Friday, May 31, 2024

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Article Icon 1Phelan Gets Another Challenger

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan narrowly held onto his seat in this week’s runoff election, but incoming members and a growing field of candidates for the top post will test his intent to keep his leadership role.

Republican State Rep. Shelby Slawson of Stephenville on Thursday announced her candidacy for Phelan’s job. She joins Tom Oliverson, a Republican from Cypress, who said he is running for House speaker earlier this year.

Phelan has taken heat for giving Democrats key committee chairmanships despite the GOP being in the majority. After Phelan’s runoff election win, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton accused him of relying on the support of Democratic voters to stay in office.

Article Icon 1West and South Texas Recovering From Storms

Residents in Laredo and the West Texas town of Levelland are wrestling with the damage from severe storms on Tuesday that destroyed homes and knocked out power to thousands of customers.

Large hail also damaged crops, and local farmers say they hope Congress will pass legislation to provide relief.

No injuries were reported, and the clean-up effort is underway. Several churches and nonprofit organizations are providing free cooked meals, and local officials are urging residents to report property damage to the state so affected areas can qualify for emergency assistance.

Article Icon 1TEA Releases New Free Textbooks

The Texas Education Agency released new state-developed textbooks on Wednesday, marking a major milestone in a project to develop free instructional materials aimed at boosting student achievement.

The Open Education Resource textbooks were developed in response to House Bill 1605, and they’ve already been tested in several school districts across the state. In Temple ISD, students made significant strides in reading on grade level.

So far, only two textbooks are available for public review and feedback—K-5 Reading and English Language Arts and K-8/Algebra Mathematics.

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Could magnesium deficiency be one of the greatest health conspiracies in history?

Let’s be clear: magnesium is THE single most studied mineral in existence, powering over 300 critical, life-saving reactions in your body. Thousands of studies have shown its benefits for the heart, energy, metabolism, immunity, sleep, pain, and more. Renowned experts, including two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and top MDs from Harvard, recommended daily magnesium supplementation.

But there’s a problem. Modern agriculture has stripped our soil and diet of magnesium, leaving up to 80% of the population deficient. The food and supplement industries have fed us “magnesium” that doesn’t solve the problem because it’s synthetic and low-grade, making it hard for our bodies to absorb. Plus, most products only contain 1-3 forms of magnesium, while our bodies need all 7 forms.

Given how essential magnesium is for stress, sleep, heart health, and energy, this deficiency is a critical issue.

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Around Texas

➤ The U.S. House Ethics Committee is launching an investigation into Rep. Henry Cuellar following charges he engaged in a foreign bribery and money laundering scheme. So far, three individuals connected to the Laredo Democrat have taken plea deals with federal prosecutors. (More)

➤ Four North Texas counties have been approved for FEMA aid following last weekend’s devastating tornadoes. On Tuesday, Gov. Abbott announced that Collin, Cooke, Denton, and Montague counties had been added to the agency’s Individual Assistance program. (See details)

➤ Austin: State senators held a hearing on Wednesday to explore banning products that contain Delta 8 or Delta 9, the legal cannabis compounds contained in a wide variety of specialty gummies, chocolates, oils, and mints. (More)

➤ El Paso: Officials say a recycling plant fire on Tuesday was the biggest in the city’s history. It took nearly 200 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. (See photos)

➤ San Antonio: An abuse-of-office complaint against City Councilman Marc Whyte is being forwarded to the city’s Ethics Review Board after Whyte sent a sheriff’s deputy to the home of a prominent lawyer to investigate claims of child abuse. (See details)

➤ Houston: A missing woman was found in the jaws of an alligator in Horsepen Bayou on Tuesday. Officials have not released the name of the woman, believed to be in her 60s, and are investigating the incident. (More)

➤ Austin: Mitchell Wasek, the 28-year-old son of Buc-ee’s co-founder Donald Wasek, has been indicted for secretly recording at least 13 individuals in his father’s house who were “using toilets, showering, changing clothes, and/or having sex.” (See details)

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Texas Sports

➤ The Mavs closed out the Western Conference Finals against the Timberwolves last night, grabbing a 124-103 win and punching their ticket to the NBA Finals. They’ll face the Boston Celtics on June 6th. (More)

➤ The UT Tyler Lady Patriots beat Western Washington to win the NCAA Division II softball national championship, their first in program history. They finished the season with a 58-8 record. (See details)

The Stars lost to the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Wednesday, giving up an early 2-0 lead in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Final. The series returns to Dallas tonight with the teams tied at two games each. (More)

Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager hit his eighth home run in eight games on Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has 13 home runs on the year, tied for ninth in the majors. (More)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | NHL | NBA | WNBA | NCAA Softball

The Business Of Texas

➤ The developers of a new West Dallas development revealed plans for more than 5,000 residential units, nearly 1,000 hotel rooms, and over 2.6 million square feet of office space for the proposed Trinity Groves project. (See photos)

➤ Solar panel manufacturer PV Hardware is expanding its Houston operation with a new $30 million, 50,000-square-foot factory. The new facility is expected to employ 120 workers. (More)

➤ Addison-based Solutions by Text received $110 million in growth financing, with Edison Partners and StepStone Group providing the bulk of the funding. The fintech startup aims to facilitate bill payments via text messages. (See details)

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Exposing the Magnesium Deficiency Conspiracy

Magnesium powers over 300 critical, life-saving reactions in your body, yet up to 80% of the population is deficient. Most supplements only contain 1-3 forms of magnesium, but your body needs all 7 forms for optimal health.

Given its benefits for stress, sleep, heart health, energy, and more, ensuring you get all forms is crucial.

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Et Cetera

➤ Eleven Texans made Forbes’ list of America’s 100 richest self-made women. Familiar names include jeweler Kendra Scott, former Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd, and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell. (See details)

➤ Two Texas restaurants made a list of the top 101 steakhouses in the world. Jeffrey’s in Austin is No. 25, while Knife in Dallas is No. 52. (See the list)

➤ The Tesla Owners Club of Austin is organizing what they hope will be the “world’s largest” meetup of Cybertruck owners this weekend at the Dove Nest Motorsports Club in Gatesville, about 20 miles northwest of Temple. (More)

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The Polling Station

Do you recycle paper, plastics, cans, etc.?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Thursday’s Results:

Do you grow vegetables or other produce in a garden?

    1. Yes: 48.1
    2. No: 51.9%
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