Friday, February 9, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 U.S. House Republicans Warn President Biden

Twenty-four House Republicans have cautioned President Biden against federalizing the Texas National Guard amid a border standoff. They contend this move would violate the constitution and have urged the president to work with Texas to ensure border security.

Under the leadership of Rep. Randy Weber, the group underscored the importance of governors maintaining command of their state forces:

By deploying the National Guard, Governor Abbott has taken the necessary steps to defend this country and her people from foreign invaders.

The push by Democratic lawmakers for Biden to seize control of the Texas National Guard came after troops took control of a park in Eagle Pass—a major border-crossing point used by illegal immigrants.

Article Icon 1 USS Texas Gets Facelift

The USS Texas is undergoing a $60 million restoration project. The Battleship Texas Foundation, which maintains the vessel, has released new photos showcasing the progress of the restoration work.

It’s been a floating museum since 1948, and it needs urgent repairs due to leaks and deterioration. The restoration involves the removal of old paint, rust, and other updates, giving the battleship a rejuvenated appearance.

The iconic battleship was commissioned in 1914 and served in both World Wars. It will anchor in Galveston to continue its service to the public.

Article Icon 1 Top 10 Breakfast Taco Spots in Texas

If you’re in the mood for breakfast tacos, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out this guide to the top breakfast taco locations in Texas.

Deep in the heart of San Antonio, you can find Pete’s Tako House. It’s a family-owned business that’s been serving breakfast tacos with fresh ingredients since 1978.

If you prefer your breakfast tacos to be quick and simple, Totilleria Lupita in Amarillo will be the spot for you. They’re best known for the chorizo and egg tacos.

Check out the whole list to see if there’s a breakfast taco spot that will get you ready for the day.

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Around Texas

Fort Worth: Four firefighters sustained critical injuries after a fire engine crashed into a tree. Two have been discharged from the hospital, but the captain and driver are still being treated for injuries. (Video

Coldspring: In January, the county’s emergency radio system was inoperable for an entire four-day period, and now first responders are demanding county leadership to provide emergency funding to fix their outdated system. (Video

The University of Texas at El Paso has implemented a new program called TORCH, which provides cybersecurity training for the hydropower industry—funded by the US Department of Energy. (More

Falls City: A 3.2-magnitude earthquake occurred just after 8 pm on February 7th, with no injuries or damage reported. This comes after four earthquakes were reported in Karnes County last September. (More)

College Station: Texas A&M University is slated to transform a closed Macy’s into a 40,000 sq ft collegiate e-sports facility. The school currently has an e-sports team of 2,778 students. (More

 Houston: A local news station mistakenly aired a fake Billy Joel song that was created by The Best Show podcast and improved with AI. (Video

Texas Sports

Terry Bussey, a five-star football prospect from Timpson, signed with Texas A&M Wednesday despite rumors of interest in LSU and Georgia. Bussey said, “I had to make the best decision for me.” (See Video

➤ The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with outfielder Adolis García Thursday as both parties agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million. García set an MLB postseason record with 22 RBIs. (More

➤ San Antonio Spurs forward Jeremy Sochan chased a loose ball into the stands, where fans helped him to his feet as he ate popcorn and kissed a man’s head. (See Video

➤ The Dallas Cowboys’ Wheelchair Football League team defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-14 on Tuesday to win their first championship. The league is sponsored by the NFL and features 14 teams. (Video

The Business Of Texas

The Teamsters Union increased the future strike benefits of 420 members to $1,000 per week in anticipation of a walk-out at the Molson Coors brewery in Fort Worth. Local 997 is asking for a new three-year agreement. (More

A federal grand jury indicted Frank Richard Ahlgren III of Austin for filing false tax returns in an effort to hide the sale of $4 million worth of bitcoin. (More

➤ More than 300 transportation workers will be laid off in March when freight companies in Fort Worth and Lubbock close their facilities. (More

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Et Cetera

➤ A Dallas man charged in a $1.6M property fraud scheme appeared in court and was shocked to learn that his attorney arranged a 12-year plea deal with the prosecutors—leading him to demand a new lawyer, which the judge granted. (Video

➤ Grandbury: Residents are raising concerns over the constant noise from a Bitcoin mining plant—stating the ‘jet-engine’ sounds have caused nausea, headaches, and vertigo. (Video

 Forth Worth: Cirque Du Soleil will be hosting their new show CRYSTAL at Dickies Arena from February 15th-18th. The 42nd original production is their first-ever ice skating show. (More

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The Polling Station

 Do beans belong in Texas chili?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Wednesday’s Results:

Have you ridden a horse in the last year?  

  1. No: 86.9%
  2. Yes: 13.1%
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