Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Roundup

Article Icon 1Unlicensed Teachers Lead Hirings

Unlicensed teachers now represent the largest contingent of new teacher hires for Texas schools, according to an analysis by The Conversation.

During the 2023-24 school year, around 1 in 3 of the nearly 50,000 new teacher hires were not certified. In rural areas, that figure was around 75%.

The trend is a marked change from a few years ago, and it can be attributed to a new state law that relaxes the hiring criteria for new teachers.

Article Icon 1Texas Lawmakers Urge Withholding Mexico Aid

A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers is urging Congress to withhold financial aid to Mexico until the country honors the terms of a 1944 treaty to share water from the Rio Grande.

According to the treaty, Mexico is supposed to send 1.75 million acre-feet of water to the United States every five years. The group of lawmakers says the current pace of delivery is lagging, which is hurting South Texas farmers.

The issue has been brewing for several months. In February, Sens. Cornyn and Cruz said the United States “must use every diplomatic tool at its disposal to ensure Mexico’s compliance.”

Article Icon 1Massive Ranch To Become Public Park

A 1,506-acre ranch outside Austin is being sold for $90 million to Travis County to be turned into a wilderness park. You can see photos here.

Valued at more than $130 million, the RGK Ranch was purchased by George and Ronya Kozmetzky in 1970. George Kozmetzky was the dean of the University of Texas business school for 16 years.

The county agreed to purchase the RGK Ranch for $90 million using funds from a $276 million bond authorized by voters last November. It will be turned into a public park where hikers can explore a tributary of Bee Creek that spills over a series of limestone ledges.

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Around Texas

Austin: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a campaign rally at Brazos Hall Monday evening after filing a petition earlier that day to appear on the ballot in Texas. “We are going to heal the divide,” he said. (See video)

San Antonio: The Texas Department of Transportation began work Tuesday on expanding I-35 by adding four miles of three elevated lanes. The $700 million expansion is part of a larger project expected to take another four years to complete. (More)

Laredo: U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two high school students from Corpus Christi for human smuggling when they found five Mexican nationals hiding in the back seat during a traffic stop. (See video)

Odessa: Work began Monday on expanding I-20 from two to three lanes in each direction between Odessa and Midland, a stretch of about 18 miles. Officials say the highway has become one of the deadliest in West Texas. (See video)

The Texas Forest Service confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer, a shiny green beetle that feeds on ash trees, in five counties near DFW and Waco. Officials are monitoring logging activity to prevent spreading the destructive insect. (More)

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Texas Sports

After beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Monday, the Dallas Stars can advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 5 win tonight. (More)

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to bounce back tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder after losing Game 4 Monday to even their NBA Playoffs series at 2-2. (See video)

Two Texas teenagers earned top scores at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals elimination rounds in Fort Worth. 18-year-old John Crimber from Decatur and 19-year-old Kaiden Loud from Kaufman will face off in the final rounds this weekend. (See Photos)

The WNBA’s Dallas Wings play their first game of the season tonight against the Chicago Sky. Riding a wave of renewed interest in women’s basketball, the team sold out its season tickets for the first time this year. (See details)

➤ Yesterday’s results: MLB | NBA | NHL | WNBA

The Business Of Texas

➤ Over two dozen contractors have filed liens against SpaceX properties in Texas, accusing the company of being slow to pay construction and other bills. The liens total roughly $2.5 million and go back to 2019. (See details)

KidKraft, a toy and furniture maker based in Farmers Branch, is being sold to Michigan-based Backyard Products for $39 million after filing for bankruptcy last week. (More)

Houston-based Easton Energy is selling around 450 miles of liquid natural gas pipelines to ONEOK, an Oklahoma company, for $280 million. The pipelines are located along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. (More)

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Et Cetera

➤ Demolition crews began tearing down San Antonio’s storied Willford Hall Medical Center this week. The former flagship Air Force hospital known as “Big Willie” opened in 1957 and was the home of over 100,000 births. (More)

Check out the El Paso Zoo’s Bug Fest this weekend if you’re in the mood to see (or eat) some weird bugs. Visitors to the two-day event will get the chance to see scorpions, spiders, crickets, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. (See photos)

➤ A San Antonio restaurant’s controversial ban on customers sporting an “Edgar” haircut prompted a local artist to paint a mural showcasing the style’s Mexican and indigenous roots. (See photos)

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How do you like to cool off when it’s hot?

  1. Go swimming
  2. Crank the AC
  3. Have a cold drink
  4. Take a drive with the windows down
  5. Take a cold shower/bath
  6. I like the heat
  7. Other

Tuesday’s Results:

Have you been tubing in a Texas river?

    1. Yes: 55.5%
    2. No: 44.5%
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