Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1More Funding Needed For Energy Projects

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are calling on state legislators to double the size of the newly created Texas Energy Fund, citing ERCOT’s projection that the state’s electricity demand will exceed the grid’s capacity in a few years.

Voters approved the creation of the Texas Energy Fund in 2023, authorizing an initial allocation of $5 billion in loans for new power generation projects. In a Monday statement, Abbott and Patrick said the fund has received applications for loans totaling $39 billion.

The average plant will take three to four years to complete, and new transmission lines will take three to six years to complete, according to the statement.

Article Icon 1El Paso Judge Protects Migrant Shelter

In a Tuesday ruling, an El Paso judge denounced Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to close Annunciation House, one of the largest and oldest migrant shelters on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Paxton alleged the shelter was facilitating illegal immigration by housing migrants regardless of legal status. In February, state officials visited the El Paso shelter and were denied immediate access to migrants’ medical and immigration records.

Judge Francisco X. Dominguez called Paxton’s conduct “outrageous” and characterized his attempts to subpoena migrant records as “harassment and overreaching,” ruling that his actions violated the shelter’s constitutional rights.

Article Icon 1Elderly Woman Demands Refund at Gunpoint

Fort Worth police arrested a 70-year-old woman last week after a bizarre incident at a local Mexican restaurant.

After accusing the employees of Taqueria Mi Ranchito of taking her money, Josefina Luna allegedly pulled a pistol from her bag and pointed it at an employee, demanding a refund.

Luna has been charged with aggravated robbery and is being held on a $25,000 bail.

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Around Texas

➤ The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a Texas law that restricts access to pornography websites to users who are verified to be at least 18 years old. Several porn sites have blocked access for all users in Texas. (More)

Austin: Rep. Lloyd Doggett urged President Biden on Tuesday to abandon his reelection campaign, becoming the first elected Democrat to make a public statement calling on the president to drop out. (See Details)

Models tracking the projected path of Hurricane Beryl include South Texas as a potential landfall site, prompting the National Hurricane Center to urge Texans along the Gulf Coast to make preparations for the storm ahead of this weekend. (See Details)

Johnson County: A North Texas woman was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of an abandoned baby found in a roadside ditch 23 years ago. Investigators used DNA evidence to identify the baby’s mother. (More)

More than 115,000 Texas students are enrolled in one of at least 103 school districts that have moved to four-day weeks in recent years. The trend represents local efforts to attract and retain high-quality teachers. (See Map)

Luling: A fire destroyed the city’s old Buc-ee’s travel stop, which was built in 2003 and is right across the street from the 75,000-square-foot store that opened last month. (See Photos)

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Texas Sports

The University of Texas celebrated their move to the Southeastern Conference on Monday. The move reignites the historic UT-Texas A&M rivalry that took a hiatus when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012. (More)

➤ Yordan Alvarez put the Astros ahead 3-0 in their Monday game against the Blue Jays with a clutch two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning. Josh Hader came on in the bottom of the 9th to clinch the Astros win. (See Video)

Texas A&M track and field stars Maggie Malone and Brandon Miller qualified for the Paris Olympics on the last day of trials. Malone broke her personal meet record in the javelin throw, while Miller finished third in the men’s 800-meter event. (More)

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Construction began earlier this week on The Bays, a 100,000-square-foot golf resort on 18 acres in Frisco. The onsite hotel will have private hitting bays on each balcony. (More)

 Ardagh, a beer bottling company, announced the closure of their Houston glass production facility, resulting in layoffs affecting 220 employees effective July 2024. (See Details)

 A federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s pause on new liquefied natural gas export facilities, citing the potential economic impact. Texas has LNG export terminals in Freeport and Brownsville, with another under construction near Sabine Pass. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ After being rescued from a shipping container at the Port of Houston in February, a dog named Connie and her eight puppies, born shortly after the rescue, have all found adoptive homes. (See Photos)

William Hicks, a 9-year-old LEGO enthusiast from Grapevine, won the North American Mini Master Builder title last week with his intricate replica of the Fort Worth Stockyards. (See Photos)

After a bracket challenge where fans voted to bring back one of 16 discontinued flavors, Blue Bell is reintroducing Groom’s Cake, which includes chocolate ice cream with chocolate cake pieces, chocolate-coated strawberry hearts, and swirls of strawberry sauce and chocolate icing. (More)

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Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

    1. Yes: 81.5%
    2. No: 18.5%
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