Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Patrick Acting Governor as Beryl Approaches

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has been sworn in as acting Governor of Texas as Governor Abbott promotes Texas business in Asia and the southern part of the state braces for Hurricane Beryl’s landfall.

In a news conference Friday, Patrick said “We’re preparing for the worst.” The hurricane hit Mexico as a Category 2 storm Friday morning before making its way to the Texas coast.

This is the third time in 2024 that Patrick has taken on the role of acting governor.

Article Icon 1Governor Abbott on East Asia Tour

Texas Governor Greg Abbott departed yesterday for a three-nation tour of East Asia promoting Texas business.

With visits to Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, Abbot is seeking to deepen Texas’s relationship with three of its largest foreign trading partners. The three nations accounted for $84.5 billion combined in trade in 2023.

Abbott’s East Asia trip runs through July 13.

Article Icon 1 Shark Attacks at South Padre Island

Shark attacks are on the rise in the Gulf of Mexico this beach season as the fish have been seen uncharacteristically close to shore.

Two July 4th shark bites were reported on South Padre Island beaches, one of which was severe. Two other beachgoers had close encounters.

Despite the recent uptick in shark attacks, officials indicate they are rare, with fewer than 50 reported in Texas in the last century.

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Around Texas

➤ El Paso: Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut won a July 4th competition, scarfing down a whopping 57 dogs. The event raised $106,000 for military families. (Details)

Forth Worth: A young girl was found safe in Fort Worth after an apparent kidnapping and a police chase. One of two suspects has been arrested. (More)

Texas’s attorney general has demanded that six car makers disclose whether they are selling driving data without car owners’ knowledge, in violation of Texas law. (Read Statement)

➤ Tyler: Dan Moore, a beloved East Texas newsman, has died after battling a year-long illness. He was the publisher and editor of The Henderson News and served as a mentor to countless journalists. (More)

An El Paso judge blocked Ken Paxton’s attempt to shut down an immigrant shelter called Annunciation House, after the attorney general sued the establishment for human trafficking. (Details)

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On Thursday, Wyatt Langford pulled off one of the best Rangers defensive performances in recent memory. Langford had an incredible home run robbery in the 2nd and a perfect throw home to save a run in the 4th. (See it here)

Five-star wide receiver Dakorien Moore is choosing to attend Oregon over Texas. Texas had been viewed as the favorite to land Moore ever since he de-committed from LSU. (More)

Houston Astros manager Joe Espanda announced Thursday that Kyle Tucker and Justin Verlander are likely out until after the all-star break. (More)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | WNBACopa América | PGA | Wimbledon

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➤ Multiple towns in North Texas have been temporarily banned from irrigation as water levels in the state are critically low. (More)

A painting by Julian Onderdonk, ”the father of Texas painting,” was sold at auction for $100,000. A former owner of the piece nearly donated it to Goodwill before her death before deciding “it was too pretty to surrender.” (See Painting)

After indications that funny messages on changeable highway signs would be banned in Texas to align with new direction from the USDOT, officials are now saying the new rules do not ban humor. (Details)

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The Polling Station

How likely are you to swim in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, given the uptick in shark presence?

  1. Very likely
  2. Somewhat likely
  3. Somewhat unlikely
  4. No way on God’s green earth


Friday’s Results:

Do you prefer watching a fireworks show or blowing them up yourself?

  1. Watching a fireworks show 60.6%
  2. Neither 23.7%
  3. Blowing them up myself 15.7%
Texas Trivia

Who holds the world record for hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes?

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