Friday, April 12, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Rio Grande Groups Sue Texas and SpaceX

Groups in the Rio Grande Valley have sued to stop the land swap deal between the state’s Parks and Wildlife Department and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

In March, SpaceX and Texas agreed to a massive land exchange. SpaceX would receive 43 acres of Boca Chica State Park in exchange for 477 acres next to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmental groups and Carrizo Comecrudo Tribal members argue the Boca Chica land is sacred. Moreover, the suit claims the state didn’t consult local community members during negotiations.

Article Icon 1 Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Rashee Rice

Dallas city police issued an arrest warrant for Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice on eight charges, including aggravated assault, after he was involved in a crash involving Rice’s Corvette and a Lamborghini he was leasing.

Rice has admitted responsibility for the incident and issued a public apology. The arrest warrant came after investigators confirmed that Rice was driving the Lamborghini.

Authorities have also charged SMU’s cornerback, Theodore Knox, with driving the Corvette involved in the crash. None of the passengers in the accident were charged.

Article Icon 1 Housing Prices Plummet in Five Texas Cities

The five biggest Texas cities have seen a significant drop in housing prices, mainly due to the continuing construction of new homes.

Fort Worth shows one of the steepest drops in property prices, with the average home costing 52% less than it did a year ago., according to Zillow. In the state capital of Austin, the average home price dropped 41% over a year ago.

The primary cause appears to be the ongoing increase in new home construction. About 217,000 new homes were built across Texas in 2023, exceeding buyer demand.

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Around Texas

 Edinburg: A county judge has made an official disaster declaration due to the region’s continued water shortage. State lawmakers urged federal officials to enforce the 1944 water treaty with Mexico. (More)

➤ Dallas is currently $6.9 billion in debt, according to reports. The debt increased $3.2 billion from the 2022-2023 fiscal year, costing each Dallas resident an average of $18,110 in taxes. (Get the Scoop)

➤ Tyler: City officials are putting the final touches on plans for a new baseball field tailored for children with disabilities at Faulkner Park. Over $1.5 million was raised for the complex. (Watch the Story)

➤ Bastrop: A city ethics commission issued a public reprimand to Mayor Lyle Nelson for interfering in the investigation of a $70,000 ‘misuse of funds’ inquiry earlier this year. (Read More)

➤ Odessa: Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service is offering $15 testing for dangerous pollutants in private wells after fears arose that the water was contaminated with arsenic. (More)

➤ Katy: An F1 tornado with 90 mph winds wrecked local businesses and homes Tuesday night. No major injuries or deaths have been reported. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Houston Astros’ pitcher Ronel Blanco made history by throwing 44 consecutive outs at the beginning of a season before giving up his first hit, a record that hasn’t been accomplished since 1893. (More)

➤ NASCAR is roaring back into Texas this weekend for the Autotrader EchoPark 400 at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. William Byron will try to repeat last year’s win on Sunday at 2:30 pm CT. (More)

➤ The Texas Rangers finally ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-2. Rangers pitcher Cody Bradford threw seven strikeouts. (Get the Details)

The Business Of Texas

➤ USAA announced it’s laying off 220 employees in the sixth round of cuts in the past two years. Last year, the financial services company reported its first financial loss in over a century. (More)

➤ The Forest Theater is making a $75 million comeback after being empty for 15 years. Renovations to the historic theater in Dallas began this week and will include a new restaurant and increased seating capacity. (Learn More)

➤ Austin-based Saronic Technologies demonstrated a pair of autonomous surface vessels (ASV) developed for the Pentagon’s China-focused Replicator program. The drone watercraft are designed to help defend Taiwan. (See Photo)

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➤ San Antonio: An intoxicated resident confused the city’s fog-shrouded Tower of Americas for a massive UFO. The man’s video racked up nearly 500,000 views and over 6,000 comments. (See Video: Language Warning)

➤ Bryan-College Station scored the No. 20 spot in the nation’s top 30 ‘Most Dynamic Metropolitans’ list. This first-time achievement was based on Heartland Forward’s metrics analysis, which included employment rates and gross domestic product. (More)

➤ Baylor head basketball coach Scott Drew has turned down the opportunity to coach at Kentucky, recently made vacant by John Calipari’s departure for Arkansas. (More)

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The Polling Station

 What cheese do you put on Texas tacos?

  1. Cheddar
  2. Queso Fresco
  3. Monterey Jack
  4. Cotija
  5. Blend
  6. Other
  7. None

Thursday’s Results:

Do you wear cowboy boots on a regular basis?

  1. No: 50.3%
  2. Yes: 28.8%
  3. Sometimes: 20.9%
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