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Left-handed pitcher Will Mercer joins Horns from Notre Dame

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www.kxan.com – – 2023-06-20 21:59:16

SUMMARY: The Texas Longhorns baseball team has added left-handed pitcher Will Mercer from Notre Dame. Mercer, who played four years at Notre Dame, will join the Longhorns next season. He was primarily a relief pitcher for the Fighting Irish, pitching 26 innings in 14 appearances with a 2.77 ERA during his final season. The Houston native has a career record of 9-4 with a 4.42 ERA and 107 strikeouts and 43 walks.

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Houston’s Second Ward plans community greenspace on old incinerator site by 2028

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abc13.com – Chaz Miller – 2024-05-24 17:59:53

SUMMARY: Plans are in motion to convert the defunct Velasco Incinerator site in Houston’s Second Ward into a community greenspace by 2028. Acquired by the Houston Land Bank in 2023, the 4.56-acre site has been inactive for decades. The community is encouraged to participate in deciding the park’s final design. Despite concerns of arsenic, lead, and mercury contamination, Rice University Professor James Tour asserts that capping the site can mitigate risks. An environmental meeting for residents will be held on June 21 to provide more information. Regular air-quality monitoring is proposed to ensure safety.

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Thousands gather for GOP convention amid party divisions

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www.kxan.com – Ryan Chandler – 2024-05-24 17:29:06

SUMMARY: In San Antonio, over 6,700 active Republicans convened for the Texas Republican Party's state convention to establish a party platform, elect a new chair, and strategize for the general election. Key priorities include abolishing property taxes, creating a state border force, preserving the gambling ban, and funding private school options. Delegates push to close primaries to only registered Republicans, expressing concerns about Democratic interference. Divisions between conservative and establishment factions are evident, with major figures like House Speaker Dade Phelan under fire. The convention highlights internal party strife and a shift towards right-wing policies. The event continues through May 25.

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HCU baseball coach resigns: Astros great Lance Berkman steps down after 3 years with program

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-24 16:46:13

SUMMARY: Astros legend Lance Berkman has resigned as the head baseball coach for Houston Christian University (HCU) after three seasons. Berkman was appointed as HCU’s fifth head coach on May 31, 2021. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity, stating he enjoyed working with the players, coaches, and administrators despite not achieving the success he hoped for. Under his leadership, the team had a combined record of 47-104. HCU will begin the search for a new head coach immediately. The announcement was made on Friday, May 24, 2024, by KTRK-TV.

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