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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 the controversial project.

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

Commentary: It’s time for an Austin-San Antonio regional airport

San Antonio City Council member JOE KRIER writes that Interstate 35 corridor leaders should ‘seriously discuss the creation of a regional airport — a DFW for Central Texas.’

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, November 19th, 2015

San Antonio council hikes water rates in anticipation of Vista Ridge pipeline

The San Antonio City Council on Wednesday unanimously — albeit cautiously — approved plans for a sizable water rate increase that will pay, in part, for a controversial, $3.4 billion water pipeline.

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Letter: Removing Cape’s Dam ‘a risky gamble’

ALFRED L. McALISTER, a UT School of Public Health professor, writes that ‘prompt action is needed to prevent injury in the highly dangerous water around the breaches in Capes Dam’

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Letter: No one is ‘omniscient’ about best option for Cape’s Dam

In a rebuttal to commentary we published last week, University of Texas biology professor MOLLY CUMMINGS writes that the San Marcos City Council should “take advantage of the wealth of local scientists that have different perspectives on...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Commentary: Don’t let professor’s sloppy work obscure the facts about Cape’s Dam removal

THOMAS HARDY, the Meadow Center’s chief science officer, says there is ‘no credible scientific evidence’ that removing Cape’s Dam will harm wildlife in the San Marcos River as a University of Texas biology professor dramatically asserted this...

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Letter: Destroying Cape’s Dam = Destroying critical habitat

MOLLY CUMMINGS, an University of Texas biology professor, writes that the San Marcos City Council should not rely on a Texas State University biology professor’s findings that removing historic Cape’s Dam will not harm the San Marcos...

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Blanco River Regional Recovery Team to begin assessing flood survivors’ unmet needs

World Renew, a Christian nonprofit organization that has assisted disaster response and rehabilitation efforts around the world, will open field offices in Hays and Blanco counties to assess flood survivors’ unmet needs on behalf of the Blanco...

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