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Governor Abbott Names Five To Lower Colorado River Authority Board Of Directors

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:16
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Nancy Yeary, Tom Kelley and Laura Figueroa and reappointed Raymond “Ray” Gill and Stephen “Steve” Cooper to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors for terms to expire on February 1, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Nancy Yeary, Tom Kelley and Laura Figueroa and reappointed Raymond “Ray” Gill and Stephen “Steve” Cooper to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors for terms to expire on February 1, 2023.

Nancy Yeary of Burnet County is an educational consultant with Learning Keys, in addition to operating a family cow-calf ranching operation. She recently retired from Lampasas ISD, after over 30 years of service. She is a member of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, secretary of Lampasas Salvation Army Board of Directors, and secretary and administrative committee member at Lampasas First United Methodist Church. Yeary received a Bachelor of Science in education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education from Tarleton State University.

Tom Kelley of Eagle Lake is owner and manager of Wiese Crop Insurance and 3TK Cattle and Rice Co. He is a fifth generation rice farmer and cattleman. He is president of the Colorado County Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors, board member of the Colorado County Farm Bureau, and a director at First National Bank of Eagle Lake and the Eagle Lake Rice Dryer. Kelley received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture business from Texas A&M University.

Laura Figueroa of Brenham is a founding member and current president of The Arbitrage Group, Inc. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a teacher and bible study leader with Champion Fellowship, and a volunteer and supporter of Compassion International and KSBJ/NGEN Radio. Figueroa received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Raymond “Ray” Gill of Horseshoe Bay is owner of R. Gill and Associates. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and Texas Association of Realtors and a member and past exam committee chairman for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is also a member of the National Association of Home Builders, past director of the Building Industry Association of Highland Lakes, past chairman of the City of Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and past charter member of the Round Rock Ethics Commission. Gill received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen “Steve” Cooper of El Campo is owner and principal of Emerald Ag Investments and is the former 28-year president and owner of La Tierra de Esmeralda/Emerald Sod Farms, specializing in turf grass, sod and services. He is vice chairman of the El Campo Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and a member of the Texas Water Development Board Region P - Board of Directors. He previously served as chairman of the Leadership Advisory Board of Wharton County AgriLife for 10 years, and is a member of the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Century Council. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus award and is a member of the Department of Agriculture Economics’ Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry and the Association of Former Students Leadership Council. Cooper received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Four To The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board Of Directors

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:42
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Ehrig to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Ehrig to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor reappointed Oscar H. Fogle, Rusty Brockman, and Kenneth Motl for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. GBRA oversees water resources for the communities in its 10 county district.

Steve Ehrig of Gonzales is owner and partner of Ehrig Brothers Ag, E Barr Feeds, and E Brothers Ranches. He is a member of Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District, Young farmers of Texas, TALL – Texas Ag Lifetime Leadership Program, Gonzales County Agents’ Advisory Board, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. Additionally, he is a director with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a past vice president of Gonzales Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past president of the Gonzales County Farm Bureau and the Gonzales County Appraisal District Agriculture Advisory Board, and a former announcer for Gonzales Livestock Show Association.

Oscar H. Fogle of Lockhart is owner and operator of Oak Hill Ranch. He is a trustee of Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, trustee- emeritus of Texas A&M University – Kingsville Foundation Board, chairman of First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, chairman of Caldwell County Appraisal District Agriculture Advisory Board, and member of Drought Preparedness Council. Fogle attended Texas A&M University- Kingsville and received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force.

Rusty Brockman of New Braunfels retired this past March as the vice president of Economic Development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. He is also a retired public educator, with 28 years of service. He is past president and a current member of the Texas Economic Development Council, past president and the 2017 Grosse Opa of the Wurstfest Association, member of the Lions Club, Spark Small Business Center, and the Guadalupe Basin Coalition, and an advisory board member of Resolute Health Hospital and Food Bank of New Braunfels. Brockman received a Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Houston and a Master in Education and Administrators certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kenneth Motl of Port Lavaca is a veterinarian and owner of Bayfront Animal Hospital. He is a member of Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and the Golden Crescent Veterinary Medical Association and secretary of Calhoun County Soil and Water Conservation District. Additionally, he is a member of Victoria Ballet Theater and Texas A&M University Corp of Cadets Association. Motl received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University.

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DPS Urges Texans to Take Safety Precautions This Summer

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to take extra precautions and stay safe as we officially kick off summer today, June 21

Texas Awarded $13 Million In Fishery Disaster Funds For Harvey Recovery

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:03
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded over $13 million in grant funding for the rebuilding of commercial and recreational fishing industries affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded over $13 million in grant funding for the rebuilding of commercial and recreational fishing industries affected by Hurricane Harvey. This announcement comes after Governor Abbott sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in February requesting that the Department of Commerce recognize a federal fishery resources disaster along the Texas Gulf Coast.

"The economic impact of Texas' commercial and recreational fishing industries is of tremendous importance to both residents and tourists alike," said Governor Abbott. "These funds will provide coastal businesses with the additional resources they require in order to make a full recovery. I thank our federal partners and Secretary Ross for recognizing the critical role the fishing industry plays in the Lone Star State and the U.S. economy."

The more than $13 million in grants announced today is a part of $200 million allocated by the Department of Commerce to states affected by declared fishery resources disasters.

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Governor Greg Abbott Orders Emergency Special Election For Texas State Senate District 19

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:35
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special election in Texas State Senate District 19 following the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti.

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special election in Texas State Senate District 19 following the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti. The emergency special election will be held on July 31, 2018 with early voting beginning on Monday, July 16, 2018. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018.

“The indictment and ultimate conviction of Senator Uresti for fraud and money laundering has already left District 19 without effective representation in the Texas Senate for over a year,” said Governor Abbott. “With the 86th Legislative Session approaching, and ongoing interim legislative committee hearings, it is imperative to fill this vacancy to ensure that Senate District No. 19 is fully represented as soon as possible.”

Texas State Senate District 19 consists of Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala Counties and parts of Atascosa and Bexar Counties.

Read the Governor's full emergency special election proclamation.

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Governor Abbott Orders Emergency Special Election For Texas State Senate District 19

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:40
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special election in Texas State Senate District 19 following the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District No. 19, which consists of Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala counties and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties; and

WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy, and Section 3.003 of the Texas Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the Governor; and

WHEREAS, the vacancy occurred on June 18, 2018, and, therefore, pursuant to Section 203.004 of the Texas Election Code, the special election must be held on the first uniform date occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the special election is ordered, unless there is an emergency requiring that the vacancy be filled sooner; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 41.001 of the Texas Election Code, the only uniform election date remaining in 2018 is November 6; and

WHEREAS, should a special election on November 6, 2018, result in a runoff, Section 2.025(d) of the Texas Election Code provides that the runoff election date cannot be held sooner than the 70th day after the final election canvas, and the earliest possible date for that runoff election would likely occur well into January of 2019; and

WHEREAS, ordering the special election for November 6, 2018, would leave Senate District No. 19 without representation in the Texas Senate for the remainder of 2018, or the bulk thereof; and

WHEREAS, the indictment and ultimate conviction of Senator Uresti for fraud and money laundering has already left District No. 19 without effective representation in the Texas Senate for over a year; and

WHEREAS, because the 86th Legislative Session is approaching, there are ongoing interim legislative committee hearings, and compliance with the aforementioned laws would continue to leave District No. 19 without representation in the Texas Senate, it is imperative to fill this vacancy to ensure that Senate District No. 19 is fully represented as soon as possible; and

WHEREAS, Section 41.0011 of the Texas Election Code provides that the Governor may order an emergency special election before the appropriate uniform election date; and

WHEREAS, Section 203.004(b) of the Texas Election Code provides that an emergency special election must be held on a Tuesday or Saturday on or after the 36th day and before the 50th day after the election is ordered;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special
election to be held in Senate District No. 19 on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of Senator Carlos Uresti.

Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, July 16, 2018, in accordance with Section 85.001(a) and (c) of the Texas Election Code.

A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the County Judges of all counties contained within Senate District No. 19, and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed for the purpose that said election may be held to fill the vacancy in District No. 19 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 20th day of June, 2018.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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Governor Abbott Appoints Huddle To The Judicial Compensation Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:15
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle to the Judicial Compensation Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle to the Judicial Compensation Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The commission recommends the proper salaries to be paid by the state for all justices and judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, and state district courts

Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle of Bellaire is a partner at Baker Botts L.L.P., and is a former Justice of the First Court of Appeals. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Women’s Energy Network, and the American Bar Association. She is co-chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Judicial Liaison Committee, member of the Houston Area Women’s Center Board of Directors, and a mentor from Breakthrough Houston. Aizpuru Huddle received a Bachelor of Science in political science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas Law School.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Evans Presiding Judge Of The Eighth Administrative Judicial Region

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:50
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed David L. Evans as presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed David L. Evans as presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

David L. Evans of Fort Worth is judge of the 48th Judicial District Court in Tarrant County, and has served as the presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region since 2014, and is board certified in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA National Conference of State Trial Judges Judicial Division and a member, former judicial section chairman and a past director of the State Bar of Texas. He has served has chair of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline and as vice chair of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member and past president of the Tarrant County Bar Association, a sustaining charter fellow, past director and treasurer of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, and a sustaining life fellow and past member of the board of the Texas Bar Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee, The Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, and the Texas A&M University School of Law Dean's Advisory Council. Evans received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University and entered the U.S Army, following his military service, Evans received a Juris Doctor degree from the Baylor School of Law.

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Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive, Gang Member from Nacogdoches

State - TX - DPS - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jack Earl Sterns Jr., 27, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $7,500 is now being offered

Governor Abbott Appoints Five To The Texas Workforce Investment Council

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:36
Governor Abbott has appointed Gina Aguirre Adams, Lindsey Geeslin, Adam Hutchison, Wayne Oswald, and Paul Puente to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for terms set to expire on September 1, 2021.

Governor Abbott has appointed Gina Aguirre Adams, Lindsey Geeslin, Adam Hutchison, Wayne Oswald, and Paul Puente to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for terms set to expire on September 1, 2021. The council assists the Governor and the Legislature with strategic planning for and evaluation of the Texas workforce system to promote the development of a well-educated, highly skilled workforce for Texas.

Gina Aguirre Adams of Jones Creek is the president and CEO of the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is the vice chairwoman of the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network and a board member of the DOW Community Advisory Panel, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Brazos ISD Education Foundation, and Latina Women in Leadership.

Lindsey Geeslin of Waco is the executive director of the Texas Masonry Council. She is a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives, executive committee member of the Extraco Events Center, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Architecture and Construction Program of Study Advisory Committee. Geeslin received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture business and management from Texas State University.

Adam Hutchison of Elm Mott is the provost of Texas State Technical College-Waco. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Prosper Waco - Education Steering Committee, and the American Society for Engineering Management. Additionally, he is a board member of the Heart of Texas Economic Development District. Hutchison received a Bachelor of Science in aviation from Bob Jones University, a Master of Arts in management from Liberty University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in education from Old Dominion University.

Wayne Oswald of Houston is retired and the former executive director for the Houston Business Roundtable. He is the chair of the Heritage Oaks Community Improvement Association (HOCIA) Architectural Committee, member of the Texas Chemical Council, and member and former president of HOCIA. Oswald received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology from the University of Houston.

Paul Puente of Houston is the executive secretary to Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council. He is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Chapter, member of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Council, Houston First Corporation Board of Directors and the Gulf Coast Trades Center & Raven School Board of Directors. Additionally, he is president of the West Gulf Ports Council affiliated with Maritime Trades and a committee member of the Houston Business Roundtable, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board.  Puente received an Associate Degree in electrical technology of applied science from San Jacinto College.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Tijerina Judge Of The 93rd Judicial District Court

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jaime Tijerina as judge of the 93rd Judicial District Court in Hidalgo 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 Jaime Tijerina as judge of the 93rd Judicial District Court in Hidalgo County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Jaime Tijerina of McAllen is deputy city attorney for the City of Mission. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar, fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Texas Prosecutor’s Society, and a former member and director of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. Additionally, he is board secretary for the Food Bank RGV and a board member of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Alumni Board. Tijerina received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from The University of Texas Pan American and a Juris Doctor degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshal School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storms Impact The Gulf Coast

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:03
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as heavy rain and storms continue to impact the Texas coast.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as heavy rain and storms continue to impact the Texas coast. The SOC has increased its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.

“Texas is no stranger to this type of severe weather, and our emergency personnel are ready and well prepared to respond," said Governor Abbott. "Our number one priority is the safety and well being of Texans, and I encourage everyone in the affected areas to stay safe and heed all warnings from local officials. I thank those involved in the response efforts, and I want to assure all Texans that we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide all resources necessary."

State resources engaged in the emergency response effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Texas Highway Patrol
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Task Force 1
  •  Texas Military Department

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips during this weather event:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways.
  • Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground - Turn Around, Don't Drown.
  • Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.

For additional safety tips related to severe storms and flooding, visit: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.

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120 Texas Burn Bans - 6/19/2018 08:31:38

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BELL, BLANCO, BORDEN, BRAZORIA, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COKE, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COLORADO, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EDWARDS, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KINNEY, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LAMPASAS, LAVACA, LIMESTONE, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REAL, REEVES, REFUGIO, RUNNELS, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WEBB, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Appoints Doggett To Texas Woman’s University Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:35
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Teresa Doggett to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Teresa Doggett to the Texas Woman's University Board of Regents for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Teresa Doggett of Austin is managing director and CEO of Searchlight Investments and founder and CEO of Waymaker School of Entrepreneurship. She is associated and a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, American Business Women’s Association, Women Business Owners, National Latina Business Women Association, Asian Business Association, and the Indian Business Association. Additionally, she has been a Foundation Board member for the Center for Battered Women, an advisor to the Edwards Ministry Association, member of the Harvard Dean’s Council, project creator for the Autism Society of Texas, and a state chair of the Might Texas – American Strike Force. Doggett received a Bachelor of Arts from Wichita State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard School of Government and Business Management.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Chazen To University Of Houston System Board Of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Chazen, Ph.D. to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steve Chazen, Ph.D. to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023.

Steve Chazen, Ph.D. of Bellaire is chairman, president, and CEO of TPG Pace Energy, and previously served as CEO of Occidental Petroleum Company. He is a director for Ecolab Inc. and Williams Companies and a former director and chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. Additionally, he is chairman of the University of Houston Capital Campaign Finance Committee, a director of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, member of the Baker Institute Board of Advisors, and a director and former chairman of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Chazen received a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Rutgers, a Master of Science in finance from the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in geology from Michigan State University.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Deanda Presiding Officer Of Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 09:58
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed S. David Deanda, Jr. presiding officer of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed S. David Deanda, Jr. presiding officer of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2020. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects.

S. David Deanda, Jr. of Mission is the president of Lone Star National Bank. He is a board member of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and president of the Mission Economic Development Corporation. He serves on the board of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) and is a former board member of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. He is an active member of Palm Valley Church in Mission. Deanda received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&I University and studied at the Bank Operations Institute at East Texas State University and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

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Traffic Fatality #28

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:26

Case:            18-1591949 

Date:             June 9, 2018

Time:            10:20 p.m. 

Location:      7700 block of Decker Lane

Deceased:    Cheryl Kelly, White female, DOB: 07/20/1961
  
The preliminary investigation shows that a black, Harley Davidson motorcycle, was northbound, inside lane, near the 7700 block of Decker Lane. An orange Harley Davidson was also traveling northbound and slowed to make a U-turn. The black motorcycle struck the orange motorcycle from behind.
 
The driver of the black motorcycle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, identified as Cheryl Kelly, 56, was transported to Dell Seton with critical injuries. Kelly succumbed to her injuries June 12, 2018, and was pronounced deceased at 3:43 p.m.
 
Alcohol was not considered a factor in the collision. This is Austin’s 28th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 29 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 29 fatal traffic crashes and 31 traffic fatalities.

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

 

Traffic Fatality #27

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:19

Case:            18-1610266
 
Date:             June 10, 2018

Time:             3:03 a.m.
 
Location:      7300 block Decker Lane

Deceased:    Mark Capistran, White male (D.O.B. 10-22-67)
  
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle stopped facing westbound in the 7300 block of Decker Lane. A tan, 2011, Buick Lacrosse was traveling northbound in the 7300 block of Decker Lane when it struck the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Mark Capistran, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas with life-threatening injuries. He passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1:21 p.m.
 
The driver of the Buick stopped and stayed on scene. No charges are expected at this time.
 
The case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident 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 twenty-seventh fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in twenty-eight fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were twenty-eight fatal traffic crashes and thirty 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 Appoints Three To The Texas Private Security Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:06
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Derrick Howard, Alan Trevino, and Stephen Willeford to the Texas Private Security Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Derrick Howard, Alan Trevino, and Stephen Willeford to the Texas Private Security Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board regulates the private security profession in Texas including armed and unarmed security guards, personal protection officers, private investigators, private security consultants, alarm systems installers and monitors, guard dog trainers, armored car couriers, electronic access control device installers, and locksmiths.

Derrick Howard of Universal City is the executive director of the Bexar County Community Arenas. He is a spokesman with the Black Professional Leadership Network, member of the International Association of Arena Managers, and a former chair and current member of San Antonio ISD Foundation. Previously, he served as chair of City Public Service Energy and Goodwill of San Antonio and on the executive committee of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Howard received a Bachelor of Science from Prairie View A&M University.

Alan Trevino of Austin is owner and president of Sentry Security & Investigations, L.P., and is a licensed master peace officer, with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators and served as president of the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas. Trevino is honorably retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he was second in command and detail leader for Governor Bush’s detail.

Stephen Willeford of Sutherland Springs is a plumber at University Hospital, with almost 35 years of experience. He is a member of the Local 142 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union and the National Rifle Association and a former assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. Willeford earned his license from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School in San Antonio.

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Austin PD Hosts Super Hero Day

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:53

The Austin Police Department (APD), in partnership with the Seton Healthcare Family and Wells Fargo, hosted the fourth annual Super Hero Day at Dell Children’s Medical Center on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. The goal of the event was to provide a fun-filled day for the hospital patients by giving them the opportunity to interact with APD officers, some of whom were in uniform and others dressed as Super Heroes.
 
APD officers played Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Captain America, Flash, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine and Wonder Woman, Cat Woman and The Riddler. The villains tried to spoil the day’s fun, avenging the Joker, who was arrested after trying to thwart last year’s Super Hero Day. With patients looking on, the Super Heroes rappelled down the hospital walls into the courtyard. After capturing Cat Woman and The Riddler, the Super Heroes signed autographs and interacted with children in the auditorium.
 
Special thanks to the Dell Children’s Medical Center, Ava, Austin Police Association, Cops 4 Charities, Yacktman Asset Management, Culver’s, Lucy’s in Disguise with Diamonds, Bigmouth Announcing, Raven’s Closet and Wells Fargo.

 

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