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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.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
AUSTIN — The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed “the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.” The plan, a set of proposed actions to be administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states that, “cutting carbon emissions will help prevent up to 6,500 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks among children.” In a news release of his own, Gov.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
AUSTIN — Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November. Patrick received 65 percent of the vote to incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s 35 percent in the May 27 runoff. Sen. Patrick, R-Houston, and Sen. Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, have seven years and 15 years of experience, respectively, as members of the 31-member Senate.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
AUSTIN — Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day. Voting records available to the public at the Office of the Secretary of State show that turnout is historically low for mid-term primaries and even lower for primary runoff elections. But what’s different about this set of runoffs — and something that should stimulate voter turnout — were the powerful offices at stake. Tops in that regard was the race for lieutenant governor, the state’s ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
AUSTIN — House Speaker Joe Straus on May 14 said the Texas House of Representatives would propose a budget next year that uses all of the money in the state highway fund for transportation instead of sending chunks of it to other state agencies. Taxes and fees such as the gas tax and fees on drivers’ licenses go into the state highway fund to pay for transportation, but for almost 80 years, Straus explained, some of that money has helped fund agencies that are not directly related to trans ...
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 19, 2014
AUSTIN — Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
AUSTIN — Toyota Motor Corporation on April 28 announced its decision to locate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano. Toyota said the move is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.” Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano, just north of Dall ...