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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid Isaac’s bill to reduce state tests

The House Public Education Committee heard a bill that would pare back the number of required standardized tests, in line with the wave of legislation limiting high-stakes testing in public schools.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin based poison’s safety is finished.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Trump administration doesn’t view Austin as ‘sanctuary’ city, mayor says

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he was reassured by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday that neither his city nor Travis County are considered “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Wells Fargo grant to boost renewable energy research at Texas State

A $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation’s Clean Technology and Innovation grant program that funds leading edge research and innovation to advance clean energy solutions, will support renewable energy activities at Texas State University's STAR Park.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Texas Senate approves bill curbing regulation of short-term home rentals

Under Senate Bill 451 by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, Texas cities would be prevented from banning short-term rentals and their ability to write ordinances restricting the practice would be narrowed.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

San Marcos police seek help identifying suspects in weekend pizza shop robberies

San Marcos police are distributing a set of surveillance photos that they hope will help identify suspects in two pizza shop robberies this weekend.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Texas House lawmakers approve bill requiring more study for hog poison

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s push to use a warfarin-based poison to kill feral hogs in the state has a long list of opponents that now includes more than two-thirds of the Legislature where Miller once served.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Price Center to host next ‘4th Flea’ market this weekend

Outdoor and indoor vendor space is available for rent at 4th Flea, a community flea market held monthly at The Price Center downtown. The next market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Wittliff Collections to open Sandra Cisneros archive with symposium

Texas State University will host a scholarly symposium on the works and career of Sandra Cisneros on Saturday, April 29 at The Wittliff Collections.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Hays County to appoint citizens committee on electronic voting equipment

The Hays County Elections Commission is assembling a citizens committee to make recommendations on a new electronic voting system to replace aging equipment in use for more than a decade.

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