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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…

San Antonio Missions Seek Designation as World Heritage Site

San Antonio Missions Seek Designation as World Heritage Site

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U.S. Withholding UNESCO Dues Could Jeopardize by John Michaelson (TNS) SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The years-long effort to secure a World Heritage Site designation for the Alamo and the other San Antonio Missions could be in jeopardy. The designation is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization…

Texas Game Warden Recognized by Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force

Texas Game Warden Recognized by Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force

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AUSTIN — The Texas Environmental Law Enforcement Association (TELEA) has recognized Texas game warden Sgt. Robert Waggett as the state’s 2013 Environmental Investigator of the Year. In presenting the award, the association noted that Sgt. Waggett has exemplified outstanding investigative skills and teamwork at an operational level. Working closely with…

DPS Urges Motorists to Use Caution Around Motorcyclists

DPS Urges Motorists to Use Caution Around Motorcyclists

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Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month kicks off AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers on Texas roadways to use extra caution around motorcycles as part of Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of May. “Because of size and visibility, motorcyclists…

Texas Children Encouraged to Turn Off the Screens

Texas Children Encouraged to Turn Off the Screens

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Average Preschooler has 32 Screen Hours a Week by John Michaelson /TNS AUSTIN, Texas – This is Screen-Free Week, an annual effort to get kids unleashed from the grip of electronic devices, even if only for a few days. According to Dr. Susan Linn, the director of the Campaign for…

State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

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by David A. Díaz Legislativemedia@aol.com Seeking to secure state funding for a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital in deep South Texas, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, on Wednesday, April 17, said that state financial support for the long sought-after medical facility would eventually help create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of…

We’re not bees, if you please…

We’re not bees, if you please…

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Large paper nests in South Central Texas trees most likely home to honey wasps SAN ANTONIO – If there’s a large, gray ball-shaped nest in your tree, the insects inside likely aren’t bees but Mexican honey wasps, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in San Antonio. “I’ve…