Monday, January 15th, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Texas Border Dispute with DOJ

The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the Eagle Pass border security dispute between Texas state authorities and the US Border Patrol. 

Specifically, the DOJ wants the Border Patrol to regain access to the 2.5 miles of the Rio Grande currently controlled by the Texas National Guard. The area is a common crossing point for illegal immigrants, and Texas has placed concertina wire along the perimeter to prevent access by the public—or federal agents.

At a press conference, Governor Abbot responded to questions about the controversy: “Texas has the legal authority to control ingress into any geographic location in the state of Texas.”

Article Icon 1Cowboys Out of the Playoffs 

The Green Bay Packers beat the Cowboys 48-32 in last night’s NFC Wild Card playoff round, ending a season that showed plenty of promise but ended with a shocking defeat

The Packers opened a 27-0 lead fueled by quarterback Jordan Love’s third down conversions and running back Aaron Jones’ bruising runs, and the momentum never really turned in a game that the Cowboys were favored to win by 7.5 points. 

In his post-game press conference, Dak Prescott was blunt about his performance. “I sucked tonight,” he said. “Got it going a little bit later but none of that mattered at that point. Fought. That’s all I really know how to do.”

Article Icon 1 State Leaders Brace for Freeze

Governor Greg Abbott and state agency leaders provided an update on the polar vortex and urged residents to continue preparing their homes and businesses for the cold. 

He warned that Texans should prepare for a “long period of extreme cold weather” and suggested that they avoid going outside until the storm passes.

The coldest air of the season arrived early Sunday and will last through early Wednesday.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says they’re prepared to handle extreme conditions and has issued a Weather Watch. Presently, 153 warming centers are open throughout the state.

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Around Texas

El Paso: Evan Barney, a military contractor, partnered with SPCA International to rescue two dogs that he befriended while deployed overseas. The first was Barney from Syria, followed by Erba from Iraq. (Photos)

➤ Odessa: State & local authorities have arrested 12 people in a prostitution sting operation. The perpetrators were caught through their use of illicit websites. If convicted, each suspect will face up to two years in jail and $10,000 in fines. (More


Edinburg native Dannie McCallum landed a role in the Disney+ Marvel Series Echo. Her character ‘Tuklo’ is grittier than most Disney characters and is geared towards mature audiences. (More)

San Antonio will be opening warming centers throughout the city today, from 9am to 5pm. The centers are asking locals to bring clothes, supplies, and medicine for those impacted by the weather. (See List)


College Station: Texas A&M’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry will travel a record 1500 miles to participate in various parades, rodeos and other events this spring. This organization provides military horse training to 86 cadets and features 70 horses. (See Schedule

Marble Falls: Southern Living magazine has dubbed the Blue Bonnet Cafe as one of the most legendary restaurants in the South. The cafe has been in operation since 1929. (More


Waskom: A local man is suing Walmart for $100 million in damages (or free unlimited shopping), alleging that he was racially profiled and falsely accused of shoplifting. This is his 2nd lawsuit in a three-year span, both with the same complaint. (More

Beaumont: Since the summer of 2022, an aggressive dog has been preventing mail carriers from delivering mail to a street in the Caldwood neighborhood. After multiple carriers were attacked, the USPS stopped mail delivery, and animal control took custody of the animal. (More)


➤  Dallas: 24% of flights were delayed at DFW International Airport on Sunday due to the weather. The majority of the flights were on American Airlines and Southwest, and AA was forced to cancel 20% of its schedule. (Check Statuses)

Tarrant County completed 255 health inspections and issued demerits for uncleanness & bugs at multiple restaurants. Mulan Japanese Kitchen in Lake Worth received 36 demerits—the only restaurant to ever receive more than 29—and flies plagued the Whataburger at DFW airport. (See List)


Texas City ISD unveiled its new $5 million Robotics and STEM center. The facility will help students in pre-kindergarten through high school gain marketable tech skills. (More)

Houston: A woman was sentenced to 136 months in federal prison for transporting 10 lbs of fentanyl across the border. While attempting to cross the border, authorities found the drugs hidden in her car battery. (More

Texas Sports

The Houston Texans beat the Cleveland Browns in an AFC Wild Card matchup, advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs. Rookie QB C.J. Stroud threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns. (Watch Highlights)

Rashee Rice, a Texas high school football standout from North Richland Hills, helped secure a victory for the Chiefs on Saturday by catching eight passes for 130 yards: a franchise record for most receiving yards by a rookie. (More)

The ultimate Cowboys fan, known as ‘suit man’ has been wearing his passion since 1976. James Wright, now 58 years old, is known for his collection of 12 custom Dallas Cowboys suits. (See Photos)

The Business Of Texas

Fort Worth: LG Electronics has opened its first electric vehicle (EV) charger factory in the United States. Though LG claims it will provide dozens of jobs, no specific data was provided. (More)

The price of natural gas has increased by over 400% due to the impending deep freeze in Texas, which could lead to a surge in demand for fuel. (More)

Galveston Island Brewing released a new beer in honor of its late feline mascot, Indie, a calico tortoiseshell cat known for her rodent-hunting skills. The brewery’s latest batch, called “Indie’s Revenge,” pays tribute to the beloved cat. (More)

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Et Cetera

A family in Katy has developed a close relationship with a flock of ducks. They’ve found a comfortable home in the neighborhood, despite being unpopular with some residents. (See Photos

➤  As the polar vortex continues, here’s a list of practical guidance to help individuals and families prepare for and deal with the cold weather conditions in Texas. (See List)

The Polling Station

 What’s the best food for a cold day?

  1. Chili
  2. Meat & Potatoes
  3. Hot Sandwiches
  4. Beef Stew
  5. Other

Friday’s Results:

Did you lose electricity or water supply in the Big Freeze of 2021?

  1. Electricity: 29.6%
  2. Neither: 29%
  3. Both: 23.3%
  4. Water: 18.0%
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