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Governor Wants Answers as Texans Still Have No Power

Greg Abbott wants investigation of why CenterPoint Energy is taking so long after Beryl

(Newser) - With around 270,000 homes and businesses still without power in the Houston area a week after Hurricane Beryl hit Texas, the AP reports that Gov. Greg Abbott is demanding an investigation into the response of the utility that serves the area as well as answers about its preparations for...

When Beryl Hit Houston, Locals Turned to Whataburger

Not just to eat, but also to check for power outages via the Whataburger app

(Newser) - We'll take a burger, small fries, and an update on Hurricane Beryl, please. That's what Whataburger customers in Houston are getting served up via the fast-food chain's app, which is providing what Quartz calls "a unique view into the storm's aftermath"—specifically, where the...

Report: Texas Bought Its Execution Drug From 'Pill Mill'

NPR probe finds state scooped up pentobarbital made by San Antonio compound pharmacy

(Newser) - When Texas tried in the past to get its hands on pentobarbital, a drug used in lethal injections there to mixed success, pharmaceutical companies said they wanted no part of the execution circuit. The state apparently found another conduit. After a review of federal DEA records and files from the...

Millions Without Power After Storm in Texas
Beryl Killed at Least
8 in Texas, Louisiana

Beryl Killed at Least 8 in Texas, Louisiana

Power was starting to come back on in Texas as storm moved east

(Newser) - There's no consensus yet on the death toll from Hurricane Beryl (later Tropical Storm Beryl) in Texas, but Fox 26 Houston reports seven were killed in the Houston area. Three were killed by falling trees, three drowned (including a public servant who died after becoming trapped in his vehicle...

Houston Firefighters Save Driver Trapped by Rising Water

Beryl has taken a toll in Texas

(Newser) - Video out of Houston demonstrates just how quickly Tropical Storm Beryl caused floodwaters to rise. An unidentified man was rescued after being stranded on the roof of his truck on Highway 288, reports Fox Weather . Firefighters were able to deliver a rescue ring buoy to the man via a...

Hurricane Beryl Isn't Done
Hurricane Beryl
Makes Landfall in Texas

Hurricane Beryl Makes Landfall in Texas

Storm strengthened again late Sunday, came ashore early Monday

(Newser) - Beryl made landfall on the Texas coast near Matagorda early Monday with a dangerous storm surge and strong winds, the National Weather Service reported. The storm's center hit land as a Category 1 hurricane around 4am Central Standard Time about 85 miles southwest of Houston with top sustained winds...

Texas Braces for a Hurricane Hit
Texas Braces
for a Hurricane Hit

Texas Braces for a Hurricane Hit

Beryl is expected to regain status as a Category 1 before landfall on Monday

(Newser) - Beryl was hurtling across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a collision course with Texas, forecast to pick up strength and regain hurricane status before nearing the coast Sunday and making landfall the following day with heavy rains, howling winds, and dangerous storm surge, per the AP...

Shark Bites 4 People Off Texas Beach

The Fourth was not a good day to be at the beach in South Padre Island

(Newser) - A single shark is believed to have left four people injured off the coast of Texas in a rare Fourth of July event. Police in South Padre Island, a beach town on the barrier island of the same name just north of the US-Mexico border, were called about "a...

Supreme Court Punts on Social Media Speech Rights

SCOTUS returns cases in Texas and Florida claiming that users were being censored

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday kept a hold on efforts in Texas and Florida to limit how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube, and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The justices returned the cases to lower courts in challenges from trade associations for the companies, reports the...

Texas Executes Prisoner Who Murdered His Dealer's Girlfriend

Ramiro Gonzales' appeal for clemency was denied

(Newser) - Ramiro Gonzales, the Texas death row inmate who once made headlines with his desire to donate a kidney before his death, was executed in the state Wednesday. Gonzales, 41, sexually assaulted and murdered 18-year-old Bridget Townsend, the girlfriend of his drug dealer, in 2001. His attorneys and other supporters had...

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Abbott's Pardon

Texas case involves a man who killed a Black Lives Matter protester

(Newser) - A Texas appeals court on Wednesday declined to consider reversing Gov. Greg Abbott's pardon of a man convicted of killing a Black Lives Matter demonstrator. The all-Republican Court of Criminal Appeals provided no explanation for its decision, the AP reports. And there was no immediate word on whether Travis...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Summer Road Trips

Texas ranks No. 1, per WalletHub

(Newser) - Summertime, and the drivin' is easy—or at least it is in Texas, the No. 1 city on WalletHub's list of the best states for a summer road trip. The site looked at all 50 nifty to see which ones have the potential to draw out your inner Kerouac,...

Texas Is Going to Need a Lot More Power Soon

It will need to provide almost double by 2030, according to state utility's latest prediction

(Newser) - Texas has had its share of power grid woes, and it may soon have more issues to contend with. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the state's main power grid operator, has issued an updated prediction on the state's future power needs, and it's a...

Sheriff: Dojo Family Saved Woman From Sexual Assault

Taekwondo instructors rushed to help after hearing screams from business next door

(Newser) - A family of taekwondo instructors became a family of crimefighters when they heard screams from a business next to their Texas dojo. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the An family rescued a woman from an attempted sexual assault and subdued the attacker until police arrived. All five family...

Family Out for a Walk Finds Abandoned Baby

Newborn wrapped in a towel discovered Saturday on walking trail in Katy, Texas

(Newser) - Authorities in Katy, Texas, are searching for the parents of a premature baby girl found along a walking trail on Saturday. A couple strolling with their 3-year-old daughter and dogs came upon the newborn on a bridge on the Plantation Lakes walking trail around 9am local time that day. "...

Megachurch Leader Admits Sex Abuse, Resigns

Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Texas says it occurred decades ago; the girl was 12

(Newser) - The pastor of a Texas megachurch has resigned after a woman said he had sexually abused her on multiple occasions in the 1980s, beginning when she was 12. Gateway Church's board of elders said in a statement that they'd accepted the resignation of Robert Morris, the church's...

15 Shot at Weekend Parties in Texas, Massachusetts

2 people are killed at Juneteenth celebration

(Newser) - Seven people were shot and wounded, and an eighth was hurt while running away when gunfire erupted at a large gathering of young people at a pop-up party in Methuen, Massachusetts, authorities said Sunday. In Round Rock, Texas, two people were killed and six wounded, including two children, late Saturday...

Woman Found Dead Had Left Letter Naming a Suspect

Husband pleads guilty in murder of Chi Thi Lien Le

(Newser) - "If suddenly nobody can find me, or find me dead," a Houston woman wrote in a typed letter found by investigators, "please check my husband." Chi Thi Lien Le later was found dead, in a freezer in her home. Her husband, 62, pleaded guilty to murder...

Buc-ee's Brings a World Record Home to Texas

Luling store officially recognized as world's largest convenience store

(Newser) - Sevierville, Tennessee, just lost its status as home of the world's largest convenience store. A larger Buc-ee's, with over 75,000 square feet of store space, 120 gas pumps, and "thousands of snack, meal and drink options," opened Monday in Luling, Texas, per a release . A...

These States' Economies Are Pulling Their Weight

Washington tops WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - How well the US economy is doing is dependent on how well the states themselves are doing, and WalletHub looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which ones boast the best economies. Three main categories are in play: economic activity (including startup activity, exports per...

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