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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
In September KACC will feature an exhibit relating to the geological history of the Hill Country. Visitors to the exhibit will see fossils representing more than 500 million years of the Hill Country’s geological evolution. This interactive exhibit will be fascinating and educational for adults and students alike. Ted Schulenberg, local geologist and curator of the exhibit, describes Hill Country geology in poetic terms: “The Texas Hill Country and the plateau from which the hills have bee ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
On August 1, Hill Country Memorial welcomed Claudia Ubinas Frias, M.D., to its hospitalist program. As a hospitalist and internal medicine physician, Dr. Frias specializes in caring for patients who have been admitted to the hospital. Just as cardiologists care for hearts and pediatricians care for children, a hospitalist is a specialist who oversees the daily care of patients in the hospital and coordinates such care with nurses, other specialists and primary physicians. “Because a hospi ...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
AUSTIN — The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5. The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13. ““We’ve set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014 • Photos
Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, as part of the 2014 summer season. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the Gillespie County Race Meet weekend will also include three livestock shows taking place in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. For the races, the gates open at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
AUSTIN — Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis. Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
AUSTIN — Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries. Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion. Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a memb ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
Music, games and entertainment will be combined with two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing for the Night In Old Fredericksburg weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, while the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Gillespie Count ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
AUSTIN — As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation. Afterward, Perry said he urged Mr. Obama to: • Witness in person what’s going on at the border; • Deploy 1,000 more National Guard troops to enhance border security; • Direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the National Guard ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
AUSTIN — A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers; and - U.S.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
AUSTIN — Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the border.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 26, 2014
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border. “To combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border” was the reason given by Perry, Dewhurst and Straus.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
June 21, 2014 is almost here! Did you know that June 21st has been identified as the longest day of the year?! Many children during this time of year are spending these long summer days happily swimming in a pool or camping with their loved ones, but summer is not always so happy for children in the foster care system.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
AUSTIN — On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena, Texas, to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities. Also on June 12, Gov. Rick Perry recommended that slow service at VA facilities be remedied by allowing veterans to get health care needs met at non-VA facilities.

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