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Governor Abbott Joins Faith Leaders From Across The Country For The Annual Meeting Of The Southern Baptist Convention

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:04
Governor Greg Abbott today joined faith leaders from across the country for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) being held this year in Dallas, Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined faith leaders from across the country for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) being held this year in Dallas, Texas. The meeting focuses on church organization, issues facing the church, and ministry efforts. This year, Governor Abbott addressed attendees and thanked them for their commitment to faith, family and devotion to God.

“Our country was founded on religious liberty, but America is at a time of crisis as some try to silence the faithful and remove God from the public square,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has faced a great deal of adversity, but we’ve relied on our faith to overcome those challenges, which has brought us closer to God. In the midst of challenges against people of faith, Texans have adopted the attitude, ‘pray as if everything depends on God, but work as if everything depends on Texas.’”

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States with more than 47,000 churches and a membership of over 15 million. The SBC also maintains a number of missionary programs and operates six seminaries with a total enrollment of more than 21,000.

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107 Texas Burn Bans - 6/12/2018 8:28:00 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BELL, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMAL, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LAVACA, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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105 Texas Burn Bans - 6/11/2018 2:35:42 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KERR, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LAVACA, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Appoints Botkin To Public Utility Commission Of Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:31
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shelly Botkin to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shelly Botkin to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.

Shelly Botkin of Austin is director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, where she has served since 2010. Botkin received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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104 Texas Burn Bans - 6/11/2018 2:29:57 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KERR, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LAVACA, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Texas Wins Sixth Gold Shovel Award For Job Creation And Business Investments

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 14:03
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded the Gold Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine for new job growth and business investments.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has been awarded the Gold Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine for new job growth and business investments. This annual award recognizes states that drive job creation and investment through business-friendly policies and improvements in infrastructure that attract new employers, as well as additional investments in expanding current operations. This is the sixth year Texas has won a Gold Shovel Award.

"Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation and economic growth, and businesses across the globe are taking notice," said Governor Abbott. "The Lone Star State has flourished because we allow innovation to take root and give businesses the opportunity to succeed. I thank Area Development Magazine for their recognition, and look forward to continued growth in the Texas economy."

Area Development cites the more than 6,000 new jobs created by NTT Data Services in Plano, another 1,600 jobs to be created through expansion of Nutribiotech USA in Garland, and 4,000 more jobs created by USAA, UPS and McGregor, and points to the state’s successes in petroleum and chemical production and booming technology industry growth, for Texas’ ranking in this year’s awards.

Read the full Area Development Magazine's Gold Shovel Award rankings.

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104 Texas Burn Bans - 6/11/2018 11:29:25 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KERR, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, MOTLEY, NOLAN, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Appoints Alvarado And Suhl To State Commission On Judicial Conduct

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Maricela Alvarado and Amy Suhl to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for terms set to expire November 19, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Maricela Alvarado and Amy Suhl to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for terms set to expire November 19, 2023. The commission regulates the conduct of the state judiciary, including the power to recommend for retirement, censure, suspension or removal of a judge from office.

Maricela Alvarado of Harlingen is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel. In her nearly thirty years of military service, she commanded an Allied Counterintelligence Unit in support of Internal Security Assistance Force. She is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  She was honorably discharged from the United States Army, where she was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Alvarado received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Pan American University and a Master in Education Technology from Troy State University.

Amy Suhl of Sugar Land is the vice president and CEO of Projects & Technology with a worldwide energy company, with over 30 years in the field. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Texas A&M University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisory Council, and volunteers at the Sugar Land Senior Center as a technology trainer, as well as at local schools as a mentor and tutor. She received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.  

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Traffic Fatality #25

Austin (TX) Police - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:04

Case:            18-1581683
 
Date:             June 7, 2018

Time:             9:18 p.m.
 
Location:       Airport Blvd. and Springdale Rd.

Deceased:     Bret Treadway, White male (D.O.B. 12-28-60)  
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2009 Buick was traveling southbound on Airport Blvd., in the outside lane, approaching a green light at the intersection of Springdale Rd. A pedestrian entered the roadway north of the intersection and was struck by the Buick. Bret Treadway was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and was pronounced deceased at 9:52 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-fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in twenty-sixth 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 Greg Abbott Again Extends Disaster Proclamation For Texas Counties Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:00
Governor Greg Abbott today extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, October 20, 2017, November 19, 2017, December 18, 2017, January 17, 2018, February 16, 2018, March 16, 2018, April 13, 2018, and May 11, 2018, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

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 8th day of June, 2018.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Cardenas And Cobos To Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board Of Directors

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:45
Governor Abbott appointed Valerie Vargas Cardenas and Lori Cobos to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019 and February 1, 2023, respectively. Additionally, the Governor named William H. “Bill” Dietz, Jr. as chair.

Governor Abbott appointed Valerie Vargas Cardenas and Lori Cobos to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019 and February 1, 2023, respectively. Additionally, the Governor named William H. “Bill” Dietz, Jr. as chair. The board oversees the provision of affordable housing for low income Texans.

Valerie Vargas Cardenas of San Juan is the executive vice president of Mortgage Banking operations for Lone Star National Bank in McAllen. She currently serves as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of San Juan and is most recently an executive board member of Affordable Homes South Texas, Inc. She has also served as a committee member of United Way and as president of the Pharr Chamber of Commerce, American Diabetes Association-RGV and the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. Additionally, she is an alumnus of Leadership Texas, McAllen and Pharr. Cardenas received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from St. Edward’s University.

Lori Cobos of Austin is an attorney in private practice, is the principal owner of Cobos Law Firm, where she specializes in representing and counseling clients on legal, regulatory, public policy, legislative, and business development matters in the Texas energy industry. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, and the Gulf Coast Power Association, chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and a former board member of the Sul Ross State University Alumni Board. Cobos received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, with magna cum laude honors, a Master of Arts in public administration from Sul Ross State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

William H. “Bill” Dietz, Jr. of Waco is a financial advisor and president of Dietz Financial Services, LLC. He is a member of the Financial Services Institute, City of Waco Zoning Board of Adjustments, and the Rotary Club of Waco. Additionally, he is former president of the Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council, vice-chairman of Waco Civic Theatre, and an assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 308 in Waco. Dietz received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Baylor University. He was first appointed to the board in 2009, is currently vice-chair of the board and chair of the Audit Committee.

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Governor Abbott Congratulates Texas A&M University System On Winning New National Security Contract

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:17
Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated the Texas A&M University System, and its partners, for being awarded new management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated the Texas A&M University System, and its partners, for being awarded new management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Headquartered in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the nation's top research and development institutions dedicated to national security and ensuring the safety and reliability of nuclear weapons. The laboratory is a federal facility overseen by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and employs 11,000 people with an annual operating budget of $3 billion.

“Today’s announcement charges the Texas A&M University System with the management of one of the world’s premier laboratories in the areas of defense, nuclear weapons and nuclear nonproliferation," said Governor Abbott. "The award links Texas with one of the world’s premier R&D institutions, and I am proud of the expanded contributions our state will make towards our nation’s defense. I commend Chancellor Sharp and the Texas A&M University System for securing this contract that will provide significant opportunities for skilled workers trained in Texas to make lasting contributions to our national security.”

The management and operations contract for Los Alamos announced today was awarded to Triad National Security, LLC., which consists of the Texas A&M University System, Battelle Memorial Institute, and the University of California. The contract includes a five-year base with five one-year options, for a total of 10 years if all options are exercised.  The estimated value of the contract is $2.5 billion annually.

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Murder #15

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:38

Case:           18-1530988
 
Date:           Saturday, June 2, 2018
 
Time:           3:11 p.m.
 
Location:    6409 Springdale Lane   
           
Deceased:   Noel Leal, Hispanic male, D.O.B. 01/01/2016
 
Arrested:     Selissa Flores, Hispanic female, 22 years of age
                     Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, Hispanic male, 25 years of age
 
On Saturday, June 2, 2018 Austin 911 received a report of an unresponsive baby at 6409 Springdale Lane.  APD, AFD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived at the residence at 3:18 p.m. EMS reported that the baby, Noel Leal, was already rigid and paramedics were suspicious about the circumstances reported by family members. Leal was pronounced deceased at 3:33 p.m.
 
The Homicide unit responded to the scene and began interviewing family members. During the course of those discussions, investigators learned that Selissa Flores, Noel’s sister, had been babysitting him since the previous afternoon. At some point between 9 p.m. on June 1 and 3:10 p.m. on June 2, Noel died after receiving trauma to his head and body. Selissa admitted that she and Miguel cleaned up the scene prior to calling 911. Investigators are still working to determine how long Noel had been dead before Flores called for help.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Sunday, June 3, 2018 and found Noel Leal died as a result of the extensive physical trauma. The cursory manner of death has been ruled a homicide. The final determination is pending.

Selissa Flores is facing charges for tampering with evidence and has a $75,000 bond. Miguel Berumen-Zepeda is also being charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child and has a $100,000 bond.

Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident 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. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
Selissa Flores, age 22

Miguel Berumen-Zepeda, age 25

Travis Country Neighborhood helps Austin PD families with donation to Austin Cops for Charities

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:36

In the aftermath of Austin's serial bombings which left two people dead and three others wounded, residents of the Travis Country Neighborhood got together to talk about ways to show their appreciation for all of the hard work Austin Police Officers did to assure that the bomber was stopped and that their neighborhood was safe. Two of the wounded were residents of the Travis Country neighborhood.

After researching several options within the Austin Police Community the group elected to raise funds to benefit Austin Cops for Charities. This organization is a non-profit organization that assists Austin Police Officers and their families in emergency needs and supports the other charitable organizations who share in their vision of working together for a better community.

On Thursday, June 7, 2018 over 30 residents of the Travis Country Neighborhood met with Police Chief Brian Manley and over 150 Austin Police Officers during the Austin Police Association's monthly membership meeting. At this meeting they presented Austin Cops for Charities Board of Trustees a "Big Check" for the amount raised.

"The residents of Travis Country want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the APD. In the events of March 18th, their compassion, leadership, and support were instrumental in helping our neighborhood cope with what occurred." - Jed Dunn, Travis Country Neighborhood

 

APD organized crime division busts methamphetamine shipment

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:30

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, officers of the APD Organized Crime Division stopped a 2008 Pontiac SUV in the 14300 block of South IH-35 for speeding. While speaking with the driver, Reymundo Bustamante, the officers picked up on a number of clues using their training in drug trafficking technique recognition that led them to believe the driver may be smuggling illegal narcotics.
 
After further investigation, APD K9 “Cuatro” positively alerted on the vehicle leading officers to discover approximately 93 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the SUV’s gas tank and tires. The estimated street value of the seized drugs is over $1.6 million.
 
Bustamante, a 22-year-old resident of Laredo, Texas, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a $10,000 fine.
 
This case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office for further review.

Reymundo Bustamante

DPS Launches iWatchTexas Mobile App

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the launch of the new iWatchTexas mobile application (app), which the public can use to report suspicious activities or behaviors

Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Texas Board Of Nursing

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:20
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melissa Schat to the Texas Board of Nursing for a term set to expire on January 31, 2019 and appointed Mazie Mathews Jamison and Kimberly “Kim” Wright for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. Additionally, the Governor reappointed Doris Jackson, D.H.A. and Verna "Kathy" Shipp for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Melissa Schat to the Texas Board of Nursing for a term set to expire on January 31, 2019 and appointed Mazie Mathews Jamison and Kimberly “Kim” Wright for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. Additionally, the Governor reappointed Doris Jackson, D.H.A. and Verna "Kathy" Shipp for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board oversees the practice of professional nursing, examination of students, and standards of professional conduct for license holders. The board also prescribes and publishes the minimum requirements and standards for course studies in various nursing degree programs.

Melissa Schat of Granbury is a pediatric nurse with Cook Children’s Medical Center-Rheumatology Department, where she focuses on clinical support of staff, patients and families. Additionally, she provides patient education, phone triage, and monitors quality improvement in her department. Her clinical experience includes home health, medical-surgical, school nursing, and rheumatology. She is a member of the Arthritis Foundation-Juvenile Arthritis Committee of North Texas. Schat received a vocational nursing certificate from Weatherford College.

Mazie Mathews Jamison of Dallas retired as chief public policy officer of Children’s Medical Center in North Texas, prior to that, she served as director of public policy for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She is past chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Coalition and co-chair of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association Social Committee. She has served as an executive committee member on the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, member of the Kilgore College Foundation Board of Directors, and previous president and current board member of the Kilgore College Rangerettes Forever Board of Directors. Mazie received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from Texas State University.

Kimberly “Kim” Wright of Big Spring is a licensed vocational nurse in the primary care outpatient clinic at West Texas Veteran’s Health Administration. Previously, she worked as a BLS Instructor at Howard College, field nurse at Encompass Home Health, and school nurse at Big Spring Independent School District. She currently serves as secretary for the LVN Boards Committee at West Texas Veteran’s Health Administration. Wright received a vocational nursing diploma from Howard College. 

Doris Jackson D.H.A., (ABD) of Pearland is a registered nurse and is a professor for the associate degree nursing program at Lone Star College – Kingwood. She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Texas Nurse Association, American Nurse Association, TCCTA, and Student Nurse Association Faculty Advisor. Jackson received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Prairie View A&M University, and she received a Doctor of Health Administration degree from Capella University.

Verna "Kathy" Shipp of Lubbock is a nurse practitioner and is on the faculty for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at West Texas A&M University. She sees family planning patients part time for South Plains Public Health District. She is a member of the American and Texas Nurse associations and the American, Texas, and South Plains Nurse Practitioner associations. She is a past member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing and the Texas Health Disparities Task Force. Additionally, she volunteers with the Parkridge Pregnancy Medical Clinic. Shipp received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from West Texas State University, Master of Science in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, and a family nurse practitioner certificate from West Texas A&M University and a master's degree from the University of Texas. Shipp will continue serving as chair of the board, she was first appointed as chair in 2012.

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103 Texas Burn Bans - 6/7/2018 8:25:20 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 08:30
ANDREWS, ARANSAS, ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BAYLOR, BEE, BORDEN, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CALLAHAN, CARSON, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COLLINGSWORTH, COMANCHE, CONCHO, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DEAF SMITH, DEWITT, DICKENS, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EASTLAND, ECTOR, EL PASO, FISHER, FLOYD, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, HAYS, HEMPHILL, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JACKSON, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JONES, KERR, KLEBERG, LA SALLE, LAMB, LIPSCOMB, LUBBOCK, LYNN, MARTIN, MATAGORDA, MENARD, MIDLAND, MOTLEY, NUECES, OLDHAM, PALO PINTO, PARKER, PARMER, PECOS, POTTER, PRESIDIO, RANDALL, REAGAN, REEVES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, SAN SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WHARTON, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Reappoints Matson To Executive Council Of Physical Therapy And Occupational Therapy

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:16
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Arthur Roger Matson to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners for a term set to expire February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Arthur Roger Matson to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. The council is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Texas by supporting the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, as they license and regulate qualified practitioners of physical therapy and occupational therapy, and register facilities in which those services are provided.

Arthur Roger Matson is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, who served as a weapons systems officer, war planner, inspector, research fellow and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Wilkes University. Upon retirement, he taught Air Force Junior ROTC for eighteen years in Germany, Georgia and Texas before retiring from teaching in 2010. He is currently an Admissions Liaison Officer for the United States Air Force Academy. Matson received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

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Governor Abbott Participates In Hurricane Preparedness Briefing With President And Federal Officials

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 14:43
Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Cabinet members and Governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness. Joining Governor Abbott in Austin, TX for the briefing were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Cabinet members and Governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness. Joining Governor Abbott in Austin, TX for the briefing were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response. The briefing was held to review key lessons learned after the 2017 hurricane season, and FEMA also provided an overview of the following topics: evacuation zones, clearance times, decision timelines and forecast uncertainty, responsible decision makers, and public messaging. Following the briefing, the Governor discussed with state officials how Texas is already preparing for the next hurricane.

"As the recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues and another hurricane season begins, now is the time to prepare," said Governor Abbott. "The state is actively readying resources and communication and response strategies to protect families and property in the event of another hurricane. I thank the Administration for today’s briefing, and I look forward to our continued coordination with federal partners throughout the 2018 hurricane season."

As the 2018 hurricane season begins, the Governor is encouraging Texans to be prepared by putting together an emergency supply kit, creating a communication plan, preparing homes for storms and heeding all warnings from local officials. For more safety and preparedness tips, Texans can visit https://www.texasprepares.org/.

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