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Democrats take Senate, Dallas air show crash

Hello Houston! A new week is here, but you may have missed some of the weekend’s top news.

Don’t worry – we’re here for you.

We’ve brought back some of the big stories from the weekend so you can stay tuned. From Democrats gaining control of the Senate to a plane crash in Dallas that killed six people, here’s what you might have missed:

Two Houston planes collided in mid-air at a World War II air show in Dallas on Saturday, killing six people. Videos circulating on social media show stunned onlookers watching as the planes collided in the sky and hit the ground in a large, fiery explosion that formed a large plume of black smoke.

Authorities were working to identify the deceased, with three people identified at the time of publication.

Read the whole story here.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., left, reacts alongside Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak during an election night party hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party Tuesday, November 8, 2022 in Las Vegas.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., left, reacts alongside Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak during an election night party hosted by the Nevada Democratic Party Tuesday, November 8, 2022 in Las Vegas.Gregory Bull/AP

Democrats take control of Senate with victory in Nevada

Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won re-election in Nevada Saturday night, securing Democratic control of the Senate chamber through 2024.

With a 50-49 majority, Democrats will remain in control no matter what the outcome of next month’s Georgia runoff, due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ landmark vote.

Read the full Associated Press story here.

James DeAnda elementary school student Dulce Rangel-Rodriguez works on classwork Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Houston.  Children at Risk's annual ranking lists them as "Pandemic" Evidence of earning A and B accountability ratings for three consecutive years while serving many economically disadvantaged students.

James DeAnda elementary school student Dulce Rangel-Rodriguez works on classwork Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Houston. Children at Risk’s annual rankings called them “pandemic” proof of receiving A and B ratings for accountability for three consecutive years while serving a high quota of economically disadvantaged students.

Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

HISD may close schools if enrollment drops and budget deficits occur

School closures for Houston ISD could be on the cards due to financial issues and declining enrollment. The move was announced during a school council meeting late last week, but no details were given on which schools could be closed or when.

Parents and advocates have raised concerns that smaller schools in black and brown neighborhoods could be disproportionately affected.

Read the whole story here.

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale at Caesars Sportsbook on Thursday, November 10, 2022 to collect his winnings for the Astros win of the World Series.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale at Caesars Sportsbook on Thursday, November 10, 2022 to collect his winnings for the Astros World Series win.Courtesy of Photo/Caesars Sports

Mattress Mack has won millions betting on the Astros World Series

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale cashed a record-breaking $75 million from Caesars Palace Las Vegas after betting millions on Astros winning the World Series.

McIngvale regularly takes million-dollar sports bets to hedge against his gallery furniture sales. In the case of the Astros this season, Gallery Furniture offered customers double their money if they won the World Series, and McIngvale tweeted Friday morning that he would be bringing the promotion back next year.

Read the whole story here.

Kiahla Shelton, 10, of Clear Lake, looks at astronaut photos at Space Center Houston during the launch party for Artemis I Monday, August 29, 2022 in Houston.  Kiahla has been updating her space suits since she was a baby.  “I like to wear it here and on Halloween,†she said.  The launch was scrubbed and rescheduled for September 2nd.

Kiahla Shelton, 10, of Clear Lake, looks at astronaut photos at Space Center Houston during the launch party for Artemis I Monday, August 29, 2022 in Houston. Kiahla has been updating her space suits since she was a baby. “I like to wear it here and on Halloween,†she said. The launch was scrubbed and rescheduled for September 2nd.

Elizabeth Conley/Photographer

NASA is planning the third attempt to launch the Artemis I mega rocket

Despite the whims of politicians, the technical hurdles of rocketry and, more recently, the squalls of Hurricane Nicole, NASA’s mega-lunar rocket is scheduled to launch Wednesday after two earlier delays.

Looking ahead to China, the US hopes the launch will set the tone for how nations compete in space and herald a new era in space exploration.

Read the whole story here.

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