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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AUSTIN — Employers added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs in October in Texas for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.9 percent.
Texas WDB launches website with reservoir information
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has launched a new website www.waterdatafortexas.org, which will provide the most comprehensive information available on Texas reservoir conditions. TWDB compiled extensive records from federal, state, and local partners to generate current and historical information on reservoir levels, storage, surface area, and elevation-area-capacity curves. In many cases, the website provides data for the entire history of the reservoir.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development areas, will host statewide veterans job fairs on November 15. Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative supported by Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. “Red” Duke Jr., the Texas Veterans Commission and TWC to connect our returning veterans in Texas with Texas employers.
Big Turnout Leads to Big Predictions of Immigration Reform
By Peter Malof Texas News Service
EL PASO, Texas - As political analysts debate whether this week's election results will ease the gridlock in Washington, D.C., some are predicting a quick breakthrough on at least one major issue. Immigration reform has been blocked in recent years - primarily by a Republican base that wants to seal the border first. That stance alienated enough Latino voters to help propel Democrats to a national victory this week, according to Adriana Cadena, statewide coordinator of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance. She says Hispanic voters will not be satisfied with anything less than comprehensive reforms.
3,000 non-abortion affiliated providers enrolled to provide women’s health services
GEORGETOWN – Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner (HHSC) Kyle Janek, M.D. today announced that the state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP) is ready to begin providing preventative health screenings and services to thousands of low-income Texas women, while fully complying with Texas state law. They were joined by Texas lawmakers at Lone Star Circle of Care at Lake Aire Medical Center, a qualified provider participating in the Texas WHP.
“Earlier this year, the Obama Administration, which is one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest supporters, said they would pull funding from the Women’s Health Program and in response, I promised the women of Texas that they would continue to have access to this important health care, whether funded by the federal government or the state,” said Gov. Perry. “HHSC has been working to line up providers across the state for the new Texas WHP, a program that not only meets the needs of Texas women, it also respects life and honors the will of Texas voters, ensuring no taxpayer money goes to abortion providers and their affiliates.”
Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter to return to the Alamo for first time
Patterson now working to raise $100,000 for once-in-a-lifetime display
AUSTIN — The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted today to allow the return of Col. Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter to the Alamo in March for the 177th Anniversary of its writing. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, custodian of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, made the request for the historic return.
This is the first time the letter has been at the Alamo since it was written there on February 24, 1836 at the beginning of the famous siege and battle. Col. William Barrett Travis wrote the letter in desperation as the Mexican tyrant Santa Anna’s troops laid siege. His letter — now the crown jewel of Texas history — drew the nation’s attention to the plight the Texians heroic last stand at the Alamo.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the display of this Texas treasure,” Patterson said. “Travis’ ’Victory or Death‘ letter is one of the great, defining documents of American history and will inspire countless Texans who take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it for themselves.”
Patterson is now working to raise $100,000 in private donations to pay for transportation and security expenses to display the letter.
“The question all Texans will be asking next spring is: Have you seen The Letter?” said Patterson. “We welcome the world to the Alamo to share in this moment in history.”
For more information on the Alamo, please visit the Texas General Land Office website at glo.texas.gov or the Official Alamo website at thealamo.org.
Comptroller Issues Report on Education Debt in Texas
(AUSTIN) — Today Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the third report in a series focused on transparency entitled Texas It’s Your Money. The report, “Your Money and Education Debt,” provides a snapshot of how much debt public and higher education institutions in Texas are carrying. The report also includes recommendations intended to provide greater transparency regarding education-related public debt in Texas and reduce debt across public and higher education.
17 Groups petition EPA for public reporting of chemical releases from fracking, other oil and gas operations
127,000 Tons of Undisclosed Hazardous Emissions: Oil and Gas Would Join Other Industries, Including Coal, That Already Report to the Toxics Release Inventory; Federal Disclosure for O&G Not Yet Required Despite Surge in Fracking Chemical Pollution.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- October 24, 2012: The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), along with 16 other local, regional, and national organizations petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”).
A Crowded Courtroom for Day One of TX School Funding Lawsuit
Texas News Service
AUSTIN, Texas - More than a dozen attorneys representing about 600 Texas school districts laid out their case on Monday that the state education funding system is inefficient, outmoded and favors wealthy districts over poor ones. They contend that over time, the system has eroded many students' chances of getting a good education. Five other cases have alleged as much since the 1980s.
AUSTIN –The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Santos Francisco Sanchez, 45, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a $5,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture. The Texas Syndicate gang member has a violent criminal past and is wanted for Parole Violation and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. All tips can be offered anonymously.
Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.
Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive from El Paso
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Ricco Leo Torres, 32, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list, and a $10,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture.
Sexual Predator Fugitive Arrested in Dallas County
AUSTIN – Thomas Lee Elkins, 58, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Coppell on Friday by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol and Coppell Police Department. A $5,000 reward will be paid on a tip that helped lead to his arrest. Elkins was wanted for felony Failure to Comply with Civil Commitment Requirements after discarding his electronic monitoring device and leaving a Houston halfway house October 5.
by Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders, 504th BFSB Public Affairs
FORT HOOD, Texas – Family and friends bid farewell to nearly 125 Soldiers assigned to 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, during a ceremony at West Fort Hood Gym Thursday morning, Sept. 19, marking the start of a scheduled nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
KILLEEN- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), Congressman John R. Carter (R-TX31) and Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX 25) will hold a joint press conference the morning of Monday, September 2, to announce new legislation to be introduced in both Houses of Congress that would honor and support the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting.
Hasan judge rules on relitigated pretrial motions, sets next pretrial hearing date
Fort Hood, Texas -- In a nearly five-hour hearing, the trial judge in the case of the U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, ruled from the bench on several defense motions to reconsider previous rulings and set the next pretrial hearing date in the court-martial for Feb. 27.
504th Battle Field Surveillance Brigade soldiers to recieve Siver Stars
FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps Commanding General will award two Soldiers Silver Stars for action in the Adi Ghar Mountains of Southern Afghanistan at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 2 on Ready Field West Fort Hood.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade will receive their Silver Stars during an awards ceremony. At this ceremony the general also will award two Bronze Stars with V devices and two Purple Hearts.
The Silver Star Medal is the United States' third highest award exclusively for combat valor, and ranks fifth in the precedence of military awards behind the Medal of Honor, the Crosses (DSC/NC/AFC), the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (awarded by DOD), and the Distinguished Service Medals of the various branches of service.
Division West, USO host Halloween Open House, Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza
A runner leaps to evade the “ghouls” trying to grab his flags during the 5K competitive run held as part of the Division West Halloween Open House at North Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 27. Division West hosted the event to show appreciation to the division’s Soldiers and their Families and to the citizens of the unit’s partner community of Gatesville, Texas. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public Affairs)
By Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public Affairs
NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas – While some people prepare for Halloween night to serve up scary costumes and candy, others also use the eerie holiday theme to show their gratitude to Soldiers and Families.
First Army Division West did just that Saturday by hosting its first Halloween Open House, which was immediately followed by a USO-sponsored Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza.
A: The simple explanation is that the leading edge of a cold air mass is moving into an area previously occupied by a warmer air mass, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. "The air mass behind the cold front is noticeably colder and it pushes out the warmer air," McRoberts explains. "As a cold front moves into an area, the heavier, colder air lifts the warmer, lighter air upward. If the warm air is humid enough, water vapor in it will condense and rain can occur. A greater contrast in temperatures between the two air masses will lead to stronger upward motion, which is why strong cold fronts often trigger thunderstorms."
Q: How fast can the temperature drop when a cold front arrives?
A: Sometimes amazingly fast, McRoberts adds. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop 15 degrees or more in just one hour after a cold front arrives. "There are some incredible stories about temperature changes, with one in particular that stands out" he adds. "On Jan. 22, 1943, the town of Spearfish, SD was sitting on the edge of an arctic air mass and recorded a temperature of -4 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. Within two minutes, the thermometer shot up to 45 degrees because of strong ‘Chinook’ winds descending down a nearby mountain peak. By 9 a.m. the temperature was up to 54 degrees, but as the winds died down and the cold air mass settled in, the temperature fell to -4 degrees within 27 minutes, a 58-degree temperature drop that is still believed to be a record."
Salado Eagles will face the winner of the Kirbyville-Central Heights series in the Region III Semi-final next week after the Eagles swept the Clifton Cubs in their best-of-three series May 15 and 16, shutting out the Cubs in both games, 5-0, 4-0.
Davis Little hit a two-run triple to lead the Salado Eagles past the Clifton Cubs in the first game of the best-of-three series May 15 as the Eagles scored five first-inning runs to win 5-0.
Keaton Mims walked to lead off the bottom of the first. With one out, he was thrown out at second as Chase Basham reached first on a fielder’s choice. Cole Haag walked before Davis little took the second pitch to deep right field to score the runners. He scored on a double by Casey Frazier to left field. Jacob Little followed with a single to center that scored Frazier. Little went to second on a single by Drew Van Winkle, scoring on an errant throw that let Van Winkle go to second base.
Clifton put R. Sadler at third in the third inning, Z. Thiele at second in the sixth and runners at second and third in the seventh inning as the only times to threaten to score.
Britton Hawes pitched the entire seven innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five batters in the win on the mound.
Casey Frazier pitched a one-hitter and the Salado Eagles scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to win the best-of-three series with the Clifton Cubs May 16 at Waco ISD Athletic Complex.Frazier struck out seven batters in the game and issued no walks in the complete game effort.J. Brooks got the only hit for Clifton in the game in the sixth inning and was one of only four to reach base. He got on base twice, the first time on an error to lead off the bottom of the first. Two other runners reached first on errors and one was hit by the pitcher.Salado scored two runs in the sixth inning. Britton Hawes walked and courtesy runner Preston Payne advanced on a single by Keaton Mims. Caden Eary loaded the bases by running out a drooper down the third base line. Chase Basham hit the ball to the shortstop who threw the runner out at home for the first out with the bases loaded. A walk to Cole Haag pushed Mims across the plate and a single by Davis Little plated Eary. Garrett Lightfoot, running for Basham, was put out at home on a fielder’s choice for the second out with bases loaded and Jacob Little grounded out to first for the final out of the inning.With one out in the seventh, Hawes walked against. Eary got to second on an error by Clifton that allowed courtesy runner Payne to score. Eary stole third and scored on a single to deep right by Cole Haag.
Salado Lady Eagles will face the Bruceville-Eddy Lady Eagles in the first round of the playoffs on Monday Feb. 11 at Gatesville High School at 7:00 pm.
Salado Lady Eagles finished third in district after a three-game skid with losses to Jarrell, Academy and Cameron.
Salado Lady Eagles lost a tightly-contested road game to the Cameron Lady Yoe 50-51 on Feb. 4.
The teams fought back and forth throughout the first half with Cameron taking a narrow 20-19 margin to the lockers.
Cameron built a nine-point lead of 35-26 midway through the third quarter, before the Lady Eagles went on a 10-1 run to tie the score at 36 with 5:56 left to play. The Yoe then scored five unanswered points in the next minute of play. Salado scratched its way to a 45-45 tie with 1 minute left in the game.
Lady Yoe took advantage of a three-point shot and free throws to hold on to a 51-47 lead with seconds left in the game.
Ashley Adams hit a three with no time left in the game, but Salado fell short.
The girls shot just over 50 percent at the free throw line, going 15-for-29.
Meredith Ward led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.
Taryn Kornegay followed with 9 points.
Also scoring for Salado were Jaylee Sebek, Ashley Adams and Taylor Atwood, all with 7 points each and Payton Dreitz and Carmella Perez, 1 point each.
Ashley Adams scored 6 of her 16 points in the first quarter to lead the Lady Eagles to 12-9 first quarter lead. Salado lost the lead in the second scoring 6 and missing four free throws to enter the half trailing 18-19. The Lady Eagles scored 11 points in the third to trail 29-31 going into the fourth. Salado was outscored 15-16 in the fourth for a 44-47 loss.
Ashley Adams led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 16 points. Followed by Carmella Perez, 10 point.
Also scoring for Salado were Meredith Ward, 9 points; Jaylee Sebek, 7 points; Payton Dreitz, 2 points.
Junior Kole Hearne turned in one of his best career performances with 21 points to lead the Salado Eagles past the Hempstead Bobcats in the Area round of the 2A basketball playoffs. The Eagles will face the winner of the Academy-Marlin matchup in the Regiona Quarterfinal round.
Thanks to an Academic State Championship and third place One Act Play, a state semi-finalist baseball team and region semi-finalist boys basketball team, Salado High School won the coveted UIL Lone Star Cup for the 2012-13 school year.
Nothing is quite as dangerous as a football team seeking its first win, especially in front of a homecoming crowd. This became apparent as the winless Eagles hosted 1-4 Buffaloes Oct. 11. Regardless of the numerous penalties against the Eagles or the Buffalo offense cutting Salado's lead in the second half; The Eagles still maintained their focus and defeated Florence, 34-12.
Salado Eagles trailed the visiting China Spring Cougars by a touchdown at the half of their Sept. 13 game, but gave up 22 points in the third quarter in the 57-28 losing effort. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-3 as Salado takes the week off before starting district play on Sept. 27 against the #2 Cameron Yoe.
Rockdale Tigers got off to a fast, furious start of the football season, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of the game against the visiting Salado Eagles on Aug. 30. Rockdale went on to win the season opener 47-21.