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2018 ACL Music Festival Vehicle Safety Tips

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:17

Thousands of individuals will be in Austin from October 5-14, 2018, attending the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival. The Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Project would like to remind citizens that car thieves will be scouting parked vehicles looking for items to steal while individuals are enjoying the music events. They also break into keypad entry and keyless entry vehicles because owners are more likely to leave their ignition or valet key locked inside. Vehicular crime is a crime of opportunity and by taking away this opportunity, you can minimize the chances of becoming a victim.
 
It only takes three minutes for your vehicle to be burglarized or stolen. It takes less than a minute to steal the car if a key is locked inside. Every year, thousands of individuals lose important identification documents, money, electronics, transportation, and expose themselves to ongoing identity theft and other types of crime that begin with vehicle burglary or auto theft.
 
Even though Austin is one of the safest cities in America, these crimes do happen here. It’s an unfortunate reality that big events like ACL attract criminals from other areas. Becoming a victim of auto theft or vehicle burglary may be prevented by investing a little extra time and planning to make you and your car less of a target. Consider these suggestions to reduce the risks: 

  • Lock your car and take your keys – especially if you have a keypad or keyless entry. These are big draws for car thieves because the odds are in their favor if there is a key locked inside. Don’t make it easy for a thief to drive away in your vehicle. 
  • Park in well-lit areas or attended lots – auto thieves do not like witnesses and will avoid these areas. Take a picture of where you parked to avoid confusion when you’re ready to go home.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view (purses/wallets, cell phones, keys, laptops, electronics, money, jewelry garage door opener, etc.) Don’t make it profitable and worthwhile for thieves. Never leave your ID or personal documents inside unattended.
  • If you must lock valuables inside, move them to the trunk, glovebox, or out of sight BEFORE you arrive and park. Thieves wait for and watch those who park, and they blend into the scene.
  • Austin is a hands-free cell phone zone. Don’t talk or text while driving, unless it’s hands-free. Don’t drive distracted – It can wait. There are a lot of pedestrians, barricades, and narrowed lanes around the event. Watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.
  • Once you’re walking, don’t walk distracted! Keep your eyes on others who may want to grab your purse or phone while you’re unaware of surroundings.  
  • Use crosswalks, obey traffic signals, and don’t cross over barricades. They exist entirely for your safety. Watch out for the cars on the road who may not be watching for you. 

The APD Auto Theft Interdiction Project programs are funded through the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority to reduce auto and burglary theft in the State of Texas.

Celebrate National Night Out 2018

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:15

Austin neighborhoods are encouraged to come together tonight for this year’s National Night Out, in an effort to help reduce crime throughout Austin communities.
 
During the event, Austin residents are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police officers, EMS and fire fighters.
 
National Night Out was designed to:

  • Generate support and participation in crime prevention efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations
  • Let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Murder #28 UPDATE

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:54

Case:           18-2701575
 
Date:           Thursday, September 27, 2018
 
Time:           8:26 p.m.
 
Location:     7330 Bluff Springs Rd. #2211
 
Deceased:    Matthew Fernander, White male, born 05/23/1988

Suspect / Deceased:  John Edward Litchfield II, White male, born 05/31/1990
 
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Austin 911 received a call of a shooting. Upon arrival, Austin Police officers found Matthew Fernander with obvious trauma to his body. A roommate of the victim immediately began CPR until EMS arrived. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Fernander to St. David’s South Austin Hospital. Matthew Fernander succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased at 8:59 p.m. by Dr. Evans.
 
Austin Homicide investigators arrived at the scene. Interviews of witnesses were conducted and the scene was processed for evidence.    
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot to the head and the manner of death a Homicide. 
 
Homicide detectives have developed a suspect and believe this was an isolated incident with no ongoing public safety threat to the community. 

On September 28 at 6:06 a.m., homicide detectives responded to a suicide call at the Penny Backer Bridge. They discovered that the decedent was the primary suspect from the Fernander murder case. The suspect was identified as John Edward Litchfield II.

Litchfield was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Patrol officers located and recovered the vehicle that Litchfield had been driving. Homicide detectives have linked evidence to Litchfield, that they believe was involved in the murder. Detectives have submitted DNA and ballistics evidence for confirmation. 
 
Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homcide.apd@austintexas.gov. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Austin Police Department chaplains conduct Blessing of the Animals

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:45

On Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, 2018, Austin Police Department chaplains conducted a “Blessing of the Animals” in honor of the patron saint of animals, Saint Francis of Assisi.

On October 4, 2018, people all over the world celebrated the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. In remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, animals were led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.”
 
Austin Police Department chaplains conducted the “Blessing of the Animals” for our service animals, both K-9 and horses.
APD Chaplains were available at all blessings to answer questions and explain the significance of the blessing of our service animals.

46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/5/2018 8:33:29 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 09:31
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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Examiners of Marriage And Family Therapists

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:34
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Rich Stoglin and reappointed George Francis, IV for terms set to expire February 1, 2023. The board licenses and regulates Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas.

Anthony Scoma of Austin is the founder and Senior Pastor of Southwest Family Fellowship. He serves as Sectional Presbyter of the South Austin Section for the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He previously served as an Associate Pastor of Discipleship at a church in Springfield, Missouri, a recruitment coordinator at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and as a legislative aide to a member of the Texas State House of Representatives. He is a board member of The University of Texas Chi Alpha and is an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, USA. He is a former board member and national instructor of Church Planting and Multiplication Board for the North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Scoma received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Divinity from Assemblies of God Seminary. Additionally, he is currently a doctoral candidate at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Rich Stoglin of Arlington is the CEO of The Stoglin Group. He received an honorable discharge after 28 years of serving as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He has previously served as Special Senior Advisor to 39 Nations to U.S. Military Generals and Command Coalition Staff in Afghanistan, Regiment Chaplain, 14th Marines, USMC (US Navy Reservist), and in the Department of Justice as Department Head of Religious Services in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is a member of the Naval Reserves Officers Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Arlington Civil Service Commission. Stoglin received a Bachelor of Science in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Arlington, a Doctor of Ministry in Counseling Administration from United Theological Seminary, and a diploma from the Naval War College.

George Francis, IV of Georgetown is director of Operations Shared Services Delivery for Dell Inc. He is a board member of the Austin Area Urban League, national technology committee member of Sigma Pi Phi, and an Eagle Scout and former scout master for the Capitol Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the National Black MBA Association, the Meridian Charter School Circle of Family Friends and past chair and board member of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the City of Austin Employee Retirement System and Austin Parks Foundation. George received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Thomas Presiding Officer Of North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:57
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Linda R. Thomas presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Linda R. Thomas presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects in North East Texas.

Linda R. Thomas of Longview is a general partner at Butter Ryan Partners, Ltd. She is a board member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s I20 and I30 East Texas Corridor Advisory Committees, as well as the East Texas Council of Governments Rural Planning Organization. She is treasurer of the Good Shepherd Medical Center Foundation Board and member of The University of Texas at Tyler Longview University Center Development Council and the East Texas Area Boy Scouts of America Foundation. Additionally, she is past president of the Longview Rotary Club and a member of the Greater Longview United Way, Longview Economic Development Corporation, and Junior League of Longview. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Governor Abbott Announces Funding To Support Local Law Enforcement And Crack Down On Gang Violence

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:25
Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals. One hundred awards were released to local communities and law enforcement groups across the region for intelligence sharing, collaboration and efforts to crack down on border-related criminal activity in Texas.

 “We must continue doing all we can to stop violent criminals and gangs from coming across our borders and into our communities,” Governor Abbott. “These grants will help ensure our law enforcement along the border have the resources necessary to confront these unique threats, and prevent organized crime from taking root in Texas. I thank all the brave men and women who work tirelessly to secure our border and keep Texans safe, and I will continue working to put an end to lawlessness along our border.”

With this LBSP funding, local officials will continue making progress disrupting gangs and cartel operations in the Texas border region. This funding also helps local law enforcement provide intelligence on criminal and gang activity and tactics in coordination with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This intelligence is essential for effective and coordinated border security operations among federal, state and local partners. Last year, LBSP grantees reported over 800,000 miles patrolled and 1,200 felony arrests made by grant paid officers supporting the border initiative.

  LBSP funding also assists local law enforcement with essential border security related efforts including:

  • Implementation of, and increase in, the effectiveness of operational methods, measures, and techniques for stopping border-related crime.
  • Decreasing the supply of drugs smuggled into and through Texas from Mexico.
  • Disrupting and deterring operations of gang and cartel criminal organizations.
  • Increased effectiveness of air operations.
  • Increased coordination and integration of air-ground team operations.
  • Increased effectiveness of directed action missions based upon intelligence and analysis.

The Governor's Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) administers the grant program supporting overtime and operational costs for law enforcement agencies located within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Center (JOIC) Regions. The Local Border Security Program was established in 2007 with by the 80th Legislature.

See the attached list of LBSP awards released.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Holder And Jenkins To Jefferson And Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:54
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020. The board has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board's jurisdiction.

Charles E. “Charlie” Holder of Vidor is president and CEO of Advantage Testing, Home Instead Senior Care, and Sure Shot Game Calls. He is a member of the Professional Outdoor Press Association and EO - Entrepreneurs Organization. He is chairman of The Betterment for Seniors Foundation Board, board member of Meals on Wheels and the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, and the founder of Be a Santa to a Senior. Holder attended Lamar University and received a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William G. “Will” Jenkins, III of Beaumont is director of sales at Giglio Distributing Company. He serves on the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Board of Directors. He is on the board of Coastal Conservation Association – Golden Triangle, United Way of Beaumont, and Beaumont Main Street. He serves on the executive board as vice-president of marketing for Three Rivers Council and is chairman of the board of St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas A&M University in College Station.

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/3/2018 8:48:32 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:31
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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Murder #29

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:12

Case:          18-2721823
 
Date:           Saturday, September 29, 2018
 
Time:           11:55 p.m.
 
Location:     2101 E. Ben White Blvd
 
Deceased:   White male (Release of identity pending notification of NOK)

Arrested:     John L. Hawkins, Black male, 75-years-old          
 
On Saturday, at approximately 11:55 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a shooting in the parking lot located at 2101 E. Ben White Blvd. Upon arrival, officers located a man lying in the parking lot with obvious trauma to his body. EMS arrived and transported him to South Austin Medical Center. The victim later succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased at 12:23 a.m. on September 30.
 
The suspect in this case remained on scene and was identified as John L. Hawkins. When detectives interviewed Hawkins, he told detectives he and the victim argued over a work assignment. According to the suspect, the victim used racial slurs and spit at him. Hawkins admitted to shooting the victim and was arrested for murder.
 
Austin Homicide investigators are continuing to collect evidence and speak with witnesses. The Travis County Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy.
 
Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homcide.apd@austintexas.gov. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 

Governor Abbott and EducationSuperHighway Announce Milestone in Effort to Improve High-Speed Internet Access Across Texas Schools

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:32
EducationSuperHighway today released their annual State of the States report outlining Texas' progress in improving connectivity to high-speed internet in schools.

EducationSuperHighway today released their annual State of the States report outlining Texas' progress in improving connectivity to high-speed internet in schools. The report highlights that 97 percent of Texas school districts have upgraded to the high-speed internet needed to support digital learning opportunities in the classroom. This progress has been made as a part of Governor Abbott’s Classroom Connectivity Initiative–in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, the Education Service Centers, and EducationSuperHighway to provide access to affordable, high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi for all K–12 public schools in Texas.

“Learning is no longer limited by bricks and mortar – it is being expanded exponentially by bytes and bandwidth,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has made incredible progress connecting our students with high-speed internet and preparing them to meet future workforce needs, but our work is not yet done. Every child deserves access to quality education, and thanks to technology in the classroom, that opportunity is being made available to all Texas students.”

“The progress that Governor Abbott has made in connecting Texas' classrooms is significant, and we applaud his efforts to continue providing digital learning in every classroom, every day,” said Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO at EducationSuperHighway.

As part of the initiative, the state of Texas allocated $25 million of funding to support school districts with upgrading to scalable fiber infrastructure, which will allow them to keep up with growing bandwidth needs as digital learning becomes increasingly prevalent. This $25 million in state funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar in federal funding – on top of the federal funding districts receive through the FCC's E-rate program – resulting in a $250 million broadband investment across Texas. Over 450 districts stand to benefit from the state’s investment and, pending approval of their projects, 99% of Texas schools will be connected to fiber.

In 2015, only 67 percent of Texas schools had access to high-speed internet. As a result of this initiative, an additional 2.6 million Texas students now have the connectivity needed to take advantage of innovative learning opportunities.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To Trinity River Authority Board Of Directors

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:45
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Christina Melton Crain, Tori Lucas, and Joe McCleskey and appointed Megan Deen, Jerry House, Steve Roberts, Dave Ward, and Cathy Altman to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Christina Melton Crain, Tori Lucas, and Joe McCleskey and appointed Megan Deen, Jerry House, Steve Roberts, Dave Ward, and Cathy Altman to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on March 15, 2023. The authority oversees development and conservation of surface water resources of the Trinity River Basin.

Christina Melton Crain of Dallas is the founder and president/CEO of Unlocking DOORS. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Texas Corrections Association. She is a former chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and serves as the prisoner representative on The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Institutional Review Board. She is a past director of the State Bar of Texas and past president the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She is a life member of The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, board member of the Center for Missing/Exploited Children-Texas Region, and a trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Crain received a Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Tori Lucas of Terrell is Banking Center president for American National Bank of Texas. She serves on the board of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, Terrell Economic Development Corporation, Kaufman County A&M Club, Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, and the Social Science Club of Terrell. Additionally, she is a member of Kiwanis International and Lake Pointe Church. Lucas received a Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University. 

Joe McCleskey of Trinity County is secretary and treasurer of Angelina Excavating Inc. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Wildlife Association and a former member and former president of the local Texas Association of Builders. He is a member of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, board member of the Angelina County Youth Fair, chairman of the Angelina County Buyers Group and logistics coordinator for the American Cancer Society Cattle Barron’s Gala. Additionally, he is former secretary and treasurer of the National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Chapter, former party chairman of the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center, former volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and former committee member of the Hudson ISD Advisory Board for Community Involvement.

Megan Deen of Fort Worth is the chief financial officer for the Fort Worth Zoological Association. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Additionally, she is a sustainer of the Junior League of Fort Worth, former committee member of the Harris Methodist Breakfast with St. NICUlas, and former volunteer for the March of Dimes Fort Worth. Deen received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Texas Christian University.

Jerry House of Leona is the owner of Leona General Store and Steakhouse and the Pecan Grove Café in Leona. He retired after 39 years of serving as a United Methodist Minister. He is a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, Southwest Cattlemen’s Association, and the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park. House received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, a Masters in Divinity from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, and a Doctor in Ministry from the McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.

Steve Roberts of Coldspring is of-counsel and a former partner at Eversheds-Sutherland LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, he is a founder and founding board member of the Archway Academy, former board member of Cornerstone Recovery, and former administrative chairman of the West University Methodist Church. Roberts received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dave Ward of Madisonville is owner of Dave Ward Investments and D&J Storage. He is a member and past president of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association, president of the Madison County ISD Scholarship Foundation, former president of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Madisonville City Council and Madison County Economic Development Council. Additionally, he is a life member of the Madison County Fair Association and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, member Madison County Go Texan Committee, and past chairman of St. Joseph Foundation, Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Madisonville Building Standards Commission, Bryan Building Standards Commission, Houston Heights Historical Association, and the Madisonville Crime Stoppers.

Cathy Altman of Midlothian is an attorney and partner at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and Ellis County Bar Association. She is chair of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the Ellis County Women in Business, board member of the North Texas Commission, and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law.  Altman received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law.

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/2/2018 8:00:42 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:32
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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Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To TexNet Technical Advisory Committee

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Hill, Chris Hillman, Dana Jurick, Hal Macartney, Kris Nygaard, Brian Stump, and Robie Vaughn, and Aaron Velasco to the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Hill, Chris Hillman, Dana Jurick, Hal Macartney, Kris Nygaard, Brian Stump, and Robie Vaughn, and Aaron Velasco to the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. Vaughn has been designated as presiding officer of the committee. The committee advises the Bureau of Economic Geology on the use of the funding, including the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program and collaborative research relationships with other universities in Texas, and on the preparation of a status report to the Governor and Legislature. Additionally, Scott Tinker, the Director of the Economic Bureau of Geology, will serve as an ex officio member of the committee. 

Dan Hill of College Station is a professor and Noble Chair of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts. Hill received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Hillman of Irving is city manager for the City of Irving. He is a member of the International City Management Association, Texas City Management Association, and the North Texas City Management Association. Hillman received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

Dana Jurick of Houston is manager of Seismic Analysis for the Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering Organization at ConcoPhillips Company. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve. Jurick received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Science from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Hal Macartney of Irving is geoscience manager of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Macartney received a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Dartmouth College.

Kris Nygaard of Houston is senior stimulation consultant for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Mechanical Engineers, Seismological Society of America, and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. Nygaard received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Arizona.

Brian Stump of McKinney is a professor and the Albritton Chair of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the American Geophysical Union. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the American Association for Advancement of Science.  He is the chair of Data Services Standing Committee for the Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology and the Seismic Review Panel for the Air Force Technical Application Center. Stump received a Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Robie Vaughn of Dallas is the owner of Vaughn Capital Partners, LLC and Vaughn Petroleum, Ltd. He is a member of The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors and a life member of The University of Texas at Austin Development Board and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. He also serves on the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Board of Directors. Vaughn received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Aaron Velasco of El Paso is the State Seismologist for the Railroad Commission of Texas and a professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Velasco received a Bachelor of Science in geophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Philosophy in seismology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Scott Tinker of Austin is the State Geologist of Texas, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, Edwin Allday Endowed Chair of Subsurface Geology, and professor at The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. He is a past president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Association of American State Geologists, Austin Geological Society, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the American Geosciences Institute, representing over 250,000 geoscientists worldwide. He is a certified Professional Geoscientist in Texas, holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and is a member of numerous other professional societies and boards. Additionally, he is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, AGI Campbell Medalist, and GCAGS Boyd Medalist, the highest honors bestowed by each of those societies. He is a fellow of the Geologic Society of America and has been broadly awarded for his successful efforts to engage the public in science for his global energy film Switch and NPR radio series Earth Date. Tinker received a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University, Master of Science from the University of Michigan and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Colorado.

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46 Texas Burn Bans - 10/1/2018 8:38:51 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:31
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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47 Texas Burn Bans - 10/1/2018 8:02:49 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:32
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, ECTOR, 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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Reward Increased to $8,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender from El Paso

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The reward for Manuel Raul Maese, 64, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip is received in the month of October

Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding In Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:32
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding. By issuing this disaster declaration, Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions necessary to respond to this disaster.

“When severe weather and flooding strikes Texas, our top priorities are to ensure the safety of those in harm’s way and to provide the necessary resources to help them recover,” said Governor Abbott. “This Disaster Declaration will ensure local officials and Texans affected by these storms have what they need to respond. I thank our first responders for keeping communities safe when disasters strike, and I encourage all Texans to be prepared for severe weather.”

Counties included in the disaster declaration are: Ellis, Sutton, and Tarrant.

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Governor Greg Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding In North Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:29
- Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three North Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather and flooding event that began on September 21, 2018, has caused widespread and severe property damage in Ellis, Sutton, and Tarrant counties.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previously listed counties.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto 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 28th day of September, 2018. 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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