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Archive for August, 2014


Saturday, August 30th, 2014

SpaceX, Blue Origin compete for NASA contract

Four private space travel companies, including two with ties to Texas, are competing for a NASA contract that will have them ferrying astronauts to space “like a taxi.” NASA will announce the winner of the contract in the coming weeks.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Abbott opinion murky on plastic bag bans

Plastic bag bans in Texas cities such as Austin and Laredo may be legally sound, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott's office handed down on Friday afternoon — that is, as long as...

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Sheriff announces ‘zero tolerance’ for parking violations near rivers

On the eve of Labor Day weekend, the Hays and Caldwell sheriff offices say they will rigorously enforce parking restrictions at popular staging points east of San Marcos. for tubers and other water-bound tourists.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Mishap spills 15,000 gallons of raw sewage into the river

An estimated 15,000 gallons of raw sewage poured into the San Marcos River yesterday morning after construction workers broke a 20-inch-diameter wastewater main near Thompson’s Islands.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Newspaperman writes political bestseller

For seven long years, Drury worked in secret on an epic tale. Then one day in 1958 he shoved a cardboard box containing the first draft into the hands of a fellow Times staffer with the modest...

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Man gets life for carving up girlfriend under Blanco River bridge

A Hays County jury has sentenced a man to life in prison for slitting his girlfriend’s throat with a box cutter in an attack that nearly claimed her life.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Local debt climbs as Texas cities deal with population growth

WITH DATA FOR YOUR CITY | Texas cities, counties and school districts are relying more on debt to maintain services in a fast-growing state. While critics argue communities need to work harder to live within...

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Behold: The diverse, dazzling beauty in the Texas Hill Country

Striking photographs captured across the Texas Hill Country will be featured in a 2015 calendar published by the Austin-based Hill Country Alliance.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Texas buys coastal ranch with oil spill money

WITH PHOTO GALLERY | Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation...

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Following the money in Central Texas banks

Banks in four Interstate 35 corridor counties — Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Comal — maintained deposits that amount to about 40 percent of all the money in all the banks in oil-rich Alaska.

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