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Archive for May, 2015


Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Legislature passes Hays County groundwater bill in session’s final hours

A bill designed to protect western Hays County residents' water wells in light of a massive groundwater pumping project is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk following an emotional week of political drama over the issue.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Legislature sends campus construction bill to governor

Texas universities hoping for state help in constructing new buildings are close to receiving their wish after the House and Senate gave final approval to legislation authorizing $3.1 billion worth of construction bonds.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

FEMA, Small Business Administration extend federal aid to Hays County flood victims

UPDATED 2:49 p.m. MAY 31: Residents of Hays County who sustained losses from the Memorial Day Weekend floods and storms are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance following a presidential disaster declaration last night.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Hays County asks for disaster relief supplies

For Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1, Hays County officials have said they need first aid kits, heavy-duty eletrical cords and other specific supplies.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Two more bodies found along Blanco River on Saturday

A search team recovered the body of an adult female near the Blanco River at Bluffview Drive in the Wimberley area Saturday afternoon. No identification has been made pending autopsy.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

City, county open flood victim resource centers

The city of San Marcos and Hays County are working with disaster relief organizations around the country to host two Flood Victims Resource Centers for those impacted by the devastating floods in the area.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

After error, Hays County groundwater bill is revived

A bill designed to protect western Hays County residents' water wells received a surprising, last-minute reprieve Thursday night — after a procedural error killed the legislation the day before.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Hays County groundwater regulation efforts likely dead

After fears of a massive, unregulated groundwater pumping project sparked a passionate display of political activism by Texas Hill Country residents earlier this year, the resulting legislative efforts appear to have failed.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Before Central Texas flooding, officials sounded alarm

When Wimberley residents woke up Sunday to flooding, the surprise was palpable: The area had been going through a drought. But months earlier, local officials had voiced concerns about the rapidly growing region's vulnerability to flooding.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hays County authorities identity flood victim, recover child’s body

Authorities have identified the body of the man found in northern San Marcos Sunday afternoon and have recovered the body of a child from the Blanco River in rural Hays County.

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