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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Key legislators cut deal to fund Texas Racing Commission for 90 days

Racetracks in Texas are able to resume operations Wednesday after state officials agreed to temporarily fund the Texas Racing Commission. But discussions continue over a long-term resolution for the commission.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

New Braunfels begins major expansion of Central Texas Technology Center

Construction began late last month on a major expansion of the Central Texas Technology Center, a project funded largely through general obligation bonds sold by the municipal government. The expansion will more than double the size of...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Retama Park, other Texas race tracks reopen after legislators okay stopgap

UPDATE 11:52: a.m. SEPT 2 | The state’s racetracks, including Retama Park in Selma, were shuttered on Tuesday but reopened Wednesday morning after key legislators agreed to temporary administrative funding for the Texas Racing Commission.

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Missing disabled woman found in San Antonio; ex-boyfriend arrested

On Aug. 20, San Marcos and San Antonio police located 30-year-old Melody Renfro at a house on Stone River Road shared by 24-year-old Devend Christopher Bell and his mother.

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...

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Texas Racing Commission hopes to stave off closure

With its funds dwindling, the Texas Racing Commission plans to meet August 25 and reverse its earlier decision allowing historical racing at Texas tracks, hoping to placate angry lawmakers and free up its funding.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Man accused of robbing fast food joints in 3-city spree

A Houston man is charged with using a stun gun to rob three fast food restaurants and a coffee shop along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and New Braunfels on Monday.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Toll road projects in limbo following legislative session

Texas' network of tolled highways stretches for more than 500 miles, but its growth was curtailed this session as lawmakers passed several measures that make it tougher for toll projects to move forward.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Lamar Smith among Texas GOP congressmen expecting a Tea Party challenger in 2016

Mark one potential challenger off the list: State Sen. Donna Campbell says she’s not interested in the veteran San Antonio lawmaker’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Soggy Central Texas under flash flood watch as tropical system approaches coast

VIDEO UPDATED 5:30 a.m. JUNE 16 | Twenty counties in saturated Central Texas — including Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Comal counties — are under a flash flood watch issued today by the National Weather Service...

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