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Article Icon 1 Appeals Court Delays Texas Border Law

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Texas’ SB4 law cannot be enforced until the panel determines its constitutionality.

Multiple courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have ruled on whether the law allowing Texas to arrest illegal immigrants can take effect. The Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 to continue the hold on the law for now.

The next hearing is scheduled for April 3, when the court will take up the question of whether the law unconstitutionally moves the state into immigration oversight reserved for the federal government.

Article Icon 1 Texas Launches Space Commission

Governor Greg Abbott announced the launch of a Texas Space Commission at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on Tuesday.

The new endeavor will be led by a nine-member board of directors, with the goal of making Texas a leading force behind future space exploration.

The commission’s main focus will be promoting the state’s Space Exploration and Aeronautics Research Fund, which awards grants to eligible entities that specialize in the commercial aerospace industry.

Article Icon 1 Blue Mountain Ranch for Sale at $7.75M

Dan and Maura Sharp, owners of Sharp Family Vineyards, have placed their Blue Mountain Ranch on the market for $7.75 million. You can see the property here.

The 1,000-acre estate, dating back to the 1970s, sits in the Davis Mountains, ten minutes from Fort Davis. The area, filled with volcanic soil, has drawn in winemakers from around the world.

The ranch boasts a wide range of wildlife, including populations of pronghorn, elk, quail, deer, and black bears. It includes a mountain as well.

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Around Texas

Liberty: The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement revoked the licenses of 19 deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department after determining the county’s police academy program was inadequate. (Get the Details)

➤ Corpus Christi: A Texas teen was sentenced to five years in prison for posing as a physician assistant at two city hospitals. He is set to be extradited to Oklahoma after pleading guilty to additional felonies in that state. (Watch the Video)

➤ El Paso: The Sun City has been ranked as the cheapest place to retire in Texas by, with an average cost of living 15.8% lower than the national average. The location’s mild weather and lower sales tax contributed to the ranking. (Learn More)

➤ Houston: A family is suing a DoubleTree hotel for $1 million for negligence after their eight-year-old daughter drowned in the property’s swimming pool. (More)

➤ Austin council members selected T.C. Broadnax as their next city manager. He’ll resign his current job as Dallas City Manager on June 3. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ NFL officials have approved Cal McNair as the new owner of the Houston Texans. The team has been owned by the McNair family for over 20 years. Cal McNair’s mother, Janice McNair, has been the principal owner since 2018. (More)

➤ The Dallas Cowboys declined to extend quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract beyond his fourth year, making him a free agent at the end of the 2024 season. (More)

➤ Globe Life Field at Arlington is set to host the Texas Ranger’s opening day with a new ballpark menu today. The new offerings are expected to include bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Korean pork buns, and a meatball tower. (See the Food)

The Business Of Texas

➤ The El Paso City Council approved tax incentives for the Eaton Corporation, clearing the way for the company to invest $70 million in building a new manufacturing facility that will employ 575 people. (More)

➤ Peltier Auto Group has unveiled plans to transform Longview’s Pegues-Hurst dealership into a gigantic Ford factory. The 50,000-square-foot facility will be a central hub for new models and technology. (More)

➤ Rockwall: Energy company Ballard Power Systems recently announced the construction of a $160 million gigafactory called ‘Rockwall Giga 1’. The new facility is anticipating the production of 3GW of hydrogen fuel cells annually. (See Details)

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➤ Sabine: Beachgoers at Sea Rim State Park shared the sand with a monster alligator sunning itself on the shore. Officials say freshwater alligators sometimes head into salt water to remove parasites. (See the Gator)

➤ Odessa: The Ellen Noel Art Museum is hosting an “Awkward Family Photos” exhibit. This exhibition, a regular feature on viral Internet sites, has traveled the country for more than ten years. (Check it Out)

➤ A Texas fifth-grader named Texas Terry is one of 80 kids worldwide heading to the Drive, Chip, and Putt national finals on April 7 at Augusta, Georgia, the weekend before the Master’s Tournament.  (Video)

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 Who will finish with the best record: Astros or Rangers?

  1. Astros
  2. Rangers

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