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Perry issues disaster proclamation for Alex
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster proclamation for 19 counties as Tropical Storm Alex gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico. Alex was swirling northwest Monday and forecasters say the storm could build winds as high as 120 mph by Wednesday. More

Evacuation issued for South Padre Island; Port Isabel, Laguna Vista could be next
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Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos has issued a mandatory evacuation of all high profile vehicles at county parks on South Padre Island as Tropical Storm Alex continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico moving closer to the South Texas-Mexico border. The judge issued the order late Monday after the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicated Alex was on track to affect the Gulf Coast region. More

Official: Even glancing blow from Alex could wreak oil havoc
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Tropical Storm Alex drew a possible bead on Texas' southern coast, the director of the National Hurricane Center said Monday that a smaller hurricane that skirts the southern edge of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill could pose more danger than one that strikes the spill area head-on. Though Alex is not expected to track through the portion of the Gulf affected by the spill, the storm still has the potential to hamper containment efforts, Bill Read told risk management officials meeting Monday in Austin. More

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The Texas Home Builders workers' comp group announces $122,694 dividend
Businesswire via Insurance News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Home Builders Workers' Comp Group announced a $122,694 dividend to policy holders bringing total dividends paid to the group to $287,461. The group's premium volume and loss ratio were factors in determining its dividend. The THB-WC group, formed in September 2005 exclusively for home builders in Texas, provides qualifying members with a competitive option for workers' compensation coverage. The announcement marks the third dividend payment and a 15 percent increase over last year's dividend payment for the group by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the program underwriter. More

Green Retailing: Get up on green roofs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A green roof is exactly what it sounds like-plants growing on the roof. The idea is old, but current approaches are based on the latest systems thinking. A good green roof system takes in the entire building ecology and watershed. Storm runoff is managed; perhaps rainwater is harvested and reused within the building. The plants effectively filter rainwater, provide habitat, and maybe even food for inhabitants. More

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White says he would appoint judges from both parties
The Austin American-Statesman Postcards Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just outside the arena where some of the most strident Democrats in Texas gathered for their state convention, Bill White, the party's nominee for governor, said he would appoint Democratic and Republican judges if he beats Gov. Rick Perry this fall. "I will be the first governor in the state of Texas to really make these appointments on a bipartisan basis," White said in an interview with the American-Statesman. More

GOP ties bind Green Party candidates in Texas case
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Even if allegations about an illegal petition drive are true, knocking Green Party candidates off the November general election ballot before they can be proven imposes "a death penalty," lawyers for the party argued in a written appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. The party has until Friday to certify its candidates for the fall election, but a judge last Friday ordered it not to proceed because of an "unauthorized illegal contribution" by a corporation with Republican links. More

Governor Rick Perry and Jan Brewer sound off
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Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer criticized the Obama administration’s border plan on Monday, saying it did not do enough to quell border violence. Federal officials told Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard Monday that Arizona can expect to see the vast majority if National Guard troops deployed to the border. Arizona will get 524 troops, Texas 250, California 224 and New Mexico 72, officials said. More

Libertarian Katherine Glass campaigns for governor
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The easy part for Katherine Youngblood Glass was securing the gubernatorial nomination of the Libertarian Party of Texas, which she did by a 3-to-1 margin over the party’s 2002 choice, Jeff Daiell, on June 13 in Austin. Still, she's ready to do battle, and she'll get her first shot at Democrat Bill White on July 5, at the candidate forum of the Kerrville League of Women Voters. Gov. Rick Perry won't be there — he has refused to debate unless White releases more of his tax returns — but Texans thirsting for right-leaning rhetoric on states' rights, gun control and secure borders won't be disappointed by Glass. More

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US fines Texas $4 million for botching food-stamp claims
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal food stamp officials have fined Texas nearly $4 million for making too many errors in calculating people's monthly benefits. U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon notified state officials late last week, offering to waive half of the $3.96 million fine if Texas would use the money to improve administration of the program. More

Proposed oil pipeline to Texas raises worries
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From the ranches of East Texas to Capitol Hill, folks suddenly have the jitters about a proposed pipeline that would bring Canadian crude to the refineries of Houston and Port Arthur. The $7 billion project, called Keystone XL, would increase America's access to crude from Canada's tar sands,as offshore crude exploration faces scrutiny amid a runaway oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a legal fight over a federal offshore drilling moratorium. More

Dolph Briscoe, Texas governor from 1973-79, dies
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Former Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr., the wealthy scion of a storied family descended from a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died Sunday after a lengthy illness, according to a family statement. He was 87. Briscoe had been hospitalized in January and had returned home only recently, according to family spokeswoman Ann Arnold. Funeral arrangements are pending. More

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