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🎵 Sounds like: Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Uvalde

🏀 Situational awareness: The Mavs avoided elimination, winning Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors 119-109.

  • There was a brief rain delay while crews fixed a leak at the American Airlines Center and used towels to soak up water on the court. It was the second leak delay of the season.

Today's newsletter is a heavy 882 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 19 children, 2 adults dead in elementary school shooting

Robb Elementary School after a shooting

Texas state troopers responded after yesterday's shooting. Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nineteen students and two adults are dead after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school yesterday in southern Texas.

What happened: The shooter crashed his car near the school and got out wearing body armor and carrying a rifle and a backpack, writes Axios' Herb Scribner.

  • The 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after engaging with police.

The big picture: The massacre comes four years after the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 outside Houston.

  • There have been 212 mass shootings this year in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive, including 18 in Texas.

Details: Just 16,000 people live in Uvalde, roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio.

What they're saying: Abbott said the Texas Division of Emergency Management will work with Uvalde officials "to ensure the community has what it needs to heal."

  • "As a nation, we have to ask: When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" President Biden said in an address last night.

Between the lines: The recent deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, prompted legislators to reconsider the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which narrowly passed the House.

Flashback: Remington Arms agreed in a February settlement to pay $73 million to nine families of Sandy Hook shooting victims. It was the first time in the U.S. a gun manufacturer was held responsible for a mass shooting.

Of note: Texas' open carry law went into effect in September, which allows people to display a gun in public without a permit.

2. Paxton defeats Bush in win for Trump

Texas AG Ken Paxton in front of a U.S. flag

Ken Paxton waves during a Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Last night, embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton easily rebuffed a challenge from George P. Bush in the race for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Why it matters: By proxy, Paxton's victory is another win for former President Trump, who returned the attorney general's loyalty with a much-coveted endorsement.

  • Paxton remains under indictment for securities fraud and is facing a federal corruption investigation.
  • Paxton cemented Trump's patronage after filing a lawsuit in 2020 challenging the election results — and appearing at the Jan. 6, 2021, "Stop the Steal" rally.

Bush's defeat shows how much the family's potency has diminished in today's GOP.

  • Trump handily defeated George P. Bush's father, Jeb, in the 2016 Republican primary, insulting him — remember "Low Energy Jeb"? — along the way.
  • Even so, George P., the land commissioner of Texas, had unsuccessfully courted Trump's endorsement heading into the attorney general race.

Between the lines: Even with his considerable baggage, Paxton is the odds-on favorite to win re-election in November.

  • No Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994.

Yes, but: If that FBI investigation leads to further charges against Paxton in coming months, all bets are off.

3. 🗳 Hand-picked successor wins Congressional primary runoff

State Rep. Jasmine Crockett

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's hand-picked successor won the runoff to replace the 30-year incumbent.

Driving the news: Freshman state Rep. Jasmine Crockett won Johnson's endorsement to represent U.S. House District 30 and received almost 61% of the runoff votes against Jane Hope Hamilton, who has a 20-year political career.

The intrigue: The district, which has only been represented by Johnson, includes parts of Dallas and Duncanville and all of DeSoto and Lancaster. It's considered a lock for Democrats.

Between the lines: Crockett's campaign was boosted by $2 million from cryptocurrency traders' super PACs — the second-highest amount of special interest money spent on any House candidate.

Other races

Collin County

Trump-backed police officer, Frederick Frazier, leads the race for the new state House District 61, which includes several of the fastest-growing towns in Collin County: McKinney, Frisco, Celina and Anna.

Dallas County

Former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw lost to real estate agent Venton Jones in a runoff for House District 100.

  • Crenshaw took a surprise lead in the March primary despite reporting just $500 in raised funds, but lost support from the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas for comments she made about her opponent, who is gay and HIV-positive.
  • Jones had about 70% of the runoff votes late yesterday.

Tarrant County

Trump-backed Phil Sorrells leads the Republican nomination for Tarrant County District Attorney against state Rep. Matt Krause.

  • In the fall, Krause compiled a list of 850 books that might make students feel "discomfort" if found in school libraries.

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4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

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Sometimes the news makes us blue. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🔎 An Iraqi man linked to ISIS was plotting to kill George W. Bush and traveled to Dallas in November to take video of the former president’s house. (Forbes)

🚷 A city audit found Dallas lacks a plan to prevent pedestrian deaths and needs to improve crosswalks. (KERA)

💧 A $2.3 billion pipeline linking lakes in East Texas to North Texas is now operational to keep up with growing demand for water. (Fort Worth Report)

💊 Lake Worth police seized nearly $2.3 million worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl in the department's largest drug bust. (NBC5)

5. 🍪 Concluding the quest for Texas snacks

A photo of chocolate-covered Beaver Nuggets

Photo: Tasha "Big Teeth" Tsiaperas/Axios

Axios' Miami, Denver and Richmond reporters wowed with a beer tasting during the Axios retreat in Washington, D.C.

  • And Tampa Bay won hearts with cigars and other Floridian booty.

Yes, but: Your Axios Dallas correspondents rebounded at a beer garden happy hour where chocolate-covered Beaver Nuggets were shared.

  • Even Tampa acknowledged the chocolate-coated treat was yummy… sort of.

What's next: We'll just take cans of Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Bullzerk T-shirts to the next Axios work retreat.

Our picks:

🦫 Mike is recovering from eating too many Beaver Nuggets.

🎶 Tasha is listening to Sigur Rós in preparation for their Dallas show.

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