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Nichols calls special session ‘success’ for public schools
Austin -- On Aug. 15, the 85th Legislative, First Called Special Session came to a close after significant legislation to benefit public schools in Texas was passed. ...
Arbor Day Foundation offers Tree-Care Booklet
The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly...
DPS Reminds Drivers to Help Keep Children Safe As New School Year...
As we embark on the new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to watch for children who are walking to and from school or waiting for...
Texas Comptroller Kicks Off Tour of Texas Manufacturing Plants
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar kicked off a tour of Texas manufacturing plants on Monday, Aug. 14, with visits to Samsung in Austin and TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company in...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Highest Ratings for Texas...
Wall Street credit ratings firms have given their highest ratings to this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs), which allow the state to manage cash-flow...
Clardy’s week in review: bills filed to extend state agency operations
The past few weeks of the special session have flown past. With 20 items on the agenda, and as the author of House Bill 198 relating to teacher compensation, the days have...
Property tax legislation clears major hurdle in Texas House
A bill that would require voter approval of property tax increases in larger Texas cities and counties won initial approval from the House on Saturday, signaling that Gov....
Texas Workforce Commission Announces “Careers in Texas Industries...
The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, will...
College Students Receive $1.2 Million Scholarship Bonus From The...
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recently recognized the achievements of 94 current junior and senior Show Scholars by presenting them with a $4,000 scholarship bonus,...
Alto’s Danny Ward announces candidacy for Texas House
Alto resident Danny Ward recently announced his Republican candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives slot in House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches...
DPS graduates 48 new Highway Patrol troopers
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today was joined by Texas State Representative Mark Keough as the department commissioner 48 men and...
DPS Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Continues August and...
With four months remaining in the 2017 hurricane season, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to evaluate their emergency plans and tune in to...
House OKs reversing cuts to disabled children’s therapy services
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that House Bill 25 received final approval in the Texas House. The Texas House gave tentative approval Thursday to a...
New Driver Course to Combat Distracted Driving - Required for...
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday, Aug. 3, a new one-hour driving course to educate drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. The Impact...
Nichols’ 5 Cents: special session, teacher benefits, gold and more
Mark your calendars for this year’s sales tax holiday on August 11-13. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks which are priced under $100...