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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

State offers unemployment financial aid for Halloween flood survivors

The Texas Workforce Commission is disbursing disaster unemployment financial assistance for people in 15 counties who lost work between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31 due to the Halloween flood and a series of severe storms.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Vista Ridge parent company slides toward bankruptcy

The financially troubled Spanish company whose subsidiary is under contract with the city of San Antonio to build a massive water pipeline entered into the initial phases of bankruptcy proceedings Wednesday, raising questions about the viability of...

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

President approves federal aid for Halloween flood survivors

President Barack Obama has approved a disaster declaration requested by Gov. Greg Abbott for counties affected by last month’s flooding, opening the door for individual federal assistance.

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster in six Central Texas counties

Six Central Texas counties — Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Comal, Travis and Bastrop — are among 15 counties formally declared disaster areas today by Gov. Greg Abbott following flooding and a tornado between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

San Antonio water utility leader defends Vista Ridge pipeline

The ousted author of a study that describes a controversial San Antonio water supply project as “high risk” squared off with the head of the city’s water utility Wednesday.

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Blue Bell on its way back to San Marcos area stores

H-E-B in San Marcos expects to restock a limited selection of Blue Bell ice cream early next week — before they are available in New Braunfels or San Antonio. The creamery recalled all of its products April...

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

ERCOT asks residents to conserve energy during peak hours today

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for most of Texas, has announced an Energy Emergency Alert and is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electric use where possible during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand...

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

FEMA aid to storm, flood survivors passes $12M in Austin region

So far, $12.3 million in individual assistance has been allocated from FEMA to people impacted by floods, storms and tornadoes in the Austin metro region. More than $7.6 million of that has been disbursed in Hays County;...

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Federal, state agencies open disaster recovery center in Blanco

UPDATED 11:08 a.m. JULY 12 | State and federal agencies have opened a one-stop disaster recovery center in this tiny Hill Country town where the Memorial Day weekend flood first claimed lives and property.

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Federal aid to Hays County flood victims tops $6.8M

Residents of Blanco, Caldwell and Guadalupe counties have so far received an additional $1.5 million in housing and other FEMA assistance.

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