Crews resurfacing roadway nightly in heart of Edinburg through March
State transportation officials are resurfacing State Highway 107 in Edinburg. Crews began work Sunday and it is scheduled to continue through March. In a news release, the Texas Department of Transportation said mill and overlay operations are occurring on SH 107, also known as University Drive in the area, between McColl Road and 10th Avenue in Edinburg. The project is scheduled to be completed by March 9 with crews working from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.Luckily, the work is happening in the overnight hours as the project is located in a busy part of Edinburg that includes the courthouse and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. According to the release, drivers should expect lane reductions and possible delays while crews are present.myrgv.com
‘Carjacked, robbed and brutally beaten’ near Chinatown, man remains in coma, his family says
A 61-year-old man who was beaten, “left for dead” and reportedly found by city street cleaners last week after a carjacking has suffered a severe and career-ending brain injury, according to his family.chicagotribune.com
Toxic dumping grounds that still feed into Lake Michigan among the sites to benefit from ‘game-changing’ funding boost
The Grand Calumet, which includes the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal, still hosts sediment containing likely carcinogens, heavy metals and various toxins that threaten humans and wildlife — and flows into Lake Michigan.chicagotribune.com
John Madden, Hall of Fame NFL coach and beloved broadcaster, dies at 85
Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster John Madden, whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the NFL said. He was 85.chicagotribune.com
Goodwill Houston serves veterans through the power of work
Veterans sometimes face challenges when returning home after military service. At Goodwill, they believe finding a good job shouldn’t be one of them. U.S. Army veteran Pedro Castillo was joined by Goodwill Houston’s VP of Fund Development and Community Relations Barbie Parker to share Pedro’s story.
Toxic Productivity: Here are ways you can separate work from home
Hustle culture, workaholic, toxic productivity, do you have an unhealthy obsession with being productive? A list of tasks that never ends and is never enough? The recent surge of hustle culture has many people romanticizing over-working and subsequently burning out.
Here are ways to combat pandemic virtual meeting fatigue
If you’re working from home these days, you may find yourself in a lot more virtual meetings – which can be exhausting. “When you go from meeting, to meeting, to meeting, you don’t have a break in between, said Jane Pernotto-Ehrman, a behavioral health specialist with Cleveland Clinic. She said meeting virtually can be tough for some people to get used to. Meeting attendees no longer have that same kind of human interaction and may not be getting as many breaks as before. During this difficult time, she said, we all need to have compassion – and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.
3 tips to help you get organized while working from home
HOUSTON Konmari consultant and Simply Maven business owner Ashley Barber has been working from home for quite some time. Along with watching her kids, getting her work done, and completing household chores, Ashley is sharing some great suggestions for anyone who needs help utilizing and organizing their space at home. Do a thorough edit of everything that needs to go in the space give all the items a home. Simply Mavens DIY online program, The Office Detox , provides step-by-step guidance to create a space for you to do your best work. For more of Ashleys helpful tips check out her business, Simply Maven.
They were placed on leave for refusing to work without N95 masks. COVID-19 unit nurses are now back at work
(CNN) – Ten Covid-19 unit nurses are heading back to work after being placed on paid administrative leave for refusing to enter coronavirus patient rooms without an N95 mask. "They said it would stay in our file for three months and then they will take it out," Cline told CNN. Before that, the hospital had said there were no N95 masks for them and insisted they wear surgical masks instead, the nurses said, even though other health care workers at the hospital were provided N95 masks. Cline and Michael Gulick, another nurse put on leave, previously told CNN the hospital would give them surgical masks -- not N95 masks -- while they were treating Covid-19 patients on April 9. Although the N95 masks are preferred, health care workers should only wear other face masks, such as surgical masks, when respirators are not available.
Work on the border wall continues — without social distancing
Work on President Trump’s border wall continues during the pandemic, the Dallas Morning News reports. Contractors are building a “mancamp” to house up to 80 workers, and work is continuing — with side-by-side laborers working on the wall near Columbus, New Mexico — near El Paso. A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the paper the wall is considered “essential business” and was under the impression — incorrectly, according to the News — that the workers were following White House and CDC guidelines for social distancing. To see the photograph, click here and scroll through the News’ story. — Texas Tribune staff
What you need to know about getting unemployment
Claims for unemployment have flooded the Texas Workforce Commission’s website and phone lines. Here is what you need to know:- Eligibility for unemployment is determined on a case by case basis, but if you were fired for cause by your employer, you can not collect unemployment. - Gamez says whether you are full time, part-time, furloughed or just had your hours reduced because of the coronavirus, you should apply for unemployment. The maximum amount of time you could receive unemployment is 26 weeks. If you want to know how much you would receive in unemployment benefits, this estimator tool can give you an estimate.