Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Wildfires Blaze in the Panhandle

A series of wildfires have engulfed more than 60,000 acres across the Texas Panhandle, fueled by intense 60-mph wind gusts.

Firefighters are working to contain the fires across Hutchinson, Moore, Gray, and Armstrong counties. Texas A&M Forest Services is actively monitoring all fire incidents, which you can see here.

State and federal authorities have confirmed that strong winds and rising temperatures will increase the fire risk throughout the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles over the next few days.

Article Icon 1 Lakewood Shooting Footage Released (Graphic)

Authorities released the security and body-cam footage (warning: graphic video!) of the shooting that took place at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on February 12. The Houston church security camera footage captured 26 minutes of the ordeal.

An officer’s camera shows the initial shot fired, followed by people fleeing the scene. The officer then encouraged another to confront the shooter, quietly invoking, “Father God, be with us.”

The assailant, 36-year-old Genesse Moreno, shot one church attendee in the leg and left her 7-year-old son in critical condition. After police eliminated the threat, medical teams confirmed she was deceased.

Article Icon 1 Texas Man Gets 30 Years for 5th DWI

A 67-year-old man from Sherman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his fifth DWI conviction. His blood alcohol level was .138, vs. the legal limit of .08.

The man, Larry Kitchens, was approached by police while parked at a local business. When asked for his identification, Kitchens presented an empty vodka bottle instead of his driver’s license. 

Kitchens has a long history of offenses, and the Grayson County District Attorney’s office said he had previously served time for a DWI offense.

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Around Texas

➤ San Antonio International Airport is releasing a 420-pound robot to improve security patrols. The California-built K5 will use a 360-degree camera and microphones to manage entry at the airport’s doors. (More)

The Woodlands: Officials for the San Jacinto River Authority said they would use $3.6M in federal funds to rehabilitate Bear Branch Dam and Reservoir. This effort will improve flood mitigation in the area. (More)

➤ San Angelo: A 9-year-old caught a 51-pound blue catfish at the Twin Buttes Reservoir, just shy of the all-time local record. (See the Fish)

➤ Tyler: City police charged and arrested a lawyer named Bruce Bain with stealing over $200,000 from a client’s divorce settlement. Detectives said Bain took the money from the law firm’s trust and left a remaining balance of only $46.38. (More)

➤ Austin: The University of Texas’ historic clock tower will receive significant renovations as part of a $70 million campus-wide building improvement project. This is the first-ever renovation for the 87-year-old clock tower. (More)

➤ A Dallas woman who suffers from memory loss has been reunited with her family after she was found lost in Muzquiz, Mexico, a 10-hour drive from Dallas. She said she had no idea how she got there. (Photos)

Texas Sports

➤ The Fort Worth Stockyards is set to host the Major League Baseball 2024 draft at the Cowtown Coliseum on July 14, with the All-Star game scheduled for Globe Life Field on July 16. (More)

➤ Arlington: The 2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship completed its Texas stop on February 24, with Cooper Webb securing the win after a 27-lap race at AT&T Stadium. (See Highlights)

➤ No. 2 Houston scored an 82-76 win over No. 11 Baylor in overtime. Cougars guard L.J. Cryer, a former Baylor Bear, made six free throws in overtime, ending with 15 points in the Houston win. (More)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Dallas: The granddaughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa is opening The Lunar Light: Discovery, a virtual reality moonwalk experience that offers guests a chance to complete an hour-long lunar mission. (Photos)

➤ Texas AG Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against Aylo Global Entertainment for not complying with the state age verification law that shields minors from adult video content. (More)

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➤ Houston: Pitmasters from the Taste of South Texas Bar-B-Que team were awarded the prestigious crown of grand champion at the Houston rodeo’s 50th annual World Championship BBQ contest, where 250 teams competed for the prize. (More)

A Houston man found himself facing multiple heart surgeries just for drinking cold water. Franklin Aribeana has a rare gene mutation called atrial fibrillation, triggered when cold water touches a nerve in the throat, causing deadly heart palpitations. (Video)

➤ Arlington: Local authorities were dispatched to round up dozens of goats that escaped their pens on Tuesday morning. After Brown Boulevard was closed, Arlington Police were able to wrangle the goats and return them to their owner. (Video)

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The Polling Station

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Tuesday’s Results:

Which Texas-based soda company is your favorite?

  1. Dr. Pepper: 60.9%
  2. Big Red: 12.5%
  3. Other: 11.3%
  4. Boots Beverages: 8.1%
  5. Southside Craft Soda: 7.2%
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