Monday, June 3, 2024

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Article Icon 1Texas Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Ban

The Texas Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state’s ban on most abortions Friday, overruling an injunction issued by a lower court that determined the law’s exception for the health of the mother was unclear.

In March of last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state on behalf of several women who experienced pregnancy complications, securing a temporary injunction that was immediately put on hold after Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the decision.

In their ruling, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court affirmed that the law fulfills a “legitimate governmental purpose” and does not violate the Texas Constitution’s equal protection clauses.

Paxton celebrated the decision, saying he would “continue to defend the laws enacted by the Legislature and uphold the values of the people of Texas by doing everything in my power to protect mothers and babies.”

Article Icon 1Democrat AGs Ask DOJ To Investigate Daniel Perry

A group of 14 Democrat attorneys general is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the shooting of a Black Lives Matter protester in Austin during the summer of 2020.

Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott pardoned Air Force veteran Daniel Perry for killing Garrett Foster during a downtown Austin protest on July 25, 2020, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law and Perry’s claim that Foster had pointed a rifle at him.

The letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland alleges the shooting was racially motivated and suggests Perry should be charged with a hate crime.

Article Icon 1Senate Panel Moves to Subpoena Big Tech

A Texas Senate committee voted last Wednesday to issue subpoenas to several big tech companies as part of an investigation into their influence on elections.

The unanimous motion authorized the State Affairs Committee to issue subpoenas to the parent companies of Google, Facebook, TikTok, and X (formerly Twitter) for records and testimony from company officers.

“There is strong evidence that big tech imposes their own biases to manipulate and stifle dissenting voices, undermining election integrity,” said Chairman Bryan Hughes.

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Around Texas

➤ Eagle Pass: Gov. Greg Abbott toured the new Camp Eagle Forward Operating Base on Friday and welcomed the first 300 National Guard Troops to be stationed there. With capacity for nearly 1,800 soldiers, the base will reduce housing costs associated with Operation Lone Star, the state’s ongoing border security initiative. (See photos)

➤ Galveston: A popular waterfront restaurant launched a petition against a plan to move the historic Battleship Texas to a nearby pier, which would block its view of the harbor. Port of Galveston CEO Rodger Rees said the board would “listen to what is being said out there.” (See details)

➤ Houston: Seven individuals have been indicted on 14 public corruption charges related to a bribery scheme concocted by former city employee Patrece Lee, who recommended vendors for pipeline repair contracts in exchange for getting paid as a “consultant.” Prosecutors say she stole around $700,000 in public funds. (More)

➤ Amarillo: Police arrested 18 suspected gang members in a 2-day operation on May 23 and 24. Over 60 officers from the Amarillo Police Department, DPS, ATF, FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations participated in the operation. (More)

➤ Brownsville: The State of Texas sued mineral extraction company Milwhite Inc. for violations of the Texas Clean Air Act. The City of Brownsville previously sued the company after nearby residents complained about constant dust. (More)

➤ Laredo: The Texas Department of Public Safety detained 24 illegal immigrants found in an abandoned tanker truck last Thursday. The discovery was made at a North Laredo gas station, and although the vehicle was running, the driver could not be located. (See video)

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Texas Sports

➤ The Stars were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing to the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Sunday. It’s the second year in a row the Stars have been knocked out of the playoffs in the Western Conference Final. (See details)

Brenham’s Blinn College won the Junior College World Series Saturday, beating Northwest Florida State 12-5 to claim their first title in program history. Every Blinn player got a hit, and pitcher Lucas Davenport threw a complete game, striking out eight. (More)

The University of Texas is in the Women’s College World Series semifinals after beating Stanford and Florida in the opening rounds. They’ll play Stanford in a rematch tonight in Oklahoma City. (More)

No. 3 Texas A&M is advancing to the super regional round after winning their regional tournament in College Station on Sunday. They’ll play Oregon this weekend in a best-of-three series for a chance to advance to the Men’s College World Series. (More)

➤ Meanwhile, the UT and DBU baseball teams have been eliminated from postseason play. DBU beat Arizona but lost to West Virginia and Grand Canyon University, while one of UT’s two losses came against Texas A&M. (More)

The blockbuster fight between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul scheduled for July 20 at AT&T Stadium has been postponed after Tyson experienced an ulcer flare-up last week. A new date for the fight is set to be announced Friday. (See details)

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The Business Of Texas

➤ Toyota Stadium in Frisco, home of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas, could be getting up to $130 million in renovations. According to a new filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, potential upgrades include expanded premium suites, a new press box, and improved lighting. (More)

➤ This summer’s filming of a popular TV show is expected to bring over $51 million to Austin’s economy. Season 2 of the Paramount+ show “1923”—a prequel to the hit “Yellowstone”—is being filmed throughout Texas from July to September, with a base of operations in Austin. (See details)

➤ Amazon will begin expanding its drone delivery service beyond its base of operations in College Station after receiving regulatory approval from the FAA. (More)

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➤ An escaped kangaroo grabbed headlines after getting loose from its owner’s Lufkin ranch and leading police on a wild kangaroo chase. After a hop around town, Red was returned to owner John Mark Lowery and his 14 other kangaroos. (See video)

➤ An award-winning barbecue and music festival is coming to Texas next year. Held from May 2 to 4 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, the Lone Star Smokeout will “bring the best in country music, BBQ & beer to Dallas-Fort Worth.” (More)

➤ Texas ranks second in the nation behind California for dog bites to postal carriers, with 411 incidents in 2023. In a city-by-city ranking, Houston was second with 56, and Dallas was seventh with 39. (See details)

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The Polling Station

What’s your favorite social media platform?

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. X (Twitter)
  4. TikTok
  5. Truth Social
  6. GETTR
  7. MeWe
  8. Gab
  9. Other
  10. I don’t use social media

Friday’s Results:

Do you recycle paper, plastics, cans, etc.?

    1. Yes: 62.0%
    2. No: 38.0%
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