May 20, 2022
Happy Friday! No pain is permanent.
🥶 Today's weather: Cooling off to a brisk 96.
🎵 Sounds like: "Walking Thru the Park"
📧 Situational awareness: Our newsletter will be a little shorter than usual today because we're still at the Axios retreat.
Today's newsletter is an easy-to-read 764 words — a 3-minute read.
1 big thing: Formula shortage hits Texas harder than much of U.S.
Texas is being hit hard by the baby formula shortage, with more than half of the state's expected formula stock absent from shelves the week of May 1, according to Datasembly, a retail software company.
Why it matters: Parents have been left scrambling to find single cans anywhere to feed their children, and many stores are now limiting the amount of formula customers can buy.
What they're saying: A Fort Worth mother told WFAA that she drove to 20 stores in one day in search of formula. Her seven-month-old daughter can only tolerate one brand.
- "Sometimes I want to cry when I don't find it," Amanda Mendoza said. "I don't know if she's going to eat."
At stake: Baby formula has become an unlikely political cudgel. Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott called it "shameful" that the Biden administration was providing formula to children whose parents may have crossed the border illegally.
- "While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border," Abbott said in a statement.
Yes, but: The federal government is required to provide food and water to migrant children detained at the border, part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit from 1997.
Of note: Rep. Beth Van Duyne launched a website aimed at helping parents find formula.
- It mostly consists of people posting photos of the formula aisles in local grocery stores.
What's next: President Biden announced this week that he invoked the Defense Production Act to help address formula supply.
- The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration $28 million to increase its staff to help inspect baby formula before it arrives on grocery store shelves, reports Axios' TuAnh Dam.
2. 🖼 Five Dallas date ideas under $25
Whether you're on a first date or you've been together for years, here are some date ideas under $25.
1. Picnic at White Rock Lake
Pack a DIY cheese board and head to the best lake in North Texas. Enjoy waterfront views and people-watching as you dine on your romantic spread.
Best for: Couples who need a relaxing break from the daily grind.
More: Beat the heat with these Airbnbs at White Rock Lake.
2. Tour the Dallas Museum of Art
Peruse the museum's collection, which contains more than 24,000 works of art from different cultures and eras.
Best for: Art lovers
Cost: Free general admission. Reserve your tickets.
More: Check out our favorite open-air museums near Dallas.
3. Explore Bishop Arts District
Best for: Anyone who likes playing tourist without leaving town. (Maybe don't wear fringe boots, though.)
3. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits
🏫 The Dallas ISD school board has named a lone finalist for superintendent — the current head of the Austin school district. (WFAA)
⚖️ The attorney for an ex-flight attendant has asked for a new trial in the American Airlines sexual assault case. (Star-Telegram)
✈️ Southwest Airlines' 6,100-member customer service union rejected a contract proposal that promised pay raises and protected overtime. The airline is trying to hire more workers to keep up with a busy summer travel season. (Dallas Business Journal)
🧮 The 2020 census likely undercounted the Texas population by more than 500,000 people or about 2% of the population. The latest count puts the population at 29,145,505, which earned the state two more congressional seats. (Texas Tribune)
💬 Quote du jour:
"This is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Texas, and it's a source of embarrassment to me that that has been unresolved."— Sen. John Cornyn on the fact that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been under indictment his entire time in office. (DMN)
4. 📸 Picture of the day: Thunderstruck
A good look at 1.21 gigawatts.
Stop by to see who's hiring
5. 🥕 One cocktail to go: Nickel City
This week's drink adventure takes us to Cowtown, to a bar that started in Austin. It feels like a neighborhood pub but with interesting and high-end cocktails.
Pro tip: Eats are available from a food truck. Get the ballpark tots.
What to order: Carrot Colada — gin, amaro, orgeat, and of course, carrot.
Where: Nickel City, 212 S. Main St. Suite 100 in Fort Worth.
Six-word review: We carrot stop drinking this libation.
🤔 Know a drink we should try? Hit reply and tell us.
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