Friday, February 23, 2024

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Article Icon 1 Texas Company Lands on the Moon

Houston-based Intuitive Machines successfully landed its lunar lander Odysseus on the moon, marking America’s first private landing on the lunar surface.

The lunar landing is a huge victory for the Texas business, launched in 2013 by three space enthusiasts, two of them veterans of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, just down the road from their current headquarters. It employs over 200 people.

Intuitive Machines stock tripled since the launch of the Odysseus lander last week, though dipping a bit just before the landing. The mission was funded by a $118 million fee for carrying a NASA science payload.

Article Icon 1Dallas City Manager Resigns

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has announced his resignation under pressure from the City Council, leaving Dallas as the largest Texas city without a chief executive.

Tension between Broadnax and Mayor Eric Johnson has been ongoing for years. Two years ago, Johnson led a failed public effort to fire Broadnax.

As city manager, Broadnax had a salary of $426,241 a year. City officials say they’ll appoint an interim manager while conducting a national search for a replacement.

Broadnax’s departure is one of three recent city manager departures in Texas. El Paso and Austin ousted their chief executives last year and are operating with interim city managers.

Article Icon 1Paxton Sues Nonprofit Over Migrants

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit to close the Catholic nonprofit Annunciation House in El Paso, accusing it of aiding illegal immigration and human smuggling.

Annunciation House has refuted the accusations, stating that its goal is to provide hospitality and support to refugees.

Court records show Paxton’s office demanded documentation for the people living at the shelter, a move criticized as unreasonable by Annunciation House’s lawyer.

The nonprofit has filed a lawsuit to delay the release of records and examine the legality of the Attorney General’s request. A press conference is scheduled for today.

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Around Texas

➤ Keller: School officials are planning legal action to block a Studio 6 Motel from being built next to an elementary school, arguing it would put children’s safety at risk. (Video)

➤ Padre Island: Officials say canals beneath the Don Patricio Bridge have finally been connected after 20 years of construction, improving water quality by connecting dead-end canals to the Gulf of Mexico. (Video)

➤ Houston: Spring Branch School Superintendent Jennifer Blaine announced the layoff of 37 librarians as part of the district’s $22.6 million budget cuts. The move mirrors Houston ISD’s recent firing of dozens of librarians. (More)

➤ Lufkin: City officials recently approved a $25-million project to build 72 multi-family apartments for low-to-moderate income families. The proposed monthly rent will range from $413 to $1,159 for one and two-bedroom units. (More)

➤ Pecos: Local leaders broke ground on phase two of the Cyclone Ballpark project. By Fall 2024, the multipurpose complex will have eleven sports fields and 1,100 sq. ft. of event space. (Video)

➤ Del Valle: School District Board President Rebecca Birch resigned from her position, citing the wrongful reinstatement of a trustee who vacated their seat in 2023. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ The Southland Conference has suspended four Incarnate Word basketball players and four players from A&M-Commerce for participating in a massive brawl on Monday night. The cause of the fight is still unknown. (More)

➤ El Paso soccer players will represent the United States in the SOCCA America Cup tournament in Cancun, Mexico. The Texans will be playing against seven international teams ranging from Ecuador to Belgium. (Video)

➤ San Antonio Spurs’ rookie Victor Wembanyama landed an endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton. The 20-year-old French native will also play in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. (More)

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➤ Dallas: Famed Swiss watchmaker Rolex is launching an 18-month program in Dallas to train the next generation of watchmakers. The tuition-free program will have its final exams in Switzerland. (Click Here to Apply)

➤ San Antonio: Financial solutions company Genesis Network Telecom has filed for bankruptcy. Created in 2005, Genesis provided financing to multiple companies, including FedEx Supply Chain Logistics. (More)

➤ Cedar Park: Plus and Play has opened its first Texas location with a new tech center to support local entrepreneurs by connecting them with Fortune 500 companies. (Video)

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➤ Jersey Village: Local brewery Senate Avenue Brewing Co. won a gold medal for its ‘Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout’ at the Texas Craft Brewers Cup competition. The brew was created in collaboration with Texas House Rep. Lacey Hull. (More)

Texarkana: Local authorities helped reunite a kangaroo with its family in a city park. The ‘roo, named Rocky, belonged to a nearby family. Owning a Kangaroo is legal in Texas. (Photos)

Dallas: The Southwest Celtic Music Association is gearing up for the annual North Texas Irish Festival at Dallas Fair Park from March 1-3. The Celtic celebration will host live music, dancing, and Irish cuisine. (See Schedule)

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