Monday, February 5, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Governors and Protestors at the Border

Governor Abbott hosted a briefing yesterday in Eagle Pass with 13 Republican Governors to address the ongoing border crisis. He pledged to expand border security operations in Texas and had this to say:

We are here to send a loud and clear message that we are banding together to fight to ensure that we will be able to maintain our constitutional guarantee that states will be able to defend against any type of imminent danger.”

Arkansas Sarah Huckabee Sanders also spoke, saying that President Biden has failed at the border and that other states are stepping in to help Texas in response.

On Saturday, about a thousand people gathered for the Take Our Border Back protest in Quemado to voice their displeasure at the amount of migrants flowing into the U.S.

Article Icon 1 CIA Leaker gets 40 Years

Lubbock native and former CIA employee Joshua Schulte has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for leaking classified material to Wikileaks.

The leak, known as “Vault 7,” included instruction manuals for old hacking tools, and the size of the breach is comperable to that of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

WikiLeaks released a statement indicating the material was provided anonymously by a source who wanted to spark public debate on whether the CIA had exceeded its hacking capabilities and authority.

Article Icon 1 False Bloom for East Texas

Warm weather throughout East Texas has many of the region’s fruit growers worried. The high temperatures have led to a false bloom in multiple fruit orchards.

Fruit trees typically need over 700 chill hours (between 32-45 degrees) to yield healthy crops, and the crops won’t produce a healthy harvest if the unusually warm weather continues.

Local fruit producers expressed their biggest concern with the early blooms:

Hopefully we don’t get another one of these freezes, because if they do bud out enough ahead of time, and a big freeze comes later and burns off all the buds, we’ve got to start all over.


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Around Texas

 South Padre Island: Local authorities discovered $745,000 worth of cocaine washed up along the beach. The total amount was 25 bricks, weighing in at 65 pounds. (Photos

 Fort Worth: 17-year-old Elli Bezner won $340,000 for her European Cross Steer named Leadfoot at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Bezner plans to put the winnings towards her education. (Video

 Houston: The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded over $60 million to 32 organizations tackling homelessness in the greater Houston area. (More

Austin: A Tesla employee was arrested after threatening to kill Elon Musk and Joe Biden. The 31-year-old man planned to drive from Minnesota to Texas and then to Washington D.C. (Video)

Tyler: Patrick Mahomes Sr. was arrested for driving while intoxicated—his third DWI charge. He’s the father of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who’s set to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (More)

Texas Sports

➤ The Baylor Bears basketball team eked out a 70-68 win over Iowa State after the Cyclones’ would-be game-winning shot was ruled too late. Iowa State’s near comeback came on the heels of the controversial ejection of Baylor head coach Scott Drew. (More)

 The Dallas Cowboys are interviewing former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer for their defensive coordinator position. Zimmer was part of the Cowboy’s coaching staff in 1995, the last time the squad won a Super Bowl. (More)

➤ Luka Doncic was named the only NBA All-Star from a Texas team this season; however, Dallas natives Tyrese Maxey and Julius Randle both made the roster for their respective East Coast squads. Doncic’s former sidekick, Jalen Brunson, also received his first-ever All-Star nod after leaving the Mavericks in 2022. (More)

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The Business Of Texas

 The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas just released a report showing Texas as the ideal out-of-state relocation destination for jobs. From 2010-2019, over 281,000 came to the Lone Star state, including over 44,000 from California. (More)

 H-E-B officially opened their first north Texas store this week, with plans to keep “strengthening [their] presence in the DFW Metroplex,” according to one executive. The brand-new store in Melissa cost $42M to build. (More)

 A Chinese solar company announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Wilmer, Texas, just south of Dallas, in the near future. The facility will likely bring around 1,500 jobs to the DFW metroplex. (More)

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 Fort Worth: Despite having torn hip ligaments, Shad Mayfield won first place in Tie-Down Roping with 7.8 seconds at the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo. (Video

➤ A Houston man was arrested for murdering a convicted pedophile. The suspect posed as a child through social media, lured the victim to a local park, and shot him. (Video

➤ Waxahachie native and founder of Meat Church BBQ Supply, Matt Pittman, will be featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The show will premier tonight at 10:30 CST. (More

The Polling Station

 Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Friday’s Results:

  If you had to scrap all social media except one, which would you keep?

  1. Facebook: 28.9%
  2. Twitter (X): 23.4%
  3. TikTok: 21.9%
  4. Instagram: 13.9%
  5. Linkedin: 11.4%
  6. Other: 0.5%
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