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  • Going back to school this year will look very different for most children, and the families of children who will again be attending school in-person should make traffic safety a priority, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service safety expert.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Friday it awarded more than $19.6M under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to 15 non-profit organizations in the state of Texas. A list of grantees is available at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.
  • With the start of a new hunting season fast approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding hunters and anglers that current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package) will expire at the end of August. New licenses for the 2020-21 season go on sale Aug. 15.
  • Texas moves towards the 10,000 milestone in fatalities with 255 newly reported fatalities, but hospitalizations, active cases and the positivity rate all have downward trends in the daily data release on Thursday by Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS). In North Texas, Tarrant County reported 404 new cases and Dallas County continued to see falling numbers with only 234 new cases. Collin County was notified of 261 new cases, Denton County reported 92 new cases and Fannin County was advised of 41 new cases.
  • August is water quality month and Texans with septic systems can help improve local water quality by making sure it is working properly. Septic systems — known as on-site sewage facilities, or OSSFs — work like mini wastewater treatment facilities for rural or suburban Texans who live too far away to connect to a city’s sewer system. There are over 2.2 million known septic systems operating in Texas today. But they also have the potential to negatively impact local water quality, and human health as a result, by spreading bacteria if they are not functioning properly.
  • 1945 – Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan Standard Time). The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that formalized the surrender of the Empire of Japan, marking the end of hostilities in World War II. It was signed by representatives from the Empire of Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Provisional Government of the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dominion of New Zealand. The signing took place on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. The date is sometimes known as Victory over Japan Day, although that designation more frequently refers to the date of Emperor Hirohito's Gyokuon-hōsō (Imperial Rescript of Surrender), the radio broadcast announcement of the acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration at noon Japan Standard Time on August 15.