After a video of a vacation suite overlooking a giraffe barn at a Fredericksburg conservation park went viral on TikTok, visitors completely booked the guesthouse until 2024.

The principal at an Austin high school asked a substitute teacher to leave campus after he brought a karaoke machine to the classroom and sang a Britney Spears song for students.

Border officials caught a woman at the Progreso International Bridge, 25 miles southeast of McAllen, attempting to smuggle four spider monkeys into Texas inside a duffel bag.

A man from Tyler was indicted on 33 felony charges alleging that he defrauded investors in his oil business out of $1.7 million, which he used to purchase jewelry, cars, and other gifts, by falsely claiming that he was a war hero and that he was related to oil tycoon Harold Hamm.

Police arrested a woman after she reportedly approached a mother in a Walmart in the East Texas town of Crockett and offered $500,000 in exchange for the shopper’s one-year-old son.

The day after Astros second baseman José Altuve was unable to fulfill a fan’s autograph request because neither of them had a pen, he and shortstop Carlos Correa visited her at the nonprofit kitchen where she works and gave her and other employees team memorabilia.

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Meanwhile, In Texas.” Subscribe today.