Texas

Texas Traditions
8:28 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The 16 rules for the Christmas family tamaleada

NPR

Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides of San Antonio describes the joys and tribulations of the Christmas tamaleada. It's a labor of love and female bonding, but like any family event, there are unwritten rules.

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A&M-Commerce
7:52 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Tyler Junior College partnership announced

Tyler Junior College President Mike Metke, Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dan R. Jones and Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs Adolfo Benavides affirm partnership between institutions.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College have formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at Tyler Junior College into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The statement came on Dec. 19.

The three-year partnership goes into effect Dec. 20, 2013, and will allow Tyler Junior College students to complete their four-year degrees through A&M-Commerce via online courses, on-campus classes or a combination of the two.

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Texas Crime and Courts
3:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

'Restorative justice' presented as option for offenses

The State of Texas Supreme Court building in Austin.
State of Texas

Could restorative justice - also known as victim/offender mediation - work as an option for punishment of low-level crimes? The Texas Public Policy Foundation's recent report "Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas" suggests yes. Derek Cohen explains and discusses the reasoning behind an approach that emphasizes the offender's debt to the victim rather than the offender's debt to the state.

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Lamar County
8:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Anglin describes decision, challenges at PJC

Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College president Pamela Anglin will be at the school for the forseeable future - but it didn't look that way one month ago.

In October, Anglin announced her decision to leave to go work for Blinn College in Brenham. But just last week, Anglin announced that she had decided to stay.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
2:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville have been infested by the mussels.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/

If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules on the way.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations are aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels. Boaters must drain and dry vehicles and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

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Texas Water
2:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lake Fork role in Dallas water plans to increase

Lake Fork, at center, is about 90 miles east of Dallas.
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Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New lake would cost $3.4 billion, flood 70K acres

The proposed reservoir would be mostly in Red River County.
sulphurriver.net

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would flood 70,000 acres of bottom land, including hardwood forests that have been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "high value" habitat. A report published last week by Austin-based Environment Texas opposes the project, which it says would harm Northeast Texas so as to supply water for Dallas - a city with comparatively poor water conservation practices. 

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Hunt County
2:19 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pipeline's pump station spills oil near Greenville

One family was evacutaed as a result of the spill.
Twitter: @MSaavedraTV

One north Hunt County family was evacuated in the early hours of Nov. 6 after an above-ground pumping station began spraying crude oil near their home.

County 911 dispatchers received a call about the leak at 11:39 p.m. on Nov. 5, according to Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill. A Wolfe City Fire Department crew responded to the site near Farm-to-Market Road 118, just north of the intersection with County Road 4304, Hill said.

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Opinion
11:49 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Texas Prop 6 would waste billions getting the water equation right

harmononearth.com

For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a more crowded and thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pumping rural water hundreds of miles to thirsty city centers, and dozens of evaporation-prone reservoirs to fill in for those that have already gone dangerously dry.

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Texas Environment
6:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Texas climatologists planning for future

Texas Tech climatologist Katharine Hayhoe speaking at today’s “Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies: A Capital Area Symposium.”
harmononearth.com

Texas has a tough climate. Throughout human habitation here, people have regularly suffered through extended periods of drought followed by violent flooding and storms. But, with all things being equal, things have always managed to return to something we know as normal. So why should we care about climate change, Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, says she is sometimes asked.

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Texas Transportation
10:21 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Debt issues tied to SH 130 could impact toll projects

Speed limit on the new portion of SH130 will be 85MPH as the opening ceremonies for the final southern portion of SH130 toll road from Georgetown, TX north of Austin to Seguin near San Antonio.
Bob Daemmrich The Texas Tribune

A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limit — the highest in the country — drew international headlines, many state and local leaders were more interested in the road’s unique financing: A private consortium designed and built the road and agreed to operate and maintain it for 50 years in exchange for a cut of the toll revenue. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:49 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ryan pitches for Prop 6

Nolan Ryan, shown here in a screen grab from a new video advertisement.
YouTube

Less than a week after stepping down from the Texas Rangers front office, baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit leader is stumping for Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would create a new water fund for Texas. Meanwhile, in Northeast Texas, regional planner Bret McCoy explains a detail of Prop 6 at last week's board meeting in Mount Pleasant.

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Lamar County
11:16 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Paris Junior College president resigns, accepts job in Brenham

Dr. Pamela Anglin
Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College president Dr. Pamela Anglin submitted her resignation at a special meeting of the college's Board of Regents at a special meeting on Oct. 18. Anglin's last day at the college will be Dec. 31, 2013.

"The last ten years I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful faculty and staff," Dr. Anglin said in a statement.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:58 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Perry hits road for water fund

Rick Perry speaks in Wylie on Oct. 10.
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?

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News and Culture Notebook
3:44 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Kristofferson: Smiling at 77

Kris Kristofferson will play in Greenville Oct. 12. The show at the Dairy Manor will benefit restoration efforts for the Texan Theater.
NPR

Kris Kristofferson, the man who lived a dozen different lives before the age that most men are settling into one, isn’t done. He’s got at least one more role to play on this earthly stage. At 77, Kristofferson has become the thankful one.

I got lucky, I got everything I wanted

I got happy, there was nothing else to do

And I'd be crazy not to wonder if I'm worthy

Of the part I play in this dream that's coming true

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