Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Paxton, Cornyn Fight Over Ukraine Aid  

Two Texas Republicans, US Sen. John Cornyn and State AG Ken Paxton, fired off heated barbs on X Tuesday following Senate passage of a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Paxton criticized Cornyn for supporting the military aid package:

“Unbelievable that John Cornyn would stay up all night to defend other countries borders, but not America.”

Cornyn soon responded by highlighting Paxton’s legal troubles:

“Ken, your criminal defense lawyers are calling to suggest you spend less time pushing Russian propaganda and more time defending longstanding felony charges against you in Houston.”

Article Icon 1Task Force Shows Success on Border

Texas officials touted the success of a newly-created task force of 28 agencies cooperating on border control in Eagle Pass. Gov. Greg Abbott said illegal entries have dropped from 3,000 a day to three a day.

The Lone Star Task Force, which includes Texas Rangers, state troopers, and county sheriffs, recently provided Zapata county with a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, improving their border operations by the air.

Federal Border Patrol officials said this week that arrests in Eagle Pass plummeted 76% from December to its lowest number in over two years. And arrests in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, dropped 60% to the lowest since July 2020.

Article Icon 1 Car Crashes Into Austin Hospital ER

One woman died and five others were injured after a car crashed into the emergency room at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.

Two of the injured were children, and the 57-year-old driver, Michelle Holloway, was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the children has life-threatening injuries. Four of the injured were transferred to other hospital for treatment.

Police said the crash didn’t appear to be deliberate, nor did they have evidence that Holloway suffered a medical incident. The investigation is continuing.

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Around Texas

➤ Denton: Police Chief Doug Shoemaker is stepping down after being on the job for only 16 months. No reason was given, but he’s already gone on personal leave. Deputy Chief Bryan Cose will serve as interim chief. (More)

➤ Orange: Authorities are searching for thieves who stole six bronze mausoleum doors from a local cemetery. Police warned local pawn shops to be wary of anyone trying to sell the items as antiques or scrap. (More)

➤ Pflugerville: A candidate for the state Board of Education is running as both a Democrat and Republican. Daniel Caldwell, a local teacher, calls himself a “fusion” candidate for District 10, which covers over 20 counties. (More)

➤ Amarillo: The BSA Hospital and Apollo MedFlight have added a specially-equipped new Bell 407 Helicopter and helipad to expedite neonatal care in rural communities that previously relied on ambulances. (Video)

➤ Miles: US sailor and native Texan Alisea Meza joined the exclusive ranks of the Navy’s Blue Angels after training for months to earn her way onto the elite team. (Photos)

➤ Padre Island: Officials warn Gulf Coast residents to avoid touching the tiny sea creatures called Blue Dragons that have recently washed up on the Gulf Coast. While cute, their stings are worse than jellyfish. (Photos)

Texas Sports

The Dallas Stars won a 4-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, with Jake Oettinger making 32 saves and Jason Robertson scoring the fourth goal in the third period. (More)

Former Houston Texan star receiver Andre Johnson has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, making him the first Hall of Famer in the team’s history. (More)

Andrews: San Angelo Central High School’s Lady Cats won their first Bi-District basketball championship in over 20 years by defeating El Paso’s Lady Cougars 69-51. (Video)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Brownsville: Elon Musk confirmed reports that SpaceX is building a $100-million expansion to its launch facility at Boca Chica. The new “Starbase Office” will be the size of 15 football fields and is expected to be completed late this year. (More)

➤ Hutchins: Chick-fil-A has opened a new national distribution center here, its seventh in the country, bringing 225 jobs to the local area with a $68,500 average salary. (Video)

 The San Antonio Water System and city leadership are fighting a legal battle against the state’s proposed wastewater plant, arguing that it would release sewage into a neighborhood creek. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ Crowley: A north Texas man distraught about Dino, his missing monitor lizard, has teamed with a local radio station to offer a reward of $500 and tickets to a Dave Matthews concert to anyone who finds the lizard. (Photos)

➤ A Midland dad has become a viral sensation for playing trumpet in unusual situations. In one nationally-seen video, he plays a loud trumpet fanfare to announce to his daughter that he’s arrived to pick her up. (Video)

➤ Mansfield: City officials have partnered with REV Sports Management and FC Dallas to design and operate a new multi-use soccer stadium complex. By 2026, the facility will host multiple sporting events and tournaments. (More)

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The Polling Station

 Have you ever two-stepped at a Texas honky tonk?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Wednesday’s Results:

Which Texas celebrity do you want to have coffee with?

  1. Carol Burnett: 23.6%
  2. Nolan Ryan: 23.4%
  3. Willie Nelson: 21.6%
  4. Matthew McConaughey: 15.2%
  5. Janis Joplin: 9.0%
  6. Mark Cuban: 7.1%
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