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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…

Poll: Texans Want Immigration Reform, Path to Citizenship

Poll: Texans Want Immigration Reform, Path to Citizenship

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State has 1.65-Million Undocumented Immigrants by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Most Texans believe the country’s immigration reform system needs to be fixed, and a new poll also has found majority support for the U.S. Senate bill crafted by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight.” Marisa Bono with the Mexican American…

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,…