Friday, June 7, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Texas Builds Team To Enforce Privacy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he’s established the largest team in the country to focus on “aggressive” enforcement of privacy laws and to protect personal information from artificial intelligence platforms.

The initiative aims to address concerns about the extensive collection, aggregation, and use of sensitive data by technology and AI companies by ensuring they abide by the state’s various privacy statutes. 

“Any entity abusing or exploiting Texans’ sensitive data will be met with the full force of the law,” said Attorney General Paxton.

Article Icon 1 Texas Cattle Numbers Lowest Since 1961

There are fewer cattle in Texas than at any point since 1961, according to an analysis by an Amarillo industry association using data released by the USDA earlier this year.

Matt Garner, executive director of The Range, said ongoing drought conditions and rising costs have contributed to the decline.

The USDA data was compiled before this year’s devastating Panhandle wildfires, which killed more than 7,000 cattle. Still, it showed that the state’s beef cow population fell 4% between 2023 and 2024.

Article Icon 1Big Events In College Station

Over the next two weekends, hundreds of thousands will descend on College Station for two blockbuster events: Saturday’s international soccer match between Mexico and Brazil, and a George Strait concert the following Saturday.

Both events are expected to fill the seats at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field and generate around $47 million in spending on hotels, restaurants, and other businesses in the area.

Additionally, the Aggies baseball team is hosting the University of Oregon in a best-of-three postseason super regional tournament this weekend, the winner of which will advance to the College World Series next weekend in Omaha.

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Around Texas

Austin: Gov. Greg Abbott released a list of the state’s 10 most wanted criminal illegal immigrants, a new initiative to “locate and arrest repeat offenders who have entered the country illegally.” (See List)

➤ Temple: Transportation officials held a public meeting to discuss the proposed extension of Interstate 14 from Belton to Rogers. The project would also expand a section of I-35 from three to seven lanes in each direction. (More)

➤ Amarillo: City council members selected Grayson Path as Amarillo’s next city manager, citing his successful track record in Paris, Texas. The city manager position has been vacant for nearly a year. (More)

➤ Dallas: City council members are considering a proposal to increase their salaries from $60,000 to $125,000, a move that would require voter approval. Councilman Adam Bazaldua said he’s “not afraid to say we deserve more pay.” (More)

➤ San Antonio:  A police officer who allegedly removed firearms from a city-sponsored gun buyback event has been indefinitely suspended. David Mahula, an 18-year veteran of the force, has denied the allegations. (More)

➤ Grapeland: A popular drive-thru safari will permanently close later this month after experiencing significant damage from this year’s severe weather. After June 24, Grapeland Safari will close its doors to visitors. (More)

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Texas Sports

➤ The Mavericks were overpowered by the Celtics last night, losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals 107-89. Former Maverick Kristaps Porzingis was a major factor in the Celtics win, with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. (See Details)

➤ The Oklahoma Sooners softball team beat the Texas Longhorns 8-4 last night to win the Women’s College World Series, their 4th straight national title. UT was knocking on the door in the 6th inning down 5-3 with the bases loaded, but a costly baserunning error stunted their momentum. (More)

Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is sitting out of the team’s mandatory minicamp this week while seeking a lucrative contract extension. He faces over $100,000 in fines. (More)

LIV Golf is coming to Houston this weekend, where fans will get to see Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, and hometown hero Patrick Reed compete in the league’s first tournament in Texas. (More)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | NBA | WNBA | NCAA Softball | French Open

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Dallas-based American Airlines has offered its flight attendants a wage increase of 17% even as the attendants’ union opened a strike command center as negotiations continue. (More)

➤ The family behind Schlitterbahn Waterpark has opened a 30-acre 1960s-themed luxury RV resort in New Braunfels. Camp Landa includes a pool, a bar, a playground, and a cafe. (See Details)

Construction is underway on the 500-acre Sloan Corners development situated in both Allen and Fairview. The $3 billion project will feature 10.6 million square feet of office space, 6,000 apartment units, 620 hotel rooms, and 220,000 square feet of retail. (See Photos)

➤ SpaceX completed the first full test flight of its Starship mega-rocket Thursday, landing the Super Heavy booster in the Gulf of Mexico and the reusable Starship rocket in the Indian Ocean after it reached a speed of 16,000 mph and an altitude of 125 miles. (See Photos)

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Et Cetera

Police arrested a man Tuesday after he admitted to stealing an Odessa ambulance because no family member would pick him up from the hospital. (See Photo)

➤ A giraffe at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose grabbed hold of a toddler and lifted her up out of the bed of a pickup truck, an encounter that shocked the family and was captured on video. (See Video)

➤ Chipotle is offering up to 17,500 free burritos and other entrees per game during the 2024 NBA Finals. The “Free Throws, Free Codes” promotion requires participants to text a code provided by the company after a player makes a free throw. (See Details)

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The Polling Station

Will the Mavericks win the NBA Finals?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Thursday’s Results:

Have you ever seen a Space Shuttle or rocket launch in person?

    1. Yes: 17.9%
    2. No: 82.1%
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