Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Police Arrest UT Protestors 

Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested Monday at the University of Texas after disrupting campus activities and ignoring police orders to disperse.

After protesters refused to leave, university police and state troopers moved in with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and pellet guns on the unruly crowd.

Dozens of protestors were seen being arrested as police began removing the encampments on the South Mall. “No encampments will be allowed,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “Instead, arrests are being made.”

Article Icon 1 Texas Ranked No. 1 for Business by CEOs

Texas ranked as the best state in America for business in a poll of over 600 U.S. CEOs, as it has for nearly the entire history of the survey going back to 2001.

Conducted by Chief Executive, the “Best and Worst States for Business” survey ranks all 50 states based on CEOs’ view of the business climate. Low taxes are always a key factor, but this year’s survey also highlighted financial responsibility and investment in talent, training, and infrastructure.

Behind Texas, Florida was ranked No. 2, followed by Tennessee at No. 3. On the “Worst” side, California was No. 50, New York ranked 49, and Illinois was 48th. The full list is here.

Article Icon 1State OKs Mike Tyson Pro Boxing Match 

Texas officials have approved a professional boxing match between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and YouTube celebrity Jake Paul, a fight many thought would never happen.

Tyson and Paul will face off on July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and streamed on Netflix. The fight will consist of eight two-minute rounds.

The 57-year-old Tyson has a 50-6 professional record and last fought in 2005, though this sparring video shows Tyson still has punching power. Paul is 27 and has a 9-1 record since his first match in 2018.

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Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state to ignore a new Title IX rule that requires public schools to accommodate the preferences of transgender students. Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration to block the rule. (More) 

Polk County: Officials ordered residents living below the Lake Livingston Dam and in low-lying areas along the Trinity River to evacuate following heavy rain and increased discharges from the dam. (See Photos)

Canyon: A panel of three judges on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday to determine whether a West Texas A&M ban on drag shows was a violation of students’ First Amendment rights. (More)

➤ Analysts believe peak-summer electricity demand could strain the state’s power grid, as anticipated prices for August reached a five-year high of $168.70 per megawatt-hour Friday for the Dallas market. (See Details)

➤ Spring Branch: Two people were killed Monday when a small plane crashed in the 600 block of Lantana Ridge. Police are still investigating. (More)

Texas Sports

 Texas Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford hit an inside-the-park home run Sunday in a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the 22-year-old’s first career home run. (Video

➤ Former Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is returning to the team on a one-year deal worth $3 million after the Cowboys lost last year’s starter Tony Pollard to free agency. (See Details

➤ The San Antonio Spurs announced plans to play two regular-season games in Paris next season. The team‘s leading scorer, French native Victor Wembanyama, is expected to draw big crowds. (More)

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➤ Galveston Wharves expects to overtake the Everglades as a cruise port next year after it finished renovating its Pier 16 area, allowing it to handle four cruise ships a day. (More)

➤ Tesla stock jumped 15% on Monday after CEO Elon Musk met with top Chinese leaders Sunday in Beijing to launch its auto-driving software in China. (More

➤ Dallas-based BRIX Holdings is buying juice bar company Clean Juice, which is facing lawsuits from franchisees seeking to end their agreements. (More)

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➤ Odessa residents finally learned what the strange contraptions showing up in their yards were for. According to Dawson Geophysical Company, the geophones were installed to measure seismic activity in the oil-rich area. (Video)

The Brazos River near Waco has become home to six young alligators. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says they’re too small to be a threat to people. (See Video)

➤ The East Texas town of Kennard hasn’t had a city council election in 18 years because no candidate ever files to run against the incumbents. This year, again, the city canceled the election. (More 

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Have you ever attended a Texas pro team playoff game?

  1. Yes: 70.1%
  2. No: 29.9%
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