Friday, February 2, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Tesla Eyeing Move to Texas

Elon Musk wants to reincorporate Tesla in Texas, and he’s asked the company’s shareholders to vote on the matter. The potential move is motivated by a Delaware court’s ruling that Musk’s $56 billion compensation package is unfair to shareholders.

After the court’s ruling, Musk polled X users on whether he should proceed with the move. After 87% of the 1.1 million respondents voted yes, Musk immediately scheduled a shareholder vote to finalize the relocation.

Since 2021, Musk has been transferring portions of Tesla to the Lone Star State. Additionally, there are reports that he’s establishing a new town outside Austin where Tesla employees can reside and work.

Article Icon 1 Paxton Sues Five Cities

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed lawsuits against the cities of Austin, San Marcos, Killeen, Denton, and Elgin over ordinances that decriminalize low-level marijuana offenses.

The ordinances were passed after being approved by voters in local ballot propositions. Since the five cities are considered “home-rule” jurisdictions, they have “full power of self-government.”

Paxton argued these ordinances conflict with state law and cities lack the legal authority to adopt such policies:

I will not stand idly by as cities run by pro-crime extremists deliberately violate Texas law and promote the use of illicit drugs that harm our communities.”

Article Icon 1 American Airlines’ New Service

Fort Worth-based American Airlines is launching nonstop service from DFW to Brisbane, Australia. The 17-hour flight will be the longest nonstop route offered by the airline.

The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner—revamped with 32 Premium Economy seats and 51 Flagship Suites.

The Dallas-Brisbane service is set to commence on October 27th and will fly on a seasonal schedule. Tickets for the route will be available for purchase on February 5th.


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Around Texas

➤ Crosby: The U.S. Postal Service is offering $100,000 for any information on a suspect who robbed the post office in Crosby. The perpetrator was recorded breaking into the office around 1:00 am on Jan 16th. (Photos)

➤ The Texas Panhandle is experiencing a midwife crisis. Of the 26 counties, only five have full maternal care services—contributing to the demand for more women to become licensed midwives. (Video)

➤ Denton: A local music venue, Rubber Gloves, is enforcing new rules for mosh pits that get too violent. Any patron who sheds blood will immediately be banned. (Photos)

➤ Austin: Local authorities arrested the parents of an OnlyFans model who was charged with murdering her boyfriend. The parents allegedly stole & hacked the boyfriend’s laptop. (Video)

➤ Laredo: City officials reported a 7.88% trade growth with Mexico, contributing to a national total of $295 billion. This comes after the city’s mayor returned from a meeting with Mexico’s Foreign Trade Council. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will become the new head coach of the divisional rival Washington Commanders. Quinn had been with the Cowboys for the last three seasons. (More)

➤ Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger has earned his first NHL All-Star selection, despite frequent battles with injuries. Coach Pete DeBoer attributed it to the goalie’s demeanor and competitiveness. (More

➤ Texas will be heavily represented at this year’s Super Bowl, which features ten players who got their start playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Texas is tied with Florida for the most players in the game. (More)

The Business Of Texas

➤ The DFW airport will build a new utility plant and solar-powered microgrid to protect against power-grid failures. A forecast indicated the airport will require double the amount of power over the next decade. (More

➤ Sports Illustrated announced plans to build a resort near Lago Mar in Texas City, Texas. Billed as the “Major League of Leisure,” the property is in the design phase and will feature 200 rooms and a beach club. (More

➤ Staffed checkout lanes will return to a Dallas Kroger grocery store after customer feedback indicated shoppers didn’t like being forced to use automated self-checkout lanes. Walmart and Costco are also considering closing self-checkout lanes. (More

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Et Cetera

➤ Georgetown native Erin Sassamon recently gained a spot on the dating show Farmer Wants a Wife. The premise involves single farmers looking for a special someone who would thrive on a farm. (More)

➤ Dead dolphins are washing up on shore along the Gulf Coast. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network assured residents that dolphins normally wash ashore due to weather, illness, or birthing complications. (More

➤ The Texas-based We Are Blood organization is giving free Girl Scout Cookies in exchange for blood donations. (More)

➤ Southlake: A 15-year-old’s birthday cookies were stolen by a sneaky opossum. Local police posted video of the theft and reminded residents to beware of porch pirates—even four-legged ones. (Video)

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The Polling Station

 If you had to scrap all social media except one, which would you keep?

  1. Twitter (X)
  2. Facebook
  3. Instagram
  4. Linkedin
  5. TikTok
  6. Other

Thursday’s Results:

  What’s the best movie genre for a rainy night??

  1. Comedy: 33%
  2. Drama: 22.8%
  3. Romance: 18.1%
  4. Other: 14.7%
  5. Horror: 11.3%
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