Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Explosion in Downtown Fort Worth

On Monday, a blast occurred in the basement of the Sandman Signature Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, causing windows on the first and second floors to shatter. Twenty-one individuals were either hospitalized or received treatment at the scene.

A representative from the Fort Worth Fire Department stated that the incident was attributed to a gas explosion. However, the precise cause is still being investigated with the support of the arson unit, ATF, and FBI. It’s unclear whether the gas leak preceded the explosion or resulted from it. (Video)

Steve Montgomery, CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber, expressed his concern, “Our sympathies are with the businesses and individuals affected by today’s incidents in the center of Fort Worth. The Chamber is prepared to assist our community during this challenging period, providing guidance and resources to our members.” (Images)

Article Icon 1Homeland Security Chief Visits Border

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, visited the border near Eagle Pass yesterday.

He met with local officials and border patrol agents to answer questions about the Biden administration’s response to the border crisis, and he admitted that 85% of illegal immigrants are eventually released in the US.

Mayorkas is currently the subject of impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, and a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday that will detail the nationwide impact of the illegal immigration surge. 

Article Icon 1 Severe Weather Slams Texas

A massive cold front is expected to sweep through North Texas, potentially bringing snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures for the first time this winter. Meteorologist David Bonnette from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth warned that the Metroplex will experience a sharp temperature decline.

Throughout the Central Texas region, wind speeds are reaching up to 50 miles per hour.

Due to severe thunderstorms in the greater Houston area, multiple airports have delayed or canceled various operations. According to FlightAware, adverse weather resulted in 418 delays and 86 cancellations at Bush Airport, with Hobby Airport reporting 189 delays and four cancellations.

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Around Texas

El Paso: Friends and family gathered to remember Laura Caroline Lynch, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, who died in a December car crash. (More)

Lubbock: More information has been unearthed in the sexual assault lawsuit against Pop Isaacs, a basketball player from Texas Tech University. (More)

Abilene: Assistant Police Chief Doug Wrenn is set to retire from the Abilene Police Department after three decades of service. (More)


Edinburg: A trial has begun for Victor Godinez, an Edinburg man charged with capital murder in connection to the death of a DPS trooper in 2019. (More)

Brownsville: A local baker, Angela Castro, is now in the quarterfinals of the Greatest Baker Competition. Currently, she’s in 2nd place in the virtual competition. (More)

Laredo: Local authorities have begun an investigation into the deaths of three Laredo residents. Two women and one man were found dead inside a home in central Laredo. A drug overdose is suspected. (More)


Georgetown: The historic City Lights Theater received a $44 million renovation and is now known as Film Alley. It features a bowling alley, screened movies, and dining. (More)

Austin: The Austin city manager position has officially opened this week and will be open until February 12th. The city is collaborating with Mosaic Public Partners to search & fill the position. (More)

San Antonio: A statewide Amber Alert has been lifted following the safe discovery of a 12-year-old boy on Monday afternoon. No arrests were made in connection with the alert. (More)


Diboll aims to become the “Quinceañera Capital of Texas,” symbolizing its growing Hispanic community. (More)

Nacogdoches: Hundreds of people, including the Mayor and local politicians, honored the life of a long-time barber, James Milford. Mr. Milford began cutting hair in Nacogdoches in 1995, and hundreds of people toured his barbershop to pay honor to the late barber. (More)

Timpson: After securing their first-ever state football championship, Timpson High School head coach Kerry Therwhanger announced his retirement. (More)


Colleyville: The city council released plans for the new Heroes Park project, where six bronze statues will honor those who served in all military branches – including the Space Force. (More)

Arlington: The upcoming Lowes Arlington Hotel is planning to fill over 500 open positions, including bartenders, bussers, and servers. A company job fair will be held January 8th-10th. (More)

Dallas: The popular taquería Trompo halted operations last week. The owner posted a video saying that the business’s landlord had locked them out of the building because of overdue rent. (More)


New Caney: A resident of New Caney claimed the top prize in a Texas Lottery scratch ticket game, becoming $1 million richer overnight. Five golden tickets (or at least $1 MM prices in the Ca$h Blowout game) remain. (More)

Houston: The Houston Police Department is seeking public assistance in finding a man wanted for the fatal stabbing on a METRO rail line. (More)

Sugar Land: A man purchased a Nintendo Switch from a third-party vendor on Walmart’s website, but it turned out to be an elaborate scheme that cost him $355. The toy was meant to be a Christmas present for his daughter. (More)

Texas Sports

Former Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher opened up on a podcast about his controversial firing. Allegedly, he acquired his first recruiting class at A&M with $30 million in payments using new rules that allow college athletes to be paid for use of their name, image, and likeness. (Video)

➤ Kyrie Irving led the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He hit the tying and go-ahead three-pointers down the stretch. (More)

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will face his old team, the Green Bay Packers, in the first round of the NFL playoffs. (More)

The Business Of Texas

Arlington: The Dallas Cowboys secured a marketing deal with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. This will feature Bahamian branding at the AT&T Stadium during home games. (More)

Fort Worth: TierPoint, an IT Solutions provider, purchased a new multi-megawatt data center in Fort Worth. It will be the company’s third facility in the greater DFW area. (More)

Houston: TXU Energy signed a multi-year contract to provide electricity to all campuses of the University of Houston. (More)

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Et Cetera

After six years, the city of Houston still hasn’t paid out $200 million dollars of federal relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, state’s General Land Office. The Houston housing office says the number is a mere $11.8 million. (More)

➤  Strange-looking lights in the night sky baffled many across the state on Sunday night. They turned out to be from a SpaceX launch, rather than a UFO, as some were inclined to believe. (Images)

➤  The roof of NRG Stadium, site of last night’s college football national championship Houston, started leaking before the game amidst the downpour. (More)

Upcoming Events

Mission: The 92nd annual Texas Citrus Fiesta commences with a series of events spanning throughout the entire month of January. (More)

San Antonio: On January 22nd, The Briscoe Western Art Museum will continue showcasing the “American Cowboys”  photography exhibit. (More)

Amarillo: The Amarillo Symphony Orchestra will be performing Miracle Music on January 13th. Selected works will be from Bach, Mahler, and Haydn. (More)

The Polling Station

 Will Mayorkas’ visit to the border do anything to fix our immigration problem?

  1. Yes
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