Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Has Cancer

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee released a statement Sunday saying she is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

The 74-year-old Democrat has represented Houston’s 18th Congressional District for 30 years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 but announced she was cancer-free the following year.

Last year, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for Houston mayor, losing by a large margin to former Democrat State Sen. John Whitmire.

“The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me,” Lee said in a statement.

Article Icon 1Henry Cuellar Targeted By NRCC

On Monday, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced it is targeting Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar’s seat in the November election.

The group, which works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House, had previously declined to get involved in the race, but an NRCC official said the Laredo congressman’s indictment on federal bribery and money laundering charges has cracked the door open for Cuellar’s opponent, retired Navy officer Jay Furman.

Cuellar’s district, which stretches from San Antonio to Laredo, voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump by 7 percent in 2020.

Article Icon 1Percentage Of Native-Born Texans Decreasing

According a recent Houston Chronicle analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, only 51% of Texas adults were born in the Lone Star State, a figure that has been trending down since the 1940s, when around 7 out of every 10 Texans at least 18 or older were born here.

Around 26% of Texas adults were born in another state, with California leading the way at 3.7%. Foreign-born Texans make up 23% of the state’s population.

State demographer Lloyd Potter said “we’re not that far away now” from native-born Texans being a minority in the state.

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Around Texas

➤ East Texas: Over 15,000 people were without power Monday morning after thunderstorms moved through the region Sunday evening. In a Facebook post, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative said they plan to restore power to all customers this evening. (More)

➤ Sanderson: A tornado knocked out power to the city and severely injured a Border Patrol agent after sweeping through the small West Texas community Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Midland area is recovering from significant damage caused by severe storms last Thursday. (See video)

➤ Terrell: State officials killed 249 disease-infected deer at the 1,500-acre RW Trophy Ranch on Monday, bringing an end to a years-long legal battle with ranch owner Robert Williams. The carcasses were disposed of at a biohazard waste facility in Waco. (See video)

➤ Houston: School district officials are considering a $4.4 billion bond proposal to pay for new HVAC systems, campus security improvements, and technology upgrades. If the school board moves forward with the proposal, it would be the largest in state history. (See details)

➤ Marlin: The Texas Rangers opened an investigation into the mistreatment of dogs at a local animal shelter after two dogs died and residents called on law enforcement to take action. (See video)

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Texas Sports

➤ The University of Texas softball team is headed to the Women’s College World Series Championship after beating Stanford 1-0 on Monday. They’ll play Florida or Oklahoma in a best-of-three series later this week. (More)

Former Cowboys offensive lineman and Hall of Famer Larry Allen died Sunday while vacationing in Mexico with his family. Drafted 46th overall in 1994, he earned 11 Pro Bowl selections and helped the Cowboys win the Super Bowl in 1996. (More)

Simone Biles won the U.S. gymnastics championship Sunday in Fort Worth, her record ninth all-around national title. The 27-year-old Texan earned the top score in each event. (See details)

The University of Texas women’s rowing team won the NCAA national championship on Sunday in Bethel, Ohio, its third title in the last four years. (More)

Yesterday’s results: MLBNCAA Baseball | NCAA Softball

The Business Of Texas

➤ Lawyers for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines asked a federal court on Monday to reverse an $800,000 judgment against the company for firing flight attendant Charlene Carter for her outspoken anti-abortion views. (See details)

➤ Research from Texas A&M AgriLife and West Texas A&M shows that the Panhandle produces 30% of the nation’s beef and dairy products. The industry employs about 60,000 workers and contributes $7 billion a year to the region. (See video)

➤ Vosa Spirits, an alcoholic flavored water brand co-owned by model Kate Upton, is coming to Texas. Its product line is being distributed by Spec’s and Total Wine, and it’s available during Astros games at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. (More)

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Et Cetera

A bald eaglet has been reunited with its parents after falling out of its nest at White Rock Lake in Dallas during last Tuesday’s storms. Volunteers built an artificial nest to replace the original one that was destroyed. (More)

North Texas residents snapped some intriguing photos of mammatus clouds Sunday night. The pouch-shaped clouds are formed by pockets of sinking cold air and indicate a thunderstorm could be brewing. (See photos)

A 27,000-square-foot estate built in 1938 for an Italian count is on the market for $47 million in Dallas. The 15-acre property was once owned by Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. (See photos)

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The Polling Station

Do you plan to watch any of the Olympics this summer?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Monday’s Results:

What’s your favorite social media platform?

    1. I don’t use social media: 27.7%
    2. Facebook: 21.0%
    3. Instagram: 16.8%
    4. X (Twitter): 7.5%
    5. Truth Social: 6.5%
    6. Other: 5.0%
    7. TikTok: 4.2%
    8. Gab: 3.7%
    9. MeWe: 3.6%
    10. GETTR: 3.6%
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