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Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. www.anthonydoerr.com. “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.” www.pulitzer.org. A blind French girl and a German boy. Their paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War […]

DPS Graduates Four New Canine Teams

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today graduated four Troopers and four canines from a nine-week training program. These canine teams will join 45 other DPS Narcotic Detection Teams stationed throughout Texas, in addition to six explosive-detection teams within the Texas Highway Patrol Division. “This is a great day for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the state of Texas as we welcome the four newest canine teams to our ranks,” […]

Senate Budget Comes In Under Spending Caps

(Austin) The state will be well served by a forward-looking, conservative budget that represents only modest growth over last biennium, according to Senate Finance chair and Flower Mound Senator Jane Nelson.  She offered a proposal to the full Senate on Tuesday to spend $116.8 billion in discretionary general revenue, a 7.6 percent increase over last biennium.  That’s well within the constitutional spending caps.  “In all of those measures, we are under,” she said.  “There are […]

UHV Announces Provost Finalists, Community Open Forums

Jill Hernandez

The University of Houston-Victoria’s search for a new provost and vice president for academic affairs has resulted in the selection of three finalists, and community members can learn more by attending open forums starting Monday in Victoria and Katy. The finalists are Alberto Ruiz, Texas A&M University-Kingsville dean of the College of Education and Human Performance and a professor of kinesiology; Jill Hernandez, University of Texas at San Antonio associate dean for Undergraduate Studies, director […]

AG Paxton: Texas Supreme Court Ruling Allows State to ConcealIdentity of Execution Drug Supplier

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a Texas Supreme Court ruling that maintains the vital ability of the state to protect the identity of its execution drug supplier: “Today’s court ruling ensures anonymity for suppliers of drugs the State of Texas uses for executions by lethal injection. It is necessary to withhold the identities of these businesses and their employees from public disclosure to ensure their physical safety.  The voters of Texas have […]

Sen. Cruz: Bring New Resources Into Education to Expand Competition and Improve Quality

Participates in panel discussion with Secretary DeVos at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s 2019 Summit on Education WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday participated in a panel discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, Gerard Robinson at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s 2019 Summit on Education (RISE 2019). Watch the full panel here. At the panel, Sen. Cruz highlighted […]

Sen. Cruz: Bring New Resources Into Education to Expand Competition and Improve Quality

Participates in panel discussion with Secretary DeVos at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s 2019 Summit on Education WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday participated in a panel discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, Gerard Robinson at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s 2019 Summit on Education (RISE 2019). Watch the full panel here. At the panel, Sen. Cruz highlighted […]

Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 27-29

(AUSTIN) — With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which occurs April 27-29. “While we can’t know in advance when the next flood, tornado or hurricane may strike, we can make sure our families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can […]

DPS Distributes Lifesaving Tool, Tactical TrainingTo Troopers to Help Combat Opioid Overdoses

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today began deploying NARCAN kits, along with tactical emergency training, to all Texas State Troopers to provide an additional lifesaving tool for the public and law enforcement. NARCAN kits can help reverse a known or suspected opioid overdose. In 2018, Troopers seized 94.5 pounds of fentanyl — which constitutes more than 23 million lethal doses. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine. “The state of […]

Sen. Cruz Reintroduces Bill to Make Historic Tax Cuts Permanent for Middle Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today reintroduced his bill to ensure the historic GOP tax cuts on individuals are permanent. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) joined Sen. Cruz in introducing the bill. The full text of the bill may be viewed here. “Last year, as a result of Republican leadership in both houses of Congress, Texans and Americans across the country saw a booming […]