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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…

Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

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(AUSTIN) — The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. “Texans can save twice when purchasing energy efficient appliances during the Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan…

Trying to Keep Tons of Old Electronics Out of Texas Landfills

Trying to Keep Tons of Old Electronics Out of Texas Landfills

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by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – Nearly 150,000 tons of old televisions, computers, phones and other electronics are disposed of every year in Texas. Keeping as much as possible out of landfills is the aim of legislation being debated at the State Capitol. The bill, House Bill 3465, would…

TxDOT Reminds Motorists to Share the Road, Look Twice, During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

TxDOT Reminds Motorists to Share the Road, Look Twice, During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Increased awareness, caution contribute to decline in deaths AUSTIN – As Texas roadways become increasingly crowded, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is asking drivers to Share the Road and Look Twice during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The campaign is aimed at car and truck drivers who often report…

TxDOT Reminds Drivers, Passengers to CLICK IT OR TICKET to Save Lives

TxDOT Reminds Drivers, Passengers to CLICK IT OR TICKET to Save Lives

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AUSTIN — Texans wear their belt buckles with a certain Lone Star pride, but it’s the buckles in their vehicles that could save their lives. More functional than fashionable, life-saving seat belts first debuted 45 years ago when Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and The…

Stock Market Reaches New High, But More Investing Locally

Stock Market Reaches New High, But More Investing Locally

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Dow Jones Closed Friday at 14,974 by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – With technology meaning an ever-connected world, the options for investing these days are nearly unlimited, but a growing trend in the nation is to consider portfolios that have a positive social impact locally. John Bloom, senior director…

Decline in SIDS Deaths Plateaus; Safe Sleep Habits Urged

Decline in SIDS Deaths Plateaus; Safe Sleep Habits Urged

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AUSTIN, Texas – After dropping for years, the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the United States has stayed somewhat level for some time, so experts are again reminding parents and providers about the importance of safe sleep habits. According to child-care educator Cory Woosley, babies always should sleep…