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    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A livestreaming and esports community is coming together — with help from Dallas-based organization Envy Gaming — to raise money for Texans who were affected by the devastating and historic winter storms. The 72-hour charity streaming effort called “United For Texas” will take place from Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 28. It will involve a number of popular Twitch streamers and esports players. Those participating include sisters Alexandra and Andrea Botez, who have over 670,000 followers on Twitch and are members of Team Envy. The Austin duo will be kicking off the event with donation goals and showing viewers ways they can get involved in relief efforts. Other personalities holding charity streams include: BobbyPoff, esports battle royale streamer and content creator (https://www.twitch.tv/bobbypoffgaming) Crimsix, the most-winning Call of Duty esports player of all time (https://www.twitch.tv/crimsix) Sebas, TikTok influencer and Call of Duty: Warzone streamer (https://www.twitch.tv/sebasberon) Shotzzy, the 2020...
    Rep.  Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas GOP congressman: Federal disaster aid will help homeowners with high utility bills Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Iran poses early test for Biden's diplomacy-first approach MORE (R-Texas) took aim Sunday at Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz 'Saturday Night Live' targets Cruz, Cuomo Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving White House Can Ted Cruz out-ski the avalanche of criticism? MORE’s (R-Texas) decision to leave the state for Cancun, Mexico, amid extreme weather that left millions of Texans without power. “[W]hen a crisis hits my state, I'm there. I'm not going to go on some vacation," McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. "I know Mr. Cruz called it a mistake and he's owned up to that, but I think that was...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Sitting in front of an American flag, actor Matthew McConaughey took to Twitter to announce a virtual benefit happening in the next two weeks to help Texans impacted by last week’s catastrophic winter storm. The famous Austinite said he and his wife Camilla’s ‘Just Keep Livin’ Foundation’ will coordinate with other like-minded organizations. READ MORE: Situation Dire, Texas-Wide Blood Emergency Latest In String Of Weather-Related Effects  “The storm has left so many Texans without the bare necessities they need to survive,” he said in a video tweet. “Camila and I are presently working with some wonderful organizations on the ground in Texas, and we know help is going to be needed for a while.” We’re Texas pic.twitter.com/rwIo81Pn6E READ MORE: Supreme Court Rejects Donald Trumps Effort To Shield Tax Records From Prosecutors — Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) February 22, 2021 McConaughey will release more details via his Instagram...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhy America doesn't have the third party it wants Ocasio-Cortez calls for full investigation of Cuomo's handling of coronavirus in nursing homes Ocasio-Cortez raises million for Texas relief, plans trip to Houston MORE (D-N.Y.) has raised about $4.7 million in relief funding for Texas, CNN reported on Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez began her fundraiser on Thursday, after freezing temperatures took over Texas and left millions without power or clean water. Her press secretary Ivet Contreras confirmed to CNN that nearly $5 million had been collected as of Sunday evening. CNN notes that this Ocasio-Cortez’s first major fundraising effort and disaster-site visit apart from efforts relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Our first major relief effort was last year when COVID hit and so we were able to build a disaster relief and fundraising operation and we cut our teeth on that with COVID but that was in our home district, and...
    A Houston Food Bank volunteer directs traffic during a food distribution event at NRG Park in Houston on February 21, 2021.Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In the wake of a devastating winter storm that has left nearly 70 Texans dead and millions without access to clean water, former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke has hosted phone banks to make 784,000 wellness calls to Texas seniors, organized door-to-door neighborhood check-ins for those who can’t be reached, and raised $1 million to provide food, shelter, and water to Texans in need. His Twitter timeline is a laundry list of resources for Texans who are still reeling from the storm’s impact. More than two years have passed since O’Rourke vacated his House seat in to challenge Republican Sen....
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she raised more than $3 million while volunteering at a Houston food bank to help Texans hit hard by the extreme cold. Ocasio-Cortez was joined by Reps. Sylvia Garcia and Sheila Jackson-Lee, both of Texas, to package meals on Saturday morning and talk about ways to help those enduring the winter storm, which knocked out power for millions this week. Many residents still lack clean drinking water. TEXANS FACING ELECTRIC BILLS HIGHER THAN $10K OVER TRYING TO KEEP HOMES WARM: REPORT "Disasters don’t strike everyone equally," said Ocasio-Cortez. “When you already have so many families across the state and country, that are on the brink, that can’t even afford an emergency to begin with, when you have a disaster like this, it can set people back for years, not just days.” We hit $3.2 MILLION in Texas relief support last night!One of the places it’s going...
    Myles Turner has turned heads with his play for the Indiana Pacers this year, but his contributions off the court have been even more important. Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner is enjoying arguably his most productive season so far, but it’s his contributions outside of basketball that have landed him in the spotlight. According to a report from Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Turner has decided to start a fundraiser to help people who are currently struggling in Texas due to a recent snowstorm that has put the lives of thousands at risk. Amusingly, his decision to raise funds was actually caused by an interaction that he had with a disgruntled Pacers fan who sent him a $100 Venmo request — three times — after Indiana lost to the Chicago Bulls this past Monday. The fan did it as a troll to blame Turner for the loss, but the big...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised millions of dollars in relief money for Texas relief organizations that are working to help those still in need after suffering from the historic winter storm. We’ve now raised $2 MILLION in relief for Texans & are adding more orgs.????????I’ll be flying to Texas today ✈️ to visit with Houston rep Sylvia Garcia (@LaCongresista) to distribute supplies and help amplify needs & solutions.Let’s see how far we can go: https://t.co/4PQkp4gG9v— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2021The New York lawmaker appeared Saturday at the Houston Food Bank to help distribute supplies and food.Ocasio-Cortez's effort is in partnership with 12 Texas organizations getting on-the-ground relief to residents.She set up the donation website to where contributions will be split evenly between the following the organizations: South Texas Food Bank, Food Bank of West Central Texas, ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition), Feeding Texas, Corazon Ministries,...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised $2 million in under 24 hours for Texas relief organizations that are working to help those still in need after suffering from the historic winter storm. We’ve now raised $2 MILLION in relief for Texans & are adding more orgs.????????I’ll be flying to Texas today ✈️ to visit with Houston rep Sylvia Garcia (@LaCongresista) to distribute supplies and help amplify needs & solutions.Let’s see how far we can go: https://t.co/4PQkp4gG9v— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 19, 2021The New York lawmaker announced on her Instagram late Friday morning that she was flying to Houston to visit with Houston Rep. Sylvia Garcia to help distribute supplies.Thank you and bienvenida. https://t.co/dK3RgWFq8B— Sylvia R. Garcia (@LaCongresista) February 19, 2021Ocasio-Cortez's effort is in partnership with 12 Texas organizations getting on-the-ground relief to residents.She set up the donation website to where contributions will be split evenly between the...
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced Thursday that she has raised $1 million for Texas relief efforts and will visit the state this weekend. “Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today. Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground relief to Texans ASAP,” Ocasio-Cortez announced Thursday afternoon, asking people to donate and noting her intentions to split the contributions among the five organizations: Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today. Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground relief to Texans ASAP. If you’re able, please donate here – it’ll split your contribution to all 5. ????% goes to them.https://t.co/TTIiNimja7 — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 18, 2021 Nearly two hours later, the New York lawmaker announced that she had already raised “$325k for food, housing, elder care & direct relief straight to vulnerable Texans.” “This might be...
    Loading the player... BeyGOOD, Beyonce’s philanthropic company; Adidas, the company with which the superstar-singer just released her ICYPark line, and the Houston organization Bread of Life have come together to give grants to people who have been affected by the recent storms in Texas.  Texas found itself to be unprepared for the effects of the winter storm that hit the state. Due to changes in its energy systems and the unexpected weather, millions of Texans were left without power and water this week.  Beyoncé attends last January’s Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean “Diddy” Combs in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images) “Visit @BreadoflifeH for more information on assistance,” urged BeyGOOD on its Twitter page. “We send our prayers to those impacted by the winter storm.” “Bread of Life, Inc. has been on the frontlines of natural disasters, as well as life disasters...
    Flashback: Ted Cruz voted against $52.6 billion in relief for states that weren't Texas
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is from New York, but the congresswoman is focusing on Texas this week after a storm left millions without power and caused widespread issues with drinking water. Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the dire situation in the state by creating a fundraiser, which as of Thursday had raised $1 million, she said. "Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today," Ocasio-Cortez tweet on Thursday, linking to the fundraising page. "Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground relief to Texans ASAP. If you're able, please donate here - it'll split your contribution to all 5." Holy smokes. Our Texas relief mobilization has already raised $325k for food, housing, elder care & direct relief straight to vulnerable Texans. This might be a little crazy... but can we raise $1M by midnight? ????% goes to Feeding Texas, ECHO & more: https://t.co/TTIiNimja7 https://t.co/OO57AoLmR9— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)...
    All it took for Ted Cruz to displace Bernie Sander’s mittens at the top of the national meme board was a display of callous indifference so grand, that the writers of the new Cruella de Vil series are wondering if they can incorporate Ted’s move without it seeming too cartoonish. With the Republican designed disaster capitalism power system leaving millions of Texas in the cold and dark, Ted decided to just skip the whole scene and take in the sun in Cancun. Because somehow, Cruz, with the most identifiable mini-mullet on the planet, thought he’d just slip through a Texas airport and collect a few beach days and no one would notice. Cruz then hastily booked an abrupt return flight just seventeen hours later, then proceeded to lie about it, claiming this had always been the plan. Then he fell back on blaming his 10 and 12 year old daughters, and admitted that...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio0Cortez (D-N.Y.) late Thursday raised $1 million for Texas relief organizations that are working to help the people suffering from the record-setting winter storm, and said she will make a trip to Houston this weekend. “$1M raised in direct relief for Texans in less than a day,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “As a thank you to everyone who contributed & amplified, I’ll be going to Texas this weekend to visit w/ @LaCongresista in Houston & highlight what’s happening on the ground.” Totally blown away.$1M raised in direct relief for Texans in less than a day.As a thank you to everyone who contributed & amplified, I’ll be going to Texas this weekend to visit w/ @LaCongresista in Houston & highlight what’s happening on the ground. https://t.co/DSkTSqfbkZ— Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBoebert responds to criticism of her gun storage in Zoom background On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans |...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The restaurant industry has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. But the $900 billion second stimulus package that Congress agreed to has restaurant owners ending a tough year with hope. Just days before Christmas, lunch at Bugatti Ristorante in Dallas would normally be packed. Not this year. “As you can, the whole place is empty right now,” said owner Zee Aziz. Aziz said, year-to-date, his business is down more than 70%. “It’s been the most struggle I’ve ever seen in my business career,” he said. But Christmas came a little early to the restaurant industry with the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. It’s something the Texas Restaurant Association had campaigned for since May. “We know that there’s no silver bullet to save this industry, but getting this relief as a time when the winter is on us and so many restaurants are at the...
    RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Coronavirus Relief Bill Tuesday, Dec. 22 after it passed both the House and Senate. The $900 billion measure will help those most impacted financially by the pandemic. The legislation will provide direct payments to Americans depending on their income. It won’t be as much as the relief earlier this year. The government will send individuals $600 for individuals making up to $75,000, and $1,200 for married couples who file jointly and make up to $150,000. It’s a sliding scale after that and will be phased out completely at $87,000 for individuals and $174,000 for couples. The government will send $600 for each dependent child under the age of 17. How much the government sends depends on your income on your 2019 federal income tax return. “It all depends on if you already have a direct deposit setup,” said...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio-based USAA has donated $5 million to nonprofit organizations across the country as support during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a large chunk of that going to seven local programs. USAA on Thursday announced $3.5 million will go to local organizations like Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Food Bank and Meals on Wheels “to address needs exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.” “Since the pandemic began in March, many families across the country have experienced hardships related to food insecurity, limited access to technology and connectivity for remote schooling, lack of childcare and sometimes even homelessness,” Harriet Dominique, chief diversity, inclusion and corporate responsibility officer, said in a news release. “Aligned with our mission, we hope this continued support that we are able to provide to key nonprofit organizations helps with some of the burdens families are experiencing.” The seven organizations included in the distribution include: ...
    The Department of Justice charged seven individuals Tuesday for allegedly participating in a scheme regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that fraudulently netted $16 million in forgivable loans, according to the DOJ.  All seven individuals, six of whom are from Texas, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, with two of the defendants being charged additionally with money laundering, the DOJ announced. The individuals allegedly conspired to obtain the funds by submitting more than 80 fraudulent PPP loan applications that contained falsified records of the number of employees and monthly payroll expenses. Additional loan applications were allegedly submitted through companies of third parties, who then received kickbacks. Fraudulent bank records and fake federal tax forms were also allegedly submitted, the DOJ stated.  Seven Charged in Connection with a COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme Involving more than 80 Fraudulent Loan Applications Worth Approximately $16 Million https://t.co/XO4DAXv7VH —...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas students with disabilities could receive $1,500 from a new state program to help pay for tutoring, therapy and even computer expenses. The Supplemental Special Education Services program, paid for from money from the federal CARES Act, is aimed at helping Texas students most affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. When schools were forced to go online last spring, many students fell behind – none more so than students with special needs, like PJ, a 10-year-old student in Carroll ISD. PJ is legally blind and has motor and speech delays. “It’s been a significant struggle ever since the schools closed last spring, both academically and socially,” said his mother, Jennifer Schutter. “A lot of kids, my son included, have had significant regression.” To help students with disabilities, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new program that would give eligible families $1,500. The money can be used to pay for...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ Tom Herman and Baylor’s Dave Aranda are old friends and college teammates who will meet for the first time Saturday as opposing head coaches. For both, just getting on the field will be somewhat of a relief. And for Herman, all eyes will be on how the Longhorns (2-2, 1-2 Big 12) leave the field as well. At Baylor, Aranda’s first season with the Bears (1-1, 1-1) has seen his locker room swept up in coronavirus problems that forced the program to shut down for 10 days and postpone last week’s game against Oklahoma State. It was the second time this season Baylor had a game interrupted by the virus: the Sept. 19 matchup against Houston was called off the day before the game. Baylor hasn’t played since an overtime loss to West Virginia on Oct. 3. The long break pushed the players out...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Democrats are hoping to hold onto the 32nd Congressional District seat that Colin Allred flipped in 2018. Genevieve Collins is hoping to win back the seat for Republicans. When it comes to how the Trump administration responded to the coronavirus pandemic, Collins said the president deserves praise for unleashing the power of the federal government. “Be able to immediately help small businesses and our American citizens get the resources that they need, is really important, unleashing what our businesses can do getting PPP, and ventilators to hospitals immediately. That really worked. What doesn’t work is the continued stalled relief,” he said. Collins, a businesswoman, says both the Trump administration and Speaker Nancy Pelosi need to strike a deal on coronavirus relief. Allred agreed a deal needs to be reached quickly. But he said the administration hasn’t responded well to the pandemic because 221,000 Americans have died related...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – Retired Air Force Pilot and Colonel Kim Olson and former school board trustee Candace Valenzuela are making their case to Democratic voters to challenge Republican Beth Van Duyne in November for an open congressional seat in North Texas. The 24th Congressional District is in parts of Dallas, Tarrant and Denton counties. The current congressman, Republican Kenny Marchant, is retiring at the end of this term. In 2018, he won a close race thanks to voters in Tarrant County but lost in Dallas and Denton counties. The seat is considered to be a toss-up and is being watched closely not only in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but nationally as well. Olson said, “I have a depth of experience, especially in crisis situations and battle tested 25 years in the uniform.” Valenzuela said, “I’m rooted in my community. I live here. I’ve lived here for years. I’ve served here. I’ve...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Federal authorities said a Murphy, Texas business owner fraudulently sought more than $3 million in Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans. Fahad Shah, 44, was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with wire fraud, false statements to a financial institution and money laundering for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. Shah was charged with three counts of wire fraud, one count of false statements to a bank and four counts of money laundering. He was arrested Tuesday morning and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak of the Eastern District of Texas. The indictment alleges Shah submitted fraudulent applications for more $3 million in PPP loans to two different SBA-approved lenders filed under the name of WBF Weddings by Farah Inc. In these applications, Shah claimed...
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