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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

San Antonio mulls $3 billion water supply project

San Antonio's water utility is negotiating to eventually pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from Burleson County in Central Texas. Officials say the plan is key to securing future water needs, but several questions about the proposal remain unanswered.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Zaffirini named to senate’s Natural Resources committee

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents a meandering district that includes about a third of Hays County residents, has been appointed to the senate’s Natural Resources committee.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Still battered from Ike, Texas’ Gulf Coast dreads the next storm

Galveston is still recovering from Hurricane Ike in 2008, one of the nation's deadliest hurricanes. Dilapidated homes and empty lots dot the streets. Nearly six years after the storm, though, lawmakers continue to grapple with preparation for...

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Carbon monoxide claims man’s life, injures another in unrelated incidents

San Marcos Fire Marshal Ken Bell has issued a warning about the deadly effects of carbon monoxide in confined spaces suspected in two separate incidents that claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another within...

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Firefighters pull dead worker from underground chamber at fish hatchery

The San Marcos police and fire departments are at the scene of a fatal industrial accident at the A.E. Wood State Fish Hatchery, 507 Staples Road in San Marcos.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Tardeadas help keep Tejano music alive

As Tejano has lost its audience in Texas radio, afternoon dances help keep the tradition vibrant.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Driver surcharge program relies on lender hit with $10M fine by feds

Texas sends people who want to make cash payments under the Driver Responsibility Program to ACE Cash Express, which last week agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations that it harassed borrowers.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Billy Porterfield, 1932 to 2014

During a career that spanned more than a half-century, Porterfield told stories — the universal and the intimate — with a distinctive style and keen ear for both the spoken and written word.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

‘Bernie’ victim’s family files objection to his release

The family of the widow whose murder was the focus of the 2011 film "Bernie" objects to the court's decision to free the man who killed her, and wants the court to hear their case.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Racing commission seeks input on controversial technology

The Texas Racing Commission voted Tuesday to take steps toward allowing state racetracks to tap into a controversial technology known as historical racing.

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