Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Judge Releases Illegals Who Assaulted Troops

An El Paso judge has ordered the release of the illegal immigrants involved in last month’s border riot, saying the city prosecutors weren’t prepared to move forward with prosecution.

In a ruling delivered via teleconference, Judge Humberto Acosta released the group and with their promise to return to court and no cash bond. Hundreds of men, mainly Venezuelans, assaulted a small group of National Guard troops while storming across the border.

Although all the perpetrators were arrested, only those facing a federal immigration hold will remain behind bars. The specific number of those released is unclear.

Article Icon 1 A Texan is Diagnosed with the Bird Flu

State health officials confirmed that a Texas resident has been diagnosed with the ‘Bird Flu’ virus after contacting infected dairy cows directly. The patient’s only symptom was eye inflammation.

The bird flu virus has spread to older dairy cows in five states, but federal officials have confirmed that this strain is not as dangerous to humans as previous versions.

Health officials recommend that people in contact with dairy cows begin monitoring their health for ten days and see a doctor if fever or respiratory symptoms occur.

Article Icon 1 Dark Clouds on the Eclipse Horizon

Weather forecasters now say the highly-anticipated total eclipse on April 8 may be lost behind heavy cloud cover and rain showers along the path of totality. However, meteorologists also note that Texas is notorious for its unpredictable weather.

While the clouds may block prime views, the sky will still become completely dark in the afternoon. The National Weather Service has released a map detailing which counties are expected to have low and medium visibility.

Dozens of cities and counties are in their final stages of preparation as they brace for the mass influx of visitors. To help yourself prepare, see this checklist.

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Around Texas

➤ Dallas: Jury selection began in the trial of a local doctor accused of inserting dangerous drugs into patients’ IV bags. Dr. Reynoldo Ortiz has been behind bars since 2022 and could face life in federal prison if found guilty. (Watch the Coverage)

➤ Georgetown: City officials unveiled a multi-million master plan to upgrade its downtown area for the first time in ten years. The plan includes renovations to historical buildings as well as landscape improvements. (Get the Details)

➤ El Paso native Leon Schydlower was confirmed as the next U.S. District Court Judge for Texas’ Western District. His court will oversee cases for Del Rio, San Antonio, El Paso, and Austin. (More)

➤ Boerne: The city’s River Road Park is finally open after months of construction. The project fortified the bank along Cibolo Creek and added new features, including more fishing piers. (See the Photos)

➤ The University of Houston says its new Cougar Textbook Access program saved students over $10 million on book purchases. The program lets students pay a flat rate per semester for all course materials. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ The San Antonio Brahmas (members of the newly-formed United Football League) ran a fake field goal and threw to center Alex Mollette, who rumbled 15 yards for a touchdown. The Brahmas won the game 27-12 (See Trick Play Here)

➤ A high school senior from China Spring won $25,000 by making a half-court shot during the Houston Rocket’s halftime show. The Dallas Mavericks ended up beating the Rockets 125-107. (Video)

➤ The Houston Astros started their first season under manager Joe Espada by getting swept in a four-game series with the Yankees. (Details)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Global wind turbine company Renewable Parts has launched its first U.S. location in Houston. The U.K.-based business specializes in refurbishing wind turbines. (More)

➤ Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is gearing up to auction “Action Comics No. 1,” the first-ever Superman comic. The high bid so far is over $4.2 million. (Check it Out)

➤ Corpus Christi: CPS Energy recently purchased two natural gas plants, marking the largest portion of a $785 million buy-out deal with Talen Energy’s power-generation portfolio. (Video)

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Et Cetera

➤ Fort Worth: Southern Living Magazine has ranked Joe T. Garcia’s as the best spot for margaritas in Texas. The ranking was based on a 2023 survey that garnered 20,000 votes. (More)

➤ Corpus Christi: A local woman stumbled upon an urn of human ashes while walking her dog at South Bluff Park. Police confirmed the urn belongs to a funeral home in Oregon. (Video)

➤ Abilene: City zoo officials announced the birth of their first addax calf, named Kélo. The birth was significant because the addax is considered an endangered species. (See his Photo)

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The Polling Station

 Did you play any April Fools pranks on anyone yesterday?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Monday’s Results:

Have you ever visited a Schlitterbahn Waterpark?

  1. No: 56.5%
  2. Yes: 43.5%
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