Monday, June 17, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Round Rock Shooting Kills 2, Injures 14

Two people were killed and fourteen bystanders injured in a shooting at a Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock Saturday night.

Police say a fight broke out between two groups attending the event, and they are still looking for the suspect.

“We are a community that values safety, celebration and unity, and we are committed to ensuring that our community heals through this event together,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan.

Article Icon 1George Strait Concert Draws Record Crowd

Country music legend George Strait played before a crowd of 110,905 fans Saturday night in College Station, setting attendance records for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field and the biggest concert in U.S. history.

In 2014, 110,633 fans attended an Aggies football game against Ole Miss, and in 1977, a Grateful Dead concert drew 107,019 fans at Raceway Park in New Jersey.

Texas natives Parker McCollum and Catie Offerman opened for the “King of Country,” who is releasing his 31st album, Cowboys And Dreamers, on September 6.

Article Icon 1TX Supreme Court Rules on Storm Pricing

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that state regulators did nothing wrong in setting electricity prices at the maximum rate during the 2021 winter storm that nearly knocked out the Texas power grid.

During the four days of outages and rolling blackouts between February 15 and 18, regulators set the price of wholesale electricity at $9,000 per megawatt-hour in an effort to incentivize heavy users to cut back and producers to sell power to the grid.

The price hike resulted in $16 billion in overages, costing some users millions and even bankrupting some companies.

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Around Texas

Austin: A Travis County district judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to block a city ordinance decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession. Austin voters approved the ordinance in 2022. (More)

Houston: City council members approved a bond proposal to fund a $650 million settlement negotiated with the city’s firefighters to resolve a years-long battle to rectify outstanding back pay. (See Details)

Fairview: Residents have objected to plans to build a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple with a spire over 170 feet tall because none of the other buildings in the small town are close to the same height. (More)

Brooks County: A 200,000-acre uranium enrichment facility is up and running, producing “yellow cake” for nuclear power plants across the country. The Alta Mesa plant is jointly owned by enCore Energy and Boss Energy. (More)

Boca Chica: SpaceX has started building a second launch tower for its Starship rocket at its South Texas spaceport. The company conducted a successful fourth test of its reusable mega-rocket on June 6. (More)

Highland Village: Fire chief Jason Collier was arrested last week in a prostitution sting conducted by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. Collier submitted his resignation Saturday after 16 years with the department. (See Details)

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Texas Sports

Texas A&M’s baseball team beat the Florida Gators 3-2 Saturday night to advance to the next round of the College World Series. Three Aggies pitchers struck out 16 Florida batters, and right fielder Jace LaViolette robbed the Gators of a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to protect Texas A&M’s lead. The Aggies face the Kentucky Wildcats tonight. (More)

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Celtics 122-84 on Saturday, securing their first win of the series and avoiding the sweep. The Mavs play Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight in Boston, where they will try to stave off elimination and send the series back to Dallas for Game 6. (More)

Bryson DeChambeau pulled off a thrilling U.S. Open win Sunday in Pinehurst, North Carolina, hitting a clutch bunker shot on the 18th hole to make par and edge out Rory McIlroy by one stroke. DeChambeau is a resident of Grapevine, Texas, and a graduate of Southern Methodist University. (More)

➤ The San Antonio Brahmas lost to the Birmingham Stallions in the first United Football League Championship, getting shut out 25-0. A fourth-quarter brawl resulted in multiple ejections. (See Video)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | PGA | LPGA | WNBA | MLS | NWSL | NASCAR

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The summer heat is hurting small businesses in Texas, according to a recent analysis. Last month, rising temperatures and several severe weather events put a significant damper on small business activity in Southeast Texas. (More)

A cancer survivor from North Texas made an interesting request of Make-A-Wish: help me build a lawn care company. The organization gifted the 17-year-old Blane Cross everything he needed to build a lawn business, which he intends to launch soon. (More)

The Texas Association of Business supports providing permanent protections for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. TAB’s President, Glenn Hamer, predicted $227M in business income losses if DACA were terminated. (More)

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Et Cetera

A North Texas police officer and a concerned bystander saved an elderly woman from sending $40,000 to a scammer when they noticed her depositing wads of cash into a Bitcoin ATM machine at a gas station. (See Details)

Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo is struggling to care for nearly 20 exotic spider monkeys confiscated from smugglers attempting to cross the border. The monkeys sell for up to $8,000 each on the black market. (More)

San Antonio theatre teacher Paul Fillingim is being recognized by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards with this year’s ‘Inspiring Teacher Award.’ He’ll receive the award next week in New York along with $2,500 cash. (More)

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The Polling Station

Have you ever seen George Strait in concert?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Friday’s Results:

Do you think Texas will have rolling blackouts this summer?

    1. Yes: 70.8%
    2. No: 29.2%
Texas Trivia

What San Angelo native won Major League Baseball’s Cy Young Award four times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014?

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