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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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Stock Market Reaches New High, But More Investing Locally

Dow Jones Closed Friday at 14,974 by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – With technology meaning an ever-connected world, the options for investing these days are nearly unlimited, but a growing trend in the nation is to consider portfolios that have a positive social impact locally. John Bloom, senior director of organizational culture, RSF Social […]

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The Battle of San Jacinto Now Available as Enhanced eBook App for iPad and iPhone

Maps, Panoramic photos, and more provide multiple viewpoints of “one of the most decisive battles of the world” DENTON, Texas—In partnership with the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), the longest continually running historical organization in Texas, JoSara MeDia is pleased to announce the availability of San Jacinto, an enhanced eBook for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod […]

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Meat cuts get confusing new monikers

By Amanda Hill I came across a news story this morning from NBC’s Today Show that reported a group within the meat industry is moving toward renaming some of our favorite meat cuts in order to make them “more consumer-friendly.” The group heading up the new meat monikers is the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards—URMIS, […]

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Lucio Bill to Protect Historic Buildings Passes Senate

AUSTIN – Today, a bill by Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) to help preserve historic buildings across Texas was received by the Texas House of Representatives. The bill unanimously passed out of the Senate Thursday. “Texas’ historic buildings are an important part of our culture. They are an enduring connection to our past,” Senator Lucio […]

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State Intelligence Report Highlights Threats to Texas

Identifies Mexican cartels as most significant organized crime threat AUSTIN – The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2013 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers a review of current public safety threats to Texas. DPS Director Steven McCraw highlighted the report’s key findings this week at the 2013 […]

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More than 10,000 Texans join forces April 20 for nation’s biggest coastal cleanup AUSTIN — The annual Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 20 and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is getting the word out with a creative — and revolting — new public service announcement. “Fresh from the sea, enjoy these special dishes prepared […]

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Bill to Create New Valley University Passes Texas Senate

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 24, the bill which will create a new Valley-spanning university comprised of the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas – Pan American, and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. Senate Bill 24 was announced last month in […]

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Rep. Lucio Files Bill Limiting Full Contact Football Practices To One Time Per Week

State Representative Eddie Lucio III filed HB 887 yesterday, which would limit high school and middle school football programs to one full contact practice per week. Rep. Lucio filed HB 68 previously establishing baseline testing that would be used when determining a student-athletes’ return to play after suffering a concussion. “Texas has been and will […]

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