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A Sailor’s Story

A Sailor’s Story

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A Los Fresnos Farm Boy’s Incredible Adventure In the early years of World War II German submarines, planes and armed raiders roamed the seas and were sending allied supply ships to the bottom faster than they could be built. Enemy U-boats prowled the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico,…

Swimming in State Parks Great Way to Beat the Summer Heat

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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. […]

Protecting the Environment: An Economic Necessity in Texas

Protecting the Environment: An Economic Necessity in Texas

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Nearly 8-Million Wildlife Tourists Each Year by John Michaelson 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…

Harlingen “Shake Away” Lymphoma ZumbaThon Raises $4,173 for Cancer Research

Harlingen “Shake Away” Lymphoma ZumbaThon Raises $4,173 for Cancer Research

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Community groups and businesses come together to support cancer research in a one-day Zumbathon at Harlingen High School The “Shake Away” Lymphoma ZumbaThon fundraiser was held at Harlingen High School on July 13, 2013, to raise funds to support the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Dr. Felipe Samaniego’s Lymphoma Clinical…

Rating Child Care Like Hotels & Restaurants

Rating Child Care Like Hotels & Restaurants

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by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – People dine at five-star restaurants or watch movies given four stars by reviewers, and now there’s a nationwide shift under way to provide similar guidelines for parents looking for a quality preschool or child care provider. Debi Mathias, director, QRIS National Learning Network, said…

How to Save on Back to School Shopping

How to Save on Back to School Shopping

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Getting everything for back to school shopping can be stressful. Not only does the whole family need to get organized for the upcoming academic year, but doing so can be expensive. To make the back-to-school season easier and more affordable, the shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing convenient and…

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $671 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $671 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.2 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to July 2012. “Texas sales tax revenue has increased for 40 consecutive months,” Combs said. “The retail trade sector bolstered the latest growth in monthly revenue, and collections…

University Life Comes to La Feria

University Life Comes to La Feria

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OLLU Ribbon-cutting and Blessing of the New Facility Set for Sunday, August 18, 3 p.m. The new Our Lady of the Lake University site in La Feria will be open for fall classes and the community is invited to the grand opening ceremonies. Our Lady of the Lake University President…

Rio Bank Now Serving the Harlingen Area

Rio Bank Now Serving the Harlingen Area

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Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Branch When the doors opened for business at the latest branch of the Rio Bank last month in Harlingen, it became the eighth Valley location for this forward-thinking banking group. The President and CEO of Rio Bank, Ford Sasser, said, “We are meeting personal and…

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

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

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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…