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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
AUSTIN — With 84 percent of 2013 work zone fatalities being motorists rather than workers, the Texas Department of Transportation today kicks off its Be Safe. Drive Smart. campaign as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11. The campaign reminds drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey traffic signs to protect themselves and roadside workers. “We do everything in our power to make work zones as safe as possible, but ultimately each driver must be responsible for his or her s ...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014
AUSTIN — A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself. The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him. Gov.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
Austin — Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives. Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol Preservation Board. Speakers at the ceremony included: Gov.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety on March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency’s Texas Rangers Division. The stated goal is to protect children through the collection and dissemination of vital intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors by “providing support to local, state and federal partners on investigations related to missing and exploited children, the trafficking of children ...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
Capital Farm Credit stockholders will soon receive an all-time record $65 million cash patronage payment this spring. The customer-owned lending cooperative continued its track record of strong earnings in 2013, enabling it to maintain its long tradition of returning profits to stockholders through its patronage program. Since 2006, Capital Farm Credit has returned over $385 million to its stockholders — equating to an effective annual rate reduction of 1.10 percent on an average loan.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
AUSTIN — Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters registered in time to cast a ballot. An estimated 9 percent of the overall number of registered voters (about 1.3 million) voted in the Republican primary and 4 percent (500,000) voted in the Democratic primary. Runoffs between the top two vote-getting candidates in a number of contests are scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, the day after the federal holiday, Memorial Day.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 14, 2014
AUSTIN — Texas’ March 4 primary night returns confirmed Greg Abbott and Wendy R. Davis as nominees for governor. Abbott, current state attorney general, got 91.5 percent of the statewide vote in the GOP primary. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, got 79 percent in the Democratic primary. “Ray” Madrigal of Corpus Christi got 21 percent. In the race for lieutenant governor, state Sen.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014 • Photos
Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Kitty Rawlings (Left) and Pete Smith (Right) will share “Everything you need to know about Container Gardening” at the 16th Annual Hill Country Lawn & Garden Show on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St, from 9 am- 4 pm.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014
AUSTIN — In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November. A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hot-button issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Opportunity Knocks! You have the opportunity to attend a live performance that features the guest soloists recently heard on the Labor Day concert with the National Symphony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol! Racing off to the Indy 500, they have also performed the National Anthem at this annual event billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
AUSTIN — Questions over where you may stand, what you can say and when you can say it arise here and there around Texas at election time. A new law to solve such issues is on the books. House Bill 259, which took effect when Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law on June 14, 2013, allows political speech outside of the 100-foot zone at public buildings where election polls are located. The new law trumps local practices that previously may have prevented citizens from engaging in political spee ...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 21, 2014 • Photos
The show, sponsored by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners Assn, in conjunction with the Burnet Co. AgriLife Extension Service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Burnet Community Center, located at 401 E. Jackson St. in Burnet. Vendors will feature plants for every garden, including native plants, exotic plants, herbs, vegetables, succulents and houseplants.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 21, 2014
AUSTIN — Counting down to Primary Election Day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races. For lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office, while Republican primary voters will have a field of four candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 21, 2014
The contested race between incumbent 424th District Judge Dan Mills and his opponent, attorney Evan Stubbs has been heating up over the course of the last several months, with the two candidates exchanging accusations ranging from residency to improper campaign contributions. Last week, the Mills Campaign mailed out letters to constituents alleging that there have been felony complaints filed against Stubbs for voter fraud, bank fraud, and falsifying governmental records, which he states have ...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, I Live Here, I Give Here® (ILHIGH) launched the website that will serve as the gateway for the second annual Amplify Austin initiative. ILHIGH brought this innovative program to Austin last year, and it was an overwhelming success—raising nearly $3 million for more than 300 Central Texas nonprofit organizations.