Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 EPA Warns Texas Water Systems

The Environmental Protection Agency reported that 49 water utility systems in Texas have risen above the federal limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water.

The chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), don’t break down and can remain in water indefinitely. Exposure has been linked to various health issues, including liver damage.

Cities that have exceeded the PFAS limit will be required to submit detailed reports to the EPA and make the data available to the public. A complete list of impacted Texas cities can be found here.

Article Icon 1Patrick Urges Halt to Texas Cement Permits

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick urged the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to halt the granting of permits for cement production plants in the state.

Patrick’s letter to the TCEQ came after he attended a public hearing in Sherman to hear resident concerns over a proposed 600-acre cement plant about 60 miles north of Dallas. See the letter here.

Although the TCEQ said its site reviews found no risk of air pollution, Patrick cited concerns from business leaders and elected officials over the potential impact. He asked the TCEQ to wait until the state legislature can analyze the issue in January 2025.

Article Icon 1 Time Names Abbott to ‘Top 100 Most Influential’ List

Time Magazine named Governor Greg Abbott one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential’ people in the world, joining other global leaders, artists, and innovators.

The magazine said Abbot had ‘masterfully needled Washington’ and cited his actions on border security, particularly his busing of migrants to sanctuary cities through Operation Lone Star.

In response, the Governor called it an “honor” to be included and said the state would continue all its border security efforts.

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The Common “Breakfast Mistake” Linked Directly To Weight Gain

Did you know that what you eat for breakfast, sets the tone for your body for the rest of the day?

The common belief is the timing of when you eat in the morning is everything when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, however, this is simply not true.

It’s important to understand that the type of food you eat in the morning is what allows you to have more energy, sharper focus, healthier weight, smoother skin, and better digestion.

And what’s really shocking is that Americans are learning what they thought was a “healthy breakfast”, is actually leading to their poor digestion and weight gain.

Click Here To Find Out The Common “Breakfast Mistake” Now >>
Around Texas

A federal appeals court Wednesday temporarily blocked the $100,000 a day fine assessed by a lower court against the Texas Health and Human Services office for not investigating claims of abuse in the Texas foster care system. (More)

 Presidio: Residents were placed on high alert after a large mountain lion was seen easily scaling seven-foot-tall fences. Local authorities chased it away and are urging the community to report additional sightings to animal control. (Photos)

➤ Buda: School district leaders voted unanimously to equip all school buses with seat belts by the end of April. This is in direct response to the fatal March incident where a cement truck crashed into an elementary school bus. (More)

➤ San Antonio: TxDOT work crews have begun the $1.4 billion transformation of Loop 1604 into a massive 10-lane highway. Officials are urging residents to find alternate routes for the daily commute. (Get the Details)

➤ Missouri City: City council members are scheduled to undergo ethics training after receiving a complaint that the council wasn’t following the Texas Open Meeting Act. (More)

➤Denton: Habitat for Humanity is set to break ground on a new housing subdivision expected to cover eight acres and contain 35 affordable houses, all with 30-year, interest-free mortgages. (See the Coverage)

Texas Sports

➤ The Cowboys signed running back Royce Freeman to a one-year contract. Freeman had 319 yards on 77 carries with two touchdowns last year for the Los Angeles Rams. (Get the Scoop)

➤ Houston Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone has signed a multi-year deal to continue running the team. The Rockets improved on last year’s win total by nineteen games. (More)

➤ The Dallas Stars and Northlake city officials have broken ground on a $45 million multipurpose sports facility set to open in 2025. The 225,000-square-foot StarCenter is expected to feature two NHL hockey rinks and multiple basketball courts. (Photos)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Elon Musk is urging Tesla shareholders to approve the company’s incorporation in Texas and to re-approve his $55 billion compensation package. (More)

➤ Dallas Love Field is one of four nationwide airports to receive new safety technology that lowers the risk of runway collisions. The Surface Awareness Initiative System is expected to be operational by July. (More)

➤ The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas announced plans to build a second casino resort on tribal land near the city of Livingston. More details are expected to be released in the coming months. (More)

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“Health” Foods Might Be Failing You [Here’s Why] 

It’s hard to believe, but some of America’s MOST COMMON “health” foods…

Are actually illegal in places like Canada, Europe, and China.

And if you’re eating them…

You’re likely experiencing clogged-up digestion, irritated bowels, unwanted fat, and unending exhaustion.

P.S. If you are like most Americans, there is one food in particular that you will be absolutely stunned to find out is causing far more harm to your body than good, so click here now to see for yourself.

Et Cetera

➤ Dallas: Aviation enthusiast Kevin Sayre built a Southwest Airlines-themed 737-flight simulator in his garage. The airline was so impressed they gave him a tour of their professional simulators. (Check out the Photos)

➤ Texas City: A local resident reeled in a five-foot alligator while fishing in his backyard. His home security camera captured the man ‘attempting’ to control the gator, with little luck. (Watch the Video)

➤ Aransas Pass: Ring-tailed lemurs have been spotted hanging around the local docks. The Madagascar-native animals have so far evaded capture. (See Video)

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The Polling Station

 Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival in Texas?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Wednesday’s Results:

What’s your preferred style of camping in Texas?

  1. Nothing less than a cabin: 25.1%
  2. I’d prefer to stay home: 23.8%
  3. Gotta have my RV: 22.2%
  4. A good ol’ fashioned tent: 20.3%
  5. Other: 8.6%
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