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Texas Parks & Wildlife Needs Help With Invasive Species
Texas Parks and Wildlife says they are seeing a bunch of the invasive tilapia in rivers and lakes in Texas.
Monica McGarrity is a biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. McGarrity says, "If you catch the fish, you should not return it to the water. Tilapia are a prohibited species in Texas. They can only be possessed with a permit. They need to be either beheaded or gutted upon possession. They're great eating though."
She says tilapia is plentiful in Brauning and Calaveras lakes in San Antonio.
Expert Says Freefall Likely To Continue For Oil Prices; Gas To Follow
The coronavirus outbreak led to a collapse this week in oil prices, and a top expert cautions the worst may still be ahead.
GasBuddy.com Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan said the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude was down 16% for the week going into Friday's session. He said, "Last week, the price of oil rose $3 from 49 to 53, before then collapsing. And that really started the tailspin."
At mid-morning Friday, oil was down another 5%, trading at $44.70.
DeHaan said with the uncertainty over coronavirus, it's impossible to tell what will happen next. He said, "If the worst-case scenario happens here in the U.S., I could foresee oil prices dropping another ten, maybe even $20 a barrel."
Meanwhile, DeHaan said gasoline prices are still catching up to what's happened with oil. As retailers sell off the last of their inventory purchased at recent higher prices, he believes the decline in gas prices will begin to accelerate this weekend, and into early next week. DeHaan said the average price for regular unleaded in Dallas-Fort Worth should quickly slip back below $2 a gallon in a matter of days.
Texas Early Voting Ends Today
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Friday is the last day for early voting ahead of the party primary elections in Texas on Tuesday, March 3rd.
Democrats are choosing their Presidential nominee and their candidate for U-S Senate. There are several open Congressional races across Texas where the incumbent is not running for re-election, which means both Democrats and Republicans are choosing the candidates will be on the ballot in November.
In Collin County, Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet expects early voting turnout to be higher than turnout on March 3rd. "In the last Presidential election, the November general election (in 2016), 83-percent of our voters...voted early," he said. "In the mid-term elections in November two years ago we voted 81 percent of our vote early."
He expects those figures to be down slightly during the primaries, but still well above 50 percent of the total turnout. "Primaries, you tend to drop that down to about 60 percent, sometimes 55 to 65 percent of your overall vote is going to be early vote in the primary," he said. Collin County generally has one of the highest early voter turnout percentages in the state.
Dallas County, Tarrant County and Collin County are all using vote centers during this election. That means voters can cast their ballots at any location in their county, not just a the polling place in their neighborhood. Most polling places should be open between 7:00am and 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3rd.
You can learn more about the party primaries by downloading this week's KRLD In Depth podcast (below).
Governor Abbott Provides State Action Plan On Coronavirus
AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott Thursday received a briefing from state health officials on the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the State Operations Center in Austin.
Governor Abbott was briefed by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other relevant state agencies. Following the briefing, Governor Abbott provided an update on precautionary steps the state is taking in the event of the coronavirus spreading to Texas.
"Texas state agencies are monitoring the situation and leading a coordinated and proactive effort to ensure the health and safety of all Texans," said Governor Abbott. "While there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in Texas, our state agencies are taking these precautionary steps to safeguard our communities. The State of Texas will continue to collaborate with our federal and local partners and will provide our communities with the necessary resources to respond to any potential cases of the coronavirus."
The state is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of all Texans. DSHS, the lead agency for response, activated the State Medical Operations Center (SMOC) in January. The SMOC serves as a touchpoint for any requests from local entities, and also ensures consistent collection, tracking, and reporting of public health activities and data. DSHS is currently preparing state laboratories with testing capabilities for the novel coronavirus, and is updating public health response plans in the event of the spread of the virus. Multi-level and multi-agency coordination and communication efforts are practiced daily to ensure up-to-date information is flowing between federal, state, and local partners.
DSHS is coordinating with TDEM, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association and state university systems with the purpose of providing educational materials and the latest developments in research and treatment methods for the virus. Additionally, DSHS and TDEM will begin bi-weekly meetings with all relevant state agencies at the SOC to discuss up-to-date emergency planning documents and how plans will be implemented.
Agencies will also implement disinfecting measures at places like driver's license offices and schools, as well as ensure high-risk populations, such as those in daycares, nursing homes, assisted living associations, and health care facilities, are prepared and properly cared for.
Early Voting Wraps Up In Texas Friday
Early voting wraps up in Texas tomorrow with most early voting locations open from 7am until 7pm.
Early voting started Feburary 18th and on the first day turnout nearly doubled in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties compared to 2016.
Since President Trump is running unopposed all the attention has been on the Democratic candidates.
The latest polls show Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tied for the lead.
If the primary ends in a runoff, there will be a run off election May 25th.
Massive Water Main Break Causes Flooding In Houston
A massive water main break is causing a lot of flooding in east Houston.
Some people were stranded on the tops of their cars. Some roads are closed. Many people are without water.
This includes areas like Montrose, Midtown, the Memorial park area, The Museum District, The Heights, and Timbergrove and the Memorial Park area.
Some fire departments are experiencing low water pressure.
Texas Boy Hospitalized After Being Shot By Babysitter
Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland says 19 year old Caitlyn Smith was babysitting the 10 year old boy Tuesday night.
She found a gun in the apartment and started taking selfies with it. That's when a bullet hit the boy in abdomen.
He's in the hospital but is expected to recover.
Giilliland says, "It's a miracle we did not have a homocide."
Smith is charged with injury to a child.
Texas PUC Agrees To Review Dispute Between Local Cities And Water District
In response to a long-running dispute between the North Texas Municipal Water District and several local cities, the Public Utility Commission has agreed to conduct a review of water rates charged by the District.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRossiliere tells KRLD that customers in Plano, Garland, Mesquite and Richardson have been forced to pay nearly $275 million for unused water.
Gas Pump Prices Are Up Across Much Of Texas
Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas says the statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.16 for a gallon of regular unleaded.
He says that's two cents more compared to this day last week and a penny less compared to this day last year.
Armbruster says, "Crude oil prices could continue to fluctuate and that will cause gas prices to fluctuate as well. This is due to concerns over the coronavirus."
Armbruster says Dallas drivers are actually paying three cents less at $2.12 gallon.
Drivers in Fort Worth are paying a penny less at $2.16 a gallon.
He says drivers in Odessa are paying the most at $2.38 per gallon.
He says drivers in Laredo and San Antonio are paying the least at $2.06 per gallon.
Texas Rangers Get Corey Kluber in Trade from Cleveland
Rangers send Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase to the Indians
NBC 5 is reporting Corey Kluber led by example and excellence in Cleveland. The Texas Rangers are hoping he can do the same for them.
The Indians traded the two-time Cy Young Award winner -- and their unquestioned ace -- over the past six seasons to the Rangers on Sunday, a blockbuster deal that could dramatically change both teams.
In exchange for the 33-year-old Kluber, Cleveland received outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase, a hard-throwing 21-year-old with huge potential.
The stoic and steady Kluber has been one of baseball's most dominant pitchers since 2014, when he went 18-9 and won his first Cy Young. He got his second in 2017, going 18-4 and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA.