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1 big thing: Shooting prompts Fiesta security changes

A scene from last year's Fiesta de los Reyes event at Market Square. Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

San Antonio police and Fiesta organizers plan to beef up security next year at the annual Fiesta de los Reyes event at Market Square following a deadly shooting there over the weekend, police tell Axios.

Why it matters: The shooting was the second at the free Market Square Fiesta event in two years. Last year, a man was shot and critically injured.

Catch up quick: Two people at Market Square shot at each other in the middle of Margarita Alley early Sunday, police chief William McManus said.

  • One of the men died from his injuries, and police shot and killed the other man involved in the shooting, KSAT reported.
  • Four bystanders were injured, according to police.

How it works: The city works with Fiesta event organizers every year to develop security plans, police spokesperson Michelle Ramos tells Axios.

  • Police officers were stationed at Market Square when the weekend shooting broke out, but Ramos declined to say how many.

The latest: The Police Department and the city will review safety measures and make "enhanced" security recommendations for next year's event, Ramos says.

  • "You can be assured that you will be checked for weapons as you walk into Market Square" next year, McManus said in a video update last night. "And if you're carrying backpacks or bags, they'll be checked as well."

Zoom in: Community members questioned security plans in social media posts over the weekend.

  • "You need to change your entire entry process when there's city wide celebrations," one commenter said on the Fiesta de los Reyes Facebook page. "I don't like to see that happen, but if safety is truly your top priority, then major changes need to be made."
  • Some commenters also called for a future entry fee to Fiesta de los Reyes β€” currently one of a handful of free Fiesta events β€” and earlier end times.

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2. πŸ’ͺ Cornyn's fundraising muscle

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has raised a whopping $18.3 million dollars this election cycle to help GOP incumbents and candidates β€” putting him ahead of his leadership opponent Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).

Why it matters: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has long been a formidable fundraiser as Senate GOP leader. Proving they can similarly rake in the cash is critical for both Johns vying to replace him.

  • Leadership races are insider games, and fundraising helps curry favor with colleagues.
  • Both Cornyn's and Thune's energized fundraising efforts could boost Republicans who have been struggling to keep up with Democrats' massive hauls this cycle.

By the numbers: Cornyn pulled in $5.6 million in just the first three months of the year for Republican candidates, a source familiar with his fundraising told Axios.

  • He has long been a top GOP fundraiser and uniquely helps fellow Republicans raise money directly for their campaigns.

Between the lines: Money matters, but it won't be the only factor in deciding who ends up with the mantle after McConnell.

  • For example, Thune's current spot as the No. 2-ranked Senate Republican is often cited as an advantage.
  • Cornyn's role in pushing a bipartisan gun bill in 2022 could hurt him, multiple sources familiar with the dynamics have told Axios.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Education Agency to ignore a rule from the Biden administration that extended federal protections to LGBTQ+ students, and Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to block the changes. (Texas Tribune)

βš–οΈ Prosecutors are seeking the mental health records of Melissa Perez in preparation for the trial of three fired San Antonio police officers charged in her fatal shooting. (Express-News πŸ”’)

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· The Spurs will play two games next season in Paris, the hometown of rookie star Victor Wembanyama. It will mark the first time the team has played abroad since 2022. (SA Current)

πŸ“± A.B. Quintanilla III, the brother of late Tejano superstar Selena, apologized after lashing out at fans during a San Antonio show, but later deleted the apology on Instagram. (KSAT)

4. πŸ“Έ S.A. snapshots: San Antonio Zoo

We think this one is a crocodile. Can you tell? Photo: Megan Stringer/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Megan here. I recently visited the San Antonio Zoo for the first time while my family was in town.

State of play: I grew up in the St. Louis area, where the zoo is free to visit and regularly hailed as one of the best in the nation β€” so I'm not always impressed by other zoos, and was in no hurry to visit our own.

Yes, but: I left the San Antonio Zoo pleasantly surprised with the variety of animals and quality of experience. My St. Louis family felt the same.

Plus, the zoo made some renovations recently β€” including its new entrance β€” and more expansion plans are in the works.

Pro tip: Visit on Locals Day, when admission is $8 for Bexar County residents.

  • The next Locals Day is tomorrow.

Out today: Inside Axios

Cover: Harmony

My co-founder, CEO and friend Jim VandeHei is out today with a new book β€” "Just the Good Stuff: No-B.S. Secrets to Success" β€” about lessons learned starting and running Politico and then Axios.

Why it matters: Jim offers dozens of easy-to-understand β€” and implement β€” ideas for dealing with the tough stuff of life and work: picking careers, dealing with bad bosses or jerks, overcoming insecurities or health scares.

Cool twist: All the net proceeds go to students who need help with vocational school, or 2- or 4-year-college.

πŸŽ“ It's a terrific graduation gift: Jim details how he went from a 1.491 GPA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a success on the national stage.

  • The book also provides an inside look at the Axios culture animating this newsletter.

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5. Our brunch bouquet

A brunch spread at Full Goods Diner. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Comfort Cafe and Full Goods Diner made Yelp's annual list of Top 100 Brunch Spots nationwide, released yesterday, just in time for Mother's Day planning.

Driving the news: Yelp released a survey, together with the ranking, which found that along with flowers, solitude and a break from personal tasks, "dining out" was what moms craved most on their special day.

  • Baby boomer moms, in particular, were keen on brunch with their families.

Zoom in: San Antonio was the only Texas city to have a restaurant in the top 20.

  • Comfort Cafe, a donation-based restaurant, came in at the No. 5 spot (previously at No. 2).
  • Pearl's Full Goods Diner debuted on the list at No. 82.

What's next: Mother's Day is May 12. Make your plans early.

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Thanks to our editors Chloe Gonzales and Bob Gee and copy editors Steven Patrick and Yasmeen Altaji.

πŸ‘™ Madalyn is itching for a day of tubing and good barbecue.

πŸ‘€ Megan is reading this article about the missteps of DeLorean Motor Co. as it entered San Antonio, and how the company is trying to rebuild trust with customers.