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NANCY PELOSI GIVES TREASURY SECRETARY 48 HOURS TO COME UP WITH AGREEABLE STIMULUS PACKAGE

On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin must reach a stimulus relief bill agreement within 48 hours by Tuesday if they want to pass a bill before election day.

From the White House Driveway Monday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows addressed reporters on the issue . . . .

INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS IN RUSSIA CHARGED WITH WIDESPREAD COMPUTER DISRUPTION

From the Department of Justice Monday, Justice officials announced charges against Russian intelligence officers of the GRU for a series of devastating computer attacks in several parts of the world.

U-S Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady, was one of several officials who spoke of the crimes . . . .

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES OVER $296 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVES IN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott has announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will administer more than $296 million in grant funding for a variety of programs and services in Texas to support a broad range of public safety initiatives. This grant funding is made possible through a combination of federal and state dollars.

The Governor’s Public Safety Office administers numerous state and federal grant programs in coordination with state-level and regional partner agencies including the 24 regional Councils of Governments (COGs) in Texas and the Urban Area Working Groups (UAWGs) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Houston, and San Antonio. Entities interested in seeking funds to support their public safety initiatives during the next grant cycle (FY 2022) should reach out to their local COG to learn about region specific timelines and requirements.  The PSO posts funding opportunity announcements containing program purposes, a description of allowable activities, timelines, and other requirements on the Office of the Governor’s eGrants website.

The grants recently released include, but are not limited to, funding for the following:

Addressing Violence Against Women, Bullet Resistant Vests, Homeland Security, Human Trafficking, Justice Assistance, Juvenile Justice and Truancy Prevention, Local Border Security (Border Star), SAFE Ready Facilities, Serving Victims of Crime, Specialty Courts, Statewide Radio Infrastructure, and Texas Anti-Gang efforts.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, October 16th, that there were among regular county residents 760 active cases of Coronavirus reported, with 1,705 recovered and 14 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 15 active cases, with 1,997 recovered and 37 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 83 active cases reported with 379 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

EARLY VOTING UPDATE

Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper informs us:

There were a total of 589 voters checked-in during early voting Saturday for the November 3rd General Election here in Walker County. This makes for a total of 6,896 voters checked-in during early voting so far.

Early voting takes place at the Storm Shelter today from 8 to 5.

COMMISSIONER DAUGETTE COMMENTS MORE ON A COUNTY ASSISTANCE DISTRICT

On the ballot this November will be a County Assistance District option for a certain area of the County. According to our public affairs guest over the weekend, Commissioner Bill Daugette, the area “starts in the northeastern corner of Walker County and wraps around the north side and down the west side a little bit south of Highway 30. And, then includes all of the City of Huntsville Extra Territorial Jurisdiction.”

Commissioner Daugette says it involves a sales tax, not an ad valorem tax . . . .

TSUS ENROLLMENT REACHES RECORD HIGH

Enrollment at Texas State University System institutions reached a record high this semester, despite challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fall 2020 preliminary headcount enrollment at TSUS’s seven member institutions is 87,387 – a one percent increase compared to Fall 2019.

Lamar University and Sam Houston State University, which have robust online programs, contributed significantly to the system’s enrollment growth, reporting enrollment increases of five and two percent, respectively. TSUS leads the state in the percentage of students taking courses online.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSES SENIORS IN FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA

Friday afternoon, President Trump delivered remarks in Fort Meyers, Florida on the protection of America’s senior citizens . . . .

The president says he plans to make the Regeneron COVID-19 antibody cocktail available to everyone who needs it for free.

According to President Trump, the future of vaccine delivery looks good . . . .

That’s coming up later in the year.

REPUBLICAN PARTY MEET & GREET

The Republican Party of Walker County will host a Candidate Meet and Greet for GOP candidates on the November ballot on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Prison Museum, 491 HIGHWAY 75 North in Huntsville from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. 

BETO O’ROURKE LIKELY TO TEACH AT TSU SAN MARCOS

According to the Houston Chronicle, pending the final okay on his hiring, former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will be joining the faculty of Texas State University in San Marcos in the spring.

It was reported that he initially approached members of the university administration about his desire to teach.

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