WATCH: At a news conference Saturday night, the FBI and Colleyville police said three hostages held in a Colleyville synagogue for nearly 12 hours are unharmed. https://t.co/6kmUjcU68R— Fort Worth Star-Telegram (@startelegram) January 16, 2022
"If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."#MartinLutherKingJrDay #MLKDay #MartinLutherKingJr #MLK #IHaveADream #MartinLutherKing pic.twitter.com/alYKxE8u4v— Vivar (@VivarEducation) January 17, 2022
Not so much for Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s #border enforcement effort violates the U.S. Constitution, a Travis County state district judge on Thursday ruled, threatening Operation Lone Star's future and opening the gates to a flood of court challenges.#Immigration #TXlege https://t.co/x7mSyHKa7n— Anna Núñez (@nunez_anna) January 14, 2022
#Breaking: The Travis County District Attorney has determined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has violated the state's open records laws by hiding his records, orders him to comply in four days or face lawsuit.— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) January 14, 2022
With @John_Tedesco@byjayroot. https://t.co/mq10Ng8S1T #txlege
Or some of the GQP supporting cast.
A Granbury man who is the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group was arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/RRfCzXac7L— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) January 13, 2022
It is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas to use government propery for “communication supporting or opposing a candidate." https://t.co/k8CTG7qImj— Bud Kennedy / #ReadLocal (@BudKennedy) January 13, 2022
Cy-Fair ISD trustee no longer employed at California-based Splunk after racist comment about Black teachers https://t.co/WqZxJ4RvCL— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 16, 2022
Scoop: DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow to the conservative channel. https://t.co/89CyzcoMoX— Gerry Smith (@gerryfsmith) January 15, 2022
Their pain is not necessarily our collective gain.
Hundreds of mail-in ballot applications for the March primaries are being rejected under Texas’ new voting rules.— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) January 14, 2022
This is just in a few of the state's largest counties and with a month left for applications to come in: https://t.co/nkpk9XYMhx #txlege
Emily Eby also shows how the new voter suppression law will affect your voting experience.
The omicron variant is wreaking havoc with public school teachers and students.
COVID-19 is infecting teachers, bus drivers and staff at unprecedented rates that may continue to rise.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 15, 2022
School closures are affecting all parts of the state.
And many schools that have avoided closures are still facing widespread employee shortages. https://t.co/OILz1ZzUo5
Yep, story on that today. https://t.co/ctb83Mcqja— HOUmanitarian (@HOUmanitarian) January 13, 2022
“It’s encompassing all of Texas. It isn’t just a handful of ISDs that are shut down. It’s actually 98 ISDs."https://t.co/h40bGhVrkj— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) January 15, 2022
More than 1,000 Round Rock ISD (RRISD) students are calling on school administrators to strengthen COVID-19 protocols, or else students are threatening to walk out of class Thursday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.https://t.co/86Nsq8zQy5— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) January 17, 2022
But not just them.
Empty grocery shelves in omicron spike are about worker shortages, not the supply chain https://t.co/WlmAGebQsz— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) January 17, 2022
The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage and recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions. https://t.co/PosLOhY5lb— The Associated Press (@AP) January 14, 2022
And not just omicron affecting the supply chain, either.
Without the manpower, leaders with ERCOT said they will not meet the grid reliability deadlines. https://t.co/mKahAxSj2k— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 14, 2022
Check those central texas lines...wonder if any strike activity will show up here, and how others could act in solidarity in forcing a crisis for the infrastructures of capital? https://t.co/xMDopln9zS— Austin Autonomedia (@Bevo1312) January 14, 2022
Here's a few climate headlines.
SocraticGadfly blogged about getting to an all-electric-car future in light of discussing, or not discussing, the environmental N-word.
The salty water spewing high on a Crane County ranch could be a sign of a “whack-a-mole” future in the Permian Basin. https://t.co/sIMZe41bd8— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 12, 2022
Congress is considering a bill to pay more people who were harmed by nuclear development, but the legislation still excludes some Texans who saw fallout firsthand. https://t.co/jUSMTTXF8v— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) January 12, 2022
And some Texas music news to close today.
The Texas International Pop Festival was held in Lewisville, Texas in August, 1969. It was a 3-day event featuring Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Santana, Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King. I heard one person was seen smoking marijuana. Probably just a rumor. 😉 pic.twitter.com/0Zsz2fGvYT— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 13, 2022