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Footage of record flooding at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin on October 31, 2013. The park is temporarily closed. For park information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/mckinney-falls. For still pictures of flooding in state parks: http://on.fb.me/1ar9bAS Here’s the video of Game Warden Jake Scott rescuing the baby and his mother. At the end, the grandmother kisses “her little pumpkin.”

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What to Look for When Choosing Educational Games and Apps for Kids

(StatePoint)  Navigating the world of children’s games and apps can be challenging. While there are online app stores with thousands of apps that claim to be educational, very few truly are. And if they’re not fun, kids won’t play with them and won’t learn from them. With this in mind, the learning experts at LeapFrog, […]

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Meet the new K-9 corps! This story shows the first-ever K-9 team of Texas Game Wardens meeting their new four-legged partners. The first training phase shown here focuses on narcotics. That’s a reality of what game wardens encounter in the field, though it’s only one aspect of their broader work. K-9 teams also learn search […]

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Court May Prevent Enactment of TX Abortion Restrictions

by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Enactment of new abortion restrictions may not take place as scheduled next month because a lawsuit has been filed seeking an immediate injunction. The laws are being challenged on the grounds that they are unconstitutional and overly burdensome. One restriction would require medication abortions to be administered as they were back […]

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Texas Issues Health Alert for Whooping Cough Outbreak

Nearly 2,000 Cases This Year, with Two Deaths by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – With the number of cases of whooping cough in Texas on pace to hit a high not seen since the 1950s, a public health alert has now been issued. Already this year, said Chris Van Deusen, a press officer for the […]

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New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted notable traffic and criminal laws that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013. “As a result of these new provisions, Texans now have additional protection while traveling our roadways, and individuals who disregard our laws will face tougher penalties for a variety of crimes,” […]

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The hunting season is almost here and there’s a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio.

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AUSTIN- With temperatures around the state hitting the 90’s and 100’s, Texans everywhere are looking for a way to keep cool. Parks around the state offer a variety of swimming options such as spring-fed rivers, lakes, and Gulf water to help the entire family stay cool and enjoy what Texas’ natural resources have to offer. […]

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Next Stop for New TX Abortion Law: The Courts

by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – New abortion measures are set to begin this fall in Texas. However, those opposed are expected to mount a legal challenge before they go into effect, saying they would place an undue burden on women seeking services. Part of the law requires an abortion provider to have admitting privileges […]

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Many Backyard Farmers Find Chickens a ‘Fowl’ Endeavor

by Gene Hall I have been amused by recent reports that folks who dabbled in self-sufficient chicken farming have overrun pet shelters with no longer wanted chickens. It’s really a serious thing, but it’s just so predictable! It really sounds good on the surface. “Hey hon…let’s keep a few chickens in the backyard. We’ll have fresh […]

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