Friday, March 29, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Executive Order Against Antisemitism

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring universities to review their free speech policies on antisemitic acts and rhetoric.

The order mandates educational institutions to establish appropriate punishment for violations. Abbott specifically named the Palestine Solidarity Committee and Students for Justice in Palestine as potential violators.

The move comes amid tense debates between pro-Palestine and pro-Israel students, particularly at the University of Texas, where multiple protests have already erupted on the Austin campus. 

Article Icon 1 Mayor Says that Houston is Broke

Houston Mayor John Whitmire is considering a five percent cut across all city government areas, except first responders, after warning that the nation’s fourth-largest city is ‘broke.’

Citing decades of overspending, Whitmire argued that large-scale budget cuts and increased taxes would be critical steps in tackling the city’s $160 million deficit.

The deficit includes seven years of pension back pay for Houston firefighters, a burden that will cost taxpayers $650 million over the next 25 to 30 years.

Article Icon 1 Texas Considers Additional Nuclear Power

The Lone Star State is considering adding more nuclear power to its growing portfolio of alternative energy sources, with a focus on building small reactors throughout the state.

Government officials began exploring on-demand power options, including nuclear energy, after the 2021 winter storm nearly crippled the state’s power grid. Four large reactors already exist in Texas, with two near Fort Worth and two more southwest of Houston.

Now, companies such as X-energy have begun exploring nuclear power for small-scale operations. This would be the first expansion of nuclear energy in Texas in three decades.

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Around Texas

➤ Dallas: The legendary Cotton Bowl Stadium is set to receive a $140-million upgrade, with an expected completion around fall 2025. Improvements include new premium seating, 14 new escalators, and larger concourses. (Watch the Video)

➤ Kilgore: School district officials received $25,000 from Claycomb Associate Architects, which will go towards installing new bus tracking software. The technology is expected to provide families with real-time data on school bus locations. (Read More)

➤ Corpus Christi: City leadership has announced that all public libraries will now be staffed with armed security guards. This comes after years of assaults being reported on library campuses. Over $163,000 has been allotted for the measure. (Video)

➤ Kaufman County officials issued a disaster declaration ahead of April’s solar eclipse. State and local authorities are coordinating with gas stations and waste services to ensure operations run smoothly for the expected 200,000 extra visitors. (Watch the Coverage)

➤ Corsicana: A new film version of the Collin Street Bakery embezzlement case will be shot in Texas, starring actress Jennifer Garner. The true-crime film is titled Fruitcake, for the bakery’s most famous product. (More)

➤ Pollok: Central ISD leadership has proposed a $28.4 million bond to upgrade school roads and buildings for all 15 campuses, which haven’t been improved in nearly 20 years. A public meeting is scheduled for April 8. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Baylor and UT women’s basketball both have Sweet 16 matchups this weekend. The No.1 seeded Longhorns are set to play Gonzaga tonight, with the 5-seeded Bears slotted to play Southern California on Saturday. (Get the Details)

➤ The PGA Tour began the Houston Open Thursday, with Tony Finau defending his 2022 title. 62nd-ranked Taylor Moore and 278th-ranked Wilson Furr both shot six under and lead after the first round. (See the Schedule)

➤ The Houston Astros lost their opening day game against the New York Yankees 4-5, and the Rangers started the season with a 4-3 win over the Cubs. (Opening Day Results)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Irving: QTS Realty Trust announced the construction of a new $152 million data center in Irving. The 264,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion by fall 2025 to benefit from the growing DFW data center market. (More)

➤ DFW: American Airlines opened a new international route to Mexico’s Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport in Tulum. This marks the first U.S. flight into the new airport, offering travelers a new option for travel to the Riviera Maya. (Get the Details)

➤ Austin: Kroger is shuttering two e-commerce fulfillment facilities in Texas at the end of May, one in Austin and one in San Antonio. The supermarket chain is also closing a similar facility in Miami. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ Harris County authorities arrested a deputy constable after he was caught doing 100 mph in his Mustang while still in uniform. The deputy was charged with highway racing, which is being investigated by the department’s internal affairs. (Learn More)

➤ Three Texas men have been chosen to join 25 eligible bachelors for the next season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ These Lone Star contestants are Grant Ellis and Devin Stader from Houston, and Spencer Conley from Dallas. (More)

➤ Rice University Biologists discovered a new species of tiger beetle. The ‘Eunota Houstoniana’ exists near salt domes and oil extraction sites along the Gulf Coast. (See the Beetle)

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Thursday’s Results:

Who will finish with the best record: Astros or Rangers?

  1. Rangers: 50.4%
  2. Astros: 49.6%
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