Monday, April 29, 2024

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Article Icon 1 Severe Storms hit North and Central Texas

At least ten tornadoes touched down during severe storms across North and Central Texas this weekend, causing power outages and property damage but no reports of injuries or fatalities. 

In Austin, nearly 20,000 homes were without power Sunday morning, mostly in south Austin, caused by the thunderstorms moving through the region. Austin Energy said most had been restored by the end of the day.

Central Texas saw tornadoes with winds over 100 mph, including one clocked in at 115 mph and 165 yards wide that scattered heavy farm material across a nearby field.

Article Icon 1 18-Wheeler Load Kills Two in Crash

Two people were killed and another critically injured when a 350,000-pound load detached from an 18-wheeler and crushed a passenger vehicle beneath it.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 317 near Temple at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police haven’t said what caused the crash, which involved multiple vehicles.

First responders found the oversized load pinned on top of a vehicle with three people inside. Two were dead, and it took four hours to free the third person, who was flown to the emergency room with life-threatening injuries.

Article Icon 1 NFL Draft: UT Sets Program Record 

The University of Texas set a program record in this weekend’s NFL draft with 11 former players being selected. In total, NFL teams drafted 25 players from Texas schools.

The Dallas Cowboys took Oklahoma offensive lineman Tyler Guyton with their first-round pick, plugging a hole created by the departure of veteran tackle Tyron Smith. Here’s an analysis of the Cowboys’ picks.

Meanwhile, the Houston Texans selected Georgia cornerback Kamari Lassiter and Notre Dame offensive lineman Blake Fisher in the second round, having traded their first-round pick to the Vikings last month. Here are their selections.

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Around Texas

Houston: Outgoing Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg turned over an ongoing corruption investigation of county employees to Attorney General Ken Paxton so that her successor doesn’t drop the case. (More

 Austin: State police are investigating the arrest of a Fox 7 cameraman at last week’s pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Texas. Videos from various angles show the altercation with officers. (See Videos)

Collin County: A court dismissed 2022 charges against State Rep. Frederick Frazier for impersonating a public servant after he finished four months of community service. The dismissal comes a month before Frazier faces voters in a GOP primary runoff. (See Details

➤ The Woodlands: A Montgomery County constable was hospitalized Saturday after being injured in a hit-and-run while directing traffic for the city’s Ironman competition. The driver was arrested. (More

➤ Tarrant Count: A mom who fatally shot a 14-year-old boy climbing in her 8-year-old daughter’s window last December was released with no criminal charges by a grand jury. (More)

Texas Sports

The Dallas Mavericks lost to the L.A. Clippers 116-111, falling short after coming back from a 31-point deficit earlier in the game. The playoff series is now tied at 2-2 with Game Five on Wednesday night. (More)

The Dallas Stars beat defending NHL champion Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime Saturday night on a goal by Wyatt Johnston, his second of the game. The Knights lead the first-round playoff series 2-1. (See Video)

➤ University of Texas softball star Reese Atwood set a new school single-season record for runs batted in, or RBIs, with 70, tying her for the lead in the nation. (See Photo)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Dallas-based Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan said the company could begin charging customers to pick their seats, a departure from its traditional business model to raise new revenues. (More)

➤ Tesla’s petition to release its gigafactory from oversight by Austin’s water discharge regulations was approved, a move enabled by a new state law. (More)

➤ H-E-B is recalling certain flavors of its Creamy Creations ice cream cups over concerns that they were contaminated with metal. In its recall notice, the company said there were no reported injuries. (See Details)

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➤ Game wardens confiscated over $100,000 worth of stolen boats, trailers, and fishing equipment during this year’s Big Bass Splash tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn. (More

➤ San Antonio City Council members are seeking ways to protect the city’s wild peacock population after a resident hired an unlicensed contractor to trap the loud and exotic birds. (See Details)

➤ A Texas City pastor who held a Guinness world record for serving 73 unbroken years preaching to the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church has passed away. Reverend Dr. D.N. Benford Sr. was 94. (See Details) 

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Have you ever eaten fresh Kolaches in Texas?

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