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More than a year after the collapse of the Lake Dunlap dam, plaintiffs’ attorney Douglas Sutter and lawyers for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) are set to meet in June ahead of an October trial. The trial will decide the future of four Texas lakes. 

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The Air Force and the Alamo Area Council of Governments signed a 10-year intergovernmental support agreement Wednesday. It allows Joint Base San Antonio to go directly to local governments to negotiate public works contracts — instead of going through the federal acquisitions process. 

The agreement is an attempt to reduce red tape and save the base money.

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Officials have no answers for what caused a gate failure at the Lake Dunlap Dam near New Braunfels Tuesday morning.

From Texas Standard:

Massive flood damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey brought attention to some failing dams in the Houston area. Now, it appears the problem is statewide.

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

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San Antonio citizens have the chance to vote early this week and can choose to check "for" or "against" boxes for six different bond propositions that would fund infrastructure projects throughout the city. The long term, low interest loan will not require an increase in the property tax rate.

From Texas Standard:

There is no doubt about it – America is in need of infrastructure repair. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest infrastructure report card, U.S. infrastructure was given a D+ and the country’s crumbling levee and dam system was noted in particular.

That danger is more apparent than ever for the over 400,000 people living downstream from the Lewisville Lake Dam in North Texas. Engineers are saying that dam is a ticking time bomb if nothing is to prevent its breach.


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Abbott’s announcement came last night following talks he held with Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the Governor’s mansion in Austin.

Abbott said he and José Antonio Meade Kuribreña discussed enhancing trade and infrastructure needs between Texas and Mexico.

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PHILADELPHIA — An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it and injuring several people, some of who climbed out of windows to get away. Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C., earlier Tuesday. The front of the train was going into a turn when it shook.

An Associated Press manager, Paul Cheung, was on the train and said he was watching Netflix when “the train started to decelerate, like someone had slammed the brake.” “Then suddenly you could see everything starting to shake,” he said. “You could see people’s stuff flying over me.”

Cheung said another passenger urged him to escape from the back of his car, which he did. He said he saw passengers trying to escape through the windows of cars tipped on their side.

AUSTIN — The Texas House has voted overwhelmingly to funnel more than $3 billion in annual tax revenue from car sales to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads statewide.

Thursday’s 138-3 vote gave preliminary approval to a proposed constitutional amendment. If passed by voters next November, it would take effect in 2017.

It is similar to a proposed constitutional amendment passed in March by the Senate, which would ask voters to divert $2.5 billion in annual vehicle sales tax revenue to road funding beginning in 2018.

Gov. Greg Abbott has made bolstering transportation infrastructure a priority since the state's aging road network has been overtaxed by Texas’ booming population.