Daily News Recap (6-17-15)

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by Haley Burger

Alkek Library. Photo by Dylan Lochridge-Fletcher
Photo by Dylan Lochridge-Fletcher

Haitian immigrants of the Dominican Republic could face deportation due to a lack of applying for legal status. According to CNN, thousands of undocumented immigrants entered the Dominican Republic from a neighboring country looking for work. The Dominican government has seen this issue before and has now created a “regularization plan” to help the immigrants get their proper legal documentation but some say it was designed to fail. The migrant workers have until Wednesday to complete their paperwork and register under the “regularization plan” or they will face deportation. The Dominican government believes not everyone that has registered will meet the deadline.

Tropical Storm Bill has made it’s way into Texas leaving large amounts of rainfall and possible flooding in some areas. According to the National Hurricane Center, 4 to 5 inches is expected for parts of central Texas and after the Memorial Weekend flood, climatologist John Nielson-Gammon says that we are more vulnerable than usual right now. Flash flood watches and warnings are still in effect for areas while Tropical Storm Bill makes its way through Texas and even into parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma that could see up to 9 inches of rainfall. FEMA personnel are still stationed in Texas and parts of Oklahoma and will continue to help after the storm passes.

The petition that was submitted by Communities For Thriving Water – Fluoride Free San Marcos has been requested to be reviewed by the Hays County District Court to see if the petition complies with the San Marcos City Charter and state law. If the petition succeeds, it would prohibit the City of San Marcos from adding fluoride to the city’s water supply and from accepting fluoridated water. The City of San Marcos’ only raw water resource comes from surface water from Canyon Lake and groundwater from Edward’s Aquifer wells, which contain natural fluoride. The amendment will then prohibit the future use of fluoridation equipment. With 1,634 signatures, the petition was delivered in April and on May 5th, the petition was certified to be invalid because each each issue is its own.

Tonight at 6 P.M., the City of San Marcos and FEMA representatives will host a town hall meeting regarding programs and benefits available for flood survivors. There will also be opportunities for residents to ask any questions they have about flood recovery. The meeting will be held at the San Marcos Activity Center on 501 E. Hopkins Street. The meeting will also be streamed online on the city’s website.

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