Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Texas Colleges Struggle with FAFSA

At the end of 2023, the Department of Education launched a new FAFSA website meant to simplify the application process for student financial aid. Instead, it was riddled with problems that made it harder to process financial aid packages for an estimated 1.6 million Texas college students.

One such problem was a system glitch that overrepresented families’ income, resulting in $1.8 billion in untapped federal aid.

Government officials will be sent to “lower-resourced” schools, Like Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M, to expedite financial aid applications. The state’s priority deadline to complete the FAFSA is March 15th.

Article Icon 1 Frisco #2 in Nation for Remote Work

Frisco, Texas, has the second-highest percentage of remote workers in the United States. 

A study by SmartAsset revealed that nearly 40% of the employed population in Frisco works remotely.

The study examined 344 U.S. cities with populations of 100,000 or more, and the rankings were based on the comparative percentage of remote and office workers.

While supporters of remote work enjoy more time with family and lower commuter costs, opponents express feelings of isolation and struggle to stay motivated in a relaxed environment.

Article Icon 1 Top 10 Brisket Joints in Texas

If you’re searching for the best brisket in Texas, you might consider this list of ten brisket joints in Texas.

In the small town of Lexington, you’ll find Snow’s BBQ, where 86-year-old Pitmaster Ms. Tootsie preps her famous brisket as early as 2 am.

If you prefer eating brisket in a big city, Franklin Barbecue draws crowds from across the state to savor Aaron Franklin’s award-winning brisket.

Check out the whole list to see if there’s a brisket that will satisfy your taste buds.


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Around Texas

 Dallas: Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a handheld device that can detect fentanyl with 98% accuracy. It works in seconds, removing the need for lengthy lab analysis. (More)

 A Houston woman was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for selling fake paper license plates. She also had to pay $316,820 in restitution to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. (More)

➤ Odessa: Residents in the desert plains of West Texas are gearing up for the 38th Annual Shrimp Fest on February 26th. This year’s Mardi Gras-themed celebration will have all-you-can-eat shrimp, with 1,200 guests expected. (More)

 East Texas angler Alec Morrison caught a 13.8-pound bass in the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. After the catch, Morrision donated the fish to the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Toyota ShareLunker program—which uses caught bass in breeding efforts. (Video)

➤ Victoria: Local authorities arrested a 42-year-old man after a traffic stop led to the discovery of $150,514 cash hidden in his truck. The man was charged with money laundering and violating the Texas Money Services Act. (Photos)

 Austin: Owners of the dating app Tinder have partnered with a local tattoo shop called No Good Tattoo for a limited-time promotion called InkTwice. From February 5th to 16th, customers can get free cover-ups of tattoos that involve an ex-partner. (Video)

Texas Sports

➤ Baylor Athletic Director Mack Rhoades was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officiating of Saturday’s Iowa State-Baylor game. Rhoades called the officiating an “embarrassment” to the Big 12. (See Video

The Dallas Mavericks got a combined 42 points from Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic in a 118-102 victory over Philadelphia, snapping a two-game losing streak. (More

➤ FIFA awarded Houston seven 2026 World Cup matches, bringing the total of matches hosted by Texas cities to 16. Mayor John Whitmire said it was an opportunity to showcase and celebrate Houston on a “global stage.” (More)

The Business Of Texas

In 2023, the Texas energy industry had its best year since 2007. Oil and gas companies employed nearly 500,000 people and added $26 billion to the state’s economy. (More

Austin has replaced Provo-Orem, Utah, as the Milken Institute’s best-performing large city. Strong economic indicators, such as job and wage growth, helped Austin end Provo-Orem’s three-year reign. (More

➤ Dining in the Dark, a new eating experience in Dallas, asks diners to wear blindfolds and guess what they ate between courses. (More

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Et Cetera

➤ Mercedes: Residents are preparing for the 85th Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo. The eleven-day event begins on March 7th and will host various rodeo shows, carnivals, and top-ranked cowboys from around the nation. (More)

➤ Fort Worth: For just $10, zoo attendees can dedicate a pile of animal poo to their ex and will send the certificate of dedication to that not-so-special someone. The Fort Worth Zoo’s Doo Some Good program uses the funds for the continued care of their 7,000 animals. (More)

 Austin: A ’70s-themed restaurant recently opened its doors to south Austin residents. The Toasty Badger features a retro atmosphere and classic diner food made from family recipes. (More)

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The Polling Station

 Which large Texas city has the best food?

  1. San Antonio
  2. El Paso
  3. Fort Worth
  4. Dallas
  5. Houston
  6. Austin

Tuesday’s Results:

  What is the best type of job interview?

  1. In-person: 88.4%
  2. Virtual: 11.6%
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