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Top Stories: Gov. Abbott Forms Commission To Aid Harvey Rebuilding Efforts

Sep 7, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott this morning is expected to announce a new commission to help the Texas Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

John Sharp will lead the commission. The Texas A&M system chancellor formerly served as state comptroller, on the Railroad Commission and in both houses of the state legislature.

The Texas Tribune reports Sharp won't leave his job at A&M for the new position.

Rebuilding areas devastated by Harvey will be a monumental - and expensive task. The U.S. House yesterday approved $8 billion in disaster relief spending for Harvey. The Senate will soon vote on doubling that amount.

The federal cost to rebuild could run as much as $180 billion.

Other stories this morning:

  • The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee remains standing this morning at a park in Dallas, despite the city council's decision to remove it. Dallas resident Hiram Patterson and the Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed a temporary restraining order to halt the removal. A court hearing is scheduled for later today.
  • A U.S. bankruptcy court has approved Sempra Energy's bid to purchase Dallas-based Oncor for $9.45 billion. The electric utility giant's been seeking a buyer since its parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2014. Texas regulators now need to approve the deal.
  • Our Big Screen team previews the Venice Film Festival, where people are getting the first look at some of the most important films of 2017.

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