Monday, February 12, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 GOP Censures Texas Speaker

The Republican Party of Texas voted 55-4 to censure Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan for a lack of fidelity to Republican principles.

The committee defended the censure with four specific examples: his role in the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton, his appointment of Democrats to chair House committees, not tackling border security, and ignoring educational freedom.

Former President Trump has endorsed a primary challenger to Phelan—David Covey—touting his border security and Second Amendment stances. 

Article Icon 1 Police Kill Shooter at Osteen Church

A woman wearing a trenchcoat and armed with a long rifle wounded a man and child at televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood megachurch in Houston on Sunday before being killed by police officers.

The woman, in her early 30s, was accompanied by a 5-year-old child when she entered the church and began firing. She hit a child, who’s in critical condition, and an older man who was injured in the leg.

The officers who shot her were off-duty, one from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the other a Houston policeman. The woman had threatened that she had a bomb, but no explosives were found.

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Article Icon 1 Severe Weather in Texas

Residents in southeast and central Texas were hit with severe weather on Sunday morning, including rain, golf-ball-sized hail, and power outages.

The storms prompted Tornado Warnings around 9 a.m. for counties north of Houston, with radar-confirmed tornadoes reported in the area.

By Sunday afternoon, the situation had stabilized. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were still in place for areas of southeast Texas, along with Tornado Watches for Liberty, Polk, and San Jacinto counties, which continued until 3 p.m.

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Around Texas

Justin: The US Navy and Northwest ISD held a memorial service for Nathan Ingram—the Navy SEAL who was declared lost at sea during an operation near Yemen in January. (Video

 San Antonio: A 40-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay over $410K for leading a human smuggling operation that transported illegal immigrants from Laredo to San Antonio. (More

➤ New Braunfels: Lake Dunlap has returned to normal water levels after a 91-year-old dam was rebuilt in fall 2023. The construction process lasted over four years and cost $40 million. (Photos

➤ Houston: James Madison High School students held a walkout protest over the school’s cell phone ban, arguing their Fourth Amendment rights were being violated. (Video

 Nacogdoches: On February 10th, a local church hosted the worldwide Night To Shine event—a unique prom geared towards people with special needs. (Video

Texas Sports

Tyler native and former Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes won his third Super Bowl trophy last night, and he grabbed the game’s MVP award as well. He sealed the game with a touchdown pass in overtime. (More)

Eli Manning officially confirmed that his nephew, Arch Manning, is not transferring from the University of Texas. The young quarterback projects to be Quinn Ewers’ backup in Austin to start the 2024 football season. (More

The Texas Rangers are not actively pursuing a deal with free agent pitcher Jordan Montgomery due to his $30 million price tag. While a deal isn’t out of the question, experts are predicting the left-handed pitcher is more likely to sign with a team more willing to pay up—like the Yankees, Giants, or Red Sox. (More

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to extend Dak Prescott’s contract this offseason. The quarterback ranked second in MVP voting this season, setting career marks nearly across the board. (More)

The Business Of Texas

Almost half of Texas business owners didn’t attend college, according to new Census data—46.6% to be exact. There is, however, a $20,000 gap in median income between non-college and college graduate business owners. (More

JPMorgan Chase is opening 15 new branches in Texas as the bank begins expansions further into the Lone Star State. They’ve specifically targeted Collin County, north of Dallas. (More

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Et Cetera

➤ Texarkana: Pleasant Grove High School was recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community at Work by the national organization Solution Tree—given to schools that demonstrate outstanding teaching strategies. Only eight schools in Texas have this award. (Video)

Allen: A 36-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly tried putting one of her children in a hot oven. After a two-hour SWAT standoff, she was put into custody and faces six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Video

Buc-ee’s travel centers have drawn recent praise for the unconventional pay they offer to employees. Starting pay for hourly can range from $18-$25 per hour, while salaried employees earn an average of $100K. (More)

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 Have you ever watched the TV show: Walker, Texas Ranger?

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Friday’s Results:

Do beans belong in Texas chili? 

  1. Yes: 50.2%
  2. No: 49.8%
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