Dec 15, 2020
ABILENE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON BUDGET CUTS
The Abilene City Council will vote Thursday on whether to not to approve budget cuts proposed for next year. Some of those cuts include ending support for the 211 helpline, a dental assistance program, the Adaptive Recreation Center, and a senior transportation program. City Manager Robert Hanna is already developing a partnership with United Way to continue the 211 helpline and plans to look for a nonprofit partner to take over services provided by the Adaptive Recreation Center. "The program isn't going to open up for fiscal year 21. It's just not,” Hanna said. "So, I think we have at least, if not more, ten months to work with community partners to continue the program through a nonprofit. That's really what I'm telling council that I will do and that's what I'm asking council to approve.” Hanna adds that it is a "needed" program and that while none of the recommended cuts were easy to make, these are services not typically provided by local governments. (Source: KACU)
TEXAS READIES FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE
This weekend, Texas received 224,250 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The first week's allocation to Texas will be shipped to 109 hospitals in 34 counties. First in line for the vaccine, according to a state allocation panel, will be hospital staff working directly with coronavirus patients, long-term care staff working with vulnerable residents, emergency workers, and home health care workers.
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TEXAS GOVERNOR SAYS COMPANIES MOVING HEADQUARTERS TO THE STATE HAS TURNED INTO A ‘TIDAL WAVE’
Governor Greg Abbott reported that the pandemic's impact has caused a 'tidal wave' of businesses relocating their headquarters to Texas. Notable companies that have recently relocated include software giant Oracle, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and real estate giant CBRE. Governor Abbott credits the state's heightened sense of independence and autonomy for its growing appeal to business leaders. 
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