Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Supreme Court Sides with Texas Landowners

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Texas landowners had the right to sue the state for building highway barriers that flooded the property of more than 120 landowners.

During significant flooding in 2017 and 2019, state officials installed a highway barrier on I-10 to dam up the water. However, that diverted the torrential waters into neighboring properties.

After state courts refused to hear the landowners’ compensation case, it went to the Supreme Court. Justice Clarence Thomas ordered Texas to hear the case and allow the appeal for damages.

Article Icon 1Texas Ordered to Pay $100,000 Daily Fine

A federal judge ruled that Texas must pay $100,000 per day for refusing to investigate alleged neglect and abuse of children in the state’s foster care system.

In her 427-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack noted that Texas Health and Human Services was previously held in contempt for ignoring the court’s orders. State officials argue they have been in compliance.

The daily fine will end when the Texas HHS shows that investigations have begun and the system complies with the law. A hearing is scheduled for June.

Article Icon 1American Airline Pilots Raise Safety Issues

The union representing pilots for Fort Worth-based American Airlines warned this weekend that there’s been a “significant spike” in safety problems at the company.

The Allied Pilots Association detailed critical issues at the airline’s DFW maintenance hangers, ranging from tools being left in wheel wells to not performing consistent maintenance checks.

The union sent a memo to pilots urging them to take their time to ensure safety: 

“Remember: Don’t rush, don’t be intimidated, and don’t be pressured into doing something that doesn’t pass the ‘smell test.”

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Around Texas

➤ San Antonio: The city’s horse-drawn carriage business, in operation since 1865, may come to an end. A city committee is moving forward with plans to phase out the carriages due to reports of animal cruelty and increased traffic congestion. (See Photo)

 Bee Cave: Council members are drafting new social media policies for city staff following a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing city employees to moderate their personal pages. (Get the Details)

➤ Wichita Falls: School board officials announced a pay increase for teachers after a recent analysis showed they hadn’t received a raise in over ten years. Teachers are now expected to get a 1.7%-2% increase. (See Details)

➤ Cypress: Cy-Fair school district officials say they’re bracing for a $38 million deficit in their 2024-2025 school budget due to the end of federal COVID-relief funding. (More)

➤ Fort Worth: Residents and city officials are protesting the construction of a concrete plant near Alliance Airport, citing pollution and safety concerns. The permit application is pending final approval from state officials. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ The Dallas Stars clinched their first division title since 2016 with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Kraken. Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen led the way with two goals and three assists combined. (See Highlights)

Texas Rangers pitcher Michael Lorenzen made his Texas debut with five scoreless innings and helped the team secure a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday. (More)

 Kansas City Chiefs’ Rashee Rice and SMU’s Teddy Knox have been sued by two crash victims for $10 million in damages. Both men remain in custody. (More)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Austin-Bergstrom International Airport broke its 2023 record for most passengers flying out of the airport during the mass exodus of eclipse travelers after April 8. Officials report 150,266 passengers flew from the airport from April 9 through April 12. (More)

➤ Galveston Wharves earned a 2024 Landmark Award from Houston Business Journal for its $53 million expansion and renovation of its cruise port terminal. The newly improved terminal will handle multiple cruise lines, including Carnival and Royal Caribbean. (More)

➤ Dominion Energy launched the first U.S. wind turbine installation vessel from its shipyard in Brownsville, Texas. The ship will support the construction of new offshore wind turbines along the Virginia coastline. (Get the Details)

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➤ San Angelo: Two anglers earned top marks for their big bass catches. Cullie Belveal secured the Strike King Elite class with his 10.51-pound largemouth bass, and Mat Pagan scored the Bass Pro Shop Lunker class with his 25.75-inch bass. (See Photos)

➤ Dallas: WFAA-TV recently unveiled a treasure trove of archived film interviews for public viewing. The interviews include behind-the-scenes chats about classics like Dances with Wolves, Saving Private Ryan, and Remember the Titans. (See Archive)

➤ Allen: Police recovered Betty and Fred, two beloved geese stolen from Bethany Lakes Park—their home for over a decade. The thief wasn’t prosecuted because, in fact, no law was broken. (Video)

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The Polling Station

 What’s your preferred style of camping in Texas?

  1. A good ol’ fashioned tent
  2. Nothing less than a cabin
  3. Gotta have my RV
  4. Other
  5. I’d prefer to stay home

Tuesday’s Results:

Which major Texas city has the most interesting history?

  1. San Antonio: 43.5%
  2. Fort Worth: 14.5%
  3. Houston: 9.36%
  4. El Paso: 8.8%
  5. Dallas: 8.1%
  6. Austin: 7.9%
  7. Other: 7.8%
Texas Trivia

What legendary Texas pitcher was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with a whopping 98.7% of the vote?

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