Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller’s Office Announces Local Economic Agreement Database is Now Online

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller’s Office Announces Local Economic Agreement Database is Now Online. “Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his agency has created an online database for local governments to report their economic development agreements authorized by either Chapter 380 or Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code. The searchable database allows the public to search for agreements by local government, business entity and agreement type.”

Railroad Commission of Texas: Millions of Historic Oil and Gas Production Records Now Online on Railroad Commission Website

Railroad Commission of Texas: Millions of Historic Oil and Gas Production Records Now Online on Railroad Commission Website. “The Historical Imaged Annual Production Records database includes oil production dating back to 1931 and gas production going back to 1937. More than 1,300 rolls of microfilm containing about 2.2 million images housed in RRC’s Central Records were digitized for the project.”

‘Send help’: Texans are venting frustrations about the scorching heat in hilarious TikTok videos (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle: ‘Send help’: Texans are venting frustrations about the scorching heat in hilarious TikTok videos. “It’s hot in Texas. It’s so hot that Texans are hilariously taking to TikTok to vent their frustrations about the scorching climate. User Texastori1990’s driveway pavement was so hot that she placed a skillet on it, added oil, a heap of salt and fried an egg. ‘Welcome to Texas,’ she said. ”

Texas Tribune: With national data on drug overdoses lacking, University of Texas project looks to help provide a solution

Texas Tribune: With national data on drug overdoses lacking, University of Texas project looks to help provide a solution. “The University of Texas project, known as TxCOPE, is one attempt to solve a problem exasperating officials nationwide who are trying to lower the record number of drug deaths: getting an instant, accurate picture of both nonfatal and fatal drug overdoses.”

Route Fifty: State Turns to Data Tools to Root Out Social Services Fraud

Route Fifty: State Turns to Data Tools to Root Out Social Services Fraud. “The Texas Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general is turning to data modeling and visualization tools to investigate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cases with an increased risk of fraud. Using funds from the SNAP Fraud Framework Implementation Grant, the Texas Office of Inspector General’s Benefits Program Integrity (BPI) division recently developed a data visualization dashboard that will help unit managers oversee high-volume investigative caseloads.”

Consequence: Laurie Anderson Called Off Plan to House Lou Reed Archive in Texas over Gun Law

Consequence: Laurie Anderson Called Off Plan to House Lou Reed Archive in Texas over Gun Law. “The new exhibition ‘Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars’ opens at Lincoln Center’s Library for Performing Arts on Thursday, but it nearly ended up in Texas. As Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson explained in conversation with The New York Times, she cut off conversations with UT Austin after Texas legislators passed a law allowing handguns to be carried on college campuses.”

CNN: Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas’s social media moderation law

CNN: Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas’s social media moderation law. “The Supreme Court of the United States temporarily blocked a sweeping Texas law on Tuesday that restricts the ability of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to moderate content on their platforms. By a 5-4 vote, the justices granted an emergency request from the tech industry to block a lower court order that would have allowed the law to take hold, pending legal challenges.”

NBC News: Trans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter

NBC News: Trans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter. “Social media users and trolls on 4chan, Twitter and Facebook are using Sam’s photos and images of at least two other transgender women to spread the baseless theory that the shooter was transgender. In some cases, they have created collages that place the women’s photos alongside images from an Instagram page believed to have belonged to the shooter.”

The Verge: Florida’s social media moderation ban is probably unconstitutional, says court

The Verge: Florida’s social media moderation ban is probably unconstitutional, says court. “A US appeals court says Florida’s ban on much social media moderation likely violates the First Amendment, setting up a legal showdown over social networks’ speech rights. Today, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of an earlier court order blocking Florida’s SB 7072 while a lawsuit proceeds. It directly contradicts a recent ruling over Texas’ similar moderation ban, setting up a split that the Supreme Court could step in to resolve.”