The latest (most significant news) in Texas today

  1. Total Solar Eclipse: Texas recently experienced a significant event with the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, which attracted massive crowds and had local areas like Bell County declaring a state of emergency due to expected fuel shortages and infrastructure strain. The eclipse was visible along a narrow path from Texas to Maine, drawing millions of visitors​ (UPI)​.
  2. Political Climate and Elections: In politics, Texas is seeing a lot of activity with early voting running from April 22-30 for upcoming elections. Additionally, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred raised over $9.5 million for his U.S. Senate campaign this quarter, which is a significant figure in the political landscape​ (The Texas Tribune)​. The state continues to grapple with contentious issues such as border security, abortion rights, and school vouchers​ (The Texas Tribune)​.
  3. Ken Paxton’s Impeachment Acquittal: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted in his impeachment trial where he faced allegations related to abuse of office to assist a friend. Despite the acquittal, the controversy around Paxton continues as he faces a federal criminal investigation and ongoing whistleblower lawsuits​ (The Texas Tribune)​.
  4. Cultural Events: The 2024 CMT Music Awards took place in Austin, featuring performances from top country artists and a tribute to the late Toby Keith. This event highlights the vibrant cultural scene in Texas and its significance in the country music industry​ (CMT)​.