State - TX (Texas)



84 Texas Burn Bans - 12/11/2017 4:24:57 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BEXAR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DELTA, DENTON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FANNIN, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, LLANO, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MOORE, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILSON, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Appoints Hamilton As Public Counsel For The Office Of Public Insurance Counsel

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:54
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melissa Hamilton as the public counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melissa Hamilton as the public counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The office represents the interests of insurance consumers in regulatory matters relating to insurance rates, rules and forms.
 
Melissa Hamilton of Austin is the director of Governmental Relations for the Texas Department of Insurance. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Dress for Success Advisory Council and former member of the Junior League of Austin. Hamilton received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Attends Grand Opening For New Tenaris Mill In Bay City

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:04
Governor Greg Abbott joined Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and local leaders for the grand opening ceremony of Tenaris' new $1.8 billion seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott joined Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and local leaders for the grand opening ceremony of Tenaris' new $1.8 billion seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Texas. This new mill is one of the most technologically-advanced pipe manufacturing facilities in the world and will have the capacity to create 600,000 tons of steel pipe per day.
    
“As a leading supplier of pipes, casing and tubing, Tenaris has played a significant role in the oil and gas surge here in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “With this $1.8 billion investment, Tenaris has not only built the most technologically advanced pipe manufacturing facility in the world, but they have also created hundreds of new jobs in Texas. I thank Tenaris for all they are doing for the Bay City community and for helping keep Texas the most exceptional economy in the country.”

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82 Texas Burn Bans - 12/11/2017 1:59:59 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:30
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BEXAR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DELTA, DENTON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FANNIN, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, LLANO, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MOORE, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NUECES, OLDHAM, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILSON, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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81 Texas Burn Bans - 12/11/2017 1:11:49 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:30
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BEXAR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CASS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CORYELL, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DELTA, DENTON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FANNIN, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, LLANO, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MOORE, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NUECES, OLDHAM, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, ROBERTS, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WILSON, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Posthumously Awards Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor To Master Sergeant Travis Watkins

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:43
Governor Greg Abbott today posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Travis Earl Watkins of the United States Army.   

Governor Greg Abbott today posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Travis Earl Watkins of the United States Army.   

"May we always remember Travis Watkins’ courage and heroism in the face of true evil," said Governor Abbott. "By posthumously presenting him with this honor, we will ensure that his legacy continues to endure and that future generations of Americans can find inspiration from his story. I have no doubt that his service to this country will continue to be a source of pride for every Texan."

The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor was presented today to Master Sergeant Travis Watkins' great grandson.

About Master Sergeant Travis Watkins:

Master Sergeant Travis Earl Watkins began his service in the Pacific during World War II where he earned a Bronze Star during the Gudalcanal Campaign. Following the war he remained in the Army and was deployed to Korea during the Korean War where his heroic service continued.

On August 31, 1950 Master Sergeant Watkins and 30 of his fellow soldiers were separated from their regiment and surrounded by enemy combatants in present-day South Korea. During the skirmish he went alone to retrieve ammunition for his regiment when he was attacked and injured by three additional enemy soldiers. Watkins killed these three combatants and recovered their weapons and ammunition and returned to his men.

Later in the battle when they were attacked again, Watkins left cover to meet the enemy soldiers head on where he was wounded but continued to fight until the attackers were killed.

Shortly after this brave act he collapsed from his wounds and was paralyzed from the waist down, yet he refused all food so that his men would have enough. He then ordered the remaining men to leave him behind and escape to American lines knowing that he would slow their escape and put their lives risk. Master Sergeant Travis Earl Watkins died shortly after their evacuation. He was 29 years old.

His leadership, bravery and sacrifice helped save the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. For his selfless act of valor in the face of overwhelming odds he was given the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.

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78 Texas Burn Bans - 12/11/2017 10:35:38 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:30
ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BEXAR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CASS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DELTA, DENTON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FANNIN, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, LLANO, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MILLS, MOORE, MOTLEY, NAVARRO, NUECES, OLDHAM, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WHEELER, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Appoints Howell Judge Of The 459th Judicial District Court

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:22
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dustin Howell as judge of 459th Judicial District Court in Travis County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dustin Howell as judge of 459th Judicial District Court in Travis County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.
 
Dustin Howell of Austin is an associate at McKool Smith P.C. and previously served as an assistant solicitor general for the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, former member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors, and former board chairman of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, he is a member of the Texas Tech Law Alumni Executive Committee and former member of the Bookspring Board of Directors. Howell received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Attends Jefferson County Child Welfare Board’s Annual Christmas Party

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:19
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today joined hundreds of children and families in Beaumont for the annual Jefferson County Child Welfare Board Foster Children’s Christmas Party.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today joined hundreds of children and families in Beaumont for the annual Jefferson County Child Welfare Board Foster Children’s Christmas Party. The party included free lunch, crafts and games for the kids, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and 55 live Christmas trees decorated by the community that were raffled off to families in attendance.
   
“Many of these children and families lost everything in Hurricane Harvey, but today’s Christmas party will help lift their spirits and bring Christmas cheer to the entire community,” Mrs. Abbott said. “Never before have I seen so many Texans working together to make a difference. I want to thank the Jefferson County Child Welfare Board for your commitment to bringing joy and comfort to your fellow Texans throughout the year, but especially this holiday season.”
  
Mrs. Abbott has made raising awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system one of her main initiatives – called Network of Nurture – in a partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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APD Weekend: No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:34

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal DWI Initiative that began January 2017 and continued to run each weekend through September 2017 will resume this weekend. As it has previously, the initiative will last from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, Friday Dec. 8 night through Sunday, Dec. 10.
  
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”
 
Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement. 
 

Murder #28

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:22

Case:          17-3271283
 
Date:          Thursday, November 23, 2017
 
Time:          11:40 p.m.
 
Location:    9616 N. Lamar Blvd.
 
Deceased:  Samuel Charlez, a Hispanic male, born 11-22-1994
 
Arrested:    Hector Guajardo-Garcia, a Hispanic male, 32 years of age
 
On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Austin Police officers were dispatched to a shooting call in the 9700 block of N. Lamar Blvd. Upon further investigation, officers learned that the actual location was 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. There, officers located a crime scene and secured it. Officers were then notified that there were two shooting victims that had been transported to hospitals by private vehicles. The victims were transported to North Austin Medical Center. Samuel Charlez was later transported to Round Rock Hospital by Starflight where he immediately underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition. 
 
Violent Crime detectives began working the case that evening and through investigation identified Hector Guajardo-Garcia as the shooter. He was arrested on November 30, 2017 by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
 
On December 6, 2017 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Samuel Charlez succumbed to his wounds and died. The Homicide unit was notified and assigned to investigate the remainder of the case.
 
On December 7, 2017, the Travis County Medical Examiner conducted on autopsy on Charlez. The cause of death was gunshot trauma to the body. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
 
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
 

Bank Robbery #16

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:21

Case:               17-3401008
 
Date:               Wednesday, December 6, 2017
 
Time:               Approximately 4:28 p.m.
 
Location:         Wells Fargo – 11200 block N. I-35
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on December 6, 2017, at approximately 4:28 p.m., at the Wells Fargo located in the 11200 block of N. I-35.
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, passed a note to the teller demanding money before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
 
Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 40-50 years of age
  • 5’8” - 5’10”
  • Thin build
  • Beard

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Blue jacket
  • Grey hat
  • Blue jeans
  • Black shoes
  • Eye glasses

Video of suspect:
https://youtu.be/MpnJ66n_-CU

Photo of Suspect:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Commission To Rebuild Texas Update: Issue 12

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:50
Governor Greg Abbott gives top-line information on progress being made by the Commission to Rebuild Texas.

As the First Lady of Texas, I am always so proud to welcome visitors to our great state so they can see for themselves the indomitable spirit of Texas. It was a joy to have the First Lady and Second Lady of the United States join me this week on another trip to the Gulf Coast region to meet some true Texas heroes — our fearless first responders, our dedicated teachers, our generous volunteers and, most especially, our courageous and determined families displaced by this disastrous storm. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Melania and Karen not only for the visit, but also for their continued interest in the rebuilding and recovery efforts of Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are all in this together, and we are all committed to doing whatever it takes to help our families recover and our communities rebuild — even stronger than before.

– First Lady Cecilia Abbott

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas

  • Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott welcomed Mrs. Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, and Mrs. Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, to the Texas Gulf Coast this week. Mrs. Abbott, Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Pence, joined by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, visited a Rockport family now living in a FEMA manufactured housing unit after their home was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The delegation also traveled to Aransas Pass to tour Charlie Marshall Elementary School and meet with teachers and students, followed by a stop at the Coastal Bend Food Bank to meet with volunteers and help sort boxes of donations. Read more about the visit.
  • The State of Texas continues to press the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to submit their final comments to the federal register to allow Texas to begin utilizing the $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) assistance passed by Congress. The General Land Office will use CDBG funds to assist affected homeowners in repairing and rebuilding houses damaged by hurricane winds and widespread, devastating flooding.
  • More than $502.3 million in Public Assistance funding from FEMA for state and local governments has been obligated, and 1,037 Requests for Public Assistance have been received from jurisdictions, as of Dec. 6
  • Rebuild Texas Commissioner John Sharp testified at a Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness hearing on Dec. 5. Commissioner Sharp shared a major recommendation likely to be in the Commission’s report planned in advance of the 2019 legislative session: "We need the equivalent of a Texas Task Force 1 for disaster recovery" to train Texans and local leaders in the long-term disaster recovery process.
  • More than 4,311 reports have been submitted from the field to the Commission’s Assistance Center, as of Dec. 8. From those reports, the Assistance Center identified 659 issues needing follow-up or resolution, and all but three had been resolved.
  • TDEM estimates nearly 10.7 million cubic yards of debris have been collected, about 45 percent of the anticipated total.

Individual Assistance

  • More than $10.7 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans, including FEMA grants to households, National Flood Insurance Program claims payments and SBA disaster loans, as of Dec. 6.
  • 894,220 individual assistance applications have been received as of Dec. 6.
  • Just under 13,000 households are taking advantage of FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance, as of Dec. 6. The TSA program providing short-term hotel stays to displaced survivors while they look for longer-term housing is extended to Jan. 16, 2018.
  • 216,536 individuals have visited Disaster Recovery Centers for assistance, as of Dec. 6; for current locations and mobile units visit fema.gov/DRC or download the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA has completed 587,098 inspections, as of Dec. 6.

· A determination letter from FEMA indicating ineligibility can be appealed within 60 days of the date of the letter. For more information: Fact Sheet: Questions about Your Determination Letter.

· FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

Jobs

Housing

  • Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush was in the Coastal Bend with First Lady Melania Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence and the First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott. The group visited one of the 621 families housed to date in temporary units through the Direct Housing effort led by the State of Texas. FEMA and the Texas General Land Office continue to work with local leaders to find short-term housing solutions for those in need. Another 1,740 units are in the process of being installed, and GLO and FEMA will work continuously through the holiday season to make housing a reality for thousands of Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Help is available to avoid mortgage foreclosure and to finance repairs. GLO is teaming with disaster recovery partners at HUD to help homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey who are facing a second struggle of returning to work and making mortgage payments. Commissioner Bush is urging Texans who are having trouble making mortgage payments to contact their service providers to learn about available resources or call the FHA Resource Center at (800) CALL-FHA.
  • Offering free information and tips on repairing and rebuilding stronger and safer, FEMA mitigation specialists are visiting McCoy’s Building Supply in Pasadena and McCoy’s Building Supply in El Campo through Sat., Dec. 9. For more information and resources on mitigation issues, visit fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program has waived some requirements to make it easier to get advance payments quicker; 90,763 policyholders have filed flood insurance claims in Texas, and NFIP has paid $6.53 billion for Harvey claims in Texas, as of Dec. 6.
  • The Texas Department of Insurance has added a new feature to the Help After Harvey page that explains consumer options to challenge an insurer’s estimate of damages or a claims denial. TDI can help with insurance questions and complaints through the Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • 73,532 claims have been filed with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA); 16,795 claims have been filed with the Texas FAIR Plan Association, as of Dec. 5.
  • ·TexasRebuilds.com is the housing information source for individuals and communities.
  • Follow the hurricane recovery progress on the Texas GLO’s Twitter at Twitter.com/TXGLO.

Schools

  • The Texas Education Agency is seeking insight from educators and those with knowledge about the current mental and behavioral health challenges faced by students and school staff post-Harvey. The survey is intended to spur local coordination and to link schools with resources to address identified needs.
  • The deadline for all school districts and charter schools affected by Hurricane Harvey to apply for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-rate funds to replace damaged equipment and services is December 13, 2017.

Texans Helping Texans

  • 52,646 volunteers have donated more than 3.29 million volunteer service hours which are carefully tracked and can be applied to a community’s cost-share offset if eligibility requirements are met as determined by FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

Community Spotlight

The bonds of brotherhood reach beyond state borders. Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department, one of 20 Texas fire departments damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, received a fire truck donated by the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department from Virginia. The donation was facilitated through the Texas A&M Forest Service Helping Hands Program that allows the transfer of firefighting and rescue equipment and

vehicles to volunteer fire departments in need. The truck, a 2001 fire engine that can be used to fight structure fires, respond to vehicle accidents and medical emergencies, will help to build the capacity of Port Aransas to levels prior to Hurricane Harvey. “When we saw the flooding and damage on the television, we went to the county fire chief and asked what we could do to help,” said Philomont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Pearsall. “The fire service is a brotherhood, and everyone does what they can to help each other.”

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Drive Safe in Winter Weather

TX - Harris County - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:45

According to the National Weather Service, the southeast Texas region is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9:00am today. Isolated areas of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulations are possible on grass and vehicles. Low temperatures this morning are resulting in slick/icy conditions on roads, bridges and overpasses. Use caution when driving. Check Houston TranStar for latest road conditions.

76 Texas Burn Bans - 12/7/2017 3:50:10 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:30
ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BELL, BEXAR, BREWSTER, BROOKS, CALLAHAN, CASS, CLAY, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, COOKE, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DEAF SMITH, DELTA, DENTON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EASTLAND, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FANNIN, FREESTONE, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, HUTCHINSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KENDALL, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, LLANO, MARION, MARTIN, MASON, MENARD, MILLS, MOORE, MOTLEY, NUECES, OLDHAM, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, RANDALL, REAGAN, RED RIVER, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Governor Abbott Announces New Gartner, Inc. Expansion In Irving

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:01
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Gartner, Inc. will be expanding its presence in Irving, Texas bringing 800 new jobs and over $12 million in investment to the area over the next several years.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Gartner, Inc. will be expanding its presence in Irving, Texas bringing 800 new jobs and over $12 million in investment to the area over the next several years. Gartner is a world leading research and advisory company that employs 15,000 associates with clients in more than 100 countries. The Governor thanked Gartner for their growing investment in Texas, and the Irving community. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $3.9 million has been extended to Gartner.

“The city of Irving along with the entire state of Texas continues to develop into booming technology hubs because of cutting edge companies like Gartner,” said Governor Abbott. “Not only are powerhouse companies like Gartner investing in Texas because of our business friendly policies, but more importantly because of our rich and diverse talent pool. I am excited about Gartner’s new expansion creating hundreds of jobs in the Irving area, and I look forward to their continued investment in the people of Texas.

Gene Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Gartner, said, “We appreciate the support provided by the Irving Economic Development Partnership and Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, and the economic incentives approved by the State of Texas. These efforts will help us invest in the local community and support the long-term growth of our workforce in Texas."

“Irving continues to grow as a technology hub, globally,” said Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer. “We’re excited Gartner chose Irving to expand its business - adding hundreds of new jobs to our community. We are certain that Gartner will find our vibrant and dynamic city, quality of life amenities and sophisticated pool of employee talent a successful combination for their company.” 

“The Partnership is proud to welcome Gartner to Irving, Texas,” said Beth Bowman, President & CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the Irving Economic Development Partnership. “Gartner, which operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, was looking for a location with premier access to a skilled, innovative workforce. The North Texas region has the fifth largest tech labor pool in the country, making Irving a clear choice to fit the needs of this international company. We look forward to working with Gartner as it builds its presence in our community.”  

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Traffic Fatality #67

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:35

Case:             17-3380841

Date:             Sunday, December 4, 2017

Time:             1:10 p.m.

Location:       8200 Research Blvd. NB Service Road

Deceased:     Edwin Proenza-Benedit, White male, (D.O.B. 10/17/1999)

The preliminary investigation indicates that the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R Motorcycle operated by Proenza-Benedit was in the left lane of the Research Blvd. service road traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver of a 2004 GMC 2500 truck turned from Jamestown Drive on to the service road. The motorcycle struck the right rear tire of the truck and lost control. The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 67th fatal traffic crash and the 72nd fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 71 fatal traffic crashes and 73 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

 

Traffic Fatality #66

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:33

Case:            17-3371099

Date:            Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time:            4:25 p.m.

Location:      13100 block N. I-35 Southbound

Deceased:    Sajjad Zaid Alqassab, Middle Eastern male, (D.O.B. 12-19-01)

The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2017 Kia Sorento was traveling southbound in the far left lane of the 13100 block of N. I-35. The pedestrian was running across I-35 towards the northbound lanes, when he was struck by the Sorento.

The pedestrian, identified as 15-year-old Sajjad Zaid Alqassab, was transported to Round Rock Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 66th fatal traffic crash and the 71st fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 71 fatal traffic crashes and 73 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

Traffic Fatality #65

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:29

Case:            17-3370167

Date:             Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time:             1:20 a.m.

Location:      10700 N. Lamar Blvd.  

Deceased:    Christopher M Peterson W/M 10-8-1981

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a silver, 1979 Vespa Moped was traveling southbound on N. Lamar Blvd. The Moped crossed into oncoming traffic and was hit by a 2017 Toyota Corolla that was traveling northbound on N. Lamar Blvd. The driver of the Moped died at the scene.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 65th fatal traffic crash and the 70th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 71 fatal traffic crashes and 73 traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

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