State - TX (Texas)



105 Texas Burn Bans - 2/23/2018 09:23:19

Texas - Burn Bans by County - 3 hours 2 min ago
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIPSCOMB, LYNN, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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106 Texas Burn Bans - 2/23/2018 8:30:42 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - 4 hours 2 min ago
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIPSCOMB, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Commutes Death Sentence Of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:21
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation commuting the death sentence of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker following a unanimous decision by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation commuting the death sentence of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker following a unanimous decision by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Thomas Bartlett Whitaker will now serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Governor Abbott released the following statement:

“As a former trial court judge, Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General involved in prosecuting some of the most notorious criminals in Texas, I have the utmost regard for the role that juries and judges play in our legal system. The role of the Governor is not to second-guess the court process or re-evaluate the law and evidence. Instead, the Governor’s role under the Constitution is distinct from the judicial function. The Governor’s role is to consider recommendations by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and view matters through a lens broader than the facts and law applied to a single case. That is particularly important in death penalty cases.

“In just over three years as Governor, I have allowed 30 executions. I have not granted a commutation of a death sentence until now, for reasons I here explain.

“The murders of Mr. Whitaker’s mother and brother are reprehensible. The crime deserves severe punishment for the criminals who killed them. The recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and my action on it, ensures Mr. Whitaker will never be released from prison.

“The decision of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is supported by the totality of circumstances in this case. The person who fired the gun that killed the victims did not receive the death penalty, but Mr. Whitaker, who did not fire the gun, did get the death penalty. That factor alone may not warrant commutation for someone like Mr. Whitaker who recruited others to commit murder. Additional factors make the decision more complex.

“Mr. Whitaker’s father, who survived the attempt on his life, passionately opposes the execution of his son. Mr. Whitaker’s father insists that he would be victimized again if the state put to death his last remaining immediate family member. Also, Mr. Whitaker voluntarily and forever waived any and all claims to parole in exchange for a commutation of his sentence from death to life without the possibility of parole. Moreover, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted for commutation. The totality of these factors warrants a commutation of Mr. Whitaker’s death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Whitaker must spend the remainder of his life behind bars as punishment for this heinous crime.”


Read Governor Abbott's proclamation.

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Proclamation Commuting Death Sentence Of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:12
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation commuting the death sentence of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker following a unanimous decision by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

whereas, the Board of Pardons and Paroles has unanimously recommended a commutation to a sentence less than death for Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, TDCJ #999522; and

Whereas, the Board’s decision is supported by the totality of circumstances in this case so long as Thomas Bartlett Whitaker is never released from prison; and

whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker has, through counsel, forever waived any and all claims to parole in exchange for a commutation of his sentence from death to life without the possibility of parole; and

WHEREAS, THOMAS BARTLETT WHITAKER’s agreement to forever waive any and all claims to parole constitutes an essential and indispensable element of my decision; and

whereas, the Governor has authority to commute Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole even without the waiver submitted in this case; and

Whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker recruited others, including Chris Brashear, to kill Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s mother, father, and brother; and

whereas, Brashear killed Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s mother and brother, and attempted but failed to kill Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s father; and

whereas, Brashear, who shot and killed the deceased, was sentenced to life, but Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, who conspired to kill his parents and brother, but did not actually shoot the gun that caused the murders, was sentenced to death in Cause No. 42969 in the 400th Judicial District Court, Fort Bend County, Texas, on March 8, 2007; and

Whereas, Thomas Bartlett Whitaker’s father, whom Brashear and Thomas Bartlett Whitaker attempted but failed to kill, passionately opposes the execution of his son;

Now therefore, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the Constitution and laws of this State, and as a consequence of the circumstances stated above, and acting upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, do hereby grant unto the said:

Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

A commutation of sentence to imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole for the offense above set out in cause no. 42969, 400th Judicial District Court, Fort Bend County, Texas.

This commutation shall have no legal force or effect, and shall be void ab initio, if Thomas Bartlett Whitaker ever withdraws his waiver of parole or if his sentence as commuted is ever challenged.

I hereby direct that a copy of this proclamation be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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Governor Abbott Names Lake Chair And Appoints Paup To Texas Water Development Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:01
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brooke Paup to the Texas Water Development Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor named Peter Lake chairman of the board.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brooke Paup to the Texas Water Development Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor named Peter Lake chairman of the board. The Board provides leadership, planning, financial and technical assistance for the responsible development of water for the State of Texas.

Brooke Paup of Austin has served as the director of legislative affairs for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for the last four years. She is formerly the deputy division chief of intergovernmental relations and former special assistant for policy and research for the Office of the Attorney General, where she worked on legislative issues, special litigation, and public finance, including the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). Brooke has 12 years of state government experience. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Symphony League, Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Auction Committee and Doss PTA. Paup received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech School of Law.

Peter Lake of Tyler has served on the board since December 2015. He is the former head of business development at Lake Ronel Oil Company, and previously served as director of special projects for VantageCap Partners and as director of research at Gambit Trading, a member firm of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange specializing in government bond futures. He is a member of the Edmund Burke Society at the University of Chicago School of Law and former co-president of the Texas Club at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Lake received a Bachelor of Arts in public policy, with a specialization in economics, from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Governor Abbott Designates Three To Texas Violent Gang Task Force

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:34
Governor Greg Abbott has designated Martin “Ringo” Deleon Jr., Faith Johnson, and Brian Martinez to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott has designated Martin “Ringo” Deleon Jr., Faith Johnson, and Brian Martinez to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The Task Force forms strategic partnerships among local, state, and federal criminal justice, juvenile justice, and correctional agencies to better enable those agencies to take a proactive stance towards tracking gang activity and the growth and spread of gangs statewide.

Martin “Ringo” Deleon Jr. of Corpus Christi is a police officer and gang investigator for the Corpus Christi Police Department, with 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is president of the Texas Gang Investigators Association and a member of the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association, Corpus Christi Police Officers Association, and Leadership Corpus Christi. Additionally, he volunteers with his local Boys and Girls Club.

Faith Johnson of Cedar Hill is the Dallas County Criminal District Attorney and former State District Judge of the 363rd Judicial District Court. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association, North Texas Crime Commission, and the United States Christian Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is secretary and a board member of The Potter's House of Dallas. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Education in community counseling from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Brian Martinez of Houston is a Specialty Court Supervisor for the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department’s Gang and Drug Courts. Additionally, he serves as a trainer for introductory gang topics for all new and current staff at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. He is a volunteer coach with Northwest Baseball Association and I9 Sports. Martinez received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Houston-Downtown. 

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111 Texas Burn Bans - 2/22/2018 8:24:38 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Reappoints Three To Jefferson And Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:02
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed James Scott, Shawn Sparrow, and Milton “Brad” Taylor to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed James Scott, Shawn Sparrow, and Milton “Brad” Taylor to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2019. The Board has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board's jurisdiction.

James Scott of Beaumont is president of Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. He is a member of National Railroad Construction and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. In addition, he is vice president of the Gay D. & William F. Scott Foundation. Scott received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Shawn Sparrow of Beaumont is vice president of The Houseman Companies. He is a member of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and the West Orange Stark CISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Board. Additionally, he is the former chairman of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, former vice chairman of Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, and former president of the Rotary Club of Orange. Sparrow received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lamar University.

Milton “Brad” Taylor of Orange is chief operating officer of Sterling Shipyard. Prior to that, he was production manager for Orange Shipbuilding. Taylor attended McNeese State University.

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113 Texas Burn Bans - 2/21/2018 2:19:24 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Orders Immediate Action To Address The Safety Of Texas Schools

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:11
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week. In the letter, Governor Abbott outlines a number of steps to be taken by state education leaders to help respond to and prevent such tragedies.

"All of Texas grieves the tragedy that occurred in Parkland last week," said Governor Abbott. "As Governor, I take seriously the safety of all Texas residents, and as an American, I mourn the loss of 17 Floridians in a cruel and senseless act of violence. Immediate steps must be taken to keep our students and communities safe, with the understanding that more will be expected in the future.'

Governor Abbott's letter outlines the following steps:

  • Catalog and share all available information from the Texas School Safety Center on school safety programs and distribute this information to all school districts, charter schools and education service centers across the state. To the extent possible, distribute this information to private schools and childcare providers as well. The goal is to ensure that all schools have access to the best, most up to date information about strategies to protect schools and students from attacks like the one in Parkland.
  • Ensure that all Texas public schools have completed their statutorily required school safety audits and have submitted confirmation of these audits to the Texas School Safety Center. Also, ensure that all districts have a multi-hazard emergency operations plan in place and ensure that schools have conducted safety and security audits on all facilities, both instructional and non-instructional.
  • Publish on the Texas Education Agency website and via Agency press release a list of any school districts that have not completed the statutory requirements referenced in point two above within 45 days.
  • Work with the Texas School Safety Center, the Texas Department of Public Safety and my office to draft recommendations to the Texas Legislature on changes to the school safety architecture of our state.

Read the Governor's full letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath.

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114 Texas Burn Bans - 2/21/2018 11:05:00 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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116 Texas Burn Bans - 2/21/2018 10:30:11 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Statement On The Death Of Billy Graham

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:28
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the death of the Reverend Billy Graham, who passed away in his North Carolina home this morning at the age of 99.

Texas Flags To Be Lowered To Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Rev. Graham’s Legacy

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the death of the Reverend Billy Graham, who passed away in his North Carolina home this morning at the age of 99.

"The Rev. Billy Graham left an indelible mark on America and the world. His passion to serve God and share His love touched countless Texans over the years," said Governor Abbott. "From his first major event in Fort Worth in 1951 to his final event in Dallas in 2002, Billy Graham brought the message of God’s love to stadiums and arenas across Texas. A counselor to many U.S. presidents – including those from Texas – he forever impacted the lives of everyday people around the world. The Rev. Graham’s legacy of compassion lives on through those he touched -- including his son, Franklin, whose Samaritan’s Purse ministry has been instrumental in helping Texans recover from Hurricane Harvey. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Graham family, and we celebrate the life of this humble servant of God."

In remembrance of Rev. Graham’s legacy, Governor Abbott has ordered Texas flags to be lowered to half-staff on the day of interment, as determined by the family.

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120 Texas Burn Bans - 2/20/2018 4:35:08 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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121 Texas Burn Bans - 2/20/2018 2:46:13 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Appoints New To Texas Transportation Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:54
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Alvin New to the Texas Transportation Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Alvin New to the Texas Transportation Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Commission governs the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is responsible for policymaking regarding the state’s highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of public transportation and adopting rules for TxDOT’s operation.

Alvin New of Christoval is owner of 4N Ranches. He is the former CEO of Town & Country Food Stores and former mayor of San Angelo. He is a former member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Board and the Concho Valley Center for Economic Development Board. Currently, he is a member of the Texas Tech University Foundation Board and the Goodfellow Air Force Base Advisory Council, and he serves on various councils and committees for Angelo State University. Additionally, he is a former state board member of the Texas Restaurant Association, former vice chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores, and a former member of the Wells Fargo Community Bank Board. New received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Angelo State University.

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120 Texas Burn Bans - 2/20/2018 2:13:21 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
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120 Texas Burn Bans - 2/20/2018 1:00:34 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:30
ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ATASCOSA, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BROOKS, BROWN, BURLESON, BURNET, CALDWELL, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DENTON, DIMMIT, DONLEY, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EDWARDS, EL PASO, ELLIS, ERATH, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GILLESPIE, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALL, HAMILTON, HANSFORD, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOOD, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JACK, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KERR, KIMBLE, KINNEY, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIPSCOMB, LLANO, LYNN, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MOTLEY, NOLAN, OCHILTREE, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, RUNNELS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SHERMAN, SOMERVELL, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TARRANT, TAYLOR, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, YOUNG, ZAPATA
Categories: State - TX (Texas)

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