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Heat wave

This is going to turn so many people against smart thermostats

June 20th, 2021

Texas is one of a few states right now where residents are sweltering amidst a nasty heat wave. But the state appears, at this point, to be the only one where this is happening: Because of worries about the power grid being strained amid soaring temperatures, some residents who own smart thermostats say their power …

Texas power outage

Texans face huge electricity bills after winter storm and power outages

February 22nd, 2021

Texas’s power outage situation that resulted from the winter weather barrage over the past week or so not only left the state reeling from bitterly cold temperatures and a collapsed power grid. Many Texans also got hit with exorbitantly high power bills, some for several thousand dollars. Texas is still working through how to deal …

Coronavirus test

This is the US coronavirus hotspot that’s getting worse right now

August 11th, 2020

Coronavirus test positivity rates are climbing again in Texas, to the point that public health experts are worried about the state becoming a new coronavirus hotspot. Testing is down but case positives are up in Texas, which has seen more than half a million coronavirus cases so far during the pandemic. Since the start of …

Coronavirus reopening states

Texas is Exhibit A for how not to reopen a state after coronavirus

May 2nd, 2020

The next battlefront in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is over when and how states around the country will execute reopening plans. Texas on Friday, for example, began a controversial reopening of many businesses, like malls, movie theaters, and retail stores (albeit at a reduced capacity). This comes as the number of cases of …

coronavirus updates

Of course these spring breakers returned to Texas with coronavirus

April 1st, 2020

Dozens of young spring breakers have the novel coronavirus after heading to Mexico despite advice from health and government officials to avoid such trips.  28 cases have been confirmed out of around 70 young adults who made the trip, and each of the confirmed COVID-19 patients is now in self-isolation.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

lightning strike texas

Lightning strike leaves gaping hole in parking lot

October 31st, 2019

When severe thunderstorms roll through your neck of the woods one of the biggest concerns is always the risk of a tornado. A swirling vortex of high-speed wind and debris can cause incredible damage, but as residents of Fort Worth, Texas, were recently reminded, lightning can wreak havoc, too. A ridiculously powerful bolt of lightning …