Makin’ Headlines – September 4
FOX 34 (Lubbock)
“This virus is not going away, we need to figure out how to live our lives and how to educate our students with the virus being present,” he said. Cornyn applauded the district for leading by example. Using almost $8 million of CARES Act money to make the return to the classroom as safe as possible. “People can look at what’s happening here in West Texas and say that’s what we need to do. If they can do it, then we can too,” the senator said.
KIII (Corpus Christi)
“Since Hurricane Harvey, the City of Port Aransas has worked tirelessly with FEMA representatives to identify damages and move recovery projects forward. Unfortunately, the city’s public safety building and fire station remain in their post-Harvey condition, forcing first responders to operate out of temporary mobile office units unsuitable for long-term operations,” said Senator Cornyn. “This is especially troubling for the city now that COVID-19 and the new hurricane season are a constant threat to public health and safety.”
The Katy News
Several schools in the Houston area will receive a number of federal grants totaling $2,980,739 to serve their Hispanic and underrepresented student populations, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. The grant funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, and it is anticipated that each grant will be sustained for a total of 5 years. “In Texas, more than one in three individuals identify as Hispanic, and I am proud to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their contributions to our state’s growing Hispanic community,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Quality education and diverse environments benefit everyone, and especially during these tough times I applaud Houston area schools for their work to secure these grants to better serve their students.”
ABC 7 (Amarillo)
“In some parts of the state, as many as a third of the students don’t have access to Wi-Fi or broadband and while Congress appropriated billions of dollars, you know, there’s a difference between snapping your fingers and actually having it implemented,” he said. “It takes some time, and I am worried in the meantime, some of these kids from low income families are falling further and further behind.” He also visited classes at both Canyon and Randall High Schools, helping to teach a lesson on government.
“As the coronavirus outbreak destabilizes our way of life, it is critical that we take active measures to ensure that struggling Texans have a place to live,” Cornyn said. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to protect vulnerable families in Temple amid this deadly pandemic.”
Fort Worth Business Press
“As the coronavirus outbreak destabilizes our way of life, it is critical that we take active measures to ensure that struggling Texas businesses can weather the storm,” said Sen. John Cornyn. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to help small businesses in Corsicana bounce back amid this deadly pandemic.”
This project was initiated by the regional planning efforts led by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which EDA funds to help bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.
Big Country Homepage
McMurry University will receive a $600,000 federal grant to serve its Hispanic and underrepresented student population through facility improvements and the creation of a new STEM Student Success Center that will provide strong academic support services, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. The grant funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, and it is anticipated that each grant will be sustained for a total of 5 years.
Texoma News Network
A federal grant to improve operations and safety measures has been awarded to the Saint Jo Volunteer Fire Department, according to The Bowie News. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced the money was appropriated through the CARES Act and totals at more than $145,000. The grant also comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is a program that aims to strengthen nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to fires and other similar hazards.