Friday, April 5, 2024

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Article Icon 1Thunderstorms Predicted for Monday Eclipse

Severe thunderstorms have been added to an already cloudy forecast for Monday’s solar eclipse, lowering the chances for clear visibility and making the post-eclipse traffic afterward more dangerous.

Meteorologists now say a swath of Texas, including Dallas, is at an increased risk of damaging thunderstorms on Monday, especially during the evening hours. Damaging winds, hail, drenching rain, and perhaps a tornado are all possible.

The storms are expected late in the day, so they may not directly impede visibility during the ‘path-of-totality’ window from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Officials warn the greatest risk would be during the heavy traffic afterward.

Article Icon 1 Austin Has a New City Manager

The Austin City Council officially named T.C. Broadnax as its new city manager, with an expected start date of May 6. He’ll replace interim City Manager Jesús Garza.

Broadnax’s new contract includes a $470,017 salary and $7,000 for ‘executive expenses.’ Additionally, he’ll receive a $5,000 monthly stipend for up to six months of temporary accommodations.

Austin Business Journal has ranked Broadnax among the highest-paid public CEOs in the city. He resigned as Dallas’ city manager to take this job after reports of tensions with Dallas council members.

Article Icon 1 1.7 Million Texans To Lose Internet Subsidies

As many as 1.7 million Texans may lose their federal internet service subsidies at the end of April when Washington’s “Affordable Connectivity Program” program ends.

The program paid a $30 monthly subsidy to qualifying low-income Texas residents, with the majority of them in South Texas. Those impacted say they depended on the subsidies to help search for jobs and fulfill telehealth needs.

While supporters of the program argue that it fulfills a basic need, critics have labeled it as an example of using tax dollars for what should be an individual’s direct expense.

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Around Texas

➤ El Paso: U.S. Immigration and Customs agents have begun arresting and deporting 215 individuals who participated in the March 21 border stampede after they were released by a county court. (More)

➤ Denton: Two school district employees have been indicted on “illegal electioneering” charges for allegedly using school email accounts to urge colleagues to vote for specific candidates. (Get the Details)

➤ Austin: The University of Texas closed diversity, equity, and inclusion programs across the campus due to state law SB17, which banned DEI programs at all public colleges and universities in Texas. (Video)

➤ Laredo: City and state officials broke ground on a two-year expansion of Highway 359. The project will cost $47 million and is expected to widen six miles of roadway. (More)

➤ Sugar Land: A father filed a $1 million lawsuit against a Hindu temple for branding his 11-year-old son. The man says his ex-wife let a religious leader perform the act, leaving the child traumatized. (See Photo)

➤ Nacogdoches County residents woke up to an earthquake late Tuesday night. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 3.0 on the Richter scale and 4.7 miles below the surface. No injuries or damage were reported. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Patrick Mahomes Sr. received his third felony DWI charge in a Texas court on Thursday, following his Feb. 3 arrest. The father of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. (Get the Scoop)

➤ Meanwhile, Chiefs’ receiver Rashee Rice said he took “full responsibility” for the six-vehicle crash in Dallas last weekend. Although Rice leased the Lamborghini involved, he hasn’t said whether he was driving it at the time. (More)

➤ The PGA Golf Tour tees off in San Antonio this weekend for the Valero Texas Open. Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott, and Rory McIlroy are headlining the event. (How to Watch)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Two Texas BBQ joints were recently dubbed finalists for the coveted James Beard Award. The new Barbs-B-Q in Lockhart and Birdie’s in Austin are set to compete at the 33rd annual James Beard Awards in Chicago this Summer. (Video)

➤ NASA has selected Houston-based Axiom Space to create the next generation of space suits for this decade’s Artemis moon mission. The new suits are designed to include high-definition video in the helmets. (See Spacesuits)

➤ County Officials broke ground on a $6.5 million expansion to the Montgomery County Food Bank in response to a 23% increase in food requests last year. (Learn More)

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➤ Irving: City police thought they were being pranked when they were sent to round up a goat and peacock, but they ended up rescuing the goat along Highway 183 and securing the peacock in a local neighborhood. (Watch the Bodycam Footage)

➤ College Station: The Texas A&M Singing Cadets are celebrating their 130th reunion this weekend. Over 175 ‘Singing Cadet’ alumni are expected to return for an April 6 concert. (Get the Details)

➤ Hillsboro: A new Buc-ee’s under construction has added a massive BBQ sauce barrel standing four stories tall. The new location, off I-35, is expected to open near the end of April. (See the Photos)

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The Polling Station

 What are your plans for Monday’s eclipse?

  1. Go somewhere to watch it
  2. Watch coverage from home
  3. Work like I always do
  4. Sleep
  5. Other

Thursday’s Results:

What’s your favorite part of a smoked brisket?

  1. The Lean Flat Cut: 34.4%
  2. The Burnt Ends: 30.7%
  3. The Fatty Point Cut: 24.1%
  4. Other: 10.8%
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