Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Most Texans Expect Summer Blackouts

The great majority of Texans, nearly 85%, believe they’ll be asked to conserve electricity this summer, while 63% expect rolling blackouts. 

According to a poll from the University of Texas, just about half the state’s residents think the power grid is likely to experience widespread failure.

Earlier this month, ERCOT predicted a 12% chance of rolling blackouts and a 16% chance of emergency grid conditions in August during the evening hours when solar generation capacity drops off.

Article Icon 1State Sets New Mental Hospital Projects 

Construction on seven new psychiatric hospitals will begin this year after state lawmakers approved $1.5 billion in 2023 for new mental health treatment centers, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday.

More than 60% of the adult population in Texas’ nine state-run facilities come from the criminal justice system after being ruled incompetent to stand trial.

The state has seen a 38% increase in these judgments over the past two decades, and as of last year, 2,300 inmates were awaiting transfer to a state hospital.

Among the projects to be funded are the new Panhandle State Hospital in Amarillo and the Lubbock Psychiatric Center; replacements for the Terrell State Hospital and North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls; and new maximum-security units at the San Antonio State Hospital and the Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen.

Article Icon 15.6 Million Texans To Travel For July 4th

Around 5.6 million Texans plan to travel for the 4th of July, marking a 5.2% increase over last year, according to projections from AAA Texas.

Of that number, 4.8 million are expected to travel by car, 555,000 by plane, and 242,000 by alternative methods (train, bus, etc.).

Top travel destinations for Texans include Galveston, Corpus Christi, state parks, the San Antonio River Walk, Fredericksburg, and the major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, and Austin.

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Around Texas

➤ The U.S. House Ethics Committee is reviewing campaign payments made by Republican Reps. Ronny Jackson of Amarillo and Wesley Hunt of Houston to private social clubs. (More)

Houston: Two contractors and the former real estate manager of the city’s urban development department were indicted for public corruption involving the misuse of $8.5 million earmarked for building and maintaining affordable housing. (More)

Laredo: The city’s health department is testing wastewater to identify neighborhoods with high illegal drug use. Authorities plan to visit these areas and educate residents about the risks associated with illicit drug use. (See Video)

New Braunfels: Nomad, an internet service provider, has settled for $8 million after the state alleged deceptive business practices, with $2 million allocated for refunds to about 20,000 rural customers. (More)

Kaufman County: The body of a kayaker missing since last week has been recovered from the Trinity River. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is investigating the incident, as the kayaker is believed to have drowned in a public waterway. (See Details)

Odessa: The West Texas Desert Hawks, an Arena Football League team, is shutting down. Owner Zack Buggs blamed “dishonesty” and “false promises” from the league and issues related to concessions at the Ector County Coliseum. (See Video)

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Texas Sports

➤ Texas A&M baseball had their Men’s College World Series run come to an end yesterday after they fell 6-5 to Tennessee. Trailing by three in the last inning, the Aggies scored two to push the deficit to just one but were unable to pull off the comeback.

Former Longhorn Scottie Scheffler won the Travelers Championship on Sunday, becoming the first golfer since Arnold Palmer in 1962 to record six PGA tour wins in a season before July. (More)

Max Scherzer made his season debut for the Rangers on Sunday. He allowed only one hit over five innings and 57 pitches. The Rangers finished the game allowing just two hits, defeating the Royals 4-0. (More)

Three more Texas natives have punched their tickets to the Paris 2024 Olympics: Fred Kerley (Men’s 100-meter), Jasmine Moore (Women’s triple jump), and Ryan Crouser (Men’s shotput). (See List)

Yesterday’s results: MLB | WNBA | NHL | Copa América 

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The Business Of Texas

American Airlines flight attendants, who haven’t received a raise in five years, according to their union, are nearing a strike after negotiations with the company concluded without a deal. (More)

Bioelements, a Chilean sustainable packaging company, has announced its expansion into the U.S. market with the establishment of its headquarters in Houston. (See Details)

A 3-acre crystalline lagoon is planned for Spicewood, about 35 miles northwest of Austin, featuring luxury residences, retail boutiques, restaurants, event areas, and a hotel. (More)

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Et Cetera

A group of Ford Bronco owners organized a 100-mile drive from Lufkin to Lake Palestine this past weekend to raise awareness about veteran suicide. (More)

Police arrested a man on Monday in Laredo after he allegedly entered a parked sheriff’s car and was found sitting in the driver’s seat, smoking and playing music. (See Details)

“MEAT Militia,” a barbecue team from Madison High School in San Antonio, is the first all-girls team in the country to win the national grilling championship. (More)

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The Polling Station

How long is your drive to work?

  1. Less than 10 minutes
  2. 10-20 minutes
  3. 20-30 minutes
  4. 30-45 minutes
  5. 45-60 minutes
  6. More than an hour
  7. I work from home
  8. I’m retired / don’t work

Monday’s Results:

Have you ever eaten crawdads?

    1. Yes: 65.4%
    2. No: 34.6%
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