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HTN Update: Ex-congressman Farenthold takes lobbying job for Port of Port Lavaca

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Hi Crossroads, I'm Amber Joseph with your Hometown News Update. 

Former Republican U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold has accepted a $160,000 dollar annual salary to lobby for the Calhoun Port Authority.  This just a little more than a month after resigning amid fallout from a sexual harassment scandal.  The Calhoun Port Authority announced Monday Farenthold would promote its interests in Washington.  Farenthold quit in April, as the House Ethics Committee investigated him using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle an ex-staffer's 2014 sexual harassment claim.  Farenthold pledged to reimburse that, but hasn't.

Board members in the Victoria ISD gather this evening for a specially called meeting.  They're expected to move forward with hiring a new Superintendent.
Iowa educator Dr. Quinton Shepherd was named lone finalist for Superintendent.  The meeting is at 6 p.m. at 102 profit drive. 

And across the world..

Israeli troops shot dead a number of Palestinians on the Gaza border Monday as the US opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.  It was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.  Palestinian Health Ministry officials said at least 55 people were killed and more than 2200 hurt either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means during protests on the border.
 
Israel's military said it has carried out five airstrikes in Gaza after militants exchanged fire with soldiers.  An Israeli military officer said the strikes hit training camps of the militant Islamic group, Hamas, that rules Gaza and has been leading protests along the border with Israel.

Troops exchanged fire with militants on three separate occasions.

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