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New traffic laws go into effect

New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted notable traffic and criminal laws that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013.

“As a result of these new provisions, Texans now have additional protection while traveling our roadways, and individuals who disregard our laws will face tougher penalties for a variety of crimes,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS encourages all residents to educate themselves about the laws affecting their lives and to do their part in keeping Texas safe.”

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Texas Unemployment Rate Declines for Fourth Consecutive Month

2012 concludes with nearly 11 million jobs in Texas

 

AUSTIN — Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November and from 7.4 percent a year ago. This marked the fourth straight month that the unemployment rate in Texas has declined. Texas employers added 4,100 total nonfarm jobs in December for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year. In December 2012, Texas employers reported 10,904,000 total nonfarm jobs.

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Cancer cases in Texas (2)

110,000 New Cancer Cases Recorded in Texas in 2012

Rates Falling in U.S., but Challenges Remain

By John Michaelson

Texas News Service

AUSTIN, Texas - There is good news in the battle against cancer in the United States, although the latest data show serious challenges remain on several fronts.

Greg Cameron, director of communications and market strategies for the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society in Texas, says overall death rates continue to decline for all of the most common cancers, including lung, colon, prostate and breast.

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Drought continues in Texas

Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof

COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.

John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.

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Human Rights Day

Texas Immigrants to Rally on Int'l Human Rights Day

By Peter Malof

Texas News Service

EL PASO, Texas -- Immigrant advocates in Texas are marking INternational Human Rights Day today (Dec. 10) by decrying what they call "systematic violations" of international law and the U.S. Constitution. At a 1 p.m. rally at the border fence in El Paso, protestors will demand sweepign reforms of the immigration system.

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DPS child program

DPS Program Saving Lives, Protecting Children

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted the success of the unparalleled Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, which helps officers identify and recover missing or exploited children. In 2009, DPS launched the IPC program to teach troopers and officers how to identify, recognize, intervene and remove endangered children without obvious signs of abuse being present.

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EPA rules

EPA Proposes Approval of Public Participation Rules in Texas’ Clean-Air Plan

(DALLAS – November 30, 2012)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to approve the Texas clean-air plan that covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits.  The proposed approval applies to existing facilities that plan to make major changes as well as new projects.

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State finances

State Aid Levels a Mystery as Texans Apply for College

By Peter Malof

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As they put the finishing touches on their college application essays, many young Texans are unable to estimate how much aid they may be eligible to receive during their quests for diplomas.

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Wealth and income gap

Study: Texas Wealth-and-Income Gap Continues to Grow

By Peter Malof

AUSTIN, Texas - A new study based on census figures shows the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow quickly. The most recent figures say Texas has the seventh-highest inequality of any state. Analysts say it's becoming a serious issue for the economy as a whole. 

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