The Standard’s news roundup gives you a quick hit of interesting, sometimes irreverent, and breaking news stories from all over the state.
Texas grocery chain H-E-B is celebrating a Texas superstar this week.
Spokesperson Regina Garcia unveiled the collaboration – that had been years in the making – in a video posted on Facebook Wednesday night.
“We’re in Corpus Christi. Today is an amazing and exciting day for us here at H-E-B.,” said Garcia. “We have teamed up with the Selena Foundation to bring you, our customers, a limited edition product.”
That product is a reusable tote bag celebrating the “Queen of Cumbia.” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga, says some of the proceeds from the tote will benefit local causes.
“Partial proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Bend,” she said.
H-E-B also donated $25,000 to the Selena Foundation. The tote – featuring black and white photos of Selena – goes on sale at 9am on Friday in select H-E-B locations and online at noon.
More bikers involved in the shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco had their cases dismissed on February 28. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the cases against the defendants were dismissed a day before a scheduled hearing. The 2015 conflict between rival motorcycle groups originally resulted in the arrest of 177 people. 154 of them were indicted.
Will Burney, with KWBU in Waco, has this update.
In a bit of déjà vu, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna dismissed another 13 cases – just like he did three weeks ago. Reyna also decided not to accept 24 others. In all, that’s a total of 58 bikers who won’t face trial in connection with the Twin Peaks shootout. Defendants claim the dismissals are political, and say Reyna wants to keep a former prosecutor from giving damaging testimony during election season. In a press conference, Reyna dismissed those claims.
“I have no problem taking the witness stand and like I’ve said the accusations have been lodged against me,” Reyna says. “It’s not the accusations that remain to be seen it’s the cross examination of these individuals and what they must account for that remains to be seen.”
Reyna says more dismissals are possible in the future as his office focuses on defendants with more culpability. The 2015 conflict between the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs left nine people dead.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing a list of changes to hunting regulations this year. That includes legalizing air guns and air bows for hunting certain wildlife species such as alligators and non-migratory game birds. Steve Lightfoot, a spokesperson for the state agency, says one of the biggest proposed changes is standardizing the general deer-hunting season statewide to open the first Saturday in November.
“In previous years, that has been a staggered opening in the northern part of the state and the southern part of the state,” Lightfoot told KUT News. “So moving forward, if this passes, then hunters will be going afield at the same time.” This year, for the first time, Texas Parks and Wildlife will be doing a Facebook Live webinar on their page to go over the proposed hunting regulation changes. That’s happening March 6. The deadline for public comment is March 22.