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9 dead, dozens injured in biker gang shooting in Waco, Texas

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A gunfire among members of several rival biker gangs in a hectic shopping plaza in the Central Texas city of Waco on Sunday resulted in death of at least nine bikers and injuries to 18 others.

A local television station, News Channel 25, reported that the violence erupted shortly after noon at an area between the Twin Peaks and Don Carlos restaurants.
Waco police official W. Patrick Swanton was reported as saying that eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital. He added that all were members of the rival gangs. However, he did not give out the names of the gangs or the victims.

The police official told the news channel that members of at least three rival gangs were present in the parking for a meeting. The brawl ensued in the bathroom and later carried on to the restaurant.

Michelle Logan, one of the eye witnesses told the news channel, “There were about 30 firearms in action in the parking lot and around 100 shots were fired in all.”

The police being aware of the meeting in advance was already present at the restaurant when the fight began. The police officers shot the bikers, Swanton told the news channel, to prevent further deaths.

Police said the condition of some of the injured men, who had knife and gunshot wounds, is critical and many more deaths might occur.

The two restaurants were closed after the shootout, and the police detained some of the eye-witnesses to question them.

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When Oil Crisis Meets Pandemic: The Unfortunate Position Of Texas At The Intersection

The impact of coronavirus has been felt across the nation, but for those states whose economic well-being is also tied to the oil industry like Texas, the blow is even greater

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The impact of coronavirus has been felt across the nation, but for those states whose economic well-being is also tied to the oil industry like Texas, the blow is even greater. Pixabay

Over 6.6 million Americans lost their jobs in the first week of April due to the impact of coronavirus. In Texas, 51,000 jobs were lost in March, which is the largest decline in a single month since the Great Recession. Texas has been hit doubly hard by current events, with the crashing oil market meeting the loss of a large number of jobs in the service and hospitality industries.

Oil Market Flooded While Demand Dropped

US oil prices dipped into negative figures for the first time earlier this month due to the drop in demand for fuel. This makes it impossible for producers in Texas to make money. Kenny Istre, vice president of a machine shop in Houston, recounted customers withdrawing their orders for drilling equipment even before oil prices plummeted. Mr. Istre saw the majority of his workforce confined to their homes amidst lockdown restrictions at the same time as the oil-supply surged. “This is like a double whammy,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “They were canceling flights every day, and now people aren’t driving to work. The market is going to be flooded with oil.”

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Job Losses Across All Sectors

Meanwhile, unemployment benefits claims in Texas increased by 259,652 in the last two weeks of March, with job losses felt in businesses ranging from health care to transport, oil and gas, the hospitality sector and real estate. Houston employers reported that the local economy lost 18,200 more jobs in March than it had in February as lockdown orders forced businesses to close. Unemployment hits the individual hard, but the impact will also be felt by business owners. Texas is unique in that it doesn’t require businesses to have worker’s compensation insurance. However, employers who elected to have Texas worker’s comp insurance will be glad they took it out, as many insurance providers are helping businesses soften the blow while their operations are at a standstill. 

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Texas has been hit doubly hard by current events, with the crashing oil market meeting the loss of a large number of jobs in the service and hospitality industries. Pixabay

The Double-Whammy

The growth of the Texan economy has been intrinsically linked with oil since the early 1900s. This has afforded the state much prosperity, but it means it’s vulnerable to the state of the oil market. Previous blows have been cushioned by economic diversity, but with so many industries ground to a halt, the situation is much starker this time. The impact on the job market is predicted to be 0.5-1% worse in Texas than in other states due to its role in energy production.

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The impact of coronavirus has been felt across the nation, but for those states whose economic well-being is also tied to the oil industry like Texas, the blow is even greater. While everything will be done to get the economy back on its feet as the pandemic slows, it’s clear that its impact will be felt for a long time.

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Apple Watch Saves Old Man’s Life

An old man from Texas credits apple watch for saving his life

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A 79-year-old veterinarian has credited the Apple Watch for saving his life. Pixabay

A 79-year-old veterinarian from Waco, Texas has credited the Apple Watch for saving his life, after the device’s heart rate monitor notified him of atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Ray Emerson received a notification from his Apple Watch saying that it had noticed an irregular heartbeat, CBS Austin reported recently.

The notification of an irregular heart rhythm and potential atrial fibrillation is what prompted him to head to his doctor where he had an EKG and then had surgery at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to correct the irregular rhythm.

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The apple watch saves the man’s life by notifying him of atrial fibrillation. Pixabay

As per report, Dr. Emerson joked that he was “too cheap” to buy the watch for himself, but now he views his Apple Watch as priceless.

There have been several examples where Apple Watch saved lives.

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A US doctor recently saved a person’s life by using Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) at a restaurant.

An Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem. (IANS)

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Leaders of Texas Abandoning Proposal that Would have Essentially Banned Abortions in Their Community

Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone says he proposed making his town a "sanctuary city for the unborn"

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Image Description FILE - Abortion-rights campaigners attend a rally against new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states including Georgia and Alabama, in New York City, May 21, 2019. VOA

Leaders of a small town in Texas are abandoning a proposal that would have essentially banned abortions in their community.

Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone says he proposed making his town a “sanctuary city for the unborn” after the town of Waskom became the first in Texas to do so . But at a meeting Tuesday in Mineral Wells, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Dallas, city leaders voted 5-2 to take no action at the recommendation of the city’s legal staff.

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Leaders of a small town in Texas are abandoning a proposal that would have essentially banned abortions in their community. Pixabay

The Star-Telegram reports that earlier Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sent a letter to Mineral Wells council members warning that its proposal was unconstitutional.

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There are currently no abortion clinics in either Waskom or Mineral Wells, so the measures are largely symbolic. (VOA)