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Unlikely Bedfellows Support Conservation Amendment

Unlikely Bedfellows Support Conservation Amendment

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by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. House is expected to take up the next national farm bill this week. There are big changes from the last five-year farm bill, which expired last year, as funding for many programs is being scaled back or eliminated, so stretching every dollar…

Marking Sixth Month Since Sandy Hook Tragedy

Marking Sixth Month Since Sandy Hook Tragedy

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Nearly 5,000 Gun Deaths in U.S. Since by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – It was six months ago when a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, left 26 people dead, including 20 first graders. The tragedy put a national spotlight on gun violence, but as gun safety…

Dogs Wait for Good Homes, So Texans Urged to Adopt, not Shop

Dogs Wait for Good Homes, So Texans Urged to Adopt, not Shop

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Millions Euthanized in U.S. Each Year by John Michaelson/TNS AMARILLO, Texas – Texas families are being encouraged to consider adopting a shelter or rescue dog instead of shopping at stores or online for a new furry member of the family. Susan Larsen, board secretary, Amarillo SPCA, said so many pets…

Texas Songbird Migration: Don’t Put Down the Binoculars Yet

Texas Songbird Migration: Don’t Put Down the Binoculars Yet

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Growing Threats in Canada’s Boreal Forest by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – From their beautiful tunes to their stunning colors, songbirds still are migrating across the state and putting on their best displays this time of year. According to Steve Gross, a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society,…

Congressman Vela, Federal Highway Administrator and CCRMA To Open SH 550

Congressman Vela, Federal Highway Administrator and  CCRMA To Open SH 550

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Congressman Filemon Vela and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez will join state and local leaders to officially open the State Highway 550. The $41 million project relied on $34.1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and $6.9 million in funds from Cameron County. The highway project is…

Lucio Bill To Protect Low-Income Homebuyers Passes Senate

Lucio Bill To Protect Low-Income Homebuyers Passes Senate

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AUSTIN – Today, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announces Senate passage of a bill to assist homebuyers who use seller-financed loans. The bill would ensure that borrowers get annual account information like that provided to borrowers who use traditional bank loans. Annual statements allow borrowers to more easily keep up…

Continued World Food Supply Depends On Character, Virtuous Leadership, Authors Say

Continued World Food Supply Depends On Character, Virtuous Leadership, Authors Say

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COLLEGE STATION – If the world’s food supply and natural resources are to be sustained for future generations, visionary leadership is a must. And what better model to look to than the virtues known since antiquity? That’s the gist of a new book, “Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a…

National Trails Day to be Celebrated on June 1 Texas State Parks to Host Variety of Guided Hiking Events

National Trails Day to be Celebrated on June 1 Texas State Parks to Host Variety of Guided Hiking Events

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AUSTIN – Celebrate the 21st annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1 by lacing up some sturdy shoes, grabbing a hiking stick and heading to a Texas State Park near you to join a guided hiking tour or hit the trails on your own. Dozens of state parks will…

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $669 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $669 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

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(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…

Report Shows Hunting Remains Safe Outdoor Activity

Report Shows Hunting Remains Safe Outdoor Activity

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AUSTIN, Texas — Hunting accidents and fatalities in Texas continued their long-term decline in 2012, still below three accidents per 100,000 hunters in recent years. Last year, there were 25 reported hunting related accidents, five of which were fatalities. Although any fatality is tragic, Texas accident numbers are small compared…