AUSTIN (KXAN) — There is an adorable new challenge that's sweeping the Texas law enforcement community and it's the most heartwarming thing you will see on the internet today.
It's the #BackTheBLUEbonnets challenge.
Officers, usually in uniform, are posing with the Texas state flower, often with a message. The messages range from anti-littering, safety while taking bluebonnet photos or exercise and meditation.
But sometimes, the officers just "felt cute."
So far, officers from the Copperas Cove Police Department, Granite Shoals Police Department, Grapevine Police Department, Irving Police Department, Cedar Hill Police Department and several others have already participated in the challenge.
An officer with the Farmers Branch Police Department had to improvise, posing with cartons of "Bluebonnet" butter.
Law enforcement in Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, Llano County and others in the area have not yet jumped on the bandwagon. But we hope they will!
Train carrying ethanol derails in fiery wreck near Fort Worth neighborhood
AUSTIN (KXAN/ NBC) — A Union Pacific freight train carrying ethanol derailed near a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood Wednesday morning and caught fire, prompting an evacuation of nearby homes and a hazardous materials response, according to reports by a local NBC affiliate .
The wreck took place at about 12:40 a.m.and city emergency officials said four rail cars derailed and several caught fire. The cars burned through the early morning hours and spread to one outbuilding near the tracks, firefighters told local media.Read the Full Article
Houston high school's new dress code takes aim at parents
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston high school had adopted a new dress code that targets parents rather than students.
James Madison High School will turn away parents if they appear wearing pajamas , hair rollers or leggings. Bonnets also are banned.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston school district policy allows schools to establish standards for student attire and grooming, but no policy exists concerning parents.Read the Full Article
Float Fest to be at new venue this year after being denied permit
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Controversial music and tubing event, Float Fest has a new venue after being denied permits in San Marcos earlier this year.
The music and tubing event that attracts close to 20,000 people per day will be held in Gonzalez, Texas, this year. The new venue is about an hour away from Austin and San Antonio and about two hours away from Houston.
In January, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court denied the annual festival a permit, citing congestion of the area, possible emergency medical complications for San Marcos residents, lack of infrastructure capabilities and noise complaints.Read the Full Article
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