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Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation Hosts “Impact Day”

HOUSTON – (November 13, 2018) The Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) partnered with multiple business and community leaders across the Greater Houston area to provide a day of empowerment on Saturday, October 20, 2018. With more than 5,500 participants, the inspiring and empowering day featured workshops focusing on a variety of topics, issues and concerns and then concluded with a scholarship celebration. TWEF Founder Deavra Daughtry and Honorary Chair Vanessa Reed, Comerica Bank, encouraged the community […]

WGU Texas Recognizes Veterans Day with up to $75,000 in Scholarships for Veterans, Military Service Members, and their Families   

 Nonprofit, online university to award up to 25 scholarships AUSTIN, TEXAS – (Nov. 12, 2018) To honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online WGU Texas is offering up to $75,000 in scholarships for veterans, active-duty military, reservists, and military family members who want to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in high-demand fields including IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing. Applications are now being accepted through December 31, 2018, for the WGU […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘We Pause to Honor the Selfless Service and Unyielding Courage of the Men and Women of Our Armed Forces’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in observance of Veterans Day: “This Veterans Day, we pause to honor the selfless service and unyielding courage of the men and women of our Armed Forces. We say ‘thank you’ to every brave soldier, sailor, airman, marine, and coast guardsman who pledge themselves to the defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our way of life. “The Lone Star State is home […]

DPS Issues Statement on Veterans Day

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day: “As we head into this Veterans Day weekend, we all have the distinct privilege of honoring the courageous men and women who have valiantly answered the call to serve in our country’s military both at home and abroad. This Sunday, let us join together in showing our appreciation for those who have fought bravely to protect us […]

AG Paxton Announces Senior Staff Promotions

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced several promotions on his senior staff, naming Darren McCarty as deputy attorney general for civil litigation and Amanda Cochran-McCall as division chief of general litigation. “Darren and Amanda are both highly respected attorneys who have proven themselves as leaders in my office and will distinguish themselves in their important new roles,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These senior staff promotions, reflecting the individuals’ hard work, extensive experience and wise counsel, will […]

Texas AG Office’s Veterans Honored During Special Ceremony

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Military veterans employed by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office were honored yesterday during a special ceremony held in the rotunda of the William B. Clements Building ahead of the national observance of Veterans Day this Sunday. The attorney general’s office employs 291 veterans from all branches of the U.S. military, along with surviving spouses and orphans of veterans. According to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 21 million veterans […]

 USDA Announces Investments to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure and Increase Grid Resilience  

More than 7 million customers will benefit from improved or new service TEMPLE, TX, November 8, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states. “Reliable and affordable power is an underpinning for economic development and quality of life,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA […]

AG Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit Arrests Nine Alleged Participants of an Organized Illegal Voting Scheme in Edinburg

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Election Fraud Unit of his office arrested nine individuals accused of participating in an organized illegal voting scheme in Edinburg. The arrests follow an ongoing investigation into a coordinated effort by political workers to recruit people who agreed to fraudulently claim residential addresses so they could vote in specific city of Edinburg municipal races. Attorney General Paxton’s office arrested Hidalgo County residents Guadalupe Sanchez Garza, […]

AG Paxton’s Office, Travis County DA Margaret Moore Obtain 20-Year Prison Sentence in Sex Trafficking Case Involving a 14-Year-Old Victim

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today assisted the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in securing  a prison sentence for a woman charged with the sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. Today, Judge Tamara Needles sentenced Kirsten Violette to 20 years in prison. In July, Violette pleaded guilty to trafficking of persons under the age of 18 for prostitution. Her co-defendant, Kedrick Nelms, was sentenced by the Judge to a 40-year prison term for […]

Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes $817 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $817 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5.4 percent more than in November 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers. LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (Nov. 2018) Recipient Nov. 2018 Allocations Change from Nov. 2017 Year-to-date […]