Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Texans Assess Hurricane Damage

Millions of Texans are assessing the damage and trying to recover from Hurricane Beryl, which caused widespread destruction and left at least eight people dead after making landfall Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, over 1.9 million homes are without power. CenterPoint Energy, the Houston area’s largest electricity provider, mobilized approximately 11,500 workers for restoration efforts.

The storm triggered a record 67 tornado warnings in East Texas, and multiple law enforcement agencies are experiencing phone line outages due to carrier issues.

In Houston, NRG Stadium’s retractable roof lost several panels. Coastal communities—particularly Matagorda County, where Beryl came ashore—are cleaning up significant damage to homes and businesses.

Article Icon 1Pest Control Leads to Trafficking Arrests

A pest control company that came to a home with almost no furniture but filled with suitcases, electronics, and a dozen young women led to the arrest of four people for human trafficking.

An arrest affidavit from the Princeton Police said the victims were promised internships to learn computer programming and get help applying for tech jobs, but when they were hired, their wages were paid to a shell company.

Police Chief James Waters said his department has been working with federal investigators for several months, and more arrests are expected. Addresses in McKinney, Melissa, and other cities in the region are also believed to be connected to the operation.

Article Icon 1Celebs Flock to Texas, Buying Homes

Texas has become an increasingly popular destination for celebrities seeking new homes and lifestyles.

In May, supermodel Bella Hadid purchased a home in Fort Worth, where she frequently participates in rodeo events with her boyfriend, professional horseman Adan Banuelos.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal expanded his Texas real estate portfolio in April by acquiring a 4,670-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Rockwall County, adding to his existing property bought in Carrollton in 2022.

Rapper and pop star Drake joined the trend, buying a sprawling 313-acre ranch called The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington County for $15 million.

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Around Texas

➤ Bastrop: Desiree Venable, a Democrat running for the Texas House, submitted a petition with more than 600 signatures to the city council to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession. (More)

San Antonio: The Texas Department of Transportation is asking for public input on a regional bicycle mobility improvement plan by August 9, with a draft and interactive map available online. (See Details)

➤ Mission: An 18-year-old driver turned himself in on Tuesday for causing an 18-wheeler to veer off a highway and crash into an unoccupied home last month. The wreck killed the driver of the 18-wheeler. (See Details)

Austin: A city council member proposed mandatory security barriers, called bollards, at new hospital entrances after a TV station investigated a fatal crash at a local hospital. (See Details)

Sanford: Multiple fire departments responded to a Tuesday morning fire at City Hall. No one was injured, but the building was destroyed, forcing the city to move operations to the community hall. (See Video)

Dallas: Officials are studying urban “heat islands” that are up to 10 degrees warmer than other areas. Data shows heavily developed zones are hotter than greener areas, while fully shaded streets reduce heat exposure. (More)

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Texas Sports

➤ Wyatt Langford continued his hot streak with a massive home run that soared 409 feet over the left field wall. The Texas Rangers rookie has been batting .339 in his last 15 games. (See Video)

Chris Paul has now officially signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Paul took to social media on Monday to address fans for the first time as a member of the team. (See Video)

The Houston Rockets signed former first-round pick Kira Lewis Jr. to their summer league training camp. The Rockets are Lewis’ fourth team since being drafted in 2020. (More)

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➤ The Israel Space Agency and the Texas Association of Business signed an agreement to foster collaboration between space companies. The deal aims to promote business cooperation and advance the space industry in both regions. (More)

➤ The University of Dallas and developer KDC have filed a rezoning request to build 770,000 square feet of data center space on 67 acres across from the main campus. (See Details)

➤ Energy executives Eric Mullins and Milton Carroll have purchased a basketball team that will begin play in Houston next year. It’s the third expansion franchise in rapper Ice Cube’s BIG3 league, which plays 3-on-3 games. (More)

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Et Cetera

A Houston resident was surprised to find a group of raccoons swimming in circles in his backyard pool on two separate occasions last week. (Watch Video)

➤ Whataburger is partnering with Fortnite to host a video game tournament with a $10,000 grand prize. Players 13 and older can submit entries through July 15 to compete in the tournament. (See Details)

➤ A federal jury will hear Jerry Jones’ lawsuit against Alexandra Davis and her mother on July 19. The Dallas Cowboys owner claims they broke a settlement agreement by filing a paternity suit alleging Jones is Davis’ biological father from a 1990s relationship. (More)

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