– The severe drought and extreme heat are not only affecting the local landscape, but what's underneath. Local municipalities typically repair more water main breaks during the summer, especially in triple digit heat.
"Normally we might see ten, 15, maybe 20 breaks in a month," says Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell. "But we just concluded July and had 60 breaks and I expect that to increase again this month."
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce is one of eight Texas universities that will offer specialized programs for returning students.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Tuesday announced a campaign for college dropouts to return and finish their bachelor's degree. The Grad Texas program targets adults who have 90 or more credit hours toward the 120 hours needed for a degree.
Sulphur Springs – The search for missing Sulphur Springs resident Melissa McVay Darling entered its eight week Thursday.
Crews on both sides of the Red River have been working the case, searching numerous locations for clues.
To date, one individual has been identified and interviewed in connection to the case, but no arrests have been made. According to Detective David Gilmore, the man was listed as a person of interest because of inconsistencies in his statements.
Workers construct an apartment building in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Aug. 3, 2011. As many as 100,000 new apartment units are scheduled to be built on land that previously belonged to farmers. A court has halted some development on the grounds that the farmers weren't fairly compensated.
Buffalo graze in the backdrop of apartments under construction in Greater Noida, Aug. 3, 2011. While farmers seek fair compensation for their land, many worried buyers have invested their life savings in down payments on apartments that haven't been built yet.
Denton, TX – Few Texans realize that homes in suburban areas can be at risk from wildfires. But whether you live in the forested areas or in suburbs on the outskirts of relatively treeless places, houses are at risk every year when wildfires sweep across the land. Sparks from wildfires as far as two miles away can be blown into yards and roofs.
Austin, TX – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today issued the following statement in response to the news from State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon that Texas is suffering through the "most severe one-year drought on record" and the hottest July in the history of the Lone Star State.