Happy Labor Day!

Wishing you and yours a restful break from “the grind.”

 

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Blue water returns to Galveston Island just in time for Labor Day weekend

By Rebecca Hennes

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Photo: Official Twitter Of Historic Galveston Island

Blue water has returned to Galveston island for the second time this summer, just in time for a perfect Labor Day weekend.

Galveston Island tweeted about the gorgeous view Thursday, asking residents if they had noticed the blue was back.

“ARE Y’ALL SEEING THIS WATER???” the tweet read.

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NEW TEXAS LAWS MAY IMPACT YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION

By Melissa Correa

Screen Shot 2019-08-31 at 11.54.17 AMHOUSTON — This Labor Day weekend, before you party on a boat, make a beer run or head to church, make sure you’re aware of the new state laws that take effect on Sunday.

Starting Sunday, thanks to SB476, dogs will be allowed on all restaurant patios.

Because of HB1545, craft breweries will be able to sell you beer to go. So why not raise a glass to Texas?

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Angels Pitcher Found Dead in Southlake Hotel Room Died of Accidental Overdose of Painkillers, Alcohol

tyler-skaggs-mccannLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Southlake hotel room July 1, died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office says in a report released Friday.

According to the report, Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol.

Skaggs, who was in town with the Angels for a four-game series against the Rangers, was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no foul play was suspected.

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Dallas detective who was handcuffed to Oswald when he was shot dies at 99

By FOX4News.com Staff

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(L – R): Leavelle, Oswald and Ruby

The Dallas police detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was shot has passed away, family members confirm.

Jim Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot him.

Leavelle was transferring Oswald to the Dallas County jail on November 24, 1963, just two days after President John f. Kennedy’s assassination.

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Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program ends next month – what you need to know

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(Source: Rachel Zein, The Texas Tribune)

After years of failed attempts to eliminate it, the Driver Responsibility Program will end on Sept 1, 2019. A measure signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, House Bill 2048, shutters the 16-year-old program that left more than 1 million people unable to keep or renew their driver’s licenses. Lawmakers from both chambers and parties criticized the program for adding additional annual fees — ranging from $100 to $2,000 depending on the offense — on top of the price of traffic tickets.

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NIGHTMARE CONTINUES FOR TARRANT COUNTY COUPLE AFTER BUYING ‘DREAM HOME’

By Alex Rozier

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Becky Wilson (Photo: WFAA)

A Tarrant County couple is waiting for their nightmare to end months after they bought what they thought would be their dream home. 

Gantley and Becky Wilson moved into their new home in April and, within 20 days, their newly-built home was flooded. The family relocated from Kansas. 

“It was brand new, we were the first people to live in it,” Becky Wilson said. “We were excited the first few weeks we were here and then the floods came and since then it’s just been the stress of everything.”

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GOVERNOR ORDERS DPS TO SHORTEN WAIT TIMES AT TEXAS DRIVER’S LICENSE CENTERS

By Alex Rozier

Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.36.12 AMGov. Greg Abbott sent a directive this week to the Texas Department of Public Safety ordering an immediate fix for long waits at the state’s driver licensing offices. 

“The Texas Legislature heard you, loud and clear,” Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter. “You are tired of wasting your time waiting in long lines just to get your driver’s license. To fix that, the legislature provided $200 million to add the staff that are needed to speed the process.”

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OVERTURNED SEMI SPILLS FROZEN CHICKEN ON I-20 WESTBOUND, CLOSES THREE LANES IN ARLINGTON

By WFAA Staff

imageCrews continue to clean up the scene Tuesday morning after an overturned semi spilled its cargo onto the westbound lanes of I-20 in Arlington. 

The semi was carrying a shipment of frozen chicken when it crashed shortly after 3:30 a.m. Officials have blocked off three lanes near New York Avenue and South Collins Street. As of 7:30 a.m., officials said it’s expected the cleanup could take several hours.

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Editor’s Corner – When unconditional love is suddenly gone: Coping with the loss of a beloved pet

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I’m sure I don’t have to point out that there have been many publicized deaths in the United States lately. From mass shootings to one-on-one occurrences, they all seem senseless to me. It may seem odd for a journalist to say this, but I honestly have not willingly watched one single news program on TV (sometimes I’m trapped in a doctor’s office with the news on, but I try to ignore it) for over 25 years. This “news fast” has helped with my mood over the years, and if something really big happens, I’ll hear about it from family or friends.

The one thing that I could never prepare for was the death of my 15 year-old dog, Izzy Boo.

I swear – sometimes it’s easier to lose a person than a pet. Dogs (and cats, when they feel like it) give you unconditional love and are always excited to see you when you come home. Sure, they may need to be walked every few hours or wake you up in the middle of the night to be fed, but, in the grand scheme of things, having a pet delivers many benefits the human owner.

There’s even a branch of therapy called “pet therapy” in which trained professionals bring well-trained dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs and other sweet creatures to visit people in the hospital or even in hospice. Petting a dog or cat has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure, slow down heart rates that are too high, lower respiration rates and generally help the person feel calmer. And if you’ve ever owned a pet that you were well bonded with, you know that they know if you don’t feel well and generally follow you around because they have an instinct to help.

Izzy Boo was a Japanese Chin, which is not a well-known breed in the U.S. I remember picking him up from the Japanese Chin Rescue Society. The lady that had been fostering him started crying when I took him, and over the years, I found out why.

Izzy Boo had “never met a stranger.” He loved people, other dogs, cats and even my pet turtles. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. Sometimes I wish he had been a jerk because maybe his passing wouldn’t hurt so bad.

Izzy Boo came to us when he was about three years old. He was a smarty pants, and learned all kinds of tricks, like “high five,” sit, shake and he’d also run in circles on command (“Chin Spins”).

He was with me through my daughter growing up and moving out, my own divorce and moving away and he spent his last few years as a companion to my mother, who moved with me.

One Friday, we took him to the vet for what we thought was allergies. It turned out that he was dealing with massive heart failure, and so we had to make the difficult decision to send him to Sweet Dog Heaven. I couldn’t stay in the room, but my mom did.

When a person passes away, it can be sad, tragic or even expected, but it is never easy. Funerals are for the living, as we like to think that our person has gone to a better place. But when a pet dies, even though we take them in knowing that we’ll probably outlive them, it can make the world seem silent and empty.

I hope you’re chasing squirrels in Dog Heaven, Izzy Boo, and that you know that you were loved.

If you have recently lost a pet and are having trouble coping, click HERE for some tips and compassion.

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