Monday, March 25, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Border Crisis Continues

Hundreds of people illegally flooded across the El Paso border on Thursday, utilizing a small opening in razor wire barricades. Texas National Guard troops quickly regained control, as Border Patrol agents arrested the individuals and transported them to a federal processing center.

The incident highlights the difficult situation Texas is facing. The hotly contested SB4 immigration law is being reviewed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, leaving federal and state authorities in legal limbo for the near future.

While Texas has continued to fight against the Biden Administration, the U.S. Border Patrol Chief has praised the state’s efforts to control the border crisis and expressed there’s no better partner than the Texas Department of Safety.

Article Icon 1 Strange Dairy Cow Illness

A strange flu-like illness has impacted dairy cows throughout the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico, resulting in a 20% decline in milk production. Ranchers, veterinarians, and state officials are actively working to diagnose the issue.

Executives for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners noted the mysterious sickness lasts around ten to fourteen days and tends to affect older cows. Experts have ruled out pneumonia and mastitis and have determined the illness causes older cows to eat considerably less than usual.

As state officials continue to work with the USDA, dairy operators are urged to look for key signs of this unnamed sickness. These include a sudden decline in cow appetite and a drastic loss in total milk production.

Article Icon 1 Texas AG in Pre-Trial Negotiations

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has begun pre-trial negotiations with prosecutors to avoid jail time for a nearly ten-year fraud case. In 2015, he was charged with three counts of fraud against a McKinney tech company.

If the deal goes through, Paxton would agree to pay the plaintiffs restitution, complete community service, and complete legal education courses. While no further details have been released, the proposed deal would be a win for Paxton.

While this case may be near a conclusion, the AG is still under a federal corruption investigation and faces more legal hurdles within the state.

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The #1 Lie Doctors Tell About Age Related Muscle Loss

Nobody likes getting older. One of the biggest reasons why is because our muscles become weaker, making the activities we used to enjoy more difficult to do…and less enjoyable.

But what if you didn’t have to get weaker as you got older? What if you could actually become stronger?

Celebrity fitness trainer Tony Horton says he’s found a way to turn the impossible into a reality – his reality, which he is now using to help thousands of Americans remain healthy and active as they hit middle age and beyond.

Click here to watch the presentation.

Around Texas

➤ Buda: School officials for Tom Green Elementary have canceled Monday classes but will be open for staff and students to attend trauma counseling if needed. This comes after a school bus was hit by a concrete truck, leaving two dead and 51 injured. (Read More)

➤ Corpus Christi: The parents of Caleb Harris, who has been missing since March 4, are now offering a $25,000 reward for any information that results in Caleb’s safe return. Since early March, the city police, FBI, and U.S. Marshals have continued to investigate his strange disappearance. (See Details)

➤ Houston: City and state officials have announced that the Loop 610 ramp connection to I-69 northbound will be closed for around three months. The closure is part of a $259 million interchange project that seeks to widen the connector ramps by adding another lane. (More)

➤ Dallas: A $1.25 billion bond package was released to the public by city leadership. This comes a month ahead of early voting for ten propositions listed, ranging from street improvements to homeless initiatives. Early voting is set to last from April 22-30, with election day on May 4. (See the list)

➤ Midland has been ranked No. 1 in job growth for the entire state, with an unemployment rate of only 2.9%. Governor Abbott recently highlighted the achievement, attributing Midland’s success to its high wages and support to the county. (Video)

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Texas Sports

➤ Houston beat Texas A&M last night in an overtime thriller, 100-95. A&M went on a furious 13-3 run that ended with a buzzer-beating three to tie the game, but Houston managed to turn the momentum around in overtime with several starters fouled out. They’ll face Duke on Friday in the Sweet 16. (Watch the Buzzer Beater)

Texas colleges went 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the losses coming from Texas Tech and TCU. In the second round, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes bested his former squad, the Texas Longhorns, and Baylor lost a close game to Clemson. Houston is the only Texas team remaining. (More)

Texas Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford landed an opening day roster spot with the team thanks to an impressive performance in Spring Training. The #4 overall pick in the MLB draft is expected to contribute immediately to the team’s World Series title defense. (More

The Houston Rockets extended their win streak to eight games this week, bringing their record to 10-1 in the month of March. Buoyed by shooting guard Jalen Green’s resurgence, the team is back in the playoff hunt. (More

The Business Of Texas

Texas-based drone manufacturer Hylio just received an exemption from the FAA that will allow swarms of drones to perform various farming techniques. The exemption could revolutionize the farming industry, as drones can theoretically perform tasks like seeding and spraying at a much lower price-point than tractors. (More

The state added nearly 50,000 jobs in February, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Business services, private education, and healthcare services drove over 20,000 of the 49,800 new jobs. (More

H-E-B just announced their first Fort Worth store will open early next month, on April 10th. It will be the fifth H-E-B store in the DFW metroplex, and the first in Tarrant County. (More

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Celebrity Trainer: “Muscle Loss in Seniors is Real, But It Doesn’t Have to Be”

“It’s actually a lot simpler than you might think,” Horton, who is 65, told us. “It’s a method anyone can do that takes about one or two minutes a day. And within a very short period of time, you’re going to feel stronger, and probably healthier, than you have in years.”

Health experts have long believed age-related muscle loss is simply an inevitable aspect of getting older, with the only way to slow it down being to increase dietary protein and do more exercise.

But Tony Horton says he’s found a much more effective way to fight age-related muscle loss – and even build new muscle – that has nothing to do with exercise.

In fact, the results have been so remarkable, Horton is now the subject of a short documentary detailing exactly how his body-strengthening method works. It is online and free for the public to view and share.

Click here to watch the presentation.

Et Cetera

➤ Orange County first responders faced a crawfish catastrophe after 900 pounds of mudbugs spilled onto I-10, resulting in a highway closure and loss of $4K worth of product. State troopers confirmed a Louisiana man was speeding and lost control of his F-250 truck, causing his refrigerator of crawfish to fall onto the road. (Watch the Video)

 A North Richland Hills man changed his legal name to “Literally Anybody Else” and has announced his 2024 presidential run. Mr. Else, a seventh-grade math teacher, wanted to offer the American populace a third option for the average American who doesn’t want Trump or Biden. (Watch the Video)

➤ Houston’s favorite meteorologist is going viral again for his clever use of lyrics in his weather reports. His recent forecasts have included works from Dolly Parton, George Strait, and the late Jimmy Buffet. (Get the Forecast)

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The Polling Station

 What type of schooling is best for 6-12th grade students?

  1. Public
  2. Private
  3. Charter
  4. Homeschool
  5. Other

Friday’s Results:

Have you ever watched the iconic Chuck Norris show Walker, Texas Ranger?

  1. Yes: 77.6%
  2. No: 22.4%
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