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A New Approach: Free Meals for All at Low-Income TX Schools

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A new approach to school nutrition goes nationwide next year, and the shift is expected to reduce the number of Texas students who otherwise don’t get enough to eat each day. Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called a “community eligibility option,” said Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst […]

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Election Approaches as Court Weighs TX Voter ID Law

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Voters across Texas will go to the polls in just six weeks, and it appears they’ll need to bring a current photo ID to be allowed to vote. The requirement was passed into law and is moving to implementation, but only after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck […]

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Enjoying the Blooms, Birds, and Butterflies of South Texas!

The theme of the state Master Gardener Conference this year is “Blooms, Birds, and Butterflies” and they will experience these wonders here in south Texas, October 17, 18, and 19,2013. We’re hosting this conference and have a great line-up of tours, speakers, authors, and vendors. And, Master Gardeners are willing to share part of the […]

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DPS Urges Texans to Review Emergency Plans, Stay Prepared During Hurricane Season

AUSTIN – With the 2013 Hurricane Season underway, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to make sure they review their emergency plans and stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Historically, August and September are the more active months of a hurricane season, which began June 1 […]

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State Wants Half of Oil & Gas Taxes to  Build and Maintain Texas Roads

by DAVID A. DÍAZ Legislativemedia@aol.com South Texans are being encouraged to vote for a statewide constitutional amendment in November 2014 that would allow half of the state’s oil and gas taxes to be used to build and maintain vital highway projects in Texas, including ongoing improvements to Interstate Highway 69 in the Valley, while still […]

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Protecting the Environment: An Economic Necessity in Texas

Nearly 8-Million Wildlife Tourists Each Year AUSTIN, Texas – Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast – but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism. A new analysis finds that people who come to Texas to hunt, fish, […]

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More people, less water: What will Texas need to keep growing?

According to data the U.S. Census Bureau released in May 2013, Texas has eight of the country’s top 15 fastest growing cities. In fact, no state other than Texas had more than one city on that list. And the population isn’t only expanding in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio – cities like Midland, San Marcos […]

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I-69 MAKES HISTORY IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY AS SOUTH TEXAS’ FIRST INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

Designation of 67 new I-69 interstate miles signals economic growth, mobility,  international trade in booming South Texas region AUSTIN — In an effort to enhance mobility and attract international commerce to the growing Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of Transportation with approval from the Texas Transportation Commission today officially designated 67 miles of regional […]

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Corpus Christi to Move Forward with Bag Ordinance

Would Impose Fee, Not Ban by John Michaelson CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – After being pulled from the table over legal concerns, a proposed plastic bag ordinance in Corpus Christi is expected to be back before the city council before the end of summer. The plan was set aside this spring with worries that it could get caught […]

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Poll: Texans Want Immigration Reform, Path to Citizenship

by John Michaelson Most Texans believe the country’s immigration reform system needs to be fixed, and a new poll also has found majority support for the U.S. Senate bill crafted by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight.” Marisa Bono with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) said the plan is a step in […]

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