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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claimed last week that Gov. Greg Abbott is sabotaging the Senate’s work because of their ongoing feud over which approach to property tax reform is best, The Dallas Morning News reported. Abbott vetoed three bills by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, who has been Patrick’s point senator on increasing homestead exemptions in order to provide tax cuts. As of Friday afternoon, he had vetoed 31 bills.

Using a portable generator can keep major appliances working during a power outage. The Texas Department of Insurance urges that you remember to use it safely.

AEP Texas has deployed over 100 full-time employees and over 200 contract employees to Louisiana to assist with the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) storm response effort.  Hurricane force winds slammed into the area early Friday. AEP Texas and SWEPCO are part of American Electric Power Corporation.

Learn About Your Soil Health and Its Nutrient Deficiencies to Increase Your Soil Fertility

The Austin real estate developer who is at the heart of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment was arraigned on eight federal charges Friday, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Nate Paul was arrested by the FBI on Thursday.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) received notification of a new case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a free-range white-tailed deer in Bexar County.

State Representative Andrew Murr (R-53) of Junction chaired the House Committee on General Investigating that recommended impeachment charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. He offered the following statement after the full house voted on Saturday, May 27th to impeach Paxton on 20 counts:

The Texas House voted overwhelmingly to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton Saturday, only the third time in the state’s history that has occurred. The Austin American-Statesman and numerous news outlets reported the chamber voted 121-23 to remove Paxton, 60, from office while he awaits a trial in the Senate during a special session yet to be called.

A key House education committee adjourned last week without voting on a school voucher bill that is Gov. Greg Abbott’s top priority this session, the Houston Chronicle reported. Barring some unforeseen maneuver in the last week of the regular legislative session, the bill is effectively dead for now.

AUSTIN – Memorial Day is just days away and that means kids are getting out of school, the days are getting longer and more people are hitting the road. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is taking this time to also remind drivers to celebrate this unofficial kickoff to summer safely so that everyone can enjoy their holiday.

It’s official. Fort Hood, named for a high-ranking Confederate officer in the Civil War, has been renamed Fort Cavazos, in honor of native Texan Richard E. Cavazos, the country’s first Hispanic four-star general.

A new poll released by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin indicates three-fourths of Texans polled said they support raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, the Texas Standard reported.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott participated Tuesday, May 9th, in a groundbreaking ceremony in Robstown to celebrate Tesla’s new lithium refining facility and its potential economic impact on Texas.

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports.

The Texas House last Thursday passed two education-related bills, one that allocates $4.5 billion for teacher pay raises and another to increase the annual per-student base funding from $6,160 to $6,300 – a 2.3% increase.

The sixth annual Central Texas Vines and Wines program will be on May 23, organized and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in McLennan County, in collaboration with multiple AgriLife Extension county committees.

International camel expert, Doug Baum and his camels will bring history to life Saturday, May 6th, at Fort Lancaster State Historic Site.

The Texas Senate unanimously approved a $308 billion two-year budget last week, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The next step is to reconcile that budget with one passed earlier by the Texas House.

AUSTIN – Texas Rangers arrested 68-year-old Larry Allen West on April 13, 2023, in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Carol Joyce Deleon, a 42-year-old cold case. West was apprehended at his San Antonio residence after advanced DNA testing linked him to the case under the state’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program, funded by the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ/BJA).

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Wild Pigs in Texas” on May 4 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is part of an ongoing Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, RWFM, Stewardship Series.

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