Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whataburger limits its breakfast hours; Dan Patrick says he’s not running for governor; arrests at a fracking protest in Denton, and more.
Starting this week, Whataburger is limitng its breakfast hours. Blame it on a national egg shortage. Breakfast is only available from 5 a.m.-9 a.m. weekdays (while supplies last). Weekend breakfast will continue to be served until 11 a.m. There have been egg shortages due to the bird flu in the Midwest. “We know this is no fun for anyone and hope this doesn’t last long, and we apologize the supply of eggs cannot currently meet demand,” the Texas-based Whataburger says on its Facebook page. “If your store happens to be out of eggs when you get there during these hours, we sure don't want you leaving hungry.” Whataburger says many of its breakfast items include eggs -- pancakes, honey butter sauce and cinnamon rolls. But the restaurant says there are several breakfast items without eggs. One comment on the Whataburger Facebook page captures the sentiment of some: “No Blue Bell and now a shorten breakfast time at Whataburger...ugh!!!!!!!” Across the country, other restaurants are monitoring the egg shortage.
- Three people were arrested at a fracking protest in Denton. The Denton Record-Chronicle reports the people refused to leave the entrance to a Vantage Energy gas well site on Monday. The Record-Chronicle reports: “About two dozen people descended on the entry gates to the gas well site on the city’s west side just after dawn Monday. They chained a gate-sized copy of the citizens’ initiative overwhelmingly passed by Denton voters in November.” The individuals “sat in front of the cattle guard at the gate while other protesters held signs and chanted. They listened as Denton police advised them that they were trespassing and needed to move. Protesters said they were there to enforce the city’s ordinance.” [Denton Record-Chronicle]
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick doesn’t plan on running for governor – ever. The Texas Tribune reports: “I will never be running against Greg Abbott for governor,’ Patrick said. ‘And anyone who spreads that rumor is just spreading a rumor that is false.’ After that, Patrick went one step further. He said he doesn't plan to ever run for governor — against Abbott or anyone else. ‘This will be my last position,’ he said. ‘I love this job. It is the best job in Texas.’ Patrick made that proclamation unprovoked during a short talk with reporters immediately after he banged the gavel to end the Senate's work this session. He said he has been asked about a potential challenge to Abbott ‘over and over.’ Read more here. [Texas Tribune]
- A new Dallas school district official was hired even though he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) report: “Dallas ISD’s new transportation director was forced out of a previous job after his employer settled a federal lawsuit that accused him of sexual harassment and assault. DISD administrators said Monday that they were aware of the allegations against Jesse Lovelace before he was hired. While Lovelace was transportation supervisor for Atlanta’s school district, a female bus driver accused him of sexual harassment and assault between 2008 and 2009. The bus driver said Lovelace touched her inappropriately and made lewd comments and suggestions, according to the lawsuit, which was settled for about $190,000 in March 2013.” Read more here. [The Dallas Morning News/KXAS-TV]
- Meet a homeless student in Dallas who’s heading to college. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports: “Desmond Davis is one of those 18-year-olds that schools like to brag about: He's a runner, wrestler and drum major. He’s graduating from North Dallas High School in June and he’s heading to college in the fall. Desmond just happens to be homeless.” It’s the second chapter of the KERA series Homeless In High School. Dez got some help from a man named CJ, or Charles Johnson, who has been taking in kids for several years. Dez is heading to Oklahoma State in the fall. “For the most part, I just don’t want to be a statistic,” Dez says. Explore Dez’s story – and the rest of the series.