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Dallas Esports Organization Envy Gaming Hosting 72-Hour Charity Livestream For Texas Winter Storm Relief

The 72-hour charity streaming effort called "United For Texas" will take place from Feb. 26, through Feb. 28. It will involve a number of popular Twitch streamers and esports players.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 11:38 am


Texas Men Plead Guilty To Looting Artifacts At Native American Cultural Site — Federal Land

Two men pleaded guilty, admitting to violating the Archeological Resource Protection Act when they excavated some 1,500 artifacts from federal land in Texas.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 11:27 am


18 More Texas Counties Added To Federal Disaster Declaration

Eighteen more counties in Texas are now approved to receive federal aid, adding to the already 108 that are a part of the president's disaster declaration.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 10:51 am


At ERCOT Hearings Oncor CEO Says Decision Was ‘Between Having Electricity & Having A Total Blackout For Up To A Month’

For the second day in a row, members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) are being grilled by lawmakers in Austin about the state power grid and the blackouts that left Texans in the cold and dark, and cost some their lives.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 10:45 am


Federal Judge In Texas Rules CDC Eviction Moratorium During Pandemic Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the order from the CDC putting a temporarily moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 7:51 am


Deadly Winter Storms Could Be The Most Costly Disaster In Texas History

The extreme winter weather could cost more than any storm in Texas history. The disaster is expected to exceed 2017 damages from Hurricane Harvey -- which cost the state $125 billion.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 7:00 am


President Biden And First Lady Headed To Houston To View Winter Storm Damage

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will visit Houston today to check on the state's recovery from the winter storms.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 26, 2021, 6:07 am


ERCOT CEO Grilled By State Lawmakers, As Power Plant Operators Admit Entire Energy Sector Failed Texas

The State House and State Senate began separate hearings at 9:00 a.m. that ran well into the evening on Thursday.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 7:54 pm


Texas Plants And Trees Suffered Serious Damage During Last Week’s Winter Blast

There is a tremendous loss of plant life out there across North Texas. For some types, it was catastrophic.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 6:03 pm


Last Week’s Winter Storms Could Cost Texans $200B To $300B

The economic impact of Texas' weeklong freeze and power outages could rival the damage caused by some of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 5:02 pm


Target Opening Mini Apple Stores Inside Some Texas Locations And Online

Target is expanding its partnership with Apple, launching mini stores within some of their locations in Texas and across the country.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 12:34 pm


Regulation Again The Topic In Texas After Winter Storm Results In Blackouts, Power Outages

One of the emerging response to a winter weather catastrophe in Texas, that caused one of the worst power outages in U.S. history, is unusual for the Lone Star State: calls for more regulation.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 10:09 am


Call Center Created To Help Texans Without Internet Access Complete Damage Assessment Survey

The iSTAT is a survey is to identify damages across Texas, to help emergency management officials across the state gain an understanding of damages that have happened during the recent winter weather.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 9:15 am


GameStop Shares Up 250% In Two Days. Here We Go Again?

GameStop shares surged before the start of U.S. trade on Thursday, with the stock more than tripling over the last two days.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 9:07 am


First There Was Snow And Ice, Now North Texas Braces For Storms And Possible Hail

After a stretch of beautiful and unseasonably warm weather, North Texas is in for a pattern shift. The change includes an unsettled pattern with needed rainfall and occasional storms.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 7:59 am


House And Senate Hearings Investigating ERCOT Power Outages Set To Get Underway In Austin

Today state lawmakers will begin their investigation into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the massive power failure that left millions of Texans in the dark and without heat.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 7:37 am


Former Agent Accuses US Border Patrol Of Abuse And Corruption, Says She Doesn’t Trust Agency

A former Border Patrol agent criticized the federal agency's internal culture, accusing it of promoting an environment of abuse and corruption.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 6:18 am


Record-Setting Texas Cold Wreaks Havoc On Aging Water Systems

The sunshine is back and the snow and ice have melted. But more than a week after a deep freeze in Texas and other southern states, many communities are still grappling with getting clean water, or water service at all.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 25, 2021, 5:54 am


$11,527 Vs. $334: How Much Your Electric Plan Cost You During Texas’ Winter Storms

While thousands of Texans face huge electricity bills, experts say most homeowners should not have a bill out of the ordinary.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 9:10 pm


ERCOT CEO, Board Members Acknowledge Communications Problems Before, During Widespread Texas Power Outages

ERCOT's CEO Bill Magness told board members Wednesday that the company did all it could to prevent a catastrophic blackout.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 8:35 pm


Texas’ Public Utility Commission Investigating Wholesale Rate Electric Providers In Wake Of ‘Skyrocketing Electricity Bills’

This investigation has been launched on the heels of the PUC Commissioners’ directive to launch an investigation into the winter storm power grid event.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 7:53 pm


‘You Deserve Answers, You Will Get Those Answers’: Gov. Greg Abbott On Days-Long Power Outages During Winter Storms

"Tragic does not even begin to describe the devastation and suffering you endured over the past week," said Gov. Abbott. "Too many of you were shivering in your own homes, no power, no heat, no water."

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 6:45 pm


Bats, Birds Among Wildlife Harmed During Texas’ Deep Freeze

Bats are among numerous wildlife believed to have taken a beating in the South, a region unaccustomed to such a severe and prolonged cold snap.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 4:29 pm


Convicted Murderer, Eric Cadell Gipson, Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Charge

Eric Cadell Gipson, 56, of Tyler pleaded guilty to a federal firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 3:48 pm


Sharpen Your Pencils, Biden Administration Won’t Cancel Standardized Testing

The Biden administration has announced that state education departments would have flexibility surrounding standardized testing this year, but would not have broad authority to cancel the examinations.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 10:22 am


Fry’s Electronics Has Gone Out Of Business, Closing All Stores Nationwide

It was a move that happened suddenly, overnight on February 23 Fry's Electronics closed all of its stores, ending a nearly four-decade run in business.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 7:39 am


Texas Judge Blocks Biden Administration’s 100-Day Moratorium On Most Deportations

Late Tuesday a federal judge in Corpus Christi indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 24, 2021, 6:27 am


Texas Lost Approximately 1,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Winter Storm Disruptions

Meanwhile, 4.5 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 have been given in Texas so far.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 8:56 pm


North Texas State Senator To Refile Past Bill Calling For Threat Assessment Of Texas Electric Grid

Two years ago, Sen. Bob Hall, the Republican from Van Zandt County filed the legislation that passed the Senate, but died in the House.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 5:16 pm


5 ERCOT Board Members Announce Resignations In Wake Of Statewide Power Outages During Winter Storms

Five members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), including the board chairman and board vice chairman, are resigning effective Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 4:40 pm


Gov. Abbott Sets Special Election Date To Fill Late North Texas Congressman Ron Wright’s Seat

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, May 1, as the special election date to fill the 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated by the late Congressman Ron Wright.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 2:40 pm


President Joe Biden Headed To Texas Friday To See Winter Storm Damage

President Joe Biden and the First Lady are headed to Texas. The White House confirmed Tuesday the first family will travel to Houston on Friday.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 12:30 pm


Fire & Explosion In Texas After 18-Wheeler Carrying Gasoline Collides With Train

Officials are still trying to clean up damage and debris from a large explosion and fire in Cameron, Texas that happened after a train and 18-wheeler collided on FM 2095.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 12:18 pm


IRS Gives Texans A Break After Winter Storms, Extends April 15 Filing Deadline By Two Months

More assistance for Texans, this time from the Internal Revenue Service, after a deadly winter storm left millions in the state without power and water.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 7:26 am


Texas AG Ken Paxton Was In Utah After Deadly Winter Storm Caused Power Outages Across The State

As Texas was devastated by a historic winter storm that left millions cold and in the dark, republican state Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, traveled to Utah for what a spokesman says were "previously scheduled meetings".

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 23, 2021, 6:11 am


Energy Experts: Improvements To Electric And Gas Grids Should Be Looked At Holistically

Two severe winter storms featuring snow, ice, and bitter cold temperatures statewide resulted in millions of Texans without electricity, heat, and clean water.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 22, 2021, 7:52 pm


Never Again: 4 Steps Texas Needs To Take To Prevent Another Power Crisis

It was a failure. Millions of Texans were left without power at a time when they needed it the most. While the winter storms like those that hit Texas last week are rare, it’s not out of the question that it could happen again.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 22, 2021, 6:35 pm


Biden Administration Reopens Tent City In Texas For Hundreds Of Immigrant Teens Unaccompanied By Parents

U.S. Health and Human Services said Monday that the first teens arrived at Carrizo Springs, Texas, which was converted two years ago into a holding facility under former President Donald Trump.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 22, 2021, 6:33 pm


Can Texans Sue ERCOT For Not Keeping Power On During Winter Storms?

That decision, many legal experts believe, lies with the Texas Supreme Court.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 22, 2021, 4:57 pm


How Texans Can Access FEMA Assistance Following Devastating Winter Storms; 31 Counties Added To Disaster Declaration

The Major Disaster Declaration allows for victims to apply for financial assistance from FEMA for things like repairs and refund for hotel stays, but applicants must request the help within 60 days.

Author: Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Posted: February 22, 2021, 4:10 pm