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Friday, July 5th, 2013

How Texas won the race to harness the wind

In their new book, “The Great Texas Wind Rush”, reporters Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the story of how Texas became an unlikely leader in wind energy.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

After spring rains, drought restrictions eased to Stage 1

Welcome spring rains have raised the level of the Edwards Aquifer, allowing San Marcos residents to return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Wednesday, June 5.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Updated: C.M. Allen lanes closed for sewage spill fix (video)

Both southbound lanes of C.M. Allen Parkway at University Drive are closed today as contractors patch up a wastewater system failure that caused as many as 15,000 gallons of untreated sewage to spill into the San Marcos...

Friday, April 19th, 2013

West explosion raises regulatory questions

Recovery efforts continued Friday in West, two days after the town was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion. And as investigators search for the cause of the explosion, environmentalists said that the situation highlighted lax regulations in...

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Advocates seek state funds for local parks program

While much of the funding for Texas’ state parks that was cut in 2011 has been restored in the 2014-15 budget plan, an initiative aimed at helping local parks is poised to come up empty for a...

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Getting serious about a Texas-size drought

— — by KATE GALBRAITH Something odd happened here last week. It rained. But the relief, an answer to desperate prayers, is likely to be short-lived. The drought that has gripped much of Texas since the fall...

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Texas deer breeders seek fewer regulations

In the early 1980s, when the deer breeding industry was in its infancy in Texas, Robert Williams bought his first deer, Old Bambi, for $250. He had no plans for the deer; he simply knew that he...

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Texas House passes water bill

The Texas House approved legislation Wednesday that would use $2 billion to start funding water projects in the state. House Bill 4, by state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, would create a water bank that would offer loans...

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Audio: Water bill hits the House floor

Bills are flying out of committee and onto the House and Senate floor. This week the House will take up legislation that would fund the state's water plan with $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Meeting will examine river habitat plan

The city of San Marcos will hold a public meeting March 20 to discuss upcoming improvements along the San Marcos River as part of implementation of the Habitat Conservation Plan.

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