5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, April 7


Here are things to know for Wednesday, April 7:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an government order Monday that restricts the flexibility to require coronavirus vaccinations and so-called vaccination passports.

According to the order, no governmental entity can require an individual to obtain a COVID-19 shot. State companies are additionally prohibited from requiring individuals to present proof of a vaccination as a situation of receiving a service or coming into a spot. The order additionally applies to any public or personal entity that’s receiving public funds “in whole or in part.”

The proof-of-vaccination order doesn’t apply to nursing properties, state-supported residing facilities, assisted residing services or long-term care services. Those locations can nonetheless require a resident to present proof of their vaccination standing.

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A preliminary report launched Tuesday by the company overseeing many of the Texas energy grid blames climate for many of the outages that occurred throughout February’s winter storm, however it fails to clarify why crops throughout the state had been unprepared for the arctic chilly.

The report issued by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas relied on responses to data requests despatched to entities representing energy turbines or power storage resources.

According to the report, the very best quantity of unavailable energy era was between February 14 to 19. Approximately 8 a.m. Feb. 16 was the height, with 51,173 megawatts of energy lost. For context, 1 megawatt powers about 200 properties.

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From overreaching home-owner’s affiliation boards that strive to management what you are able to do along with your property to corrupt administrators, KPRC 2 News has proven you the tales proper right here in Houston and throughout Texas which can be irritating hardworking householders.


Now, state leaders are trying to reign them in. There are almost three dozen HOA payments pending earlier than the Texas Legislature now. These are the payments that would have the largest impression on you and your loved ones:

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Texas lawmakers thought-about the Lisa Torry Smith Act on Tuesday, three-and-a-half years after Smith was hit and killed in a crosswalk in Missouri City whereas strolling her son to college on his first day.

The 6-year-old kindergartner suffered a damaged femur and shattered pelvis within the October 2017 incident.

The driver of the SUV that hit the Smiths was ticketed however not charged criminally and never indicted by a grand jury as a result of the regulation didn’t permit it.


The Lisa Torry Smith Act would make it a Class A misdemeanor to hit somebody in a crosswalk, and a “state jail felony” if the sufferer “suffered serious bodily injury.”

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Several college districts within the Houston space reported issues Tuesday with the web model of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness take a look at.

In an electronic mail obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates, officers on the Texas Education Agency notified faculties of technical difficulties with on-line STAAR testing.

“Our vendor, ETS, is currently investigating the reports,” the e-mail learn.

Later the TEA launched an announcement, “… We perceive the frustration this has prompted college students, dad and mom, lecturers, and directors. What occurred as we speak is totally unacceptable. ETS, the testing vendor, skilled issues with their database system, that are within the means of being corrected. The 2021 on-line administration of STAAR can be ETS’s final for the State of Texas. Beginning subsequent college year, Cambium Assessment can be taking on these crucial testing features to be certain that customers have a seamless on-line testing expertise shifting ahead.


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