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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 • Posted January 3, 2014
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services to tackle before the 2015 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • Posted December 27, 2013
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 19 announced the appointment of Nandita Berry of Houston as the 109th Texas Secretary of State, effective Jan. 7, 2014. She succeeds John Steen, who was appointed by Perry in November 2012. As secretary of state, Berry will serve as the state’s chief elections officer, the governor’s liaison on border and Mexican affairs and Texas’ chief protocol officer for state and international matters.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • Posted December 20, 2013
AUSTIN — Texas will have some $98.9 billion in general revenue for state budget makers to work with in the 2014-2015 biennium, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ revenue estimate. Combs delivered the estimate to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Straus and every member of the state House and Senate on Dec.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013 • Photos
Fifteen people were arrested in Burnet County on Wednesday morning, following an investigation of an area drug distribution and trafficking organization lasting more than six months, and involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The investigation began in May of 2013 by the DPS’ Criminal Investigation Division. It culminated in search warrants being issued on two Burnet County properties.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013
Magical musical delights await you at the Mid-Texas Symphony’s 36th Concert Season presentation of “Out of This World – Heavenly Holidays” on December 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Jackson Auditorium of Texas Lutheran University. Come celebrate the holiday season with Music Director David Mairs, as he leads the Symphony and local, young, all-star musical talents such as Soprano Ashly Neumann, the Community Music Academy Youth Choir, the Hill Country Youth Chorus, and the Seguin Area Children ...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013
AUSTIN — Following the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, Gov. Rick Perry and other elected officials released statements in honor of the former president of South Africa whose message of racial reconciliation and leading role in breaking down apartheid in that country are acknowledged globally. Perry said: “Through his valiant struggle against the injustices of apartheid, Nelson Mandela became a symbol of what one person can do to change the world.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • Posted December 5, 2013
Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air ambulance company in the United States, has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). The prestigious accreditation represents the highest standard for medical transport services. As part of the accreditation process, Air Evac Lifeteam voluntarily undertook the largest scale inspection and accreditation process in CAMTS’ history and is the largest medical transport program un ...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • Posted December 5, 2013
AUSTIN — Texas’ primary election is set for March 4, 2014, and the list of candidates for statewide office is largely settled, with Dec. 9as the filing deadline. Most recently gaining notice was state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 • Posted November 27, 2013
AUSTIN — Texans, Americans and citizens of the world in the past week remembered the shock and aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. Many newspapers and other media reflected on coverage of those days, some expanding on how the assassination changed views on public safety and kindled the public’s desire for a faster-moving stream of news. A ceremony was held in Dallas on Nov.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 22, 2013
AUSTIN — President Obama’s announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal “Affordable Care” law’s requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors’ visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry. Insurers could offer customers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014, without change, allowing them to keep their plans, the president said. Perry, in a Nov.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 15, 2013
AUSTIN — All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 5 election ballot passed. Texas Secretary of State John Steen, the state’s chief elections officer, on Nov. 6 commented that the 2013 constitutional amendment election “was our first statewide election with a photo ID requirement in place, and it was smooth, secure and successful.” The photo identification requirement took effect following a U.S.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being. The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state H ...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
Austin, TX – Rainwater harvesting is part of the new water culture in Texas, especially in the Texas Hill Country where water is scarce and precious. On Saturday, November 2, the Rainwater Revival returns to the Boerne Civic Center where rain harvesting experts and practitioners will speak throughout the day in tandem with a variety of exhibitor and vendor tents, a live auction of artful rain barrels, the Raindrop Stop for kids, food trailers, music, and fun for the whole family. The free, ...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
Austin, TX- Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election. Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to outpace turnout in recent elections. The Secretary of State’s office reports daily voting totals for the 15 most populous counties in the state, and by the end of Oct.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
AUSTIN — A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees. On Oct. 16, the shutdown ended when both houses of Congress adopted a continuing appropriations act that does three things: increases the nation’s debt limit, allows the treasury to pay bills and returns the federal government to full operations, at least until mid-January. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior sen ...