Tuesday, July 9, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Beryl Knocks Out Power for 2.8 Million

Hurricane Beryl came ashore near Matagorda on Monday morning as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds, knocking out power for 2.8 million people along the coast and in the Houston area as it moved north toward Shreveport throughout the day.

Flash flooding swamped neighborhoods in Houston, where first responders performed several high-water rescues. The storm claimed the lives of at least two people, both of whom died when trees fell on their homes.

Over 1,300 flights were canceled, and ports were shut down along the coast. Refineries in Corpus Christi and Houston appear to have escaped significant damage, however.

Flooding and power outages are expected to affect impacted areas for days.

Article Icon 1Police Bust Up Gift Card Tampering Ring

Burleson police arrested two men linked to a “sophisticated multi-state gift card tampering ring” after finding over 1,000 gift cards in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

Police located the suspects’ Honda Accord at a Target after being tipped off by Home Depot staff about fraud at several stores in the area. The investigation then led to a hotel room in Carrollton, where police found thousands of additional gift cards. In total, officers recovered 4,017 gift cards with an estimated value of $1,720,050.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with the investigation, including Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Texas Financial Crimes Intelligence Center, and several local police departments.

Article Icon 1Texas Suburbs Rank Among Wealthiest

Several Texas suburbs rank among the wealthiest in America, according to a recent study by the financial website GoBankingRates.

While California, New York, and New Jersey dominated the list of the top 50 suburbs, four Texas locations made the cut: West University Place (Houston area, 3rd), University Park (Dallas area, 6th), Southlake (Dallas-Fort Worth area, 13th), and Bellaire (Houston area, 25th).

West University Place boasts the highest average household income among Texas suburbs at $403,845, while University Park has the highest typical home value at $2,305,281.

The study methodology involved analyzing cities with 5,000 households or more, using data from the 2022 American Community Survey and Zillow’s 2024 typical home values. See the full list here.

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Around Texas

➤ Hays County: Avrey Anderson, elected District Clerk at age 19 in 2022, resigned last week after witnesses argued for his incompetence. Anderson is accused of mishandling various court documents, including jury summons and grand jury indictments. (See Video)

➤ Eagle Pass: A water expert raised concerns about the ecological impact of the floating barrier installed in the Rio Grande during a city council meeting last week. The barrier is said to have caused debris to pile up and contributed to excess plant growth. (See Video)

➤ Abilene: Scott Beard, the pastor of Fountain Gate Fellowship Church, was fined $3,500 by the Texas Ethics Commission for using the church’s resources to bolster his unsuccessful 2023 campaign for an open city council seat. (More)

➤ Morton: The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report explaining what happened in the moments before a deadly midair plane crash last month involving two crop dusters spraying a cotton field. (See Details)

Austin: Biologists are testing the algae in Lake Travis for cyanotoxins after a dog died shortly after swimming in the lake. (More)

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Texas Sports

Marcus Semien and Kirby Yates have made the All-Star Game for the Texas Rangers. Kyle Tucker was also added to the roster, joining Houston Astros teammates José Altuve and Yordan Alvarez, who were previously named starters. (More)

➤ Houston Astros closer Josh Hader was charged with his fifth loss of the season after allowing a walk-off home run to Minnesota Twins catcher Christian Vazquez on Sunday. Hader has already allowed eight home runs this season, five more than he allowed all of last season with San Diego. (More)

Long-time University of Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin is going to make his sixth Summer Olympics appearance. Scoggin has now attended five times as a coach and once as a competitor. (More)

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The Business Of Texas

➤ Southwest Airlines added former US Airways CEO Rakesh Gangwal to its board amid an activist push from Elliott Management to oust current CEO Bob Jordan. (More)

➤ The Dallas Stars have signed a seven-year deal with A Parent Media Co. Inc. to stream all their regional games for free on the company’s new VICTORY+ service. (See Details)

➤ Devon Energy is acquiring Houston-based Grayson Mill Energy’s assets in the Williston Basin for $5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal. The company anticipates maintaining production at about 100,000 barrels of oil per day. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ As Texans were bracing for Hurricane Beryl’s landfall, one National Weather Service meteorologist’s video of his heavily fortified front door went viral on social media. (Watch Video)

➤ Frisco’s new Kaleidoscope Park unveiled Butterfly Rest Stop, a high-tech sculpture by Janet Echelman designed to highlight the monarch butterflies that visit North Texas as a pit stop during their annual migration. (See Photos)

➤ “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot,” a movie about a Deep East Texas community’s efforts to adopt foster children, currently ranks seventh at the box office. (More)

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