Amid debate over whether plastic bag bans violate the state's health and safety laws, Dallas on March 26 became the largest city in Texas to pass an ordinance restricting use of the bags.
The Dallas ordinance, which the City Council approved by a vote of 8-6, doesn't ban plastic bags outright. Rather, it limits their use by imposing a 5-cent-per-bag charge on retailers, which will receive 10 percent of the revenue. The rest will go to the city to spend on educating the public about the environmental hazards of plastic bags. The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas has gained custody of allegedly cruelly treated equines, seized last week from a property near Greenville.
The SPCA of Texas joined with Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones in taking custody of five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule from a property on State Highway 34, about four miles north of Greenville on march 19. One deceased horse was also found on the property.
Oiled birds and stranded boats have been some of the most compelling visual images of the devastation in Galveston Bay in the wake of an oil tanker collision that might have released up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.
But marine scientists and fishing industry officials worry that the spill poses longer-term dangers beneath the surface of the bay’s waters, which are among the most productive in the world and a key resource for a multibillion-dollar recreational and commercial fishing industry.
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Addiction, says because most e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) contain nicotine, they still pose a major cancer threat to users.
L-3 Mission Integration is continuing its expansion at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport.
For the second time this month, the Greenville City Council is scheduled to accept a building being constructed at the airport through an agreement with the Greenville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). In this case, it is a massive $6.87 million warehouse facility, which will open in about 13 months.
The custody of several allegedly cruelly treated equines, seized March 19 from a property near Greenville, will be determined this week.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas joined with Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones in taking custody of five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule from a property on State Highway 34, about four miles north of Greenville. One deceased horse was also found on the property.
City Manager Massoud Ebrahim urged the Greenville City Council Tuesday to consider selling the Paul Mathews Exchange Building, before it becomes a potentially significant financial burden to the city.
“We feel there is a huge risk to the city with this building,” Ebrahim said during Tuesday’s council meeting, as he asked the council to pass an ordinance giving him and Mayor Steve Reid the authority to negotiate the sale of the building at market value.
Ebrahim stressed the final decision will be up to the council.
After issuing repeated notices that a warrant roundup was approaching, and even offering individuals a chance to clear up their fines and court costs at a discount, officers with the Greenville Police Department have made dozens of arrests of suspects wanted on outstanding warrants.
Officers made 47 arrests between Friday morning and Sunday night, with 44 of the arrests involving individuals on outstanding warrants.
The police department also arrested 19 people on outstanding warrants Thursday.
Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council passed an ordinance on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.
Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.
Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses.