Friday, July 5, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Beryl Tracking Toward Texas

Hurricane Beryl is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border on Monday morning after it moves across the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Beryl peaked as a Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday before lashing Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. While it should weaken to a tropical storm over the Yucatan, it could become a Category 1 hurricane or stronger before making a second landfall near Brownsville.

Where Beryl comes ashore and how strong it will be will depend on the movement of a high-pressure system to the north and the degree to which upper-level winds over the Gulf diminish the storm’s intensity. In any situation, Texans along the coast should prepare for strong winds and several inches of rain.

In anticipation of the storm’s impact, Gov. Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to prepare emergency resources and personnel for potential deployment, and Cameron County has issued a voluntary evacuation order.

Article Icon 1Luxury Retailers Team Up

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is being acquired by the parent company of rival luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue for $2.65 billion.

The blockbuster deal is being facilitated by Amazon, which will become a minority owner of the new Saks Global and will provide “technology and logistics services,” according to sources.

Neiman Marcus filed for bankruptcy in 2020 and has been owned by several private equity firms in recent years. In May, the company cut dozens of jobs at its corporate headquarters.

If regulators approve the deal, the new company would operate 175 stores with about $10 billion in annual sales.

Article Icon 13 Texas Cities Named Most Affordable in U.S.

Three Texas cities made a list of the most affordable in the U.S. McKinney led the way at No. 1, followed by Midland at No. 4 and Austin at No. 7.

The analysis was published by the financial advice website The Motley Fool, which compared each city’s median household income and cost of living to calculate an income-to-expense ratio.

McKinney’s income-to-expense ratio is 1.60, while Midland’s is 1.27 and Austin’s is 1.21.

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Around Texas

➤ Killeen: An Army family was awarded $10.3 million by an arbitration panel after their youngest son’s chronic health problems were attributed to mold in the home they leased at Fort Cavazos. (See Details)

Rowlett: The city council voted to cut its payments to Dallas Area Rapid Transit from 1 cent to 0.75 cents of its per-dollar sales tax collections. Mayor Blake Margolis said the move is intended to “encourage DART to operate more efficiently,” explaining it should collect more revenue from riders. (More)

Austin: Work began this week on a $25 million pedestrian bridge that will close a gap in the city’s downtown trail system. The unique “wishbone” design will feature a 76-foot-wide plaza over Lady Bird Lake. (See Drawings)

El Paso: The “healing garden” at Ascarate Park is getting a new mural and an eternal flame ahead of the fifth anniversary of the deadly 2019 Walmart shooting in which 23 people were killed. (See Photos)

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Texas Sports

➤ Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez have been named starters in the 2024 MLB All-Star Game. It’s Altuve’s ninth appearance and Alvarez’s third. (More)

Meanwhile, the MLB unveiled the jerseys for this year’s All-Star Game, which will be played at the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field. (See Picture)

The Dallas Stars have traded former first-round pick Radek Faksa to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations. The 30-year-old Faksa has spent his entire career with the Stars. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ The owner of a popular waterfront restaurant in Galveston is asking the port authority to give voters a chance to decide whether Battleship Texas should be moved to a nearby pier where it would block patrons’ view of the harbor. A digital rendering shows how the restaurant’s view would be affected if the historic battleship is moved. (See Drawing)

Two McAllen musicians are accusing pop artist Cardi B of using their song on her album without permission. Joshua Fraustro and Miguel Aguilar have filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages. (More)

Caldwell Zoo in Tyler shipped two male cheetahs to a zoo in Australia, where they will be integrated into their breeding program. Ichabod and Lee were born in 2020 to parents Mary Jo and Satan. (See Photos)

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The Polling Station

Do you prefer watching a fireworks show or blowing them up yourself?

  1. Watching a fireworks show
  2. Blowing them up myself
  3. Neither

Thursday’s Results:

What is your favorite Independence Day activity?

    1. Grilling / picnic: 23.0%
    2. Fireworks: 22.8%
    3. Other: 13.3%
    4. Beach / pool party: 10.5%
    5. Patriotic movie: 8.3%
    6. Parade: 8.1%
    7. Concert / sporting event: 7.9%
    8. Historical reenactment: 6.1%
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