-8eca-001a4bcf887a.html .

Hitler's food taster tells of poisoning fears

They were feasts of sublime asparagus - laced with fear. And for more than half a century, Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden from the world, even from her husband. Then, a few months after her 95th birthday, she revealed the truth about her wartime role: Adolf Hitler's food taster.

Woelk, then in her mid-twenties, spent two and a half years as one of 15 young women who sampled Hitler's food to make sure it wasn't poisoned before it was served to the Nazi leader in his "Wolf's Lair," the heavily guarded command center in what is now Poland, where he spent much of his time in the final years of World War II.

"He was a vegetarian. He never ate any meat during the entire time I was there," Woelk said of the Nazi leader. "And Hitler was so paranoid that the British would poison him - that's why he had 15 girls taste the food before he ate it himself."

With many Germans contending with food shortages and a bland diet as the war dragged on, sampling Hitler's food had its advantages.

More at http://www.caller.com/news/2013/apr/27/hitlers-food-taster-tells-poisoning-fears/ .

Singer found dead along road in rural South Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The death of a South Texas singer well known for his ballads, including some about the exploits of Mexican drug cartels, was being treated as a murder investigation after authorities found his body Thursday on a rural road.

Jesus "Chuy" Quintanilla appeared to have been shot at least twice in the head and was found near his vehicle, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said. Irrigation workers found his body on a roadway north of Mission in an isolated area surrounded by citrus groves, Trevino said.

Quintanilla's family filed a missing person report Thursday morning, saying they hadn't had contact with him since the previous night. But investigators were already on the scene, Trevino said.

Trevino wouldn't release details about the investigation but said it was being treated as a murder investigation. He speculated that the singer was either lured or taken to the area where his body was found.

More at http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_23109298/singer-found-dead-along-road-rural-south-texas?source=rss_viewed .

Austin: Mayor’s proposal to lease airport should have been made public much sooner

Have airport,will lease for cash.

That slogan could crop up around town if a proposal by Mayor Lee Leffingwell regarding Austin-Bergstrom International Airport advances. Specifically, the proposal Leffingwell and a select group of Austin leaders are exploring would lease the city’s airport to a private entity, which would run it for a profit, in a deal that would deliver millions of dollars back to the city to finance urban rail.

It’s too early to say whether benefits of leasing the airport outweigh disadvantages of doing so. Leffingwell insisted that putting the airport up for lease was merely an idea at the moment. No private entity has been identified as a party to run the airport. There still are many unanswered questions about the feasibility of leasing, whether it could be done before a new, expanded city council is elected in 2014 and if it fits with city goals regarding urban rail and labor issues. The Austin City Council also has not discussed or acted on the proposal.

Leffingwell said he wants to get the issue on the May 9 city council agenda. That step to take the proposal public is late — very late, coming after six months of private discussions with a select group of people, including representatives of the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, state Sen. Kirk Watson’s office, and a tiny group of city officials. The latter group included Jim Smith, executive director of the airport, whom Leffingwell says approached him with the idea to lease the airport. In a telephone interview on Friday, Smith declined to say whether he initiated the idea, saying we should “ask the mayor.”

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/mayors-proposal-to-lease-airport-should-have-been-/nXYxS/ .

Cornyn dismisses immigration criticism as ‘complete BS’

Cesar Vargas, director of the DREAM Action Coalition, wrote an op-ed featured in the Houston Chronicle today criticizing Senator John Cornyn’s “effort to doom immigration reform.” Vargas warned that Cornyn, who is up for reelection, will face the “wrath of Texas Latino voters” if he obstructs immigration reform.

In response, Cornyn took to his Twitter account with more colorful language than usual, calling the accusations “complete BS.”

“Cesar Vargas of the DREAM Action Coalition accused Sen. Cornyn of being an ‘obstructionist’ on immigration reform and suggested that he is trying to derail the bipartisan Senate bill drafted by the so-called Gang of Eight,” Cornyn press secretary Drew Brandewie said. “The bill is a little over a week old, and Sen. Cornyn has repeatedly praised his colleagues’ efforts. Last week, Sen. Cornyn laid out areas where he agreed and disagreed with the Gang of 8. He looks forward to the mark up and the continued debate on this important, complex issue.”

The coalition Twitter account responded by alerting press and congressional Twitter accounts of the offensive language, including ‘Gang of 8′ member Sen. Marco Rubio.

More at http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/04/cornyn-dismisses-immigration-criticism-as-complete-bs/ .

Beeville out of water in two years

BEEVILLE — City Council members got an earful from Beeville residents and businessmen Tuesday night when they listened to public comment regarding the proposed $15.3 million bond issue that will be decided by voters on May 11.

The comments ranged from support to dismay that the council did not have a more solid idea of the scope of a project intended to solve the city’s anticipated water supply problems.


At that point, City Manager Deborah Ballí explained that the council needed to act quickly. She said that drilling wells into the Evangeline and Jasper aquifers and building a reverse osmosis plant, as is being proposed by the city in the bond election, would take about 18 months.

The city could be out of water in two years, Ballí said. Although Beeville had not been given formal notice of the two-year situation, she had been told that several times recently at a regional water supply planning group in Corpus Christi.

More at http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story_landing/22365663/article-Ball%C3%AD--City-out-of-water-in-two-years?instance=landing_2nd_news_lead_story .