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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans.

McLennan Community College will host “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in The Highlands gym. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are limited to four per online order at www.mclennan.edu/clarencethomas/tickets. Tickets become available Tuesday.

Rapoport Academy recognized its campus teachers of the year for 2016-17. Honorees were (above, from left) Amanda Green at Meyer High; Jill Barrow at Rapoport Middle; Kimberly Cash at North Elementary; and Hannah Coleman at East Elementary. Jill Barrow (right) also was honored as the district’s teacher of the year.

With buyers snapping up homes the day they hit the market, or as soon as there is a “whisper” of their availability, builders are planning new subdivisions all over Greater Waco in the near future.

An increase to health insurance costs, debt service bills and less-than-expected revenues forced Hewitt city leaders to put a halt to spending and propose a much slimmer upcoming fiscal year budget.

Waco ISD has improved its efforts to identify and serve students with dyslexia in recent years, but officials say many students are still going undiagnosed. A new state requirement to screen students earlier is likely to narrow the gap and add to the already increasing number of students identified as dyslexic.

A Waco man was arrested late Tuesday night after he hit a tractor-trailer driver in the head with a tire tool during a disturbance at the Hewitt FedEx shipping location, Hewitt police Assistant Chief Tuck Saunders said.

The Community Race Relations Coalition will hold its quarterly meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 305 N. 30th.

The net taxable value of property in Waco increased by 9 percent, to $9.24 billion during the past year, the jump due in part to $80 million in new commercial construction, according to certified tax rolls the McLennan County Appraisal District is releasing this week.

WASHINGTON — Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted at last Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive “yes” vote.

The 2017 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Junior Golf Tour, presented by The Waco Junior Golf Association, will continue with the two-round City Championship at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cottonwood Golf Course, 5200 Bagby Ave., and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Twin Rivers Golf Club, 1000 Bear Ridge Drive.

Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory will present a “Wild Goose Chase” shadow puppet show, with dancing pants, guitar rockin’ grannies and more at the following times, dates and locations: