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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 8 Tuesday morning there were 188 positive cases of coronavirus among regular county residents. Fatalities among residents remains at three. They report positive and recovered cases among offenders in the county at 1,505.

On their COVID-19 Updates website, TDCJ reports total tests given to offenders at 66,516; total positive cases 6,592; active cases 4,763; recovered 1,550; presumed COVID deceased 40 and pending cause 30.

Total tests of employees 20,965; total positive cases 966; total active cases 496; recovered 470; presumed COVID deceased 7 and pending cause 0.

COUNCILMEMBERS APPROVE STRATEGIC PLAN

Last night, the Huntsville City Council looked at adopting the Economic Development 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

Councilmember Dee Howard asked Director of Economic Development Tammy Gann if adoption of the plan could be stalled until the next session so a workshop on Coronavirus Relief Funds for local businesses could be included in the Strategic Plan, if that would not be a major conflict for her .

Ms Gann answered . . . .

Councilmembers voted to approve the adoption of the Strategic Plan.

Mayor Brauninger commented on a recent update over Zoom by Ms. Gann on economic development in Huntsville to the Chamber . . . .

TEXAS COMPTROLLER COMMENTS ON STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

Businesses across Texas and the nation have been forced to curtail or cease operations in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, throwing millions out of work and prompting a record increase in unemployment claims that is straining the safety net for workers. Nearly 2 million people in Texas filed for unemployment insurance benefits from March 14 through May 9, triple the number of claims filed in all of 2019.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar says, “It’s far too early to say how long these conditions will last — and how deep the trough will go.” He said, “Many economic measures are only beginning to reflect the crisis. It will be months before we can chart its full dimensions. Fortunately, our state’s fiscal position is strong enough to support vital programs for the remainder of this year, and our state’s “Rainy Day Fund” remains healthy. But the legislative session that begins in January 2021 will face significant and perhaps unprecedented challenges.”

Getting Texans back to work will no doubt be one of the bigger challenges.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT, & U.S ATTORNEYS ANNOUNCE FEDERAL PROSECUTION FOR PROTEST AGITATORS VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW

Governor Greg Abbott, along with all four United States Attorneys in Texas, announced this week that individuals who come to Texas from out of state to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts in violation of federal law will be subject to federal prosecution. Anyone who is arrested and charged with such offenses will be transferred to federal custody. The United States Attorneys will be working with local prosecutors and law enforcement officials to aggressively identify crimes that violate federal law.

Governor Abbott said, “Texans must be able to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of having agitators, including those coming from out-of-state, hijack their peaceful protest.”

KELLYANNE CONWAY RESPONDS TO PRESS QUESTION ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT TO ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AFTER ITS DAMAGE

On Monday, President Trump visited historic St. John’s Episcopal church, which was damaged by protesters in Washington, D.C,. and held up a bible he had with him.

He has been criticized by reporters and others as merely milking the situation for a photo op.

At a press conference Tuesday outside the White House, Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to a reporter’s question about the incident . . . .

VIOLENCE AND LOOTING CONTINUED ACROSS THE U-S LAST NIGHT

Monday night, violent protests continued across the U-S.  Police officers were targeted in attacks by vehicles and shootings in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In St. Louis last night, four police officers were shot during protests in the downtown area.

In Las Vegas, a police officer was shot in the head at the Circus Circus Hotel.

In Richmond, Virginia, two police officers along with a suspect were injured following a shooting.

In Buffalo, New York, a vehicle plowed into a group of officers, injuring at lease two officers.

In the Bronx in New York City, an NYPD officer who was looking into reports of break-in, was hit in a hit and run incident early this morning.

Looting continued in various cities overnight in the U-S.

A special message from our mayor, Andy Brauninger, is posted in the news section of this website.

UPDATES FROM NEW WAVERLY ISD SUPERINTENDENT DAROL HAIL

New Waverly ISD Superintendent Darol Hail dropped by the news room Monday to update us on some things happening in his school district .

Like graduation . . . .

New Waverly Superintendent Hail passed along additional information for parents and students . . . .

CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall.

City hall will implement 6-foot social distancing for those in attendance. The City reserves to right to take temperatures of those wanting to attend and encourages attendees to wear face masks.The City reserves the right to deny access to the meeting because of these requirements for the safety of its citizens. For those who cannot attend because of the social distancing requirements or for the reasons listed, the meeting will be broadcast live on the City website at www.HuntsvilleTX.gov/Meetings or on Facebook.The meeting will be recorded, and such recording will be made available on the City website at www.HuntsvilleTX.gov.  If you wish to email comments on any agenda items, you may do so by emailing the City Secretary at CitySecretary@HuntsvilleTX.gov. All comments must be emailed before 5 p.m.June 2, 2020

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes:

–a second reading to award the construction of a miscellaneous waterline replacement project

–applying for the Coronavirus Relief Fund

–the purchase of surplus equipment from ESD #2 related to the annexation of Area “E”

-the purchase of eight MSA air packs and associated items

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes:

–consideration of adopting the Economic Development 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

–a first reading of the adoption of an ordinance make required EPA Streamlining Rule required modifications to the existing Industrial Wastewater Ordinance

Also, Huntsville Mayor Andy Brauninger has a special message for Huntsville in this news section of our website.

LAND COMMISSIONER BUSH HELD A HURRICANE WEBINAR MONDAY

Hurricane season began June 1st and will be in effect through November 30, 2020.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush held a webinar on hurricane preparedness Monday morning.

Lead seasonal forecaster for the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, Dr. Jerry Bell, gave an extensive talk on hurricane causes and formations.

He passed along a hurricane forecast, as well . . . .

Dr. Bell added, “Remember these outlooks are for the overall seasonal activity. They’re not a hurricane landfall forecast, and the reason is that–how many storms strike, how strong they are, when they strike, the damage they do and so on—that really depends on the weather patterns that are in place at the time that the storm is approaching.”

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