Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas' participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

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Highway fund, Rainy Day fund receive hefty infusions

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.

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Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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FEMA briefs governor, vice president on hurricane recovery efforts

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 15 received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Office in Austin.

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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

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Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

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Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state's 150 House districts to be redrawn.

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Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials - either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane - can create an online list for donors to access.

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State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

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Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State's congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

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Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

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Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor's office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

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Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

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Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

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Abbott signs 3 bills with few likely to reach his desk in final week

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three bills reached Gov. Greg Abbott's desk last week with the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature set to expire today.

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House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the "rainy day" reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees.

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House, Senate have not yet engaged in back-and-forth on key bills

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature.

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Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters.

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