Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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Article Icon 1 Uvalde Mayor Abruptly Resigns

Uvalde City Mayor Cody Smith abruptly resigned Monday, citing health issues, just before the city council votes to approve or reject a report on the 2022 school shooting. The report states that police officers acted in “good faith.”

Although Smith said the decision to resign was about his health, residents expressed dismay at the timing of his departure. It comes just weeks after the city’s police chief also resigned.

Smith was elected mayor in November 2023 on a campaign that sought to heal the community after the Robb Elementary shooting that killed 21 people. Everardo Zamora will replace him as Mayor Pro-Tempore until the next election on November 5.

Article Icon 1 Reward Increased for Missing A&M Student

The family of Caleb Harris has increased the reward to $50,000 for any information leading to his safe return. The missing Corpus Christi A&M student was last seen at 2:44 am on March 4.

Assistant Police Chief Todd Green noted that social media may have misled people into thinking Caleb’s last known location was far from his apartment, when in reality, he was much closer.

Investigators are currently re-analyzing evidence gathered at the beginning of the disappearance, hoping to come across new details. If anyone has information to share, contact CCPD at (361) 826-2840.

Article Icon 1 Top Texas Counties for Fast Home Sales

A new list ranking Texas counties by how quickly homes sell was led by Ector Country, with homes selling within 32 days of listing.

Near the other end of the spectrum is Galveston County, No. 14 on the list. Houses stay on the market in this coastal county for an average of 60 days, with a median sales price of $345,000.

This list was compiled with information from Redfin’s housing market data. You can see the full ranking of all 15 Texas counties here.

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Around Texas

➤ Houston: Federal, State, and local authorities recently completed the 63-month-long Operation Rainmaker, culminating in the arrest of 23 drug cartel members. The individuals were charged with 50 counts of trafficking fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and meth. (Get the Details)

➤ Denton: School district officials have announced a hiring freeze on 78 open jobs after the state legislature didn’t approve public school funding. Despite the funding issues, a teacher job fair is still scheduled at Denton High School on April 13. (Video)

➤ San Antonio: The lone survivor of the March 8 helicopter crash, Jacob Pratt, has begun rehabilitation at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center. Pratt sustained multiple fractures to his ribs, back, pelvis, and legs. (More)

➤ Lufkin: Over 300 residents have signed a petition protesting the construction of a RaceTrac gas station next to the Crown Colony neighborhood. The protest cites the company’s recent dumping of hydraulic fluid and the close proximity of the parking lot to houses. (Video)

➤ Canutillo: The city’s school district president posted a sign attacking a neighboring Mexican restaurant, accusing the owners of not supporting a $387M bond initiative. Speedy’s Mexican Food manager said the sign increased popularity for the diner. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Rashee Rice’s attorney confirmed that the Kansas City Chiefs’ receiver will cooperate with police investigating a six-vehicle crash Saturday in Dallas. Authorities suspect the Kansas City Chief’s receiver was driving one of the vehicles that caused the crash. (Watch the Update)

➤ Dallas Mavericks’ all-star guard, Luka Doncic, was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week. The Mavs went 4-0 that week, and Doncic averaged eleven rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 32.5 total points—with a yearly average of 34 points per game. (More)

➤ The Texas Rangers’ Josh Jung fractured his right wrist in Monday night’s 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The all-star third baseman is expected to be out for two months. (Get the Details)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Austin: Elon Musk’s Tesla has officially become the largest private employer in the city. County officials confirmed the company’s Gigafactory employed 22,777 workers, with a goal of employing over 60,000 in the future. (More)

➤ Fort Worth: Coca-Cola Southwest has announced a $168 million expansion plan for its local facility. The three-year project is expected to add production lines and double the warehouse to 400,000 square feet. (Get the Scoop)

➤ DFW Airport: A petition allowing Air India to launch a nonstop route between Texas and India has reached nearly 4,000 signatures. The metroplex’s large Indian population has expressed a need to better connect international families. (More)

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➤ Houston: A lone lawn care worker used a weed-eater to defend against thieves stealing his equipment. Authorities have arrested one of the suspects and are still searching for the remaining three. (Watch the Footage)

➤ Dallas: Executives for the downtown Fairmont hotel have announced the hire of a new four-legged ‘Chief Happiness Officer.’ The 8-month-old shelter dog, named Bondi, is in charge of guest relations and playtime management. (See Video)

➤ Kyle: City officials and residents are gearing up to break a Guinness World Record for the largest same-name gathering. The highly anticipated “Gathering of Kyles” on May 18 hopes to increase last year’s collection of 1,490 Kyles to over 2,325 this year. (More)

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  1. No: 76.2%
  2. Yes: 23.8%
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