MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

Somber Anniversary

Today marks one year since five officers were fatally shot in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News has complete coverage, offering a bunch of different perspectives on the chaotic night that a sniper opened fire after a downtown protest, injuring nine other officers and two civilians. There’s an editorial from the newspaper examining what we’ve learned about the shooting and ourselves in the past year. There’s an emotional profile of the subjects of the night’s most powerful photographs—including the iconic image showing a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer hugging hospital workers—and photojournalists share what it was like to cover the shooting and its aftermath. The Morning News also checks in with the families of the fallen officers, who are still struggling to cope. Meanwhile, Dallas police officers will hold a “Weekend of Honor” for the officers who died in the shooting, and on Thursdaythe police department held a private ceremony for the families of the officers and unveiled a new memorial dedicated to their memory.

Heated Over Health Care

About fifty protesters gathered outside Senator John Cornyn’s office in Austin on Thursday to urge him to vote against the GOP’s proposed health care overhaul, and things apparently turned pretty rowdy. Seven protesters were arrested for blocking the sidewalk, including District 21 congressional candidate Derrick Crowe, who is a Democrat, according to the Austin American-Statesman. About a dozen different organizations took part in the protest, chanting “Vote ‘no’, have a spine! Your job is on the line,” as they marched on the sidewalk, according to KVUE. Cornyn has been one of the more active supporters of the GOP’s new health care plan, which would basically scrap the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Last month, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the GOP’s proposed plan would leave 22 million people without health insurance by 2026. Cornyn’s Senate colleague, Ted Cruz, has said he opposed the bill as-is, preferring a plan that would more completely eradicate Obamacare. During his trip to McAllen on July 4, Cruz also caught flack from protesters.

Big Deal

Warren Buffett announced on Thursday that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has a deal to purchase Dallas-based energy giant Oncor, the Wall Street Journal first reported. Oncor is one of the biggest power transmission companies in the country and the biggest in Texas, serving more than ten million people across the state. According to the Dallas Morning News, the deal has to be okayed by a bankruptcy judge and must go through a lengthy process to be approved by the Texas Public Utility Commission. Although Texas regulators nixed two previous attempts to purchase the company, it looks like both sides in this deal have enough support to get it done. Oncor’s been in rough shape since its parent company, Energy Future Holdings, filed for bankruptcy in 2014. But the energy company is still relatively stable and has retained its unofficial title as the “crown jewel of Texas utilities,” according to the Morning News.