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Governor Abbott Announces Senior Staff Promotions

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:33
Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff, naming Jordan Hale as Deputy Chief of Staff and Sarah Hicks as Senior Advisor to the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff, naming Jordan Hale as Deputy Chief of Staff and Sarah Hicks as Senior Advisor to the Governor. Jordan Hale previously served as Director of Administration for the Office of the Governor. Sarah Hicks has and will continue to serve as the Governor's budget director, in addition to her new role as Senior Advisor.

“Throughout their years of dedicated service, Jordan and Sarah have become invaluable members of my team, and I am thrilled to further expand their roles within the office,” said Governor Abbott. “My goals for the upcoming legislative session require a team dedicated to helping make Texas better, and I have no doubt Jordan and Sarah share my commitment to the people of our state. I congratulate them both and look forward to our continued work together.”

Jordan Hale will serve as Governor Abbott’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Hale currently serves as the Governor’s Director of Administration. Hale began working for the Governor in 2006 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney General’s Open Records Division. She later moved to the General Counsel Division of the OAG, serving as the Assistant Public Information Coordinator and then the Public Information Coordinator. She transitioned to Governor Abbott’s administration in 2015 as an Assistant General Counsel. Hale has also worked for the United States Senate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Sarah Hicks will continue to serve as Governor Abbott’s Budget Director in addition to her new role as Senior Advisor. Hicks previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of State Relations at the Texas A&M University System. Prior to that she worked as the Committee Director of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance and as a legislative aide to former State Senator Steve Ogden. Hicks holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Thomas To Texas Workforce Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:42
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert D. Thomas to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert D. Thomas to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas.

Robert D. Thomas of Austin is founder and principal of the Thomas Consulting Group. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Entrepreneur Organization – Austin Chapter. He is a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Texas Facilities Commission and former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Austin Community College Bond Oversight Committee and the Downtown Austin Vision Steering Committee, former member of the Travis County Civil and Family Courts Committee, and former board member of the African American Cultural Heritage District. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and German from Loyola University, Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. 

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/15/2018 8:38:18 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:32
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, LA SALLE, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PRESIDIO, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 1994 Brooks County Cold Case

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public's help in solving the disappearance of Rena Rincones, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest

Traffic Fatality #55 Suspect Vehicle Video

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:44

APD is asking any businesses in the area of East Cesar Chavez and Adam L. Chapa Sr. streets to check their surveillance cameras between 2 and 2:10 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2018, for this suspect vehicle. See video of suspect vehicle here --> https://youtu.be/ezxaRW79PnI

Case:            18-2830122

Date:             October 10, 2018

Time:             2:05 a.m.

Location:       2000 block of East Cesar Chavez

Deceased:     Jonathan Deleon, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 2-23-1989)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Jonathan Deleon was standing near the rear driver’s side of a parked vehicle in the 2000 block of East Cesar Chavez when a white van or some type of SUV travelling westbound struck him before fleeing. Mr. Deleon was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he was pronounced deceased.   
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s fifty-fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-six fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty fatal traffic crashes and fifty-two 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 #56

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:57

Case:            18-2850362

Date:             October 12, 2018

Time:             6:31 a.m.

Location:       6300 block of N IH 35 northbound

Deceased:     Unidentified Hispanic male
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2015 Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound in the 6300 block of IH 35 when the driver struck a pedestrian who was standing in the inside lane. The driver did not see the pedestrian as it was dark at the time of the crash. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver stayed on scene and showed no signs of impairment.    
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s fifty-six fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-seven fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty-one fatal traffic crashes and fifty-three traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

UPDATE: ACL Music Festival Theft Safety Tips

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:18

Since the first weekend of ACL 2018, the Austin Police Department (APD) has received sixty-two reports of thefts at the festival. A majority of these were handled as “thefts from person” cases, commonly referred to as pick pocketing. In almost all of the cases, the item stolen was a cell phone.
 
Phones are being quickly powered down or placed into airplane mode to prevent any tracking (such as Find my iPhone or Google). We strongly encourage folks to record their device serial numbers and keep it somewhere else in case they need to reference it.
 
The Austin Police Department encourages festivalgoers to do the following: 

  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds
  • Keep your phone and ID/credit cards/cash in separate places on your person
  • Phones sticking out of back pockets or backpacks are not secure
  • Keep property in a defensible location (front pocket, stylish fanny pack) or leave it at home (yeah, right!)
  • Record serial number information for your device and keep it separate
  • Notify on-site security/APD immediately for assistance
  • Utilize APD’s online reporting site, http://austintexas.gov/department/ireportaustincom  or 311 (non-emergency to report a theft
  • If you see something, say something

No arrests have been made in these thefts. Anyone with information about these cases are asked to call Region IV Detectives at 512-974-8100. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Run with the Heroes 5k to honor fallen heroes

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:17

The 11th Run with the Heroes 5K is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8 a.m. The event, which will be held at Camp Mabry (2200 W. 35th St), honors fallen heroes from fire, EMS and police agencies and their families, in addition to those who protect and serve the Austin-area communities. This year’s honoree is Officer Ken Copeland of the San Marcos Police Department.
 
“The Run with the Heroes run/walk offers our community and first responders with a unique opportunity to lace up our running and walking shoes in memory of fallen heroes while supporting Central Texas Special Olympians. These exceptional athletes are an inspiration to all who wear a uniform for the dedication, grit and heart they show both in competition and in the way they live their lives each day.” said Brian Manley, APD Chief of Police. 

Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate in this wonderful event.  Sign-up is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Austin/RWTH. Proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Texas. Run with the Heroes is hosted by the Austin Police Department. 

APD Region 2 District Representatives, Office of Community Liaison & Univision host En Su Comunidad

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:15

On Friday, October 12, 2018, the Austin Police Department Region 2 District Representatives, Office of Community Liaison and Univision will host En Su Comunidad. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
 
En Su Comunidad is a free, family resources fair that APD hosts with Univision at least three times a year. For this event, APD collaborated with Dobie Middle School and Austin Voices. The goal of this event is to build relationships between APD and the Hispanic Community. We want this community to enjoy a day with their families and have the opportunity learn more about the organizations and resources offered.
 
The following is the list of organizations that will attend:

  1. Consulate General of Mexico
  2. Department of Labor / Wage and Hour Division
  3. Latino Health Care
  4. READ – Rundberg Educational Advanced District
  5. Austin Voices for Education and Youth
  6. APD – Office of Community Liaison
  7. APD - Auto Theft Unit
  8. APD – Region 2 District Representatives
  9. APD – Alarm Administration
  10. Safe Alliance
  11. Be The Match
  12. U.S. Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  13. Refugee Services of Texas  – STEP (Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program)

Parking for the event is in the lot off Teasdale Terrace St., next to the tennis courts.


 
For more information about the event, contact Office of Community Liaison Sadot Azzua at 512-974-4461 or sadot.azzua@austintexas.gov.

Governor Abbott Receives Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:33
The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report, summarizing findings from visits to all Texas military installations and meetings with military installation commanders, staff and local community leaders.

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report, summarizing findings from visits to all Texas military installations and meetings with military installation commanders, staff and local community leaders. The report identifies strengths and opportunities to grow current missions, bring in new missions and other strategies to increase the military value of those installations.

Recommendations in the task force report will serve as building blocks for the recently announced Governor’s Committee to Support the Military; a full report from that committee is due by December 1, 2018, and will contain recommendations for legislative action during the 2019 legislative session.

"I am grateful to the task force members not only for their decades of individual military service, but also for their valuable perspective and diligence in compiling these findings. Their report is critical to our efforts to support the mission of the military, and enhance and protect the 15 major military installations in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As seen by the selection of Texas as the home for the new Army Futures Command, our support for the mission of the military is unwavering. And I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military to ensure that our military installations in Texas continue to add unmatched value.”

The Texas Military Value Task Force members appointed by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission included:

  • Dr. Annette Sobel, Chair, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army, U.S. Air National Guard
  • Ken Cox, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army
  • Dr. Henry Ostermann, Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve
  • Robert Wood, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Dave Edgecomb, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Michael Bob Starr, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force
  • James Whitmore, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Air Force

The Texas Military Value Task Force was first created in the 83rd Texas Legislature to prepare for possible actions by the U.S. Department of Defense by identifying strategies, policies, plans, projects and other ways to improve or add military value to installations in Texas. At the direction of Governor Abbott, the task force was reconstituted in December 2017; they began their visits to Texas military installations in January 2018.

Learn more about the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.

Learn more about the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military.

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/12/2018 9:24:29 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:31
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, LA SALLE, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, OLDHAM, PRESIDIO, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA
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Traffic Fatality #55

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:42

Case:            18-2830122

Date:             October 10, 2018

Time:             2:05 a.m.

Location:       2000 block of East Cesar Chavez

Deceased:     Jonathan Deleon, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 2-23-1989)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Jonathan Deleon was standing near the rear driver’s side of a parked vehicle in the 2000 block of East Cesar Chavez when a white van or some type of SUV travelling westbound struck him before fleeing. Mr. Deleon was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he was pronounced deceased.   
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s fifty-fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-six fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty fatal traffic crashes and fifty-two traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Governor Abbott Attends 2018 Beaumont Chamber Of Commerce Annual Meeting And Spindletop Award Ceremony

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:23
Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 annual celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 annual celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year. The Governor also participated in the annual Spindletop award ceremony, which honors businesses in the greater Beaumont area that have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and had an overall positive influence in their community.

"I thank the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their economic prowess bringing more jobs to this entire region, and for being an economic engine for the entire state,” said Governor Abbott. “Going back to the days of Spindletop, the economic might of Beaumont put Texas on the path to become the energy capitol of world. The entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that sparked Spindletop remains vibrant today and lives on in current day business leaders throughout Southeast Texas.”

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (GBCOC) serves members and the community as a catalyst to promote the economic growth of Beaumont and the surrounding areas. The GBCOC continues to place the economic development needs of established and new businesses first by advocating for the business community and developing cutting edge programs that support economic growth in the region.

The Spindletop award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate citizenship and overall impact on their community. A committee consisting of Board members and past chairs of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce chooses the award recipient based on history in the community, overall impact to Southeast Texas, and collaboration with other business and governmental entities.

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Wildfire training academy starts this week at Camp Swift

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

October 9, 2018 — BASTROP, Texas — Firefighters from across the country will attend the 21 st Annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, Oct. 11-24, 2018 at the Camp Swift National Guard facility in Bastrop, Texas. Managed as an actual wildfire incident, the academy is ope

Prescribed fire online tools now available through Texas A&M Forest Service

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Fire, field and forestry professionals now have additional tools, resources and online checklists to safely and effectively conduct prescribed burns in Texas. Texas A&M Forest Service is launching an online toolkit with comprehensive step-by-step information to assist burn managers

$471,650 in grant funds available for prescribed burning

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

$471,650 in grant funds available for prescribed burning COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Some Texas landowners may be eligible for funding to help with prescribed burning costs on private lands.   Now through Sept. 28, 2018, Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting grant applications to cover

Texas firefighters head to California to help fight deadly wildfires

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

August 7, 2018 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Some 98 firefighters from 29 Texas fire departments in 20 counties will head to California this week to fight wildfires that have burned more than 750,000 acres. The deployment is an activation of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) for wildfire suppression

Texas A&M Forest Service is investigating reports of an invasive pest in Fort Worth

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

July 30, 2018 - FORT WORTH, Texas - Forest pest experts are investigating reports that the invasive emerald ash borer may have been found in Tarrant County.   Last week, entomologists identified EAB in a photograph submitted to an online nature social network. The photo was taken by a young naturalist, just 10 ye

Attention Coastal Bend Texas Families: It’s time to get outside and connect with nature

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

August 1, 2018 — CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Busy schedules, excessive screen time and lots of other factors keep kids from connecting with nature, even though study after study show that spending time outdoors makes them healthier, happier and smarter. Same goes for adults. So why not head outside together?  From Au

Texas A&M Forest Service Honored for Achievement in GIS

TFS Texas Forest Service - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:31

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — July 11, 2018 — Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented Texas A&M Forest Service with their Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 11 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, Texas A&M Forest Service

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