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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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Congressman Vela, Federal Highway Administrator and  CCRMA To Open SH 550

Congressman Filemon Vela and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez will join state and local leaders to officially open the State Highway 550. The $41 million project relied on $34.1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and $6.9 million in funds from Cameron County. The highway project is a new location from just […]

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Texas Employers Add 33,100 Jobs in April

State Annual Growth Above 2.5 Percent Since Beginning of 2012 AUSTIN — Texas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment expanded by 33,100 jobs in April. Texas added 326,100 jobs from April 2012 to April 2013. The state’s annual growth rate in April stood at 3.0 percent, and has been above 2.5 percent since the beginning of […]

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DPS Urges Texans to Prepare Early for Hurricane Season

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents about the upcoming hurricane season and urging individuals to start preparing now for any possible storms. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. “Hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc on the lives of residents in a storm’s path. Although […]

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TxDOT Unveils First-in-Texas, Hi-Tech Warning System for Drivers in Effort to Increase Work-Zone Safety Along Stretch of I-35

AUSTIN — With more roadway construction underway than ever in the Lone Star State, the Texas Department of Transportation is introducing a first-in-Texas highway safety feature that incorporates an End-of-Queue Warning System and temporary rumble strips to reduce work-zone collisions. Last year, nearly 17,000 statewide work-zone crashes resulted in 132 fatalities and many more injuries. […]

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Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $669 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012. “Sales tax collections were up in a range of sectors from construction and manufacturing to restaurants,” Combs said. “As expected, the rate of growth in state sales tax revenue is […]

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Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

(AUSTIN) — The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. “Texans can save twice when purchasing energy efficient appliances during the Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Shoppers are expected […]

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