Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Ken Paxton Sues Harris County

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Harris County’s guaranteed income program that distributes money to low-income residents through a lottery.

The “Uplift Harris” program provides $500 a month to nearly 2,000 qualifying households for 18 months. The funds come from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, but the households are selected by random lottery.

Paxton’s lawsuit complains that the lottery program violates the state constitution because it redistributes public funds in a way that doesn’t benefit the public as a whole, just a lucky few.

Article Icon 1 Texas Uses A.I. for STAAR Test Grading

The state’s annual STAAR exam will be graded this year by a new artificial intelligence scoring system geared to review answers for open-ended questions.

The new technology resembles AI systems such as ChatGPT. Grading would either be completed by the AI or sent to a human scorer for further review.

While education officials worry about losing the ‘human’ element, they admit the new system would save nearly $20 million per year that would otherwise be spent on hiring temporary exam scorers.

Article Icon 1 New EPA Rule Impacts Texas Plants

Environmental Protection Agency officials announced a new rule limiting the emission of chemicals considered toxic, impacting close to 80 manufacturing plants in Texas. See the list of affected plants here.

The rule seeks to decrease exposure to specific chemicals used in plastic production, including benzene, chloroprene, and vinyl chloride—all of which have been known to increase cancer risk.

The new EPA rule also orders each facility to add air monitoring sensors on fence lines to monitor risk to neighboring communities.

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A shocking report from the American Medical Association (AMA) revealed that 2.4 million unnecessary surgeries are performed each year on Americans!

In fact, data from the most recent studies suggest that at least 11% of all surgeries are considered unnecessary or inappropriate.

And with the looming possibility of rampant infection, nerve damage, blood clots… and even death…

Many are left wondering – “is surgery really worth the risk…?”

Luckily, a Connecticut Doctor is blowing the whistle on this BILLION dollar ‘healthcare scam’ by revealing in this special report a “30-second morning trick” that’s helping people near the end of their rope rid their body of nagging, joy-stealing pain in their knees, back, hips, elbows, hands & feet…

Over 250,000 Americans are now enjoying the things they love again – thanks to this alternative – WITHOUT going under the knife…

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Around Texas

➤ Lake Travis: A local mother is seeking over $1 million in damages from the city’s school district, claiming it failed to protect her son from a hazing incident last October. Football players filled his locker with peanuts, creating a severe allergic reaction. (Video)

➤ Corpus Christi: Coast Guard rescue swimmers and city firefighters successfully rescued three men in Nueces Bay after their boat capsized. A rescue boat was able to carry the men to safety without further injury. (Get the Details)

 Burke: Angelina County Airport is set to receive $1.5 million in safety upgrades to its taxiways. County officials will pay $95K, while the Texas Department of Transportation will cover the remaining cost. (See Video)

➤ Ector County officials approved an agreement with neighboring Midland County to unify and upgrade all emergency communication between the region’s first responders, including radio channel coordination and improved hardware. (Video)

➤ Katy: City officials approved a $1.35 million contract to improve asphalt pavements around the Town Park Subdivision Street. The project was federally funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. (More)

Texas Sports

➤ The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic scored 39 points with with 12 rebounds and 10 assists to help defeat the Charlotte Hornets 130-104 and clinch an NBA playoff spot. (Get the Stats)

➤ Jordan Spieth hit a 354-yard drive that went in the wrong direction at the Valero Texas Open last weekend, followed by a series of errant shots resulting in his ball coming to rest high in the rooftop gutter. (Video)

➤ The Spurs beat Memphis 102-87 in a game highlighted by a stunning spin move by Victor Wembanyama after he stopped the Grizzlies’ fast break by himself. (Watch the Move)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Four Walmart Health Centers are set to debut across the Houston metro area throughout April. Each location is expected to provide medical services, including dental and urgent care. (See the Locations)

➤ A University of Dallas graduate has launched a ‘dating app’ for influencers and restaurant owners. The FoodiFy platform allows restaurant execs to match with social media influencers to taste and rate their menus. (More)

➤ Fort Worth: The H-E-B grocery chain opened a store in Alliance Town Center on Tuesday. The 17,000-square-foot store is the San Antonio-based chain’s first location in Tarrant County. (Video)

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➤ Google experienced a massive spike in searches for the term ‘eyes hurt’ during the solar eclipse, primarily from states along the path of totality. The volume of searches peaked around 45 minutes after the eclipse. (More)

➤ Arlington residents were shocked to see a strange shape glide across the sky during the solar eclipse. While some called it a UFO, others argued it was the shadow of a high-altitude plane. (Watch the Video)

➤ U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was recently criticized for telling high school students that the moon is ‘made up of mostly gases.’ (Video)

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The Polling Station

 Do you wear cowboy boots on a regular basis?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Sometimes

Wednesday’s Results:

Are you glad the total eclipse is over?

  1. Yes: 49.5%
  2. I don’t care either way: 37.6%
  3. No: 12.8%
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