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Since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson there has been an outcry from activist around the country for uniform cameras on police officers. It’s a pilot program Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland kicked off a year ago. Houston’s top cop says he would also like to see cameras on more uniforms but he simply doesn’t have the money in his budget. McClelland says the cost to equip officers with the cameras will be $8 million dollars and it will be up to Mayor Annise Parker and the City Counil to come up with the money.

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I was shocked this week when I looked at my dry cleaning bill. What I noticed was an additional charge of $5.25 on my bill for an item listed as an ‘environmental fee’ on the receipt. I was livid and immediately thought this was some type of scam. But as I did more research I found a Texas law that allows dry cleaners to charge us what I call this extra tax in addition to the state and local taxes we already pay. What’s so frustrating about this fee is on a bill that’s $35, it’s higher than state and local taxes put together. We’ve been hit by the man once again. Here’s what I was able to find on the law:

“In 2003, the Texas Legislature established the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program. The program, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, establishes registration requirements, fees and performance standards for dry cleaning facilities and distributors,” the website says. “Some dry cleaners have chosen to pass along the costs of this program to their customers in the form of higher rates for services while others have decided to separately state a line item charge on the invoice or receipt given to their customers for ‘Environmental Fees’ or something similar.”

FLOOD WATCH FOR HOUSTON AREA!

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Flood Watch Remains In Effect Through 7pm Cdt Thursday…
The Flood Watch Continues For
* A Portion Of Southeast Texas…Including The Following Counties…

Austin…Brazoria…Brazos…Burleson…Chambers…
Colorado…Fort Bend…Galveston…Grimes…Harris…Houston…
Jackson…Liberty…Madison…Matagorda…Montgomery…Polk…
San Jacinto…Trinity…Walker…Waller…Washington And Wharton.
* Through Thursday Evening

* A Tropical Air Mass Combined With An Upper Level Disturbance Will Cause Wide Spread Showers And Thunderstorms. Some Areas Have Already Received 1 To 3 Inches Of Rainfall The Last Couple Of Days Which Has Saturated Grounds. Some Storms Will Be Capable Of Rainrates Of 2 Inches An Hour Which Could Overwhelm Drainage Basins Causing Flooding. Storms Will Also Be Moving Slowly And Could Move Over Areas That Received Heavy Rainfall Further Adding To The Flood Threat. Area Bayous May Quickly Respond With Rapid Rises. Overall The Area Could See Another 1 To 3
Inches Of Rain With Isolated 5 To 6 Inch Amounts.

* Timing – Heavy Rainfall Could Begin As Early As 5am To 7am Cdt Thursday But Most Likely Later In The Morning Between 8am And
10am Cdt. Heavy Rainfall Threat Should Continue Into The Afternoon With Most Storms Dissipating With The Loss Of Day Time Heating In The Evening.

* Most Likely Area For Heavy Rainfall Will Be From College Station To Houston. Areas North Of This Line Are More Likely To Receive Heavy Rainfall But Coastal Areas Cannot Be Ruled Out Due To The Large Amounts Of Tropical Moisture For Storms To Develop.