Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Texas Oil $26 Billion Mega Deal

Diamondback Energy has agreed to buy Endeavor Energy Resources in a $26 billion cash-and-stock deal, creating a significant presence in the west Texas Permian Basin—the largest oil field in the United States.

The merged corporation, headquartered in Midland, would rank as the area’s third most significant oil and gas producer, trailing behind Exxon and Chevron.

This deal highlights a more significant ‘land grab‘ of the Permian Basin—where companies merge to increase oil production. The largest merger was Exxon Mobil’s 2023 acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources in a deal worth $60 billion.

Article Icon 1 New Details on Osteen Church Shooter

Police on Monday revealed new details about the mentally ill shooter who injured two and was then killed at Joel Olsteen’s megachurch in Houston, Texas.

The assailant has been identified as 36-year-old Genesse Moreno, a person who used both male and female aliases. Police said Moreno had a history of mental illness and a long criminal record, and the words “Free Palestine” were written on the rifle.

Moreno’s 7-year-old son, shot during the melee, is in critical condition at Texas Children’s Hospital. One church attendee was also shot in the leg but has been released from the hospital.

Article Icon 1 Texas ranked No. 1 for Gen Z

Texas has been ranked the No. 1 most popular destination for young Gen Z adults to move to—drawn by lower costs and better job opportunities, according to a new analysis of 2022 data by Zillow.

Zillow, which tracks home sales data, defines Gen Z as between the ages of 20 and 28. The state saw a net migration of more than 76,000 Gen Z adults in 2022, almost double the number that relocated to California. 

According to census data, Texas leads the nation in population growth overall, and most of the growth is from new people moving here, including young adults. You can see Zillow’s Top 10 Gen Z state list here.

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Around Texas

 DFW Airport: An American Airlines Boeing 737 overran the runway due to a braking malfunction. No injuries were reported for the passengers or flight crew. (Video)

 Brownsville: Border Patrol Officers arrested two men who were attempting to smuggle $459,000 worth of cocaine into the US. The drugs weighed over 34 pounds and were found in two separate cars. (More)

➤ Conroe: The Texas Department of Transportation announced a $96 million widening project for major roadways. The impacted areas are Hwy 105, FM 1097, and Hwy 242. (See Details)

➤ A Houston woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for threatening to send snipers and bombs to the home of the judge handling Donald Trump’s classified documents case in Florida. (More)

Lubbock: TXU Energy recently awarded $10,000 to the Lubbock Independent School District Foundation to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (More)

➤ Waco: A local Englishman named Oli Pettigrew is gaining attention as a new Texan ambassador. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United Kingdom, Pettigrew has used social media to showcase his love for the Lone Star State. (Video)

Texas Sports

 The University of Houston basketball team scored a 67-62 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats, keeping the No. 5-ranked team alone at the top of the Big 12 standings. (More)

Austin: An all-girls flag football team from Williamson County won the National Flag Football Championship in Orlando, Florida. The Texas Fury is hosting tryouts for next season on Feb 17th and 18th. (Video)

➤ Texas Tech snapped its three-game losing streak this weekend, beating the University of Central Florida 66-59, making six free throws in the final 41 seconds. (More)


The Business Of Texas

Fort Worth: The local Teamsters Union has authorized a strike against Molson Coors Brewery. If given the green light by national union leaders, 420 workers will walk off the job. (More)

➤ The Round Rock-Austin metropolitan area has been named the “No. 1 Best-Performing City” in the nation by the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities Index. The ranking is based on a city’s economic opportunities, job market, and tech sectors. (More)

 Allen: Electric vehicle charging provider XCharge North America announced plans for a new EV charging superhub near Dallas, featuring 20 stations with fast chargers that range from 200kW to 400kW at each port. (More)

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Et Cetera

Houston: Former President George HW Bush’s 2011 speed boat will auction on February 15th. Proceeds will go to The George HW Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University. (More)

Denton: Police arrested a local man wanted for posting a video on YouTube of him riding a motorcycle at 150 mph in Colorado. Rendon Dietzmann is currently being held in Denton County jail for assault and reckless endangerment. (Video)

League City: Local authorities are searching for two runaway teens who made threats against a preschool in the area. Police said the duo were driving from Wyoming in a stolen ‘69 Chevelle filled with firearms. (Video)

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The Polling Station

 What’s Your Favorite Classic Texas Song?

  1. Yellow Rose of Texas
  2. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  3. Red River Valley
  4. Waltz Across Texas
  5. Texas, Our Texas.
  6. Other

Monday’s Results:

Have you ever watched the TV show: Walker, Texas Ranger?

  1. Yes: 78.1%
  2. No: 21.9%
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