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Characteristics associated with a case of amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri parasites. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County Sunday amid concerns that the water supply may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri.

Driving the news: Lake Jackson issued a separate disaster declaration Saturday and a "Boil Water Notice" is in place for the city following the death of a 6-year-old boy on Sept. 8

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  • Per a City of Lake Jackson statement, the boy's hospitalization was due to the amoeba, which was linked to two water sources by which he had played in late August before becoming ill — the Lake Jackson civic center fountain "splash pad" and a hose at his home.

What they're saying: "The City of Lake Jackson, County of Brazoria, Texas, is facing significant threats to life, health and property due to contaminated drinking water," the city said in an emergency request to Abbott ahead of his declaration. "The impact of this threat is severe. The potential damages include: sickness and death."

Of note: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a "do not use" water alert Friday for eight cities, along with the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections centers and the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport.

  • This was later lifted for all places except for Lake Jackson. Now, authorities have deemed it's OK to use the water if it's boiled "until the water system has been adequately flushed and samples indicate that the water is safe to use," the commission said in a statement.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Abbott's order and the new guidance from the commission.

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Oct 27, 2020 - Podcasts

The final week of the campaign

With one week until Election Day, Joe Biden has a clear lead in the polls over President Trump — but both sides know that nothing is guaranteed as they weigh their options. Democrats are deciding whether to play it safe or try to expand the map after record fundraising, while down-ballot Republicans are making tough decisions about whether to tie their campaigns to the president's.

Biden says he'll make Supreme Court pick by end of February

President Biden speaks on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday said he will announce the nominee for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's replacement by the end of February.

Driving the news: Biden also affirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, saying "it's long overdue."

Stephen Breyer formally announces retirement from Supreme Court

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court.

State of play: Breyer said his retirement will take effect when the court "rises for the summer recess (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed."