Impeachment Fight Continues, Downtown Businesses Struggle with Repeat Offenders, Crickets Invade Austin

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Impeachment Fight Continues, Downtown Businesses Struggle with Repeat Offenders, Crickets Invade Austin

The Top Five Things You Need to Know at 7:05

1. WHITE HOUSE CEASES COOPERATION WITH DEMOCRATS

The U.S. Constitution gives the House "the sole power of impeachment," leaving Democrats and the Trump administration to fight over what that means.

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2. KURDS PREPARE TO RESIST IMMINENT TURKISH INVASION

Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria issue a "general mobilization" call along the Syrian border with Turkey as Ankara masses troops to cross into its southern neighbor.

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3. WHO IS FACING SHARPER SCRUTINY

Elizabeth Warren's rapid rise in presidential primary polls is being accompanied by heightened criticism -- from both Trump and her Democratic opponents.

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4. REPEAT OFFENDERS BECOME MORE PREVALENT

Some Austin business owners say dealing with repeat criminal offenders has become more common since the homeless ordinances were revised...Craig Staley, owner of the Royal Blue Grocery, tells Fox 7 it's gotten so bad for him that the only thing that is keeping him in business right now is the hard work of Austin police.

"All of the sudden the folks who hang downtown, some of the homeless -- a lot of them are, started spealing from us repeatedly," Staley says.

Staley says he wonders how long it will be until downtown businesses finally give up and stop calling police since there is very little they can do to prevent people from coming back.

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5. CRICKETS INVADE AUSTIN

It's the time of year again when Austin is flooded with crickets, but entomologists say the wet spring we experienced has increased their presence.  Some local businesses have reportedly been so affected by the larger-than-normal influx of crickets that they've had to stay closed this week.  Fall typically marks the end of the crickets' life cycle.

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