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Governor Abbott Announces Two Governor’s University Research Initiative Grant Awards

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:06
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University as recipients of Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) grant awards.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University as recipients of Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) grant awards. As a result of these awards, the universities were able to recruit pioneers in research to their campuses. Dr. Schafrik recently joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he will lead and contribute to research in the field of material sciences and engineering. Dr. Herrera-Estrella will join Texas Tech University to develop and lead the effort in plant genomics and biodiversity through the creation of the new Center for Functional Genomic of Abiotic Stress.
 
"Texas has long been a leader in the fields of science and engineering, and the additions of Dr. Schafrik to the University of Texas at Arlington and Dr. Herrera-Estrella to Texas Tech University will further advance our state's reputation," said Governor Abbott. "I have no doubt that these universities will benefit enormously from their invaluable experience and further elevate their national research standings. These grants represent our strong commitment to excellence in higher education, to a more educated workforce, and to an even stronger economy."
 
Dr. Robert Schafrik joined the University of Texas at Arlington on February 19, 2018. Currently, he is a Fellow of ASM International and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His research will be in leading and contributing to the development of new materials as well as finding everyday applications for their use. Dr. Schrafik's expertise will also be used to support the university's technology commercialization efforts with corporate partners and start-ups to bring new technologies directly to consumers through the development of the Arlington Innovation Center. Additionally, he is slated to receive a principal appointment to the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department, and will also receive a joint appointment to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded a matching GURI grant totaling $2,000,000.
 
Dr. Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella is director and full professor of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO), Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Irapuato, Mexico). He received a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology from the State University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also conducted postgraduate research. Beginning in August 2018, Dr. Herrera-Estrella will hold the tenured position of President’s Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics and Director of the Center for Functional Genomic of Abiotic Stress. He will be joining TTU during a major growth phase in the university’s research efforts. He will develop opportunities and lead the effort in plant genomics and biodiversity through the creation of the new Center for Functional Genomic of Abiotic Stress. The new Center is expected to establish strong partnerships with various research groups and collaborators across the campus and within the greater Lubbock science and technology community. Texas Tech University has been awarded a matching GURI grant totaling $5,000,000.
 
The GURI program was one of Governor Abbott’s priorities in the most recent legislative session, aimed at bringing the best and brightest researchers in the world to Texas. Through the GURI program, the Lone Star State will continue to welcome transformative researchers who will in turn serve as economic catalysts to the Texas economy for years to come.

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Governor Abbott Appoints University Student Regents And Student Representative To The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 14:08
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed 10 student regents to their respective universities for terms set to expire on May 31, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed 10 student regents to their respective universities for terms set to expire on May 31, 2019. The Governor also appointed a student representative to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term set to expire on May 31, 2019.

Midwestern State University

Leia De La Garza of San Antonio is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Midwestern State University.

Stephen F. Austin State University

Kate Childress of Lumberton is pursuing a Master of Arts in student affairs and higher education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Texas A&M University System

Ervin Bryant of Spring is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in political science from Prairie View A&M University.

Texas Southern University

Kernard Jones of Houston is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Southern University.

Texas State University System

Leanna Mouton of Houston is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University.

Texas Tech University System

Jane Gilmore of Dallas is pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in psychology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Texas Woman's University

Emily Galbraith of Waxahachie is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders from Texas Woman's University.

University of Houston System

Andrew Teoh of Tyler is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance from the University of Houston.

University of North Texas System

Amanda Pajares of Bartlett is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The University of Texas at Tyler.

University of Texas System

Brittany Jewell of Pearland is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in cell and regulatory biology from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry and medical humanities from Baylor University.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Michelle Quynh Nhu Tran of Houston is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Houston.

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Governor Abbott Announces CORE West Headquarters Relocation To Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that CORE West, Inc. will be relocating its headquarters from Phoenix, Arizona, to Frisco, Texas, bringing $4 million in capital investment and 97 new jobs to the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that CORE West, Inc. will be relocating its headquarters from Phoenix, Arizona, to Frisco, Texas, bringing $4 million in capital investment and 97 new jobs to the state of Texas. CORE West, Inc. is the parent of CORE Construction, Inc., a general contractor that has been in operation for over 80 years. CORE Construction currently has operations in Frisco with more than 50 employees. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $970,000 has been extended to CORE West, Inc.

"This headquarters relocation not only brings more job opportunities to Texas, but adds to the growing diversity of our booming economy,” said Governor Abbott. "Texas’ ability to meet the demands of our growing population relies on companies like CORE West, which focus on infrastructure construction. Industry leaders across the country continue to recognize the tremendous potential the Lone Star State has to offer, and I welcome the investment by CORE West, Inc. in the Frisco community and the state of Texas."

“CORE Construction is a growing construction management firm with 17 offices in eight states. We have made the strategic decision to move our headquarters to Frisco, Texas, and to co-locate with our existing Texas branch,” said Jim Jacobs, CEO of CORE Construction. “In the process, we plan to construct a new headquarters building and training facility. This move will support the future growth of our firm and allow us to continue providing professional construction services to our clients across the country from a centralized location. Texas provides a business-friendly environment, comfortable living for our employees, and improved access to our other offices across the country. We appreciate the efforts the Frisco Economic Development Corporation for their assistance as we have explored the options and we are excited to have selected Frisco for our new headquarters.”

“On behalf of the City of Frisco, I’m excited to welcome the corporate headquarters of CORE Construction to our community,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “When CORE relocates from Phoenix to operate alongside its Frisco-based regional office, CORE will bring nearly 90 new jobs here – the majority of which will be high paying, professional, executive level positions. We applaud CORE’s partnership with our Frisco Economic Development Corporation, which is committed to creating jobs in our community. But we’re also thrilled to partner with a company which shares City of Frisco values such as ‘integrity, safety, quality and results’.  Bound by these like principles, we’re honored CORE chose to grow its company in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.”

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal on 28 projects in 2015-2018 that committed over $849 million in new capital investments and more than 16,000 new direct jobs all across the state, from Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley and communities in between. The TEF also serves as a jobs multiplier, supporting thousands of indirect jobs at existing local and small businesses. The $70 million invested in job creation during Governor Abbott’s administration also helped close the deal on seven corporate headquarter relocations to Texas. Administered by the Economic Development and Tourism Division within the Office of the Governor, the Texas Enterprise Fund helps to strengthen the state’s already diverse and growing economy and attract new jobs to communities across the state.

Learn more about CORE West, Inc.

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101 Texas Burn Bans - 6/5/2018 8:30:06 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 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, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, 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 Appoints Three To University of North Texas System Board of Regents

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:16

 Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mary Denny and Carlos Munguia and reappointed Milton B. Lee, II to the University of North Texas System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on May 22, 2023.

Mary Denny of Aubrey is owner and operator of ranching and rental property, and is the former state representative of House District 63. While she was a representative, she served as chairman of the House Committee on Elections and as a member of the House Select Committee on Ethics. She is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau and a former member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, National Association of State Legislators, and the Southern Legislative Conference. Additionally, she is a member of the Denton Benefit League and the Greater Denton Arts Council and a lifetime member of the University of North Texas President’s Council. Denny received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of North Texas graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Carlos Munguia of University Park is president of the Dallas Region for Amegy Bank. He is a board member and former chairman of the University of North Texas College of Business Advisory Board, member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and a graduate of Leadership Dallas and the Leadership Arts Institute. He is a former board member and chairman of the Park Cities YMCA and the Fine Arts Chamber Players. He has also served on the boards of the Entrepreneurship Institute, Presbyterian Housing Program, Town North YMCA, and Southern Dallas Entrepreneurship Institute. Munguia received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of North Texas and graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Milton B. Lee, II of San Antonio is retired as CEO of CPS Energy, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a member of the San Antonio Medical Foundation Board, Southwest Research Institute Board, The University of Texas (UT) at Austin Engineering Advisory Board, UT San Antonio Development Board, UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center Cabinet and President's Council, Texas Reliability Entity Board, National Society of Black Engineers and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, and former member of the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Trustees, Association of Electric Illuminating Companies, Texas Research Technology Foundation, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio Museum of Art. Additionally, he is a former member of the Texas Public Power Association, Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, Large Public Power Council, National Society of Black Engineers Region V Advisory Board and the American Public Power Association. Lee received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from UT Austin.

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DPS Joins Annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection Effort

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers, inspectors and investigators will conduct enhanced commercial vehicle inspections from June 5-7 as part of Roadcheck 2018

Commission To Rebuild Texas After Hurricane Harvey Update: Issue 23

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:03
Governor Greg Abbott gives top-line information on progress being made by the Commission to Rebuild Texas.

“Though smaller trees were felled by Hurricane Harvey’s fierce winds and torrential rains, the more than 1,000-year-old Big Tree at Goose Island State Park near Rockport withstood the historic storm’s wrath—as it did for centuries during every previous hurricane, as it did through fire, flood and damaging drought. Now, nine months after Hurricane Harvey destroyed so many other treasures, new leaves are growing back on the Big Tree. The mighty old oak stands as a symbol of strength—mirroring the resilience of the people of the Coastal Bend region. Rockport and Fulton are rebuilding: According to the Chamber, more than 70 percent of businesses are up and running, sales tax collections are trending upward, more than 1,000 vacation rentals and hotels will be open mid-summer and real estate sales are rebounding. I am so inspired by the teamwork, partnership and perseverance shown by leaders, businesses and citizens in all of our communities. While each day brings more progress, and more families returning home, our job is not yet done, recovery is not yet complete. But we remain—like the Big Tree—#TexasStrong.”

─ Governor Greg Abbott

 

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas

Individual Assistance

  • The TSA deadline has been extended through June 30, 2018, with a checkout date of July 1, 2018. Disaster victims with questions regarding their TSA program eligibility or status may contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for assistance.
  • Current individual assistance numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center visit fema.gov/drc, or text DRC along with a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Survivors also can find help by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, logging into DisasterAssistance.gov  or downloading the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

Housing

Governor Abbott and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced more than 15,000 homes have received repairs through the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) program in coordination with FEMA. The PREPS program provides basic repairs that allow homeowners to live in their homes and their communities as they make more permanent repairs to their homes. Up to $20,000 in repairs, including restoring electricity, air conditioning/heating, and hot water, debris removal, limited drywall and insulation, and restoring a functional bathroom and kitchen facilities, have been provided to return the homes to a standard that is safe, sanitary and secure. To date, this new program has provided repair assistance for more than 45,000 Texans.

With Hurricane Season beginning today, June 1, FEMA reminds residents that Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are designed to be exceptionally safe and secure, but all forms of housing are at risk for damage in severe weather. Never take shelter in an MHU during high winds, a tornado, a hurricane or a flood. Stay alert to weather warnings, and always follow the guidance of local officials including evacuation orders. If your MHU is damaged due to severe weather, contact the maintenance number provided when licensed in the unit.

Reminder: Flood insurance must be maintained to qualify for federal assistance in the future. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders with questions may call 800-621-3362, Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit FloodSmart.gov.

Current housing numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.

TexasRebuilds.com is the housing information resource for individuals and communities.

Follow Twitter.com/TXGLO for pictures of move-in days and updates on housing recovery.

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101 Texas Burn Bans - 6/1/2018 12:56:33 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:30
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, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, 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, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Announces Additional Funding For Border Prosecution Unit

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:24

Governor Greg Abbott today announced $365,000 in grant funding for the Border Prosecution Unit (BPU). The BPU is made up of 17 district and county attorney offices within the Texas border region that focus on investigating and prosecuting cases related to narcotics, weapons, human trafficking, organized crime, gangs, and other border-related offenses. This grant brings the total amount awarded to the BPU this year to $6 million in funding. The Texas Border Prosecution Unit was established in 2009 by the 81st Legislature.

“Texas has made great strides in securing our southern border, and the Border Prosecution Unit has been effective in helping investigate and prosecute criminals,” said Governor Abbott. “The BPU is an essential resource in the fight against some of the worst border-related offenses in our state, and I thank them for their continued commitment to keeping drugs and criminals off the streets.”

The Governor's Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) administers the grant program which funds prosecution resources for district and county attorneys along the border and in counties significantly affected by border crime. The HSGD has 20 active BPU grants for 2018. The grants support salaries for prosecutors, paralegals and investigators, as well as training for unit members and law enforcement agencies. Last fiscal year, the BPU programs reported more than 5,200 cases filed and 2,800 individuals attending training sessions.

The counties receiving additional funds include: Bee, Cameron, Dallas, Hidalgo, Uvalde, Webb and Zavala.

In addition to this new grant, border prosecutors, investigators, and other support personnel will gather in Austin next week for the annual BPU Conference.  Approximately 70 personnel are expected to attend trainings and meetings during the course of the four days. Conference activities center around continuing education, unit coordination, and budgeting and planning for future grant cycles.

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Governor Abbott Names President And Appoints Five To Texas State Board of Pharmacy

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:39
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Donald “Donnie” Lewis to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for a term set to expire on August 31, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Donald “Donnie” Lewis to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for a term set to expire on August 31, 2019. Additionally, the Governor appointed Rick Fernandez, Daniel Guerrero, Lori Henke, Pharm.D., and Julie Spier for terms set to expire on August 31, 2023. Also, the Governor named Dennis Wiesner president of the board. The board fosters the provision of quality pharmaceutical care to the citizens of Texas and regulates the practice of pharmacy in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, efficiency, effectiveness and openness.

Donald “Donnie” Lewis of Athens is a staff pharmacist for Malakoff Pharmacy and Tyler Hematology Oncology Pharmacy. He has practiced in hospital and community pharmacy for over 40 years, during which he owned two of his own pharmacies. Additionally, he operates a wedding and event venue and is a licensed real estate agent. He is a former Athens City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem, and currently is a member of The University of Texas Health East Texas Board of Managers in Athens. Previously, he volunteered for the Pendulum Project Culinary Program and has coordinated pharmacy services for medical mission trips to Africa, Peru and Ecuador. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Rick Fernandez of Northlake is a healthcare director at Walgreens, overseeing 550+ pharmacy locations in the Texas, Oklahoma, and the Southern New Mexico. He has served in various capacities within Walgreens for more than 25 years. He is a past president of the El Paso Pharmacy Association, and previously served on the Admissions Committee and Advisory Board for the newly opened University of Texas El Paso College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the American Pharmacist Association and the Texas Pharmacy Association. Fernandez received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, graduating with honors.

Daniel Guerrero of San Marcos is a former three-term Mayor and City Council Member for the City of San Marcos. He currently serves as a lecturer in the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University and as a business development consultant with J.L. Powers & Associates. As a 36-year youth cancer survivor, he serves as an avid volunteer with youth cancer nonprofits such as the Sunshine Kids Foundation and Camp Discovery. Guerrero received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Texas State University and a Master of Science in leadership from St. Edward's University.

Lori Henke, Pharm.D. of Amarillo is the director of pharmacy at Northwest Texas Healthcare System. She is a member of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation Board, past president of the Panhandle Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and former board member of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is the 2nd vice chair of the Amarillo Area Foundation Board and an advisory board member of the Amarillo College Pharmacy Technician Program. Additionally, she is a past president of the Junior League of Amarillo, former member of the Texas Tech Institutional Review Board, and former co-chairman for the development of the Medical Center League House in Amarillo. Henke received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a GSK Pharmacy Leadership Certification from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Julie Spier of Katy is the director of pharmacy operations for the southern division of Albertsons, Randalls, and Tom Thumb, where she oversees 158 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Through the years, she has served in the capacity of pharmacist, pharmacy manager, regional pharmacy manager, and patient care services pharmacy manager. She is a member of the Texas Federation of Drug Stores, where she has served as president, secretary/treasurer, and vice president. She is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, American Leadership Forum Med Class 5, and the University of Houston Dean’s Advisory Council, which she has twice chaired. Additionally, she is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America serving at the troop, district, and council levels in various capacities. Spier received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Dennis Wiesner of Austin most recently served as senior director of privacy, pharmacy, and government affairs for H-E-B Grocery. He is a member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, American Society for Pharmacy Law, Food Marketing Institute Pharmacy Advisory Council, Texas Department of State Health Services Pandemic Subcommittee, Texas Blue Ribbon Task Force on Emergency Preparedness, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Policy Council. He is a past board member of the Texas Pharmacy Foundation, a member and past president of the Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores, and a past representative to the Texas Pharmacy Congress. Wiesner received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin.

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APD Seeking Public Help in Aggravated Robbery Series

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:32

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is working a series of aggravated robbery cases that stretch from January to May of this year.  There have been five cases that appear to be linked to the same suspect. 

The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, displayed a handgun, demanded cash and then left the scenes.  The suspect has been seen running away from all five businesses. 

Suspect described as:

  • Black or Hispanic Male
  • 6’0” tall
  • Slender build

Suspect has been seen wearing Nike running shoes, and often carries a gray backpack.  Surveillance video of the suspect can be seen here: https://youtu.be/9f16NAIbA8A
 

Anyone with information can contact the Austin Police Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092 or Capital Area Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.

 

100 Texas Burn Bans - 6/1/2018 7:59:31 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 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, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GRAY, HALE, HALL, HANSFORD, HARDEMAN, HARTLEY, 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 SABA, SCHLEICHER, SCURRY, SHERMAN, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, SWISHER, TERRELL, TERRY, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, TRAVIS, UPTON, VAL VERDE, VICTORIA, WARD, WILBARGER, WILLACY, WILLIAMSON, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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APD seeking assistance in robbery case

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:29

Case:            18-1500683 

Date:             May 30, 2018

Time:             11:11 a.m.
 
Location:       7700 block of Ed Bluestein Blvd.

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred Wednesday, May 30. The suspects, whose descriptions and photos are included, robbed a store located in the 7700 block of Ed Bluestein Blvd. The suspects got away with several items, including an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then left the scene in a stolen car that was recovered a short time later. 
 
The four suspects are described as teen males, all wearing red shoes. 

Video of robbery and suspects involved

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS 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.

Hurricane Season Officially Underway, Texans Urged to Prepare Now

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind all Texans that Hurricane Season officially starts today and runs through Nov. 30

Reward Increased to $10,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender from North Texas

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The reward for Billy Don Urango, 26, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to his capture

Governor Abbott Appoints Schmidt To Texas Ethics Commission

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 14:16
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Richard Schmidt to the Texas Ethics Commission for a term set to expire on November 19, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Richard Schmidt to the Texas Ethics Commission for a term set to expire on November 19, 2021.

Richard Schmidt of Corpus Christi is a consultant and advisor for the Claro Group and an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Previously, he served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for 28 years on the Southern District of Texas Bench. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former director and chairman of its Bankruptcy Section. He is a former member of the Louisiana Bar Association and former secretary of the Shreveport Bar Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Halo Flight Board of Directors, Mirador Board of Directors, and the Corpus Christi Municipal Band and former president of the Corpus Christi Symphony. While in the Air Force Reserves, he graduated from Air War College, he received training in Total Quality Management from W. Edwards Deming and retired as a Colonel. Schmidt received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from New Mexico State University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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99 Texas Burn Bans - 5/31/2018 8:22:32 AM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:30
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Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Central Texas

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added David Sauceda Medina, 62, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward of up to $3,000 is now being offered

Governor Abbott Unveils Plan To Address School Safety In Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:36
Governor Greg Abbott today joined state and local leaders to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined state and local leaders to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. The Governor’s plan contains 40 recommendations and includes proposals that call for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening existing campus security programs, enhancing firearm safety, providing mental health evaluations that identify students at risk of harming others, and much more. Today’s announcement, which the Governor unveiled in Dallas, TX and San Marcos, TX, follows a series of roundtable discussions held last week during which the Governor spoke to, and received input from, victims, parents, educators, lawmakers, law enforcement and policy experts to help generate solutions that improve safety and security at Texas schools.

Read Governor Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.

“This plan is a starting point, not an ending place,” said Governor Abbott. “It provides strategies that can be used before the next school year begins to keep our students safe when they return to school. This plan will make our schools safer and our communities safer.”

In addition to the actions Governor Abbott is taking today, he will also ask Texas Senate and House leaders to issue an interim charge to consider the merits of adopting a “red flag” law allowing law enforcement, a family member, school employee, or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person, only after legal due process is provided.

The recommendations announced today identify nearly $110 million in total funding, including $70 million that is already or will soon be available to begin this important work. Additionally, the Governor has identified a specific need for $30 million that he will work with the Legislature to fund next session.

A full list of the Governor's recommendations can be found below.

IMMEDIATE FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO SANTA FE

Governor’s Criminal Justice Division Grants:

  • Deploying Crisis Response Counselors To Meet Immediate Mental Health Needs.
  • Assisting Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Efforts to Provide a Long-Term Behavioral Health Response.
  • Ensuring First Responders Have Mental Health Resources.
  • Providing Additional Counselors to ISDs in the Santa Fe Area.
  • Providing Highly-Trained Counselors to Santa Fe ISD for the Upcoming School Year.
  • Coordinating Long-Term Community Mental Health Efforts.

 U.S. Department Of Education Grant:

  • Office of the Governor has worked with the U.S. Department of Education to immediately deliver $1 million to Santa Fe ISD through the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

MAKING SCHOOLS SAFER

Immediately Increase Law Enforcement Presence At Schools:

  • Schools should collaborate with local law enforcement to heighten police presence on school campuses.
  • Prioritize hiring retired peace officers – specifically police, sheriffs, and constables – and military veterans for school security.

Train More School Marshals And Improve The Program:

  • Increase the number of school marshals by funding training this summer.
  • Increase the number of school marshals that can be appointed per school.
  • Remove the firearm storage requirement for school marshals who are in direct contact with students.
  • Revamp marshal training requirements to focus more time on firearms training.
  • Require annual refresher courses to maintain school marshal skills.

Provide Active Shooter And Emergency Response Training:

  • Protect students and teachers by better preparing campus security to respond to active shooters.
  • The Texas School Safety Center will deliver a workshop-based course that allows for hands-on application of high-quality planning practices.
  • The Texas School Safety Center will partner with the I Love You Guys Foundation to provide training in the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method for school personnel.

Hardening Of Campus Facilities:

  • Improve the infrastructure and design of Texas schools to prevent security threats

Prioritize Increased Federal Funding Toward Immediate School Safety Improvements:

  • TEA will work with school districts to prioritize $62.1 million in new federal funding toward immediate school safety improvements, including school hardening, increased law enforcement patrols, implementation of mental health programs, and other recommendations discussed in this plan

Strengthen Existing Campus Security Programs:

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) should review school districts’ and charter schools’ school safety and security audits.
  • Specifically require certain members of the community to serve on an ISD or charter school’s safety and security committee.
  • The School Safety and Security Committee should be required to discuss with local law enforcement the expansion of patrol zones to include the school district.
  • The School Safety and Security Committee should hold meetings at least three times per year.
  • School Safety and Security Committees should periodically provide updates to the school board.
  • Schools should be required to notify parents if a significant threat to students’ safety occurs.

PREVENTING THREATS IN ADVANCE

Provide Mental Health Evaluations That Identify Students At Risk Of Harming Others And Provide Them The Help They Need:

  • To enhance school safety and ensure additional behavioral health services are available to students on-campus, expand access to Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s Telemedicine Wellness Intervention Triage & Referral (TWITR) Project.

Increase Mental Health First Aid Training:

  • Increase Mental Health First Aid training during summer 2018

Provide Schools with Behavioral Threat Assessment Programs:

  • The Texas School Safety Center will partner with SIGMA Threat Management to deliver training on Behavioral Threat Assessment to school personnel.
  • Better Utilize And Expand On-Campus Counseling Resources:
  • Prioritize the importance of the mental and behavioral health needs of students by freeing up counselors to focus on those needs, encourage school district’s to add more counselors at the campus level, and appropriate funds to fill in gaps.

 Expand Campus Crime Stoppers Programs:

  • Expand Crime Stoppers operations and launch an awareness campaign for school employees and students to encourage the reporting of tips related to school crime.

Use Digital Technology to Prevent Attacks:

  • Increase the use and awareness of DPS’ “iWatch Texas” reporting system to enable and encourage parents, students, and teachers to easily report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school employees, and schools.

Deploy More Fusion Centers To Monitor Social Media For Threats:

  • Increase the number of fusion centers in Texas to improve law enforcement’s ability to identify, process, and resolve potential threats that appear on social media.

Improve Mental Health Crisis Response Infrastructure:

  • To better respond to the needs of students and school faculty in the aftermath of a crisis, expand the Texas Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network to improve outcomes.

Increase The Safety Of Charter Schools:

  • Include charter schools in the same school safety requirements as Independent School Districts.
  • Allowing charter schools to access similar safety options as Independent School Districts.

Remove From The Classroom Students Who Threaten Teachers:

  • Protect school employees by implementing a zero-tolerance policy for students who commit assault.
  • To improve the learning environment by making campuses safer, expand the list of offenses for which a student may be expelled or placed in a disciplinary alternative educational program.
  • When a student is placed in a DAEP classroom, the school district should implement a cycle of restorative practices designed to address the underlying mental or behavioral health issues, including screenings from the TWITR project or similar programs.

ENHANCING FIREARMS SAFETY

Close Critical Information Gaps To Help Prevent Shootings Like That In Sutherland Springs:

  • Create a statewide case management system to provide magistrates immediate access to critical information and to speed the timely reporting of court records for federal background checks.

Study A Protective Order Law To Keep Guns Out Of The Hands Of Those Mentally Unfit To Bear Arms, But Only After Legal Due Process Is Allowed To Ensure Second Amendment Rights Are Not Violated:

  • Encourage the Texas Senate and House leaders to issue an interim charge to consider the merits of adopting a red flag law allowing law enforcement, a family member, school employee, or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person only after legal due process is provided.

Mandate A 48-Hour Reporting Period To Close Gaps In Federally Mandated Background Checks:

  • Adjudications affecting the right to legally purchase and possess firearms should be reported within 48 hours. This 48-hour requirement should also extend to protective orders and family violence convictions. Courts should ensure that all disqualifying felony convictions are entered as soon as possible.

Strengthening The Safe Firearm Storage Law:

  • To help ensure firearm safety, make modifications to the Texas gun storage law.

Promote Awareness Of Safe Storage Practices:

  • Promote voluntary use of gun locks.
  • Increase notification and awareness of the law.

Mandatory Reporting Of Lost Or Stolen Guns:

  • To aid law enforcement, require that gun owners report when their firearms are lost or stolen within 10 days.
Categories: State - TX (Texas)

Traffic Fatality #24

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:51

Case:            18-1460542
 
Date:             May 26, 2018

Time:             9:41 a.m.
 
Location:       7600 block of FM 969

Deceased:     Sean Everton Bodie, Black male (D.O.B. 7-14-99)  
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a tan, 2000, Toyota Camry was traveling eastbound on FM 969 when it hit the rail road tracks at a high rate of speed and lost control. The vehicle entered into the westbound lanes where it was struck by a white, 2011, Ford F-250.
 
The driver of the Toyota Camry was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The occupants of the Ford F-250 were taken to area hospitals for what are believed to be minor.
 
The case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s twenty-fourth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in twenty-five fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were twenty-six fatal traffic crashes and twenty-seven traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

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