State - TX (Texas)



Wildfire training academy to be held in Bastrop

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

  October 7, 2016—BASTROP, Texas—Firefighters from across the country will travel to Camp Swift to attend one of the country’s premiere interagency wildfire academies. The 19th annual Capital Area Interagency Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, fondly known as the Bastrop Academy, will take place Oct.

More than 15 million awarded in grants to fire departments

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Oct. 6, 2016 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas fire departments received more than $15 million in grants Wednesday through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program . I

Texans get to celebrate ‘holiday for trees’ on Nov. 4

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Oct. 4, 2016 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texans across the Lone Star State are invited to celebrate Arbor Day Nov. 4. Arbor Day is a holiday for trees – it is the perfect day to plant trees and to celebrate all the ways that trees enrich our lives, communities and landscapes.

New app developed for forestry professionals in Texas

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

For the first time, foresters, landowners and contractors in Texas can now access guidelines for practicing sustainable forestry on their mobile devices. 

Communication is Key to Johnson's Success

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Earlier today the National Association of State Foresters presented a communications achievement award to Texas A&M Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Paul Johnson. 

Partnerships and community involvement help Texas High School win $10 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

  HOUSTON, Texas — The wait is over. The announcement has come. Furr High School is an XQ America Super School. And although this may be new news to most Texans – the recognition did not happen overnight.

Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state's oldest town

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Aug. 24, 2016 Texans to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in the state’s oldest town Congratulations to the City of Nacogdoches, Texas for being selected as the Texas Arbor Day 2016 host city. 

Paul Johnson, Crusader: Changing how we talk about trees

TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

Texas A&M Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Paul Johnson has discovered that it is not enough for communities to sustainably manage and care for the urban forest.

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TFS Texas Forest Service - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30

 

Governor Abbott And Vice President Mike Pence Receive Hurricane Recovery Briefing At The FEMA Joint Field Office

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:59
Governor Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence today received a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Austin, Texas regarding ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Governor Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence today received a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Austin, Texas regarding ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. During the briefing, Governor Abbott and Vice President Pence, joined by FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and state and local officials, discussed ways to continue to improve federal and state coordination of resources. The Governor thanked the Vice President for his commitment to the people of Texas following this historical disaster.
 
"The people of Texas have suffered greatly, but I am hopeful that the response of their federal and state leaders will continue to strengthen their resolve,” said Governor Abbott. “I, along with the Vice President, want to assure all victims that they will not be forgotten and we will continue to work to help get their lives back on track."

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Four To Texas Commission On Public School Finance

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:39
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Scott Brister, Melissa Martin, Elvira Reyna, and Todd Williams to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance for terms at the pleasure of the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Scott Brister, Melissa Martin, Elvira Reyna, and Todd Williams to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the Governor has named Brister chair of the commission. The commission is charged with developing recommendations for the legislature on public school funding and prepare a report to deliver by the end of 2018 to the governor and legislature of recommendations to improve the public school finance system.
 
Scott Brister of Georgetown is a partner at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. Previously, he served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, Justice and Chief Justice of the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals, and judge of the 234th Judicial District Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is board certified in Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a former member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee and the Supreme Court Jury Task Force. Brister received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
 
Melissa Martin of Deer Park is a career and technology teacher for the Galena Park Independent School District. She is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, advisor for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, and a former advisor for the Texas Association of Future Educators. Martin received a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer science and a Master of Education in education administration from Lamar University.
 
Elvira Reyna of Denton County is a former state representative for House District 101 and is currently serving as a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. While serving in the Texas House of Representatives, she served on many committees, including the Local and Consent Calendar Committee, where she served as chair, Higher Education, Criminal Jurisprudence, Public Safety, International Relations, and Environmental Regulation. She was a member of the National Conference of State Legislators Executive Board Nominating Committee, American Legislative Exchange Council, and the Steering Committee for the House Research Organization. In addition, she has been active in the community, serving as president and a trustees of the Mesquite Community Hospital, and as a member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Mesquite Economics Development Board, and the Texas Discovery Tour Advisory Board. Reyna received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The University of Texas at Arlington.
 
Todd Williams of Dallas is the founding chairman and executive director for The Commit Partnership and also serves as the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He is a trustee and former board chair for Austin College and was the founding chair and serves on the regional advisory board for Teach for America Dallas/Ft. Worth. Additionally, he is former chair of the Citizen Budget Review Commission for Dallas ISD, former vice chair of the Uplift Education Board of Trustees, and former chair of both the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the Real Estate Council of Dallas. Williams received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Austin College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Governor Abbott Appoints D’Andrea To Public Utility Commission Of Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Arthur D’Andrea to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire September 1, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Arthur D’Andrea to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire September 1, 2023. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.
 
Arthur D’Andrea of Austin is an assistant general counsel for the Office of Governor Greg Abbott, and previously served as an assistant solicitor general for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is an officer for the Kealing Middle School PTA. D’Andrea received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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56 Texas Burn Bans - 11/13/2017 2:15:23 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:30
ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MOTLEY, OLDHAM, PECOS, REAGAN, RED RIVER, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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55 Texas Burn Bans - 11/13/2017 11:03:50 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:30
ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MOTLEY, PECOS, REAGAN, RED RIVER, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Reminder: Reward Increased to $10,000 for Most Wanted Fugitive, MS-13 Gang Member

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona, 26, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000

Governor Abbott Appoints Four To P-TECH Advisory Council

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:26
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charles “Chuck” Cook, Angela Farley, Jose “Joe” Gomez, and Mike Reeser to the P-TECH Advisory Council for terms at the pleasure of the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charles “Chuck” Cook, Angela Farley, Jose “Joe” Gomez, and Mike Reeser to the P-TECH Advisory Council for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The council will make recommendations to the TEA Commissioner regarding the establishment and administration of the P-TECH Program and criteria for a campus’ designation as a P-TECH school.
 
Charles “Chuck” Cook of Flower Mound is the CEO of Responsive Education Solutions, and has more than 25 years of experience in private and public school education. He is a founding member of Texas Charter School Association (TCSA), vice chair of the TCSA Elected Advocacy Committee, and a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Policy Advisory Council. Cook received a Bachelor of Arts from Luther Rice College.
 
Angela Farley of Dallas is senior vice president of Education and Workforce for the Dallas Regional Chamber, and starting in December she will be the CFO/COO. She is a board member of the Workforce Board – Dallas County and Early Matters – 0-8 year Collaborative and a member of Texas Student Success Council and the Regional Workforce Leadership Council. Additionally, she is an industry representative on the Texas Team for Texas Pathways to Prosperity and a board member and advisory council member for Commit to Dallas – Education Collaborative. Farley received a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics and finance from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Irvine.
 
Jose “Joe” Gomez of El Paso is director of Business Development and Community Affairs for Jordan Foster Construction, LLC. He is a committee member of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Athletic Hall of Fame and the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is former chairman of the El Paso Museum of History Circle of Giants and the UTEP Heritage Commission, former board member of the UTEP Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and former volunteer executive director for the Alumni Academy of Civil Engineers. Gomez received a Bachelor of Arts in history from UTEP.
 
Mike Reeser of Crawford is Chancellor and CEO of Texas State Technical College. He is past president of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Region 2 Higher Education Regional Council, former board member of the Texas Midwest Community Network and the Waco Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Lt. Governor’s P-TECH Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a former member of the Texas State Guard and the Rotary Club of Sweetwater and a former board member of the Girl Scout Council of Texas-Oklahoma. Reeser received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.
 

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Governor Abbott Appoints Birdwell Justice Of The Second Court Of Appeals

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:00
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Wade Birdwell as justice of the Second Court of Appeals for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Wade Birdwell as justice of the Second Court of Appeals for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Wade Birdwell of Arlington is judge of the 342nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. Additionally, he is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a former member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Birdwell received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Statement by DPS Director McCraw About Veterans Day

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day

56 Texas Burn Bans - 11/9/2017 12:03:08 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:30
ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LIMESTONE, MARTIN, MASON, MCCULLOCH, MENARD, MOTLEY, PECOS, REAGAN, RED RIVER, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott, House And Senate Leadership Announce State Funds To Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey Pay For Debris Removal

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:16
Governor Greg Abbott today, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leaders, announced the approval of emergency funding to help Texans in disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Greg Abbott today, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leaders, announced the approval of emergency funding to help Texans in disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris caused by Hurricane Harvey. In total, $90 million has been identified from General Revenue (GR) Account 5000, the Solid Waste Disposal Fees Account, which will be made available to pay for costs associated with debris removal across impacted regions. 

In most cases, even with federal assistance, cities and counties in the impacted areas are responsible for ten percent of costs associated with debris removal. Today’s funding allocation will help alleviate that burden for communities as they continue to rebuild. The Governor thanks the Comptroller and members of the Texas Legislature for their work in securing this funding for Harvey-impacted areas.  

"While there is still much work to be done to help rebuild Texas, the funds made available today will go a long way in helping mitigate the burdensome costs on communities for debris removal,” said Governor Abbott. “Today’s action is just one more step in a long process to help our cities and counties recover, and I want to thank all the members of both the Texas House and Senate for their effort to secure this much needed funding.”

“The historic level of destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey demands a historic response. I'm glad we have been able to move quickly and get funds to local governments for debris removal," said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. "Acting on this priority is essential so we can move forward with rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

“This is an important step in our state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey,” House Speaker Joe Straus said. “There is a long way to go, but these resources will provide valuable help to communities that are still coping with, and responding to, the damage caused by this storm. The Texas House remains committed to helping all areas of our state that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.” 

"Harvey caused catastrophic damage to the Gulf Coast, and through this budget decision we are lending our support to help local communities with recovery and relief," said Senator Jane Nelson. "All Texas leaders — local, state and federal — need to work hand in hand to ensure that Texas rebuilds and comes out stronger."

"It is clear that Texas communities are still in need of assistance, and the Legislature should use the tools we have available to assist in the recovery of these cities, towns, and counties," said Representative John Zerwas. "The testimony the House Appropriations Committee is receiving from local officials is extremely compelling and while I know our local leaders are resilient, the State must support their efforts."

The funds announced today for debris removal will be administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who will work with the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

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