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By Holly Henrichsen
Assistant Web Content Manager

Texas State Star
Photo by Daryan Jones

Austin police have discovered that no bombs were actually planted in the two locations that were threatened this morning. According to the Austin American Statesman, the threats were directed at two different Austin locations: a Muslim Center and a cafe and hookah lounge. The man that made the threats has been detained by authorities who have described him as possibly having psychiatric problems.

The Obama administration announced today that they will permit the widespread export of armed drones. This is the first step toward providing allied nations with weapons that have become a cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. According to the Washington Post, this is a significant step for U.S. arms policy as allied nations from Italy to Turkey region clamor for the aircraft and is a way for the U.S. to secure a greater share of a growing global drone market.

The first part of Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge, according to Fox News. The first part of the order – which was suppose to take effect tomorrow – was to expand a program that would protect young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted the preliminary injunction yesterday after 26 states requested the order go through the courts first. A statement by White House press secretary Josh Earnest restated that Obama’s executive actions were in the bounds of legality.

A massive explosion happened in West Virginia last night after a train carrying crude oil derailed. According to CNN, at least 26 of the 100 cars came off the track and at least 19 of those caught on fire. The crude oil that the train was carrying spilled into the Kanawha River affecting the drinking water source for the Kanawha and Fayette counties. Residents say explosions continued throughout the night for over ten hours and were advised by authorities to boil water before usage. Authorities have just begun investigating the situation, although they do not have a clear answer they believe weather could have played a part in the accident.

The City of San Marcos will be hosting Party in Your Park this Friday in Conway Park. The event is meant to showcase Conway Park’s value to the community and to give families the opportunity to enjoy a night to socialize with their neighbors. Activities will include Gaga Ball, Nine Square in the Air, giant Jenga, healthy snacks and much more. Texas Skate will be at the event hosting a game of SKATE, so participants are invited to bring their skateboards and join the fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on if needed.

 

 

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