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San Marcos Discovery Center starting online sale of plants from Saturday
According to a press release, the San Marcos Discovery Center is starting a new Online Store and offering curbside pickup for plants from Saturday. It is a limited-period sale and will wrap up till June.
The sale will go live weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday at the Discovery Center, located at 430 Riverside Drive, and willing customers can schedule plant pickups.
Conrad Chappell, Discovery Center Specialist, said, “Spring is a great time to plant more natives, and the Discovery Center wants to help people connect with nature while at home.”
According to the spokesperson for the Center, the online store has a great variety of plants for sale, including trees, grasses, milkweed, and herbs. The plant prices are based on their pot sizes and starting from $2.50 for a four-inch pot.
“By growing these plants in their yards or at their businesses, our customers are sustaining pollinators, conserving water, and providing habitats to birds and other species,” said Chappell. “We have curated our inventory and kept it as affordable as possible to help nurture a healthy, diverse ecosystem in our region.”
Customers can also buy t-shirts and make donations for the partnership-based San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District monarch butterfly waystations.
Texan star Matthew McConaughey donated masks to rural hospitals in need
Interstellar star, Matthew McConaughey is providing masks to rural hospitals in need.
Lincoln had donated more than 110,000 masks for some rural hospitals which are in need.
According to a Facebook post by him on Thursday night, the star born in Texas and his wife loaded a pickup truck with boxes containing masks and are “hitting the road to get to rural hospitals in need across Texas.”
He made this donation after the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller requested emergency funding for the rural hospitals.
According to Miller, “rural Texans can’t afford to lose their hospitals right now.”
McConaughey did not clarify which hospitals will receive the donations.
Mail-in ballot permitted in Texas elections? - Conditions applied
Texas citizens are battling to conduct elections amid the pandemic. Initially, Fred Biery, U.S. District Judge, granted an injunction which stated that anyone in Texas who wished to vote via email to avoid the spread of coronavirus could qualify for the mail-in ballot. The following day, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals transiently stopped this rule from taking effect. However, Texans, who generally qualify for mail-in voting, can still cast their vote in a similar way irrespective of the court's decision.
As per Five thirty-eight, 29 states permit any registered voter to request for casting a ballot via email and five countries are carrying out their voting entirely by mail. In Texas, voters who are 65 years or older, have an illness or disability or are behind bars can request for a mail-in ballot. Attorney General Ken Paxton and other Texas Republican leaders clarify that the disability code is applicable for ones who are already suffering from some sickness or physical condition and not for those who are scared of encountering a disease like COVID-19. Despite many arguments for and against these norms, but currently, these regulations are in effect.
Voters must have filled the application for the ballot by email to the early voting clerk where they are registered.
For many people casting a ballot truant, areas must get finished polling forms that aren't stamped by 7 p.m. on political decision day. Voting forms are additionally substantial on the off chance that they have got by 5 p.m the day after the election if they were stamped by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Under Texas' political decision code, an absentee voting form can be conveyed to the region assistant's office via mail or dropped off face to face upon the arrival of the political decision with a legitimate type of ID.
Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt called Abbott’s reopening procedure risky and aggressive
Sarah Eckhardt, former Travis County Judge, and Senate District 14 candidate said that Gov. Greg Abbott is showing a hurry in reopening the state, as the risk of spread of COVID-19 still prevails. She said that his measured and inclusive plan for Texas was good for both people and the economy. But the new strategy is more risky and aggressive.
Eckhardt added that pandemic had not been completely cured, and there is a need to be a bit afraid as the infection rates are increasing. She said that if the number of cases continues to grow like this, the cases "will overrun our hospital capacity if we don't continue to flatten our curve."
According to her, both economy and health are essential, and if she were in Abbott's place, she would have relied on the same metrics. But her methods would have been different.
Abbott had pointed towards continued availability of beds in the hospitals and decline in positive cases, and these facts backed his decision of reopening Texas. But last week, the state set new record in the number of new cases and deaths, and even the state misses the benchmark of 30,000 per day testing.
As Texans return to work, Austin City Council calls for worker protections
At the time when Texas Governor Greg Abbott is focusing on getting Texans back to work, there is this Austin City Council who wants their workers to come back with additional health and safety protections.
The call comes after a profound jump into information from the individuals who were hospitalized for COVID-19. At the point when the city attempted to get all labourers to remain at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, the state proclaimed development ventures basic and the work went on in spite of the neighbourhood coronavirus danger. Presently the Austin City Council is seeing a few equals between the socioeconomics of the basic workforce and the socioeconomics of the individuals who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Tuesday committee individuals will burrow through an information dump of segment data about the labourers who continued structure, loading racks and staffing the drive-through eateries presenting themselves to other people who may unconsciously convey COVID-19.
A ton of this information is currently accessible on the City of Austin site. The committee examination - to a limited extent - finds countless labourers were Hispanic and are the patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
From helicopters to food hunger, Texas saw it all
In 1981, helicopters were among the top sources of municipal conflict in Houston. The residents of Memorial neighborhood were angry over daily noise made by helicopters of west Houston business people as they opted to fly for their morning commutes.
Texas economy was very strong until oil prices skyrocketed by early 1980s. In 1973, oil in the United States cost $3.89 per barrel. Late that year OPEC, the cartel of mostly Middle Eastern oil-producing countries retaliated against the United States.The country was supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War with a whopper of an oil embargo. Soon the oil supply declined and prices jumped, and the U.S. economy suffered. Oil bust engulfed the decade.
In 1981, oil priced at $31.77 per barrel. The independent oil producers of Texas saw it as an opportunity and took millions in loans to buy the equipment in order to drill out oil from Kilgore to Wichita Falls to Midland. Following that the state witnessed growth in commerce and population. Many people invested in Texas Real estate. In 1986 oil price saw a bottom hit at $12.51.
Oil prices came under control but by then oil producers were plunged deep into debt and bankers were calling in loans.
To counter that the state witnessed Super Bowl of auctions by wealthy businessmen and political leaders selling their Rolexes off to pay their mortgages. People had houses to live but did not have enough food to eat. Food banks emerged as a new institutions. Food donations got organized and food banks were created in the state's largest cities. People fought hunger together. By 1992 oil prices recovered and the state came back on track.
As of now tension between Russia and Saudi Arabia has set off a new oil bust but due to worldwide COVID-19 lockdown, oil demand is less. The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the Texas economy. According to economists, Texas has a very bright future for the oil sector in long run and it will depend on how fast energy demand is restored.
San Antonio Zoo extends the dates for Drive-Thru Zoo to May 21
San Antonio- San Antonio Zoo is organizing a Drive-Thru Zoo presented by Broadway Bank. The new form of Zoo will start from May 18 through May 21.
This unique experience can be taken by anyone daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at $60 per vehicle. But the prices are different for Annual Pass Holder as they have to pay $32 for the ticket.
"We still want our guests to feel safe from the comfort and security of their own vehicles as we wait to hear from on state and local governments on if we can reopen the zoo to normal traffic," said Tim Morrow, President & CEO San Antonio Zoo. "Drive-Thru Zoo has allowed families the opportunity to see the Zoo in a new while creating new memories during this unprecedented time. Their support of this new experience has allowed us to continue caring for the animals and bring some of our furloughed team members back."
The maximum size of the vehicle allowed is 204" long x 81" wide x 74" high, which is nearly the size of Chevy Tahoe.
Due to the pandemic, the money collected from the Drive-Thru Zoo goes directly towards the care of the animals due to San Antonio Zoo's closure.
You can purchase the ticket online by Clicking Here.
Pat Green, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler will perform in the new baseball stadium
Pat Greens will be a part of the drive-in concert, held in the parking lot of the team's new stadium, which had not even hosted a single baseball game because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Eli Young Band, Whiskey Myers, and Josh Abbott Band and Kevin Fowler, will also play an hour-long acoustic set during the drive-in Concert In Your Car series June 4-7 at Globe Life Field.
According to organizers, only 400 vehicles will be allowed in for the show each night, and the music lovers need to be inside their cars and listen to the music through FM radio signals.
The new Globe Life Field and the team's former home, Globe Life Park, parking lots will be used for the concert. These parking lots can hold around 1,000 vehicles, but the number is reduced to keep the space for social distancing.
The first event for the new $1.2 billion stadium was supposed to be a Chris Stapleton show on March 14, which also included Willie Nelson. But the concert was postponed due to the pandemic.
The stadium will be used for several North Texas district graduation ceremonies, followed by some more drive-in concerts that begin at 9 p.m. each night. It is unclear that when Rangers will get a chance to play a game at the new stadium.
Three tornadoes confirmed across Central Texas
There are at least three tornadoes confirmed across Central Texas.
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado one mile northwest of the Smithville airport.
One of them was confirmed to be in the Cedar Creek area with two more in the south-southwest
Patient pinned inside vehicle in rollover accident
Saturday at around 7:40 p.m., Austin-Travis County EMS reacted to a call including a patient stuck inside their vehicle in the middle of the 814-1008 square of South Capital Of Texas Highway. The vehicle had turned over, catching the patient inside. An extra rescue vehicle was mentioned for five different patients, all with non-hazardous wounds. Following an over brief removal, the patient was shipped to St. David's South Austin Medical Center with basic, perilous wounds. There is no additional data as of now.