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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement On Blinken Confirmation Vote

Senator Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting against confirming the nomination of Antony J. Blinken to serve as Secretary of State: “The policies that Mr. Blinken has committed to implementing as Secretary of State, especially regarding Iran, will dangerously erode America’s national security and will put the Biden administration on a collision course with Congress, and I could not support […]

Texas A&M-Kingsville Students Honored On President’S List, Dean’S List, Honor Roll

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2020 semester. In order to qualify for the prestigious President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours and have a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester. To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted […]

Comptroller’s Office Modernizes eSystems Webfile Portal

To better serve Texas taxpayers like you, the Comptroller’s office is modernizing the eSystems Webfile portal, which will launch Feb. 1. We’ve created a quick promotional video about the update, and we’d like to introduce you to these great upcoming features: A new user-friendly look and feel to make tax filing easier and faster, with fewer clicks to navigate. Save-and-resume functionality to allow you to save an in-process sales tax return and complete it later at your […]

Zebra Mussels Eradicated from Lake Waco in Central Texas

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has determined that invasive zebra mussels have been successfully eradicated from Lake Waco in Central Texas, preventing property damage, protecting water supply infrastructure and avoiding harm to the aquatic ecosystem. The department emphasized the vital importance of continued help from boaters, marina operators and others to Clean, Drain and Dry boats before moving them and remain vigilant to stop the spread. Fisheries biologists cautioned that eradication of the […]

Big Bend National Park Announces Development of New “Lone Mountain” Hiking Trail

The Brewster County Tourism Council and Visit Big Bend has been informed by Big Bend National Park that the development of a new hiking trail located at Panther Junction has begun.   The Lone Mountain Trail will be accessible just north of park headquarters at Panther Junction. The trail will circle the base of Lone Mountain and grace visitors with views of the Chisos, Dead Horse, and Rosillos Mountains. The new trail will be categorized as […]

Cornyn Celebrates Federal Authorization of New Vessel at Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston

Senator John Cornyn

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today celebrated the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration’s authorization of a new National Security Multi-Mission vessel (NSMV) to replace an aging training vessel at Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston.  Sen. Cornyn supported appropriations for this new vessel in the Senate, fighting for more than $300 million in federal funds. “A new vessel for maritime students in Galveston will improve training and fortify our status as a seafaring nation,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “Today’s […]

First Texas Air National Guard female two-star general to retire from Texas Military Department

The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, will preside over a retirement ceremony for Maj. Gen. Dawn M. Ferrell, prior Adjutant General – Air for the Texas National Guard. The ceremony will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  She served in the position since November of 2015. Ferrell became the first female in the Texas Air National Guard to be promoted to brigadier general, in a ceremony […]

Jacey Jetton Announces Special District Transparency Bill

State Representative Jacey Jetton announces a bill adding transparency to special districts in Texas. These special districts provide important infrastructure and flood mitigation projects , allowing for the tremendous growth of residential developments across the state. As special districts collect property taxes to fund these projects, it is important the people in those districts are able to find pertinent information about these governing bodies. “Special purpose districts can run million dollar budgets each year, but […]

Modest Employment Gains In December As Retail And Related Activities Staffed Up For Final Holiday Sales Push

Holiday-related hiring continued to boost the region’s employment through December, which saw an additional 10,600 jobs filled, according to data released Friday morning by Workforce Solutions. Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which includes retail stores and logistics activities such as warehousing and delivery services, added 6,300 jobs for the month. Parker Harvey, an economist with the regional workforce development agency, said December hiring in this sector was slightly below what the region typically sees and will […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Senator Ted Cruz

‘His legacy continues to inspire us to work together to secure the blessing of freedom for all Americans’ U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. transformed America and inspired men and women across the world with his call to pursue justice and truth. Now more than ever, we are reminded of the power of his words, calling on all of […]