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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Recognition for Financial Reporting

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his agency has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its fiscal 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The agency has received this honor for 28 consecutive years. The certificate is GFOA’s highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting. “I am proud of the hardworking employees of my office […]

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Statements on New Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after Secretary of the Army Mark Esper announced that the Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division would be converted from a Stryker Brigade Combat Team to an Armored Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. “I am pleased that the Army chose Fort Bliss as the home for the new Armored Brigade Combat Team, […]

Sen. Cruz Talks with Expedition 56 Crew Members Stationed on ISS

Tours Johnson Space Center with Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today participated in a meet and greet and tour with Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Still photos and video of the visit may be viewed here. Sen. Cruz had the opportunity to talk with the crew members of Expedition 56 who are stationed […]

RRC Selects Assistant Executive Director & Oil and Gas Division Director

Danny Sorrells-- RRC Assistant Executive Director and Oil and Gas Division Director

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas announced Danny Sorrells will serve as Assistant Executive Director and Oil & Gas Division Director. Since Aug. 1, Sorrells has served as Acting Oil and Gas Division Director. I’m honored to be chosen for this position at the world’s top oil and gas regulatory agency,” Sorrells said. “I look forward to continue working with our agency’s dedicated staff who are committed to protection of public safety and the environment.” Executive […]

Check your coverage before disaster strikes

AUSTIN, Texas — The first two weeks of National Preparedness Month focused on helping Americans survive a disaster by encouraging everyone to make and practice their disaster plan and learn lifesaving skills. Week 3 turns attention to the post-disaster phase, when proper insurance can mean the difference between full recovery and financial devastation. No one should rely on federal disaster assistance to make them whole after a catastrophic weather event. Federal assistance is only available if […]

Rains may have eased Texas’ drought situation in recent days, but the big weather story may be the lack of severe storms and tornadoes in the state

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications COLLEGE STATION, Sept. 20, 2018 – Rains may have eased Texas’ drought situation in recent days, but the big weather story may be the lack of severe storms and tornadoes in the state – down by as much as 90 percent in some areas, according to a Texas A&M University expert. John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as State Climatologist and Regents Professor in the Department of Atmospheric […]

AG Paxton: Open Records Division Experiences Record-Setting Year for  Public Information Requests and Opinions

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Open Records Division of his office handled a record number of public information requests and issued an all-time record number of rulings during state fiscal year 2018. Between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018, the 60 employees in the attorney general’s Open Records Division issued 30,939 rulings, a 6.6 percent increase over fiscal year 2017. They also handled over 50,000 pieces of mail and […]

New Museum to Host Friends of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Meeting

The new Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum opens Aprl 27. (Texas Historical Commission photo)

SAN FELIPE—The Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will host their annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum, 220 2nd Street. The meeting is open to the public and those interested in learning about the Friends and their mission to support the historic site and its new museum operations. Following a brief welcome, program and business meeting, attendees will be able to […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Palestinian Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to a Palestinian terrorist attack, which resulted in the death of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli who was murdered today by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari was a devoted husband, a father of four, and a passionate advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel. After being […]

Federal assistance helping restore iconic Fulton convention center

AUSTIN, Texas — The Paws and Taws Convention Center hosted more than five decades of events in Fulton, Texas, before Hurricane Harvey tore through it in August. The beloved structure unfortunately could not be repaired, but its demolition didn’t end the Paws and Taws story or the memories created in the building. Rebuilding the 7,608-square-foot structure and its 1,488-square-foot deck was estimated to cost $2.8 million after winds lifted and damaged the walls, roof, floor and […]