Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1 Supreme Court Extends Delay on Border Law

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court placed a new hold on a Texas immigration law that would permit the state to arrest people crossing the border illegally.

The law was intended to go into effect today, but the court has delayed its implementation to March 18.

Last month, a federal judge in Texas struck down the law as unconstitutional for infringing on federal immigration authority. However, a federal appeals court put a hold on that decision, resulting in the appeal to the Supreme Court.

Justice Alito said the extended date would give all justices time to analyze the law and did not provide further opinions on the matter.

Article Icon 1 Air Show Crash Report Released

The National Transportation Safety Board released a 2,000-page document containing new details on the cause of the mid-air crash at a 2022 air show in Dallas that killed six people.

The full NTSB report contains 49 items, including a 541-page compilation of interview transcripts and statements from personnel associated with the airshow organizers.

According to the report, the WWII-era aircraft were directed to move in a specific formation, but the P-63F fighter didn’t turn precisely enough and collided with the left side of the B-17G bomber. Key moments are highlighted in recent coverage of the tragic accident.

Article Icon 1 Four Texas Cities Make National Ranking

A recent analysis by HGTV has ranked four Texas cities among the nation’s top 30 “best up-and-coming small cities.” Kyle, Abilene, Georgetown, and New Braunfels are the cities named.

The report was based on data from the Milken Institute and the U.S. Census Bureau, weighing each city’s overall job market, housing prices, and broadband infrastructure.

HGTV also noted the cities’ mix of history, business, and small-town culture. Check out the list of all 30 cities here.

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Around Texas

➤ Dallas: City Council members are skeptical of Amtrak’s update on the proposed Houston-DFW high-speed rail. Local leaders said they’re wary of the $12 billion price tag and risk to existing infrastructure. (See the Details)

➤ El Paso: A state judge has blocked Texas AG Ken Paxton’s efforts to subpoena leaders of Annunciation House, a shelter allegedly housing illegal immigrants. The judge said Paxton would have to continue the investigation through standard legal channels. (More)

➤ Palestine: Union Pacific won a round in its fight to close a maintenance facility after a Texas court sided with the company, ruling that an 1872 railroad agreement promising a set number of city jobs violated federal law. (Get the Details)

➤ Austin: Airbnb rentals have soared to over $1,000 a night for the April 8 solar eclipse, leading county officials to join other Texas cities in declaring a state of emergency ahead of an expected influx of 1 million visitors to the state. (See the Photos)

➤ Corpus Christi: Local authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard are expanding their search for 21-year-old Caleb Harris, a Texas A&M student who disappeared on March 6. His parents have raised $59,000 to contribute to search-and-rescue efforts. (Read More)

➤ Houston: City zoo entomologists harnessed their inner “MacGyver” skills and saved a rare Peruvian ‘jumping stick’ grasshopper by creating a tiny neck brace made from a Q-tip and microspore tape. (See Photo)

Texas Sports

➤ Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has filed a lawsuit against a woman who allegedly attempted to extort $100 million from him. She accused him of sexually assaulting her in February 2017. (Get the Details)

➤ The Houston Texans are trading for Bengals running back Joe Mixon, according to sources. Mixon rushed for over one thousand yards and scored nine touchdowns last year. (More)

➤ Speaking of the Texans: defensive end Dylan Horton announced that he beat stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer after a year of treatment. After sitting out his rookie year, Horton says he’s eager to return to the NFL. (See his Announcement)

The Business Of Texas

➤ Robstown: New drone photos show expansion at a Tesla lithium refinery near Corpus Christi. The facility broke ground last May and is expected to produce 50 GW of battery-grade lithium yearly. (See the Photos)

➤ Houston: City officials are gearing up for the ‘Super Bowl’ of energy conferences at the annual CERAWeek from March 18-24. An estimated 1,400 world’s leading energy speakers are expected to attend. (More)

➤ Self-driving big rigs are now rolling around on Texas roads. Tech company Plus has partnered with Navistar to develop autonomous class-8 trucks, among the biggest on the road, and they’re testing them between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. (More)

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Et Cetera

 A seven-year-old rhino named Taj made his debut at the El Paso Zoo. The one-horned rhino is the first of its kind to appear at the zoo. (See His Photo)

 Snyder: An 11-year-old from Oklahoma made history by reeling in a whopping 13-pound bass from J.B. Thomas Reservoir, breaking the junior lake record for the Texas’ ShareLunker program. (See his Catch)

➤ Lubbock: Texas native Faith Snapp, though legally blind, was recently accepted into Texas Tech’s Veterinarian school. Although she only has 10% vision, she proved to the school with her years of volunteer work with animals that she could succeed. (See Her Photo)

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