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July News Digest
July 4 is Independence Day in America but rumbling thunderstorms and flash flooding put a damper on holiday festivities in Houston this year. Up to three inches of rain was forecast but some parts of the city was deluged by more than seven inches and Mayor Sylvester Turner appealed to residents to stay off the roads. Of the festivities planned, only the televised evening fireworks display Freedom Over Texas went ahead.
Houston hosted 155 trade delegations from 46 nations last year. Exports constitute 17% of the city’s economy and provide 330,000 – up from 169,000 a decade ago.