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Jo-Carolyn Goode

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Thriving After The Pandemic: Day 6 Coffee Co. Brews Up Excitement with Second Location Grand Opening in Sugar Land, TX

Day 6 Coffee Co., the beacon of hope and community during the pandemic era, is expanding its footprint with the grand opening of its second location in Sugar Land, TX. Scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, 2024, this event promises a jubilant celebration for aficionados of both coffee and culinary delights.

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Houston Public Library Extends Hours to Better Serve the Community

Houston Public Library (HPL) is pleased to announce extended hours of operation to better accommodate the needs of our community. Starting June 1, 2024, Alief Regional Library, Central Library, and all three History Research Centers will have expanded hours, providing greater access to resources, services, and programs for all customers.

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Judge Lina Hidalgo Honors Children's Museum Houston and Harris County Public Library for 2024 IMLS Medals

In a historic recognition of excellence, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo presented a resolution on June 4th to celebrate Children's Museum Houston and Harris County Public Library for being awarded the prestigious 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This marks a significant achievement as Harris County becomes the first community to have both a museum and a library win this esteemed award in the same year.

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2024 National Black Book Festival: A Literary Celebration in Houston

Houston, prepare for a remarkable literary event as the 2024 National Black Book Festival (NBBF) returns from October 17-19, marking its 17th anniversary. This year's festival promises to be a star-studded celebration of Black literature, featuring an impressive lineup of best-selling authors and prominent figures.

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Baytown native receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal during Commissioning Ceremony

Capt. Jason Tumlinson, left, USS Boxer (LHD 4) executive officer, and a native of Spokane, Washington, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Chief Culinary Specialist Michael Cosek, a native of Baytown, Texas, for his tour as the food service leading chief petty officer aboard Boxer.

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GM Elevates Baris Cetinok and Dave Richardson to Lead Software and Services Organization

In a bold move towards its tech-forward future, General Motors (GM) has announced the promotion of Baris Cetinok and Dave Richardson to helm its Software and Services organization. As GM drives innovation in electric, autonomous, and connected vehicles, these seasoned executives are poised to lead the charge.

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Empowering Communities: Participate in the 2024 Sharing the Sun Survey

Houston, we have a bright opportunity! The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is once again calling on community solar developers to contribute to the future of solar energy. By participating in NREL’s annual Sharing the Sun data collection, you can help shape the trajectory of community solar projects across the United States.

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Chef Corey Lee and Hyundai Motor Group Introduce "Na Oh": A New Era of Casual Dining in Singapore

Culinary enthusiasts, mark your calendars! On June 15, 2024, the culinary world will witness a groundbreaking collaboration as Chef Corey Lee, the acclaimed three-Michelin-star chef, joins forces with Hyundai Motor Group to unveil "Na Oh," a unique dining concept at the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS). This venture promises to redefine casual dining by merging traditional Korean cuisine with modern innovation.

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Jackson State University Hosts Award-Winning STEM Camp Focused on Carbon Capture and Storage

Jackson State University (JSU), Mississippi’s only urban research institution, has partnered with Rice University, a leading national research university, to encourage students from underrepresented communities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The joint initiative, aimed at fostering STEM excellence and equity, is highlighted by the university’s dynamic 2024 summer camp program, in collaboration with Rice’s Tapia STEM Camp and sponsored by ExxonMobil.

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FBI Leadership to Address National Science and Technology Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute Event

A Crucial Dialogue Between the FBI and Houston's Academic and Asian American Communities

In an event that underscores the importance of collaboration and transparency, the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University will host an influential panel on June 6. The forum will feature key figures from the FBI, including Jill Murphy, Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence, alongside leaders from Houston's academic and Asian American communities.

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Unveiling Art Lab: Discovery Green Redefines Houston’s Public Art Realm

Excitement is brewing as Discovery Green Conservancy unveils Art Lab, a pioneering mentorship initiative designed to empower underrepresented local artists and revolutionize Houston’s public art scene. Renowned as a national beacon for green space creation and immersive art experiences, Discovery Green is once again at the forefront of innovation with the launch of Art Lab.

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Texas Renaissance Festival Maintains Neutral Stance on HBO Docuseries

The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) is aware of the HBO docuseries which features some of our staff and former employees. While we acknowledge the quality of production and the participation of individuals associated with our organization, TRF emphasizes its commitment to remaining neutral in its public statements regarding external productions.

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Experience the Thrill: LIV Golf Houston Invites Fans to an Unforgettable Weekend

Get ready, golf enthusiasts! LIV Golf's inaugural event in the Lone Star State is set to kick off this week, promising an unparalleled fusion of world-class competition and fan-centric entertainment. As the excitement builds for LIV Golf Houston at the esteemed Golf Club of Houston from June 7th to 9th, here's everything you need to know to ensure you don't miss a moment of the action-packed festivities.

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Unleashing Summer Fun: Puttshack’s Tech-Infused Mini Golf Adventure

Brace yourself, Houston, because Puttshack is turning up the heat this summer with an explosion of '90s hip-hop nostalgia, innovative tech-infused mini-golf experiences, and a partnership that’s set to redefine summer cool. As the world’s premier tech-infused mini golf destination, Puttshack isn’t just about sinking putts; it's about creating unforgettable moments that blend cutting-edge technology with laid-back vibes.

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Houston Public Library Expands Hours to Enhance Community Access and Services

In a significant move to better serve the community, the Houston Public Library (HPL) is thrilled to announce the extension of its operating hours. Starting June 1, 2024, key locations including Alief Regional Library, Central Library, and all three History Research Centers will offer expanded hours, providing greater access to a wealth of resources, services, and programs.

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Celebrating Excellence: HISD's Young Women's College Preparatory Academy Seniors Honored at 3rd Annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

The Young Women's College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA) seniors of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) recently received a grand tribute at the 3rd Annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. This prestigious event celebrates the remarkable achievements and steadfast dedication of the academy’s graduating class, reaffirming YWCPA's legacy of academic excellence and leadership.

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U.S. Department of Energy Launches Inaugural Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences Program for Minority-Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has proudly announced the launch of the inaugural Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences (FACES) Program, selecting its first-ever cohort from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) nationwide. This groundbreaking initiative is designed to bridge the gap between DOE laboratories and academia, enhance STEM education, and promote clean energy responsibility across social and environmental sciences.

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Empowering Low-Income Communities: 2024 Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program Now Accepting Applications

In a landmark announcement, the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of Energy (DOE) have officially opened the application portal for the 2024 Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program. This initiative, established under the Inflation Reduction Act, aims to bolster clean energy investments in low-income communities by providing significant tax incentives for solar and wind projects.

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Paving the Path to Energy Justice: REDI Applications Open and Global Engagements Flourish

In my journey with the Department of Energy, the evolution of energy justice has been a profoundly gratifying experience. Over nearly four years, I have witnessed its roots extend from the icy landscapes of Alaska to the sun-soaked shores of Hawaii. Our initiatives have amplified the voices of communities that have long been marginalized, empowering them to shape their own clean energy futures.

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GM Promotes Baris Cetinok and Dave Richardson to Lead Software and Services Organization

General Motors (GM) is making strategic advancements in the realm of electric, autonomous, and connected vehicles with the promotion of Baris Cetinok and Dave Richardson to lead its Software and Services organization. These seasoned executives are set to drive GM’s software and digital transformation, underscoring the company’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the automotive industry.

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Celebrating Black Music Month: Gwendolyn Quinn and Bill Carpenter’s Super Playlist

As Black Music Month marks its 45th anniversary this June, public relations veterans and content creators Gwendolyn Quinn and Bill Carpenter have created a special tribute to Black music and its creators. Their “Gwendolyn & Bill’s 45th Black Music Month Super Playlist” features over 20 hours of music, including more than 300 classic and hit songs spanning 21 diverse sub-genres. This playlist not only celebrates the popular genres of hip-hop and R&B but also explores the broader spectrum of Black musical artistry.

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Rev. Al Sharpton Leads Community Prayer for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in Wake of Trump Guilty Verdict

In a significant move that underscores the importance of community solidarity and justice, Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of the National Action Network (NAN), is set to lead a day of powerful advocacy and prayer. This Saturday, June 1st, at 10 a.m., the NAN House of Justice in Harlem will host a community prayer session in support of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his family, following the recent guilty verdict of Donald Trump.

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Standing Together: Houston's Resilience in the Face of Texas Storms and Floods

Amidst the relentless onslaught of nature's fury, Houston emerges as a beacon of resilience, embodying the spirit of solidarity and support in the wake of back-to-back severe weather outbreaks. From devastating tornadoes to relentless floods, our communities have faced unprecedented challenges, yet amidst adversity, hope perseveres.

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Fort Bend County and Sugar Land Secure Over $42 Million for Vital Flood Mitigation Projects

In a monumental step towards fortifying the resilience of Fort Bend County against the ravages of flooding, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham joined forces with Fort Bend County Judge KP George and Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman to announce over $42 million in funding for crucial flood mitigation initiatives. Held against the backdrop of looming storm threats, this partnership underscores a united front in safeguarding communities and ensuring the well-being of residents.

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Shell Freedom Over Texas: Houston's Spectacular Fourth of July Celebration Unveils Star-Studded Lineup and Family-Friendly Fun

Get ready to ignite your patriotism and celebrate America's birthday in grand style at Shell Freedom Over Texas, Houston's official Fourth of July extravaganza. Mayor John Whitmire and Shell USA proudly present an unforgettable day of festivities, live entertainment, and a breathtaking fireworks display set against the backdrop of Buffalo Bayou. Join us as we honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom and revel in the spirit of unity and community.

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City of Houston Corruption Unveiled: Former Employees and Contractors Face Felony Charges

In a watershed moment for justice and accountability, the recent press conference spearheaded by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and Houston Mayor John Whitmire has exposed a distressing reality: former city employees and contractors implicated in a corrupt web of deceit tied to city contracts. The event, held on Friday, May 31, reverberated with the gravity of the charges levied against individuals allegedly involved in an emergency water repair scam, signaling a firm stance against malfeasance within Houston's municipal sphere.

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Texas Fraud Scheme Unveiled: $110M IRS Scam Culminates in Final Guilty Pleas

In a landmark development, the conclusion of a complex federal case exposes the intricate web of deceit spun by seven individuals across Texas. From the vibrant streets of Round Rock to the cultural hub of San Antonio, the scheme orchestrated by Abraham Yusuff and his cohorts showcases the lengths to which criminals will go to defraud the IRS. With the final defendants, including Yusuff himself, entering guilty pleas, the narrative of this audacious fraud scheme nears its climax.

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Aldine ISD, No Kid Hungry Texas, and Representative Armando Walle to Host Summer Feeding Kickoff Event

This summer, Aldine ISD, No Kid Hungry Texas, and Texas Representative Armando Walle (District 140) are joining forces to combat child hunger with an exciting and supportive community event. The Summer Feeding Kickoff Event, set for Monday, June 3, 2024, at Escamilla Elementary, promises to be a fun-filled day designed to raise awareness about crucial summer meal programs that ensure kids stay nourished when school is out.

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Public Utility Commission of Texas Launches Texas Energy Fund In-ERCOT Generation Loan Program

Exciting news for Texas energy sector! Starting tomorrow, June 1, 2024, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) will open applications for the Texas Energy Fund (TEF) In-ERCOT Generation Loan Program. This significant initiative aims to bolster the state’s power grid by financing new construction and upgrades to existing dispatchable electric generating facilities within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power region.

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Mayor Whitmire Appoints Thomas Muñoz as Acting Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security

In a decisive move to strengthen Houston's public safety framework, Mayor John Whitmire has appointed Thomas Muñoz as the acting Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Muñoz, who has served as the Deputy Director for this office, will continue his pivotal role as Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management.

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Houston Native Shines Aboard USS Tripoli

In a testament to Houston's enduring legacy of producing exceptional talent, Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Tori Sam, a proud native of the Bayou City, is making waves aboard the USS Tripoli. Currently homeported in San Diego, this America-class amphibious assault ship is engaged in routine operations within the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

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Hyundai Named Official Automotive Partner of Liga MX in the U.S.

Hyundai Motor America has proudly announced its new role as the official automotive partner of Liga MX in the United States. This exciting collaboration, unveiled by TelevisaUnivision during its 2024-25 Upfront in New York, marks a significant milestone for Hyundai as it aligns with the most-watched soccer league in the country.

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The Shop Episode 705: A Journey of Multifaceted Creativity and Cultural Impact

In a riveting episode of The Shop, presented by GREY GOOSE Vodka, luminaries Tobe Nwigwe, Simu Liu, Calvin Johnson, and Baron Davis converge for a profound exploration of their multifaceted careers. Hosted by Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera, this installment delves into the essence of creativity, resilience, and cultural impact.

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NAACP Houston Makes a Unified Call to Save HISD

On Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 10 AM, the Houston NAACP held a pivotal press conference addressing the urgent need to "Save HISD and Protect Our Children." The event, attended by prominent community leaders, highlighted the catastrophic conditions within the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and the widespread distrust of Mike Miles, the T.E.A.-appointed superintendent. The Houston NAACP's mission is clear: to save public education and restore competent leadership to a district that serves over 200,000 children.

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The Blackest Broadway Ever: Celebrating the Greatest Sound Makers of All Time

This June, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville is set to host its 4th Annual Black Music Month, presented by NISSAN. From June 1st to June 30th, the event, titled “Celebrating the Sound Makers of All Time,” will offer a vibrant lineup of camps, workshops, music acts, community activities, and more, paying homage to the rich legacy and ongoing influence of African American music.

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New Comedy Series 'Mind Your Business' Premieres on Bounce TV This Saturday

Get ready to add a new favorite to your TV lineup! The highly anticipated Bounce TV original series "Mind Your Business" is set to premiere this Saturday, June 1, with back-to-back episodes kicking off at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. This half-hour sitcom promises to deliver a mix of humor and heart as it delves into the lives of the Williams family and their bustling event space in Chicago. W

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Championing Economic Justice: Harris County Officials and Advocates Host Screening of "It's Basic" Documentary

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, alongside County Attorney Christian Menefee, is set to lead a transformative event in the heart of Houston. On Thursday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m., St. Johns Downtown Church will play host to a screening of the documentary film "It's Basic." This compelling narrative, directed by Marc Levin and executive produced by former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, offers an intimate glimpse into the daily struggles of individuals grappling with financial insecurity.

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Texas Among States with Fewest Fatal Drug Overdoses in the US, New Study Reveals

In a recent study highlighting the severity of drug overdose fatalities across the United States, Texas has emerged as one of the states with the lowest rates of fatal drug overdoses. This encouraging news places Texas fourth from the bottom among all states, with a rate of 18.3 fatalities per 100,000 people.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston Partner with Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones to Expand Summer Programming

This summer, a transformative opportunity awaits the youth of Houston, thanks to a collaborative effort between Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones. This partnership will provide free memberships to two newly established summer camps at Precinct 4’s Bayland and Radack Community Centers.

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Introducing the 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ: Electrifying Luxury for the Next Generation

Cadillac has unveiled the 2025 OPTIQ, a groundbreaking entry into the electric vehicle (EV) market that promises to redefine luxury for the modern age. The OPTIQ is designed to be the ultimate gateway to Cadillac's all-electric future, offering an impressive combination of range, performance, and cutting-edge technology at a competitive price point.

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Celebrating Black Music Month: Rice University Partners with CCM Foundation and Houston Public Library for Hip-Hop Exhibit

As Black Music Month approaches, Houston is gearing up for a unique celebration that honors the rich cultural heritage of hip-hop. Rice University's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and Fondren Library have teamed up with the Houston Public Library and the CCM Foundation to present an immersive exhibit titled “‘Straight Flexin’, No Plexin’.” This exciting showcase will be held at the Vinson Branch Library within the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center throughout June, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the world of hip-hop.

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Election Day Storms Cannot Stop Democracy: Harris County Clerk Announces Unofficial Primary Runoff Election Results

Despite the severe storms that swept through Houston on Election Day, democracy prevailed as Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth proudly announced the unofficial results of the May 28 Primary Runoff Elections. The county’s chief election official commended the Elections Department’s resilience and proactive measures in ensuring every vote was counted, even amidst challenging weather conditions.

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Houston Texans’ C.J. Stroud Honored with PFWA’s 2024 Good Guy Award

In a testament to his exemplary character and professionalism, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Good Guy Award by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). This honor, recognizing Stroud's outstanding rapport with both local and national media, highlights his integrity off the field, complementing his remarkable performance on it.

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Houston Awards Gala Celebrates Women and Girls of Color in STEM

Black Girls Do Engineer (BGDE) is thrilled to announce their highly anticipated 2nd Annual Black Girls Do Engineer Day Awards Gala in Houston, TX.

This prestigious event is a celebration of excellence, empowerment, and achievement for women of color in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The awards gala will honor and recognize amazing women and girls who have made remarkable contributions and accomplishments in the field. At the heart of the Gala lies the presentation of awards to extraordinary women and girls who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact in across all STEM disciplines.

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Empowering Houston: A Glimpse into the Struggles and Triumphs of Guaranteed Income Programs

In a profound effort to spotlight the human side of economic hardship and the transformative potential of guaranteed income programs, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and County Attorney Christian Menefee are set to host an impactful screening of the documentary film *It’s Basic*. The event will take place on Thursday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Johns Downtown Church, located at 2019 Crawford St., Houston.

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Sailors Conduct a Tour Aboard USS Carl Vinson

Information Systems Technician 1st Class Wesley Yeager, a native of Houston, Texas, gives a tour of the flight deck to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship departs its homeport San Diego for Los Angeles Fleet Week.

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HCDE Leaders Honor Outstanding Employees at Celebration of Excellence Banquet

Laughter and camaraderie filled the air at the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) second annual Celebration of Excellence banquet on May 23. This special event is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the outstanding achievements of HCDE employees who have demonstrated a shared commitment to serving the community and empowering the students of Harris County throughout the school year.

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Harris County Department of Education Welcomes New Board President and Officers

The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) is excited to announce a new chapter in its leadership as Precinct 2 Trustee Amy Flores Hinojosa has been unanimously elected as the new board president. This pivotal decision took place during the HCDE's May monthly board meeting, marking a significant milestone for the organization.

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Rebuilding Together Houston: A Lifeline for Residents Facing Summer Heat

As summer approaches with the potential for record-breaking heat, Rebuilding Together Houston (RTH) is stepping up to support the community. This dedicated nonprofit organization is providing crucial assistance to low-income homeowners in underserved neighborhoods by offering window AC/heater units and fans to help combat the oppressive summer temperatures.

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Six Flags Over Texas Named Among Best Theme Parks for Adrenaline Junkies

In a thrilling revelation for adventure enthusiasts, a recent study by JeffBet has identified Six Flags Over Texas as one of the top destinations for adrenaline junkies in the United States. This iconic theme park in Arlington, Texas, secured the sixth spot in the rankings, thanks to its impressive collection of heart-pounding roller coasters.