Friday, February 16, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 U.S. House Bill Pushes for Control of Texas Grid

Democrats are pushing a bill in Congress to connect ERCOT, Texas’ self-contained power grid operator, to the federal power grid. The House bill is co-sponsored by Texas Rep. Greg Cesar and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Casar says the proposed Connect the Grid Act would improve grid reliability for the state by putting ERCOT under the purview of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and points to the major power outages of 2021’s winter storm as proof of the need.

The legislation is likely to face opposition from some prominent Texas officials. Gov. Greg Abbott warned about federal overreach involving ERCOT at the Texas Energy Summit earlier this month.

Article Icon 1 Judge Weighs Border Enforcement Law

U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra expressed skepticism during court arguments today toward Texas’ controversial border bill, Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which allows state officers to detain, arrest, and deport illegal immigrants.

Lawyers for the Biden Justice Department argued that SB 4 infringes upon federal immigration laws, while Texas officials assert its constitutionality and importance in addressing growing border security issues.

Judge Ezra said he was concerned the Texas law could open the door to the “nightmare” of a patchwork of states, each enforcing its own immigration law. He said he hoped to reach a decision before the law takes effect on March 5.

Article Icon 1 SpaceX Gets Incorporated to Texas

Elon Musk says he has officially relocated SpaceX’s business incorporation to Texas in reaction to a Delaware court ruling that nixed his $55-billion Tesla pay package.

Musk posted the news on X, along with the legal certificate, saying:

“SpaceX has moved its state of incorporation from Delaware to Texas! If your company is still incorporated in Delaware, I recommend moving to another state as soon as possible.”

The legal relocation of SpaceX expands the company’s already significant presence in the Lone Star State. It comes as part of a series of anti-Delaware moves by Musk, who has already relocated his Neuralink firm from Delaware to Nevada.

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Around Texas

➤ Austin: Officials say the aquarium at St. David’s hospital most likely prevented further deaths from the recent crash that killed one and injured five. The water was able to absorb most of the car’s impact. (Video)

➤ Arlington: City officials have captured the coyote that attacked three children at a neighborhood park. All three victims have been treated for rabies and released from a local hospital. (Video)

➤ Tyler: Police have arrested Dr. Kenneth Haygood for multiple charges of sexual assault of his patients, dating back as far as 2007. He’s booked in Smith County jail with a $3.55 million bond. (More)

➤ Katy: The Harris County attorney’s office is investigating how someone was able to prank the election office by registering nationally known rappers all at the same home address in Katy. Among those listed were 50 Cent, Drake, and Chris Brown. (Video)

➤ Amarillo: State and county authorities busted a large cockfighting ring that involved 170 roosters. Three illegal immigrant ringleaders were arrested, and 50 spectators received misdemeanor tickets. (Video)

➤ Odem: The city police chief recently announced retirement after local officials began asking questions about the alleged misuse of $143,953 in state funds. City council members tabled a motion to dissolve their police department. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ The Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-93 after trailing by 15 points. Luka Donic and Kyrie Irving contributed 61 points, 18 rebounds, and 15 assists to the team’s win. (More)

➤ Texas Rangers games will be carried by Bally Sports Southwest under a newly signed agreement. The company will air 153 regular-season games as well as four training matches beginning March 14. (More)

➤ A Houston Judge has ruled against the son of Texans’ owner Janice McNair, denying a request for a medical exam to determine her mental capacity. Cal McNair has been pursuing legal guardianship over his mom’s ability to manage the NFL team. (More)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Austin-Bergstrom International Airport received $39.5 billion in federal funds to expand and modernize the facility. The money came from the infrastructure law passed in 2021. (More)

➤ New Braunfels: The German-themed Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort has 2,000 open jobs to fill for their upcoming season. Their annual FUNbelieveably hiring event will last from February 14 to 24. (More)

➤ Texas-based American Airlines scored a marketing deal with the Texas Rangers, making them the team’s official airline. The partnership will include business advertising and promotional offers for American Airlines Rewards members. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ The Fort Worth Zoo announced it had performed a rare C-section birth for a pregnant gorilla. A healthy baby gorilla named Jameela was born after veterinarians noticed the mother showing signs of pregnancy complications. (Photos)

➤ Port Arthur: A long-married couple achieved local fame by wearing the same matching clothes for the last 14 years. The couple says they even wear matching pajamas at night. (Video)

➤ San Antonio: The city’s Go Rio Boat Rides have been ranked as the 2nd best ‘First Date’ experience in America, according to a Dating News national survey, behind only carriage rides in Charleston, South Carolina. (More)

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The Polling Station

 Which icon best represents the Lone Star State?

  1. Longhorn Cattle
  2. Cowboy Hats
  3. The Alamo
  4. Oil Derricks
  5. Other

Thursday’s Results:

Have you ever two-stepped at a Texas honky tonk?

  1. Yes: 58.9%
  2. No: 41.1%
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