Five stories that have North Texas talking: get ready for veggie corny dogs at the State Fair of Texas; Jeb Bush gets testy when asked about “anchor babies;” Texas A&M picks its quarterback; and more.
The folks who bring you the famous corny dog at the State Fair of Texas have a new item this fall: the veggie corn dog. There’s a growing demand from customers, CultureMap Dallas’ Teresa Gubbins reports. (It will be vegetarian, but not vegan, for the record.) Anyone who knows a thing about the fair knows the Fletcher family has been selling corny dogs at the fair for decades – since 1942. (Catch up on corny dog history in this story from The Dallas Morning News. Did you know Oprah Winfrey, Mikhail Gorbachev and Julia Child have devoured corny dogs?) The veggie version will cost 10 coupons (or $5), the same as a classic corny dog, KXAS-TV (NBC 5) reports. The jalapeno dog costs a bit more – 12 coupons (or $6). [CultureMap Dallas/KXAS-TV]
- Speaking of food: You can get Whataburger delivered to your door in Dallas (for now). The Dallas Morning News reports: “A delivery service and app called DoorDash is testing Whataburger deliveries in an undisclosed part of Dallas. … Good luck, if you're jonesing for a Whataburger but can't get to one. DoorDash is the same company that recently launched Taco Bell delivery in the Dallas area. … [A] spokesman couldn't confirm which areas of Dallas have available delivery. If you don't seen an option for Whataburger on doordash.com, you are likely not part of test area.” [The Dallas Morning News]
- You guessed it. Another food item: Students in Dallas ISD have something new to consider when they’re in the lunch line. WFAA-TV reports: “This year cafeteria workers are pushing the message that ‘If you eat smart, you'll be smart.’ With that, they’re offering new ‘grab and go’ lunch options. These ‘smart boxes’ will have a choice of fruit and yogurt, a turkey and swiss sandwich and fresh veggies. There's also an updated vegetarian menu with meals like spinach and cheese flatbread, as well as a harvest salad with fresh fruit and cheese. All of the new menu items come in bright packaging and recyclable containers. … DISD will also be serving more locally grown fruits and vegetables as part of a new Farm Fresh Friday program.” [WFAA-TV]
- Former Gov. Jeb Bush got testy when reporters asked him about “anchor babies” in McAllen. The Texas Tribune reports: “Speaking with reporters inside a Mexican restaurant, Bush grew visibly irritated when pressed about the term "anchor babies," a controversial label for children born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally. He clarified — in English and Spanish — that his original use of the phrase had more to do with "organized efforts taking advantage" of birthright citizenship, not necessarily by Latinos seeking to live in the United States. "Frankly, it's more related to Asian people coming into our country," Bush said, instantly setting off another round of Democratic outrage. Bush showed flashes of frustration as questions about the label largely overshadowed an apparent effort to use his border trip to portray his immigration ideas as more thoughtful than Trump, who has proposed ending birthright citizenship.” [Texas Tribune]
- A sophomore has been picked to start at quarterback for Texas A&M in its opening game against No. 15 Arizona State. Kyle Allen was competing against heralded freshman Kyler Murray for the starting job. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin announced Allen would get the nod when A&M opens the season Sept. 5 against the Sun Devils in Houston. Allen played in nine games last season for Texas A&M as a freshman and started the final five. He passed for 1,322 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions. In Texas A&M's Liberty Bowl victory against West Virginia, Allen passed for a season-best 294 yards and four touchdowns. [Associated Press]
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