Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Trump Says Paxton Is Option For AG

Donald Trump said he would consider Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as a potential pick for his top law enforcement officer if voters send him back to the White House this November.

While attending the NRA’s annual meeting in Dallas on Sunday, Trump called Paxton “very talented” and took credit for helping him avoid being removed from office last year after the Texas House impeached him on charges of bribery and abuse of office.

Paxton led a multi-state challenge to Biden’s election in 2020, and he has repeatedly sued the federal government since the president took office. On Monday, a federal judge temporarily blocked a rule requiring background checks for private gun sales after Paxton challenged the rule in court.

Article Icon 1Report Warns Of Rolling Blackouts

Texans could be forced to endure rolling blackouts this August, according to a recent assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

The report pegs the possibility of rolling blackouts at 14.6%, most likely between the hours of 8 to 10 PM. During those hours, solar generation falls off, but demand still remains high.

Another factor contributing to the possibility of usage alerts is the limited transmission capacity of power lines around San Antonio, which carry electricity from generation facilities in South Texas to other parts of the state.

Article Icon 1DFW Home Sales Rank Second In U.S.

The Metroplex housing market was second in the nation for home sales and active listings last month, according to data from real estate brokerage RE/MAX. The New York metro area was first.

In April, nearly 8,500 homes were sold, and there were more than 13,000 active listings. These figures represent year-over-year jumps of around 8% and 31%, respectively, comparable to the national averages.

Nationally, the median sales price is up 5.7% from last year, and inventory is up 28.8%, suggesting elevated interest rates are having a diminished effect on home sales.

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Around Texas

➤ Houston: Over 50 schools were closed Monday following widespread damage and power outages from storms over the weekend. Nearly 200,000 residents were still without power Monday afternoon. (More)

➤ Dallas: Police Chief Eddie Garcia is staying with the department until at least 2027. According to a newly negotiated agreement, Garcia will receive a $10,000 bonus every six months on top of his $306,440 base salary. (See details)

➤ Pharr: Border Patrol agents seized $5.4 million worth of methamphetamine from a truck transporting papayas from Mexico earlier this month. The meth was stashed in 369 packages weighing 606 pounds. (More)

➤ Austin: City officials held an open house Saturday to get public input on what should be built on top of the highway coverings being added to I-35 as part of a $4.5 billion, eight-mile redesign of the major transportation corridor. (See details)

➤ San Antonio: Freshwater mussels are being reintroduced to a part of the San Antonio River where their habitat was destroyed several decades ago. Biologists hope the filter feeders can help clean up the river, which receives wastewater from local treatment plants. (See photo)

➤ Meridian: A former police officer filed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the city’s police chief of committing unspecified violations of law. According to the lawsuit, Don L. Barron is seeking $250,000 to $1 million for being terminated after reporting the alleged violations. (More)

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Texas Sports

Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker homered twice in Sunday’s 9-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, tying Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson for the league lead in home runs at 15. (See details)

The No. 1-ranked UT softball team will play No. 16 Texas A&M this weekend in the best-of-three super regional in Austin, while Baylor will visit No. 4 Florida in Gainesville. The winners will advance to the Women’s College World Series. (See schedule)

The Texas A&M women’s tennis team defeated the University of Georgia 4-1 Sunday to win their first national championship in program history. The Aggies had lost to the Bulldogs in three previous matchups this season. (More)

Also on Sunday, The TCU Horned Frogs won their first men’s tennis title, defeating the No. 2-ranked Texas Longhorns 4-3. (More)

Yesterday’s results: MLBNHL | WNBA

The Business Of Texas

➤ American Airlines flight attendants are threatening to strike if they don’t receive a salary increase similar to the 33% raise recently given to Southwest attendants. New American flight attendants make around $27,000 a year. (More)

➤ Hines and Trez Capital are bringing a 700-acre master-planned community to Terrell. The development will include about 1,500 homes priced between $300,000 and $500,000. (See details)

➤ Work began last week on a 134-acre industrial park off Highway 130 in east Austin. Developed by Sansone Group and Principal Asset Management, the Austin Hills Commerce Center will include six warehouses totaling 1.35 million square feet. (More)

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Et Cetera

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the not-yet-open Peppa Pig Theme Park in North Richland Hills, condemning it for serving meat and dairy items at the pig-character-themed park. (More)

Three rare red-cockaded woodpecker chicks have hatched in a state park near Conroe, which is home to several families of the endangered bird. The Texas Forest Service has been monitoring the activity and shared several photos on social media. (See photos)

A Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy helped a frantic family remove a snake from their car over the weekend. The unidentified snake had started to slither out of the car’s engine compartment while the family was on their way to the airport. (See photos)

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The Polling Station

Have you watched any of the Mavericks or Stars playoff games?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Monday’s Results:

Have you ever put pickles in your Dr. Pepper?

    1. Yes: 9.1%
    2. No: 90.9%
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