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Honoring 1.7-Million TX Veterans, Today and Year-Round

Honoring 1.7-Million TX Veterans, Today and Year-Round

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by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – For many veterans who have returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq, the move back into civilian life can present a variety of barriers. But people are stepping up across the state – and the help is year-round, not just on Veterans Day. One program,…

Becoming An Outdoors Woman for 20 Years!

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Getting outdoors used to be thought of as something that was just for the boys, but for the last couple of decades, women have been learning everything from shooting sports to Dutch oven cooking. It’s part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. As Texas Parks and Wildlife reports, many of these […]

Halloween Flood at McKinney Falls State Park

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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.”

Texas Game Wardens organize first-ever K9 Unit

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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 […]

Court May Prevent Enactment of TX Abortion Restrictions

Court May Prevent Enactment of TX Abortion Restrictions

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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…

Texas Issues Health Alert for Whooping Cough Outbreak

Texas Issues Health Alert for Whooping Cough Outbreak

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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,…

Valley Metro Building Centralized Maintenance Facility

Valley Metro Building Centralized Maintenance Facility

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A Valley Metro bus maintenance garage is being built in Harlingen that is expected to improve public transportation services to residents here and surrounding areas. By centralizing the maintenance facility, officials said they hope to better serve the growing public transportation needs of college and university students, veterans and the…

New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

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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…

Big Time Texas Hunts – A Hunter’s Dream Come True!

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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.

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. […]