Solar Eclipse Could Cost Employers Big Bucks

(CBSNEWS) – Monday won’t be business as usual for employers, thanks to a very cosmic event.

The first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1979 will take place in the middle of the workday, which may cost employers as much as $694 million in lost productivity, according to global outplacement and coaching firm Challenger, Grey & Christmas, which analyzed wage and employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

States and cities in the path of the eclipse, which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, could suffer productivity losses of almost $200 million. Experts are warning businesses to expect increased absenteeism as millions of people are projected to travel to see the eclipse or take a break from work, which will cause productivity to plummet.

Even companies located in areas with a partial eclipse may have a “manic Monday.” Challenger, Grey estimates that the eclipse will cost the Chicago area $28 million, for example. Experts are encouraging employers to make the best of the situation by holding viewing parties and other team-building activities.

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Governor Abbott Criticizes Texas House After Special Session Ends

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM ) – Governor Greg Abbott blasted the Texas House for not reaching an agreement with the Senate on how to lessen the burden of rising property taxes.

The Governor called it his top priority during the special legislative session.

“I worked to reduce property taxes in Texas and yet the House failed to match the Senate plan, which was the plan I offered for the special session call,” he said.

When asked if that issue is important enough to call lawmakers back for a second legislative session, the Governor would only say everything is on the table. “This is an important issue, the reason to call lawmakers back is if we see movement that they are wiling to step up and willing to finally vote on a package.”

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The Governor also criticized the House for not giving nine of his items a hearing, including bathroom privacy legislation. That issue generated national headlines, and ultimately failed after a strong campaign by Texas businesses and other groups who called the measure discriminatory against transgender Texans.

Legislation would have regulated bathroom use in local government buildings and public schools. Governor Abbott says the bill would have provided schools and parents guidance. “As schools are beginning to open, schools, superintendents, principals, and parents are living with this uncertainty about what the policies are.”

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He had a message for Texas school districts when they consider policies on bathroom usage. “I would urge superintendents and principals to seek advice from the Texas Attorney General’s office.”

But Governor Abbott described the end of the special session as a “glass half full.”

Ten of his 20 items passed, and he praised them, including those that give retired teachers more money for their healthcare, increasing penalties against mail-in ballot fraud, and setting up a commission for reforming how to pay for public schools.

After the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Governor Abbott says he was glad to see Texas A&M University cancel a planned rally there.

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“I talked to the chancellor of Texas A&M University to make sure that we were going to provide a safe and secure environment so that we would have no deaths and no injury in Texas and he made the call I agree with to cancel the event.”

He also rejected a federal court ruling that the state legislature intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing two Congressional districts in 2011. The judges ordered the state to decide within three business days whether the legislature will re-draw those two Congressional district maps or have both sides go back to court to do so.

“What makes sense is to appeal immediately to the U.S. Supreme Court and get a ruling from that court,” said Abbott. t

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Denton Man Fights For 17 Years To Have Confederate Monument Removed

DENTON (CBS11) – In a long and sometimes lonely fight, Willie Hudspeth says he’s been protesting the memorial to Confederate soldiers in Denton County’s courthouse square for 17 years.

“It faces to the South. It’s elevated so you walk under it like you’re worshipping it.”

It is a reminder, he says, of segregation and racism.

“They lock doors when I pass by. Now. Today. They still do this,” he said.

So, back in 2000, he says, he started asking Denton County Commissioners to remove it.

“And they would not do it,” he said.

His ongoing protest isn’t always popular. Two years ago, a man showed up with a rifle to argue with him.

“Why is this just now a big deal? Why weren’t you out here a month ago?” the man asks in a video posted to YouTube by local journalist, Julian Gill.

“Since 2000, I’ve been out here!” Hudspeth responds to the man.

There’s also the occasional unfriendly greeting.

“They’ll drive by and shake their fist at me and curse at me,” he said.

Hudspeth doesn’t blame anyone for getting angry, though.

“Because I was like that. I was a member of the Black Panther party in my high school years,” he said, recalling a time when he was filled with anger.

The years have changed him.

“I’ve had to change my rhetoric,” he said.

He says he’s learned to seek middle ground.

Now, instead of fighting to remove the Confederate soldiers’ memorial, he’s fighting to add a new one to the courthouse square honoring Denton’s black history.

He hopes it’s a goal everyone can embrace.

Hudspeth plans to protest at the square every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. He expects others to join him and focus on removal. He says, he’s sticking to his goal of shining light on the town’s black ancestry.

Denton County Commissioners contacted for this story have not responded.

Hudspeth’s complaints did convince commissioners years ago to add a plaque stating, in part, that all men are created equal.

Because the courthouse square is a designated state and federal landmark, the Texas Historical Commission would have to approve any changes. The commission says the county has not proposed any.


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Bonnie Tyler To Sing ‘Total Eclipse’ Hit During Eclipse

MIAMI (AP) — Some cruise passengers will have the ultimate soundtrack for Monday’s solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings her hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on board.

Royal Caribbean says the Welsh singer will be backed on the power ballad by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE for a performance in an outdoor theater on its ship Oasis of the Seas as part of a “Total Eclipse Cruise.”

The ship leaves from Florida on Sunday. It will sail through the Caribbean toward St. Maarten on Monday when the moon passes in front of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable in a narrow band across the sea.

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1983. DNCE is best known for its 2015 hit “Cake by the Ocean.”

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State Lawmaker Wants Confederate Plaque Removed From Texas Capitol

DALLAS (CBSDFW) – A state lawmaker from Dallas wants a Confederate plaque removed from the Capitol building.

Inside the Texas Capitol in Austin, a few steps away from Representative Eric Johnson’s office and just outside of the rotunda, is a bronze plaque that has hung there for nearly 60 years.

The plaque rejects that the Civil War was a rebellion and denies the South seceded from the Union over slavery.

It was dedicated by the Texas Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy and reads, in part: “We, therefore, pledge ourselves to preserve pure ideals to study and teach the truths of history (one of the most important of which is that the war between the states was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery).”

Rep. Johnson tweeted that if Governor Greg Abbott brings them back for a second special session, he’d introduce a resolution to have the plaque near the rotunda and “anything like it” taken down.

Johnson’s request comes as cities across the nation are debating what to do with Confederacy monuments and statues.

In Dallas, city leaders have opened discussion on whether to remove Confederate symbols from some of its parks.

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Tasha’s KRLD To Do List August 17-20, 2017

Operation Kindness is helping keep bellies and houses full starting this Saturday (8/20). North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal care and adoption center is feeding pets across the metroplex with the launch of the Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry. The pantry is designed to lower the number of pets surrendered to shelters by providing temporary free cat and dog food to qualified low-income families.

In association with the Pet Food Pantry, Operation Kindness is launching the Royal Vaccination Fund to help provide low-income families with access to rabies, parvo and distemper vaccinations.

Sherman attorney Roger Sanders discusses the life and legacy of William Quantrill and his band of followers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr.  Quantrill’s Raiders, which included the infamous Jesse and Frank James camped out in North Texas during the Civil War. Free.

This weekend, there is a shopping event where Instagram style Influencers sell last and current season clothing, handbags, jewelry, and accessories. In addition to shopping, attendees will have the opportunity to explore pop-up shops, enjoy food from local vendors, as well as a full bar, and direct access to fashion insiders via The Edit’s Style Influencers. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Level Two Events in the Dallas Design Center. (8/19)

There is a Minutes of Midnight−Solar Eclipse Party at the Dallas Arboretum Monday August 21 from 11:30 to 2:30. Guests may pack a picnic or enjoy $2 hot dogs from the Terrace Café.  Kona Ice will have cool treats available for purchase, and eclipse-themed music will be playing as visitors view the unforgettable solar eclipse at the Camp Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. Guests are encouraged to bring their own “viewing devices,” however; complimentary special viewing glasses are available, (while supplies last).

Anime Fest is happening at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel Thursday through Sunday. (8/17-20)

North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton starts this weekend (August 18) and runs through August 27th.

Repticon Dallas is at the Grapevine Convention Center Saturday and Sunday (8/19-20)

The Texas Home & Garden Show is Friday through Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. (8/18-20)

Guitar God Marty Friedman is playing Trees Friday night. (8/18)

ABBA the Concert: A Tribute to ABBA is Saturday night in Strauss Square. (8/19)

Australian Pink Floyd is at the Verizon Saturday night. (8/19)

Rock and Roll Heaven: A Salute to the Legends of Elvis and Roy Orbison is Saturday at the Eisemann Center.

The Fixx is playing the Granada Sunday. (8/20)

Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and the Edgar Winter Band are playing the Starplex Saturday. (8/19)

Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham are playing the Starplex Friday night. (8/19)


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Fatal Crash Shuts Down I-30 In East Dallas

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Fatal crash shuts down I-30 in far east Dallas. (CBS 11)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities say one person is dead after a crash on eastbound I-30 and Highway 80 near Big Town Blvd, shutting down the interstate Friday morning.

The accident happened around 6:15 a.m. as authorities begin to investigate the crash. They say they anticipate eastbound I-30 to be shut down for the next few hours.

Drivers are being forced to exit at Buckner Blvd.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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