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PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKS ABOUT STIMULUS BILL NEGOTIATIONS

The president talked with reporters as he was outside the White House getting ready to head to Texas Wednesday. Negotiations with Democrats have been underway for a stimulus bill. In their negotiations, the president felt Democrats were trying to get money to save their politically affiliated cities, while two important things he wants in the bill take care of eviction and unemployment . . . .

They’re looking at a deadline of this Friday regarding negotiations.

COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING

Walker County Commissioners Court will hold a Special Session this morning at nine at the Storm Shelter.

There will be a Budget Workshop with a final review of the proposed budget to be filed for public review with the County Clerk’s Office. They will discuss and review final calculation of the No-New-Revenue tax rate and Voter-Approval Tax Rate. They will also discuss and take action on scheduling a public hearing on August 17 on the proposed budget for the fiscal year October 1 through September 30.

CHIEN-PIN LI SELECTED AS DEAN OF SHSU COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Chien-Pin Li, former associate dean for Curriculum and Technology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University, has been named the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University, effective September 1.

Holding a B.A. in Political Science from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Li previously held the position of chair in the department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State. Serving as professor and chair of the department for 17 years, he was recognized for his leadership, research, creative work, service and teaching.

SHSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of eight academic units: the departments of Communication Studies, English, History, Political Science, Psychology and Philosophy, Sociology, and World Languages and Cultures.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 3 PM, Tuesday, June 28, there were among regular county residents 667 active cases of coronavirus, with 409 recovered and 4 deceased. There were 23 new community cases reported on July 27th.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 112 active cases and 1,836 recovered reported.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 116 active cases and 229 recovered reported.

Community testing will be underway today and tomorrow, and August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Walker County Hospital District is proposing to change the eligibility standards for basic health services provided through the District’s indigent care program from one hundred percent (100%) of the Federal poverty level to fifty percent (50%) of the Federal poverty level. The District is proposing to make the changes effective November 1, 2020.

As required by Texas state law, the District is required to provide a public notice of the change ninety (90) days prior to the date the change would go into effect. The District is also required to conduct a public hearing not less than thirty (30) days before the changes would go into effect. Members of the public may testify at this public hearing. The District is scheduling the hearing to take place at its public office at 06:00 PM on August 26, 2020 at 1300 11th Street, Suite 515, Huntsville, TX 77340.

In the event that it is not permissible for the District to hold the public hearing on this date due to state or local order related to the coronavirus, the District will hold a meeting by teleconference and will provide information on its website regarding how to participate.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT WAIVES GRADE PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO 2020-2021 STAAR TESTING FOR GRADES 5-8

Governor Greg Abbott on Monday announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year. Typically, school systems must take into account a student’s score on the STAAR test to determine whether the student can be promoted to the next grade level. The traditional A-F rating system will remain in place, albeit with certain adjustments due to COVID-19.

Typically, students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are required to re-take a STAAR test late in the school year, and sometimes again in the summer, if they do not meet grade level when taken during the spring. With this waiver, there will only be one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments for the 2020–21 school year. The test will be administered in May to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3-8 assessments.

ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR TESTIFIED BEFORE A HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TUESDAY

Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Justice Department’s missions and programs.

It was a bit of a kangaroo court put on by Democrats, who constantly interrupted Mr. Barr to keep him from answering. He did, however, clarify the need for protecting federal property from those bent on destruction . . . .

CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN ON INTERFERENCE IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND ADMINISTRATION

On Tuesday during a congressional oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee to hear Attorney General Barr testify on the Justice Department Mission and Programs, ranking member, Congressman Jim Jordan, let’s the other side of the aisle have it with a dose of the what is now the known truth, beginning with former FBI agent Peter Strzok as he planned to investigate the Trump campaign just a few years ago . . . .