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LONGORIA FILES CANDIDACY FOR REELECTION IN TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 35

LONGORIA FILES CANDIDACY FOR REELECTION IN TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 35

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Representative Oscar Longoria (D-La Joya) officially filed as a candidate for re-election in Texas House District 35, which encompasses parts of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. “It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives,” said Rep. Longoria. “I’m honored and humbled…

Affordable Care Act Provides New Tools in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Affordable Care Act Provides New Tools in Fight Against Breast Cancer

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15,000 New Cases Will Be Diagnosed in Texas This Year by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year’s event marks a major shift in women being able to access the health care they need. Under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be…

Texas Association of School Boards Elects New Officers

Texas Association of School Boards Elects New Officers

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Gloria Casas Re-elected to State School Board Post The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) elected its 2013-14 officers during the Association’s recent annual Delegate Assembly and Convention in Dallas. New TASB President Faye Beaulieu of Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD succeeds Immediate Past President Viola M. Garcia of Aldine ISD. Andra Self of Lufkin ISD…

Election Approaches as Court Weighs TX Voter ID Law

Election Approaches as Court Weighs TX Voter ID Law

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by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Voters across Texas will go to the polls in just six weeks, and it appears they’ll need to bring a current photo ID to be allowed to vote. The requirement was passed into law and is moving to implementation, but only after the U.S.…

“Don’t Be in the Dark” About Child Care

“Don’t Be in the Dark” About Child Care

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State agency gears up to go after illegal day care At this time of the year, a lot of parents are searching for day care for their preschoolers as their older kids get ready to go back to school. Unfortunately, some parents pick unregulated day care because it might be…

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…

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…

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…

Rallies Nationwide Against Border Militarization

Rallies Nationwide Against Border Militarization

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Senate Plan: $47 Billion on Agents, Drones & Surveillance by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Rallies were planned in some Texas cities and across the nation July 17, 2013, in a national day of action against the proposed “border surge” as part of immigration reform. Texas groups in opposition include…

I-69 MAKES HISTORY IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY AS SOUTH TEXAS’ FIRST INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

I-69 MAKES HISTORY IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY AS SOUTH TEXAS’ FIRST INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

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Designation of 67 new I-69 interstate miles signals economic growth, mobility,  international trade in booming South Texas region AUSTIN — In an effort to enhance mobility and attract international commerce to the growing Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of Transportation with approval from the Texas Transportation Commission today officially…