Laredo ranked No. 87 most stressed out city in US, SA No. 41
A recent report ranked the "most and least stressed cities" in America. A total of 16 Texas cities made the roundup. Houston was listed as the most stressed city in Texas with Plano claiming the title of least stressed Lone Star city.lmtonline.com
Main Event to open in Brownsville this summer
Pharr’s Main Event family entertainment center attracts so many people from Brownsville that Plano-based Main Event Entertainment decided to open one here. The Brownsville location will be only the second Main Event in Texas south of San Antonio. “Main Event was aware that there were so many residents of Brownsville going to the Pharr location, so that’s what really compelled them to develop this location, just knowing how many travel all the way to Pharr to check out Main Event,” Malekian said. “So it will be exciting to bring it to Brownsville.”The first Main Event opened in Lewisville, Texas, in 1998. Among the experiences that will be available under one roof at Main Event Brownsville are four lanes of VIP bowling, “hyperbowl,” miniature golf, laser tag, billiards, arcade games, a full bar and dining.myrgv.com
FBI: Texas shooter possibly inspired by foreign terrorists
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a Texas man was inspired by foreign terrorists when he killed a Lyft driver in a Dallas suburb and later opened fire in the police station of another suburb where officers fatally shot him.myrgv.com
FBI: Texas shooter possibly inspired by foreign terrorists
Investigators are looking into whether a Texas man was inspired by foreign terrorists when he killed a Lyft driver in a Dallas suburb and later opened fire in the police station of another suburb where officers fatally shot him. Police said Imran Ali Rasheed ordered a Lyft in his home city of Garland Sunday then fatally shot the driver, Isabella Lewis. Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office, said investigators believe Rasheed acted alone but that the 33-year-old left a letter indicating he “may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization."news.yahoo.com
North Texas authorities investigating if police station shooting, Lyft driver’s death are connected
Authorities are trying to determine if there is a connection between a confrontation at a Dallas suburb in which police officers wounded a man after he had opened fire inside a police station and the death of a Lyft driver at another Dallas suburb.
Legislation creating new district court in Hays County passes
A new District Court will soon be created in Hays County following the passing of House Bill 3774, Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) announced Thursday. [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex finally getting H-E-B stores
SAN ANTONIOS – H-E-B is taking its Primo Picks up north with an expansion into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The San Antonio-based grocery chain on Friday said two stores, one in Frisco and the other in Plano, are slated to open in fall 2022. Officials said details about the new stores will be given at groundbreaking ceremonies. This won’t be the grocery chain’s first presence in the North Texas Metroplex, though. Central Market stores opened in the area in 2001 and serve communities in Dallas, Plano, Southlake and Fort Worth.
San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B finally expanding to Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
click to enlarge Courtesy / H-E-BH-E-B announced on Friday its plans to expand to the DFW Metroplex in 2022. Let the grocery wars begin.Capping decades of speculation, Alamo City-based grocery chain H-E-B announced Friday it will finally expand into the DFW Metroplex, starting with stores in Frisco and Plano next fall.H-E-B has been a presence in the community since 2001 via its Central Market stores in Dallas, Plano, Southlake and Fort Worth. The stores slated to open in 2022, however, will be H-E-B branded stores similar to the ones we’re used to in San Antonio. "This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFW market with the introduction of H-E-B, our flagship banner, to our growing network of stores,” Stephen Butt, President of the Central Market Division of H-E-B, said in a release.“For the past 20 years, Central Market has been committed to earning customers’ trust, and H-E-B Partners will work hard to earn the confidence of the many new shoppers we look forward to serving in the Plano and Frisco communities.”According to the release, additional details about the new stores will be shared at the groundbreakings, which are projected for this summer.sacurrent.com
Hospitalizations in Texas from COVID-19 continue to drop
FILE - Syringed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination sit ready for distribution at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas – The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas has dropped below 4,000 for the first time since October. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services on Monday reported 3,980 hospitalizations. Johns Hopkins says that over 46,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas, the third-highest death count in the country. Greg Abbott ended the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the state mask mandate.
Official: 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines lost to winter storm in Texas
Syringed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination sit ready for distribution at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas – About 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines were lost to disruptions caused by last week’s cold wave, which a top state health official said Tuesday was a relatively small number of doses. At a virtual news conference, she said that 3.1 million were first doses while 1.4 million were second doses. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported another 234 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday. The state reported 9,704 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, pushing the total number of Texas cases past 2.6 million since the pandemic started to 2,606,275, an estimated 192,883 of which were active.
Charge dropped against Black man walking on icy Texas street
PLANO, Texas – A misdemeanor charge has been dropped against a Black man who was arrested last week for walking home on a street during a snowstorm in Texas. Reese told KDFW-TV that he was walking home from his job at a Walmart and didn't stop for the officers because he didn't need their help. In the video, a brief scuffle is seen as officers attempted to handcuff Reese, who can be heard asking to be released. According to the Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him. Plano Police Chief Ed Drain told KDFW-TV that the charge was dropped against Reese because the arrest wasn't consistent with why officers were called to investigate.
Death toll rises as powerful winter storm knocks out power to millions in Texas
Plano, Texas — More than 3.5 million homes and businesses are without power in Texas, where some of the coldest temperatures in decades have hit the state. National Guard troops and thousands of state troopers are checking in on families who are struggling to stay warm. In parts of Texas and Oklahoma, temperatures haven't been this low in 100 years — causing pipes to freeze and then explode. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the storm "the winter version of Hurricane Harvey." In Houston, two others died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm inside their car.cbsnews.com
Texas’ COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 11,000
Syringed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination sit ready for distribution at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas – The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas has dipped below 11,000 for the first time since late December. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Wednesday reported 10,827 hospitalizations. More than 37,650 people in Texas have died from COVID-19, the third-highest death count in the U.S., according to data from researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Texas has remained mostly constant around 20,152 per day, according to Johns Hopkins.
Texas again reports more than 300 new virus deaths
Betty Lou Wahlstedt, 88, right, receives the COVID-19 vaccination from pharmacist Jeffery Smith at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination effort in history with a major expansion of the campaign. (AP Photo/LM Otero)HOUSTON – Texas on Tuesday reported more than 300 new COVID-19 deaths for the fifth time time in the past week as the toll of the pandemic across the U.S. surpassed 400,000 deaths. Officials in the border city of Laredo say hospitals are at capacity and last week the Texas Department of State Health Services said the pandemic is “at its worst." More than 32,000 of those deaths have been in Texas.
Texas lawmakers offered vaccine despite ineligibility
Syringed doses of the COVID-19 vaccination sit ready for distribution at a senior living residents facility Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Plano, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas – Austin's top health authority is offering coronavirus vaccines to Texas lawmakers and their key staffers, regardless of whether they are currently eligible under state guidelines. Escott said he pushed, unsuccessfully, for the state to put lawmakers on a priority list for the vaccine. The Department of State Health Services has set up a multi-tiered system for vaccine distribution. On Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 13,728 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized across the state Sunday.
Texas Heart Hospital and Wholly-Owned Subsidiary THHBP Management Company LLC to Pay $48 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Alleged Kickbacks
Both the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute are intended to ensure that medical judgments are not compromised by improper financial inducements. This settlement arises from a lawsuit filed by former Heart Hospital physician owners Mitchell Magee, M.D. Under the Act, the United States may intervene in such an action or permit the whistleblower to pursue it. The case is captioned United States ex rel. Mitchell J. Magee and Todd M. Dewey v. Texas Heart Hospital of the Southwest, L.L.P., et al., Case No.justice.gov
Texas dog accidentally shoots owner in the thigh, police say
PLANO, Texas – A dog accidentally shot his owner in Plano over the weekend after its paw got lodged in the trigger. According to the Plano Police Department, the owner had a pistol tucked in their waistband and was picking up the dog when the dog’s paw pulled the trigger of the weapon and shot the owner in the thigh. Know your weapon, how and when to use it, and be a smart and responsible gun owner. Plano police did not give an update on the condition of the owner. Imagine having your pistol tucked inside your waistband and while picking up your dog, a paw gets... Posted by Plano Texas Police Department on Monday, November 2, 2020Related:
Hacked software provider won't say if ransomware involved
An updated statement on Tyler's webpage did not address whether ransomware may have been involved. Customers' use of Tyler products for election data reporting appears limited. Nashville's information technology director said the city uses a Tyler “open-data” product, Socrata, to post unofficial election night results, among other uses. Tyler said Socrata data is hosted on Amazon Web Services, not on the network that was hacked. Hanna Pickering, director of information technology in Portland, Maine, said the city uses Tyler platforms for payroll, permitting, city inspections, city planning and human resources, among other things.
National Democrats add three more Texas congressional districts to target list
Credit: United States CongressThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is adding three more districts to its Texas target list, expanding an already ambitious battlefield in the state. The DCCC is now targeting 10 districts across Texas, or nearly half the GOP-held seats in the state's congressional delegation. "That consistent message and our 16-month long investment in Texas have put fast-changing districts like these ones in play and Democratic candidates in strong position to deliver in November." Taylor, Williams and Wright all won their races in 2018 by margins ranging from 8 to 10 percentage points. The National Republican Congressional Committee has argued that the Democratic candidates are too liberal for Texas and that the GOP is the party on offense with strong challengers against Allred and Fletcher.
Citing safety concerns, Plano ISD cancels football game against El Paso high school
iStock/JOE CICAKPLANO, Texas - A Dallas area high school has canceled its game next month against an El Paso area high school over safety concerns in the wake of the shooting at an El Paso Walmart. The Plano Independent School District announced the cancellation of the second annual out-of -district matchup between Plano Senior High School and Eastwood High School in a Thursday news release. On Aug. 3, a 21-year-old man allegedly walked into an El Paso Walmart armed and opened fire. The Dallas Morning News reported the gunman graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2017. The game was set to take place Sept. 6 at Plano Senior High School.
El Paso-Dallas area HS football game canceled in wake of shooting
iStock/JOE CICAKPLANO, Texas - A Dallas area high school has canceled its game next month against an El Paso area high school over safety concerns in the wake of the shooting at an El Paso Walmart. The Plano Independent School District announced the cancellation of the second annual out-of -district matchup between Plano Senior High School and Eastwood High School in a Thursday news release. On August 3, a 21-year-old man is suspected to have walked into an El Paso Walmart armed. The game was set to take place September 6 at Plano Senior High School, near Dallas. "Our entire school community felt strongly about showing love and support for the people of El Paso, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that outreach," Plano Senior High School Principal Sarah Watkins said.
Pizza Hut brings back retro logo
Compared to its current logo, the old version features its red roof more prominently and the Pizza Hut font is bolder and in black. Pizza Hut used the original logo from 1967 to 1999, when it was the by far the biggest pizza company in the world. "Pizza Hut is an iconic brand that is engrained in the hearts and minds of so many of our customers, we felt it was our job to make our creative reflect both the rich legacy of Pizza Hut, as well as nod to where we're headed," Marianne Radley, Pizza Hut's chief brand officer, told CNN Business. The logo is the latest change for Pizza Hut as competition tightens with its closest competitors, Domino's and Papa John's. In May, Pizza Hut changed the recipe of its "Original Pan Pizza" with a new cheese blend, sauce and pan.