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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Audio: Another hot summer in Texas may bring rolling blackouts

In a new report, the state's electric grid operator has predicted another summer of above-average heat. And as Mose Buchele of KUT News reports for StateImpact Texas, that means Texans can expect another summer of close calls. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Texas comptroller’s report assesses drought’s impact

A 12-page report released Wednesday by the Texas comptroller's office offers a wide-ranging look at the effects of the record drought that is still gripping Texas.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Audio: Officials plea for donations to keep state parks funded

State officials launched a campaign this week soliciting donations to help fund Texas parks, which saw a drop-off in visitors this year because of record heat and wildfires. As MATT LARGEY of KUT News reports, the plea...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Experts: Drought to continue through the spring

The drought that has plagued Texas is virtually certain to continue at least until early summer, climate experts said on Tuesday at a conference in Fort Worth. But what happens after that is anyone's guess.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New federal forecast says drought to worsen over winter

While already-sodden northern regions of the United States can expect above-average rains this winter, the worst one-year drought in Texas history looks set to persist in the coming months, federal forecasters said today.

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Audio: Can Texas make it rain?

Speculation that the drought gripping the state could last through 2020 has scientists in Texas looking to so-called weather modification, which, as Matt Largey of KUT News reports, involves using the power of science to play Mother...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Business groups back Texas water ballot measure

To meet the needs of its growing population, drought-stricken Texas urgently needs more water infrastructure totaling $231 billion to augment water supplies and treatment, wastewater processing and flood control by 2060, according to a draft of the...

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Draft water plan says Texas ‘will not have enough’

Every five years, the Texas Water Development Board publishes a water plan for the state. The 295-page draft of the 2012 plan, published last week in the midst of the worst-ever single-year drought Texas has ever experienced,...

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Photos: Post Road fire fought by air

A wildfire broke out off Post Road between San Marcos and Kyle Saturday afternoon, burning 10-12 acres at last report.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Post Road fire about 50 percent contained

A fire that has consumed 10-12 acres north of San Marcos is about 50 percent contained, a Hays County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said shortly before 8 p.m.

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