As 2014 is coming to a close, it is important to reflect on the year. Major events shaped the conversations on health, race, domestic violence, privacy, and so much more. This year brought up many issues and discussions throughout the nation, however several major news stories developed right here in Texas. One of the most talked about, searched, intense, and unexpected event was the Ebola outbreak epidemic and how it was brought to America.
The first case of Ebola in America was diagnosed at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. The patient’s name was Thomas Eric Duncan, and sadly, he passed away from the virus. Two nurses who were part of his treatment contracted the virus, but they both recovered. One nurse even travelled while she was infected, causing much stress, nervousness, and anxiety across the nation. An outstanding 177 people were being monitored for Ebola just in Texas throughout this ordeal. Much care and consideration was taken to ensure no further spread of this virus. Two months after the initial diagnosis of Ebola in Texas, the outbreak was officially announced as over.
Another major news story stemming from Texas was the indictment of Governor Rick Perry. Gov. Rick Perry faces two felony charges related to abusing his power when he tried to pressure the district attorney to leave her position by threatening to cut off her office’s financing. The governor claims all his actions were legal and that he is innocent. Perry faces several years in prison for his actions if convicted of these crimes.
From droughts to major floods, Texas weather was unpredictable this year. Three years ago, Texas faced one of the worst droughts in history. Today, about 59% of the state is under moderate to exceptional drought conditions, however, these conditions are improving. The floods that swamped parts of Texas in September pelted much of western Texas. Heavy rainfall caused hazardous road conditions as cars were washed away. El Paso, TX’s flash flood caused the death of one after her car was trapped by flood waters.
A positive Texas news story is that Texas was one of the first states to have gas prices sink below $2 a gallon, which was the lowest in the nation. This year, the highest national average price of gas peaked at $3.70 a gallon. Lubbock, Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, and Dallas, Texas were just three cities that fell at $1.99 or below. These prices have not been seen since 2009. Lower gas prices are definitely a wish for many Americans, and this New Year might just bring a solution to our problem.
These newsworthy events all created a dynamic atmosphere for 2014. Hopefully 2015 will bring about further enlightening topics, discussions, and advancements. As the New Year approaches, I wish that it turns out to be a very special one for you – filling each day with peak of health, abundance of happiness, sunshine, and prosperity. Let the celebration begin. Cheers to 2015. May all your dreams come true!