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Oil and gas lease sale earns $9.2 million for Texas schools

Oil and gas lease sale earns  $9.2 million for Texas schools

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AUSTIN — Oil and gas exploration on state lands earned Texas schools more than $9.2 million today at the quarterly Permanent School Fund lease sale. Private oil companies competitively bid more than $11.5 million to explore for oil and gas on land owned by the state. Permanent School Fund tracts…

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® “CANpaign” Gets New Look

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® “CANpaign” Gets New Look

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Litter problem increasing with more than 1 billion pieces of trash collected annually You might think Don’t mess with Texas® is just a saying, but it’s way more. It’s a call to action created by the Texas Department of Transportation 27 years ago to stop litterers in their tracks. Today,…

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to focus on the protection and care of our most vulnerable and trusting resources – our children. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, individuals and organizations have joined during…

Texas food prices rise on heels of drought

Texas food prices rise on heels of drought

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Quarterly food basket increases to $46.40, according to TFB’s Grocery Price Watch survey WACO, Texas—Predictions last year that drought in Texas and the Midwest would eventually force food prices higher became reality in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Grocery Price Watch survey.…

TWC Recovers $3.7 Million in Unemployment Insurance Fraud

TWC Recovers $3.7 Million in Unemployment Insurance Fraud

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Statewide effort includes prosecution of Cameron and Hidalgo County individuals AUSTIN ¬ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recovered $3.7 million in fraudulently obtained Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in Calendar Year 2012. TWC investigates and refers to local district attorney offices cases in which UI benefits are obtained through fraud or…

DPS Increases Spring Break DWI Enforcement

DPS Increases Spring Break DWI Enforcement

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols from March 8 – March 17, one of the most active Spring Break periods in Texas. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The enhanced patrols that target intoxicated…