Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Texas Grand Jury Indicts 141 Illegals

A Texas grand jury has indicted 141 people for illegally attempting to cross the border on April 12, resulting in a riot that overwhelmed National Guard troops.

The indictment came one day after a county judge threw out the charges against the alleged rioters, saying there wasn’t enough probable cause. But the grand jury, operating independently, approved it to move forward.

El Paso DA Bill Hicks praised the grand jury for giving power to citizens instead of one judge. If found guilty, the illegal migrants could face up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines.

Article Icon 1 A $34M Mental Health Center in Uvalde

A new $34 million behavioral health campus is coming to Uvalde. Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the facility will provide mental health services to thirty-two surrounding counties.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is anticipated to open in 2025. The 50,000-square-foot complex is expected to operate 24/7 for mental health crises.

The facility will house 32 beds, half for adults and half for children, to handle crisis-related situations and an outpatient clinic. Funding comes from Texas House and Senate Bill 30, which was passed in 2023.

Article Icon 1 McDougal Indicted in Cunningham Murder

Don McDougal, the chief suspect in Audrii Cunningham’s death, was indicted on two counts of capital murder this week by a Texas grand jury. He was subsequently arrested and charged with her death.

On February 15, the 11-year-old Cunningham went missing near the city of Livingston. Five days later, authorities found her body in Trinity River, nearly ten miles from her home. McDougal was arrested shortly after that.

The indictments charge that McDougal became close to the Cunningham family, kidnapped Audrii before getting on the school bus, and eventually took her life. A court date hasn’t been set yet.

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Health Concerns Surge Over “Sawdust” Additive In Trusted Cat Food Brands

You’d never knowingly feed your cat sawdust. So why is it one of the most common ingredients found in cat food today?

And according to expert veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein — named “The Miracle Worker” by Forbes Magazine — ingredients like these could be shortening the lives of millions of cats.

After discovering how devastating filler ingredients can be to your cat’s health and lifespan, he created a free video report to show cat parents exactly which foods to avoid.

Around Texas

 Texas state police detained pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the University of Texas at Austin campus Wednesday after hundreds of students left class and began a sit-in to support Gaza. (More)

 Arlington: City leaders approved a $4.2 million proposal to renovate Choctaw Stadium. The Texas Rangers will cover the remaining cost and plan to add 6,000 square feet of commercial space and new centers for city police and firefighters. (Watch the Coverage)

➤ El Paso: National Weather Service officials recently issued an “extreme” weather warning for fire in the region. State meteorologists issued a red flag advisory, citing high winds, low humidity, and increased temperatures. (Get the Details)

➤ Austin: Residents in the Lost Creek neighborhood will be casting their votes on May 4 on whether to separate from the city. Proponents claim that city services, such as trash pickup and police patrols, haven’t kept the area clean and safe. (Video)

 The Texas Education Agency is now required to provide more testing accommodations to people with disabilities as part of a legal settlement for denying an alternate certification exam to a student with dysgraphia and dyslexia. (Video)

Texas Sports

 The Dallas Mavericks are now tied 1-1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs after beating the L.A. Clippers 96-93. Game three is scheduled for Friday in Dallas. (Watch the Highlights)

➤ The University of Houston’s wheelchair tennis team was crowned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national champions after defeating No. 1 San Diego State in a three-hour match. This is the team’s first national title win. (Photos)

➤ Corpus Christi: The Veterans Memorial High School ‘Lady Eagles’ won their first softball district championship in program history, beating Victoria East 19-4. (More)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Austin-based Tesla has laid off 2,688 workers from the company’s Gigafactory as part of a move to downsize its global workforce. (More)

San Antonio: South Texas Oncology and Hematology was hit by a data breach that compromised patients’ confidential data. The center is notifying affected individuals. (See the Details)

➤ Amarillo: Consolidated Nuclear Security settled a $18.4 million lawsuit with the Department of Justice after technicians were caught reporting false timesheets for hours they didn’t work. (Video)

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(Controversial) Why is sawdust in cat food? 

It turns out, many popular brands (even ones labeled healthy or natural) contain powdered cellulose derived from wood pulp, also known as sawdust.

“Knowing many big cat food companies take shortcuts like this makes me sick,” Dr Marty says. “In fact, I have a special nickname for these kinds of ingredients at my clinic: Cat Health Destroyers.”

In his video, Dr. Marty also shares the 4 groundbreaking discoveries he’s made that helped his own cat Geeter live healthy and happy for 24 long years.

Plus, he reveals the critical foods missing from most American cat diets, and shares the easiest way to add them to your cat’s meals.

Click here and learn how you can help your cat live a healthy, full life they deserve.

Et Cetera

➤ Austin: A video of the city’s ‘zombie’ neighborhood has gone viral on social media. Multiple real-estate developers quit working on housing projects in the area, leaving dozens of homes abandoned and decaying. (Video)

➤ Meanwhile, an Austin man was arrested after he allegedly punched a police horse in the face. The man was subsequently charged with injuring a police service animal and is being held in county jail on a $10,000 bond. (More)

➤ Blue Ridge: A high school senior lost her position as valedictorian and a possible college scholarship thirty days before graduation due to a ‘miscalculation’ of transfer credits by her school. (Video)

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The Polling Station

What is your preferred grocery store in Texas?

  1. H-E-B / Central Market
  2. Kroger
  3. Tom Thumb
  4. Albertsons
  5. Costco
  6. Walmart
  7. Target
  8. Whole Foods
  9. Trader Joes
  10. Other

Wednesday’s Results:

Have you ever gone tubing down the San Marcos River?

  1. No: 52.6%
  2. Yes: 36.9%
  3. Other: 10.5%
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