Friday, June 21, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Alberto Floods Texas Beach Towns

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall Thursday morning about 250 miles south of Brownsville in northern Mexico, bringing heavy rains and flooding to much of the Texas coast and killing at least four south of the border.

The resort towns of Surfside Beach and Jamaica Beach south of Galveston were underwater Thursday from several feet of storm surge, and the Corpus Christi Fire Department sent boats to the North Beach area to rescue stranded residents. Over four inches of rain were dumped on South Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 51 affected counties, and a contingent of the Texas National Guard was mobilized to respond to any potential crises.

Article Icon 1Kerry Max Cook Exonerated of 1977 Murder

Kerry Max Cook, a former Texas death row inmate, was exonerated Wednesday of the high-profile 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards.

Cook was convicted of the crime in 1978, but it was overturned in 1991 after it was determined the prosecution withheld and even falsified evidence. After a mistrial and another overturned conviction, Cook accepted a plea deal that allowed him to be released from prison in 1997.

In 2016, Smith County prosecutors nullified Cook’s plea of no contest, but he was still labeled a murderer by the Texas judicial system until Wednesday’s decision.

“This case is riddled by allegations of State misconduct that warrant setting aside Applicant’s conviction,” wrote Judge Bert Richardson.

Article Icon 1Aggies vs. Vols In College World Series 

No. 3 Texas A&M’s baseball team faces off against the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers this weekend in the College World Series. Both teams are vying for their first national title.

The Aggies have accumulated 679 strikeouts so far this season—a program record—while the Volunteers are the first team in NCAA Division I history to have five players hit at least 20 home runs in a season.

Tennessee defeated the Aggies 7-4 en route to their SEC tournament championship last month, and they’re the betting favorite to win Game 1 of the best-of-three series.

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Around Texas

➤ Round Rock: A 17-year-old has been arrested as a suspect in this past weekend’s deadly shooting at a Juneteenth festival. Police say they don’t believe the suspect acted alone and are unsure if he fired the shots that killed two. (More)

Houston: The city council unanimously approved a $1.5 billion firefighters union settlement, including $650 million in back pay and 36% salary increases over five years. A bond proposal to fund the settlement was approved last week. (More)

San Antonio: The FBI and DEA charged 24 prison gang members after a months-long probe. Those charged include Brian “Get Down” Zepeda, Roberto “Pork Chop” Davalos Alvarado, and Raymond “Crime” Medina for drug trafficking and illegal weapons possession. (See Details)

Fannin County: More than 1,000 residents have organized to stop the construction of a planned 30,000-acre wind farm, saying it would destroy their property value and discourage tourism and economic development. (More)

Laredo: The Tecos, a Mexican Baseball League team, is being evicted from the city’s Uni-Trade Stadium in the middle of the season for allegedly failing to sign a lease agreement. (See Details)

Waco: City officials selected Scott Walker, a 30-year Phoenix fire department veteran, as the new fire chief. Chosen from 60 applicants, he’ll be appointed at the July 2 city council meeting. (More)

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Texas Sports

➤ The Rangers beat the Mets 5-3 on Wednesday, ending New York’s “Grimace win streak,” a 7-game run of victories that began when the McDonald’s mascot threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mets on June 12. (More)

➤ The Texas Longhorns football team unveiled their Big 12 championship rings on Wednesday. Next year, Texas will compete in the Southeastern Conference. (See It Here)

➤ Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, Houston’s NRG Stadium, and Austin’s Q2 Stadium will host several Copa América soccer games over the next two weeks, with the first match in Texas being played between Peru and Chile today in Arlington. (See Schedule)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | WNBA | PGA | LPGA | LIV | Copa América

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Houston airports are partnering with Boeing subsidiary Wisk Aero to introduce a fleet of self-flying electric cars to the area. A human supervisor on the ground will monitor each flight. (See Details)

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company was fined $11,876 for water quality violations at its Bastrop site, including ineffective erosion controls and unauthorized industrial stormwater discharge. (More)

➤ Zoning and entitlements for the $300 million, 35-acre Prosper Arts District in Dallas are complete. The development will feature three hotels, 515 multifamily units, retail, and an open space with waterways and walking paths. (More)

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Eighty-five years after a mob forced her family from her childhood home in Fort Worth, 97-year-old Opal Lee—the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” who pushed for years to make June 19 a national holiday—received the keys to her new home built on the same lot. (See Photos)

Lincoln, a gray fox at the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Amarillo, is a surrogate dad to orphaned baby foxes, providing them with care and companionship. (See Video)

Buc-ee’s has replaced its iconic bronze beaver statue at its Luling location with a slimmed-down, more detailed version, to the displeasure of some fans who claim Buc-ee “went Hollywood.” (See Photo)

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The Polling Station

Which team will win the College World Series?

  1. Texas A&M
  2. Tennessee

Thursday’s Results:

What kind of cell phone do you have?

    1. iPhone: 60.6%
    2. Android: 23.8%
    3. Flip phone: 6.0%
    4. I don’t have a cell phone: 5.1%
    5. Other: 4.4%
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