The year in good news: 8 heartwarming Houston stories that made us smile in 2021
Here, we take a look back at some of the feel-good Houston-area stories that came out of this particular calendar year, the news that did our hearts good, the joyful tales so sweet they made us smile from ear to ear, the acts of kindness so inspiring they warmed our hearts and made us shed a tear -- or several.
Gun violence has killed 1,165 American teens and children so far this year: "These kids are on the street, and it feels like they're hunters"
One Philadelphia detective says the shootings are as brutal as they are brazen: "They will empty an entire magazine into someone's torso or their head."cbsnews.com
‘I got ‘em!’: Bodycam video captures rescue of children lost in Sam Houston National Forest
The <a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/10/01/3-children-missing-in-sam-houston-national-forest-montgomery-county-sheriffs-office-says/" target="_blank">three children who went missing Thursday </a>night in Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery, which led to a multi-agency search effort, were found safe Friday morning, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Covid relief bill may trigger $36 billion cut to Medicare, higher student loan fees
The funding cuts would take effect in 2022 and last for several years. The cuts may automatically increase fees on federal student loans, for example, according to the Office of Management and Budget. As a result, Medicare funding would be trimmed by 4%, or $36 billion, starting next year, said Swagel. Rep. Jason SmithRep. Jason Smith, ranking member of the House Budget Committee, suggested Medicare cuts would harm consumers. Ironically, consumers would likely see cheaper premiums, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.cnbc.com
The House is set to pass Biden's Covid relief bill this week – here's what's next
President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package advanced out of the House Budget Committee on Monday and is now set for a full House vote later this week. Then it will move to the House floor, where Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are expected to pass it along party lines Friday or Saturday. Notwithstanding House GOP objections, the bill is widely expected to advance to the Senate after the House vote later this week. The GOP has also opposed Democrats' efforts to include the minimum wage hike as an extraneous, job-killing measure that ought to be considered separately from pandemic relief. If it is ruled acceptable, then supporters of the minimum wage, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will work to persuade moderate Democrats who are skeptical of the wage hike, namely Sens.cnbc.com
House panel advances $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as Democrats move toward passage this week
The House on Monday moved forward with its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, setting the stage for passage later this week. The chamber's Budget Committee advanced the bill in a 19-16 vote as Democrats rush to beat a March 14 deadline to extend key unemployment programs. "Without additional resources, we will never get where we need to be," said House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., at the start of the markup hearing Monday afternoon. "This is the wrong plan at the wrong time and for all the wrong reasons," Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri, the top Republican on the Budget panel, said in the hearing. Congress' failure to renew pandemic-era unemployment programs — from when they expired last summer until lawmakers passed another relief bill in December — contributed to millions of Americans falling into poverty.cnbc.com
U.S. administers first shots of Pfizer's Covid vaccine, launching a historic rollout
Mark Lennihan | ReutersThe United States on Monday administered the first shots of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to health-care workers, marking a pivotal moment in the country's long march to bring the virus under control. With limited doses available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advices states prioritize distribution to frontline health-care workers and long-term care residents, who are among the most vulnerable to the disease. With distribution challenges ahead and the outbreak still raging, officials and health-care workers took time Monday to celebrate the arrival of the vaccine, and the hope it represents. Across the country, images flowed in of health-care workers receiving their first shots and the first doses arriving at more than one hundred distribution sites. At the event, Cuomo thanked health-care workers for serving on the frontline of what he called a "modern-day battlefield."cnbc.com
5 things for Houstonians to know for Tuesday, June 16
Here are things you need to know for Tuesday, June 16:1. Abbott to address rising COVID-19 hospitalizations as Texas hits 1-day high MondayTexas continued an upward trend in hospitalizations of coronavirus patients, setting a new one-day high Monday for the seventh time in eight days. Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will address the issue of growing COVID-19 hospitalizations in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.Read more. Search suspended for 20-year-old Crosby firefighter thrown from Jeep into water over Galveston Causeway SundayThe U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for a 20-year-old Crosby Fire Department firefighter on Monday night. THIS DAY IN HISTORYJune 16, 1884: The first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.
Search suspended for 20-year-old Crosby firefighter thrown from Jeep into water over Galveston Causeway Sunday
HOUSTON – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for a 20-year-old Crosby Fire Department firefighter on Monday night. "We have suspended the search pending any additional information,” wrote Captain Jason Smith, sector Houston-Galveston commanding officer. “I just hope they find him and that he’s OK.”Tim Miller, with Texas EquuSearch, is aiding in the rescue and recovery effort. According to Miller, if need be, Texas EquuSearch will bring in a helicopter on Tuesday to search from above. If you have any information about Zavala’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Galveston Police Department at (409) 765-3702 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
Get royal and rowdy with SyFy's 'Vagrant Queen' trailer
SyFy has released a trailer for its TV adaptation of "Vagrant Queen," Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith's creator-owned Vault Comics title. Scheduled for 10 episodes, the series follows Elida, a child queen who goes on the run from her own kingdom as she grows older. It's described as a "fun, violent, snarky, space opera." Syfy's "Vagrant Queen" debuts on March 27. (Image credit: SyFy)"Vagrant Queen" premieres March 27 on SyFy.space.com