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7:34 am
Tue June 18, 2013

FEMA Deadline Today for West

Destruction in West after the April 17 explosion.
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Today is the deadline for people in West to apply for federal assistance.

It’s been nearly eight weeks since the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and destroyed around 150 homes. So far, FEMA has registered 789 survivors and allocated $7.6 million to assist in the recovery.

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Texas
9:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Another Hearing for Hasan in Fort Hood Shootings Trial

Maj. Nidal Hassan wants more time to prepare his defense.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The judge has scheduled another hearing today in the case of the Fort Hood shooting suspect.

It’s unclear what the trial judge, Col. Tara Osborne, will rule at the hearing, but a statement from Fort Hood says she is “expected to announce rulings from matters litigated at past hearings.”

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Texas
6:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Texas Adds Three Majority-Minority Counties

Bell County, Texas, now has more black and Hispanic residents than Anglos.
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Ethnic and racial minorities are now the majority in three more Texas counties.

According to recently released U.S. Census data, black and Hispanic Americans now make up the majority of the population in Bell, Hockley and Terrell counties. The Census Bureau has not determined whether this change is due to an increase in births among minorities or whether other populations are leaving the counties.

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Veterans
4:37 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Austin's Veterans Day parade in 2011. Texas is receiving a federal grant to help with veterans’ employment.
KUT News

Texas was given a $750,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help U.S. veterans find jobs when they come home.

Along with Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina, the grant will reach out to active-duty soldiers within 90 days of their return from the Army, Texas Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

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Texas
10:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Parole Could Come for Minors Convicted of Capital Murder

A Senate committee voted a bill that requires a mandatory life sentence for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder. The bill would also require a possibility of parole after 40 years.
Liang Shi for KUT

Texas lawmakers have approved new mandatory sentencing for minors convicted of capital murder.

It would require a life sentence with the opportunity for parole for 17-year-olds convicted of the crime, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life without parole for minors last year.

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Texas
7:21 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Texas Adds Almost 19,000 Jobs in May

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Texas added almost 19,000 jobs last month, the most of any state in the country - according to a report by the payroll and benefits company ADP.

More than 1,800 jobs will be added to June’s total.

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West Plant Explosion
5:04 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

FEMA Denies Rebuilding Aid to West, Texas (Update)

A decimated apartment complex in West, one month after the explosion.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the town of West after April’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

FEMA has approved more than $7 million in aid and loans to West residents impacted by the blast, but has denied assistance for things like crisis counseling, legal services, and unemployment assistance.  

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Texas
7:54 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

Millions of bats live in Bracken Cave, in a rural area near San Antonio. Conservationists are worried that plans for a multithousand-unit housing development will disrupt the bat colony.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 5:28 pm

The Bracken Bat Cave, just north of San Antonio, is as rural as it gets. You have to drive down a long, 2-mile rocky road to reach it. There's nothing nearby — no lights, no running water. The only thing you hear are the katydids.

The cave houses a massive bat colony, as it has for an estimated 10,000 years. Bat Conservation International, the group that oversees the Bracken Cave Reserve, wants it to stay secluded, but the area's rural nature could change if a local developer's plan moves forward.

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Texas
6:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Texas Transportation Funding Added to Special Session

More for lawmakers to do at Texas Capitol
KUT News

Governor Rick Perry's office announced late Monday that the focus of the current special session of the Texas Legislature is being expanded to include funding for transportation infrastructure.

"Texas' growing economy and population demand that we take action to address the growing pressure on the transportation network across the state," Gov. Perry said in an emailed statement. "As we enjoy the benefits of a booming economy, we have to build and maintain the roads to ensure we sustain both our economic success and our quality of life."

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Study Calls for Expansion of Texas' Summer Lunch Program

A new study says that expansion of summer lunch programs could rake in $47 million in federal reimbursements.
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A new report spotlights the success and shortfalls of summer lunch programs for Texas students.

The Food Research and Action Center found that the number of lunch programs across the state grew by 17 percent last year. However, these programs only reach about 11 percent of low-income children receiving school lunches.

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Texas
11:11 am
Mon June 10, 2013

With New Ads & Famous Friends, Perry Luring Jobs from NY, Conn.

In a new ad campaign, Austin-based Rodriguez calls Texas the “home of creative renegades.”
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Gov. Rick Perry is launching an ad campaign in Connecticut and New York, trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

The move comes after Gov. Perry made similar efforts in California and Illinois. But this time, Perry’s taking his message to television screens instead of radio.

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Texas
1:33 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Reports: Husband Cleared, Wife Arrested In Latest Ricin Case

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 12:43 pm

There's been an arrest by federal authorities who are trying to track down the person responsible for last month mailing possibly ricin-laced letters to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control group the mayor supports.

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Texas
6:53 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Which Texas Counties Disproportionately Arrest Blacks for Pot Possession?

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Fifteen law enforcement agencies across East Texas are facing criticism for arresting African-Americans on marijuana possession charges at rates much higher than whites.

The American Civil Liberties Union says Van Zandt County in particular is among the worst offenders in the nation.  The ACLU of Texas says blacks make up less than three percent of the population in Van Zandt County, but they account for three-quarters of all marijuana possession busts.

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Texas
6:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South

South Texas will likely be staying dry for the foreseeable future.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Good news and bad in the latest drought forecast from the federal government: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.

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Fort Hood Shootings
2:35 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Judge Postpones Maj. Nidal Hasan's Request for 3-Month Trial Delay

Maj. Nidal Hasan's trial was further delayed today to allow the accused shooter time to gather evidence and paperwork for his trial.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

An expected decision on Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan's request for a three-month trial delay was further delayed today by military judge Col. Tara Osborn.

The AP reports the judge will delay her decision on Hasan's request until Tuesday, allowing him time to file  paperwork supporting the "defense of others" strategy that Hasan proposes. Maj. Hasan has chosen to defend himself rather than rely on counsel.

Texas
10:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Drought Could Bring Increased Wildfire Risk to Texas

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season.
KUT News

Scientists say Texas could have a bigger wildfire problem this year as drought conditions persist.

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season, leading to larger, more frequent wildfires.

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Texas
6:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Delay for Decision on Hasan Trial Delay Request

Nidal Hasan
Bell County Sheriff's Office

We know more about how the accused Fort Hood shooter plans to defend himself at his court martial, but it’s not enough information for the judge.

And that is delaying jury selection.

Major Nidal Hasan says he will make the case that he opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 because they were being deployed to Afghanistan, where he says they would be a threat to the Islamic Emirate and leaders of the Taliban.

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Texas
3:15 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Country Troubadour Kevin Fowler Wants You to 'Take Care of Texas'

Kevin Fowler is the face of the new "Take Care of Texas" campaign.

Today the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife announced a new statewide public service campaign: “Take Care of Texas.”

The campaign featuring a jingle written and performed by Texas country music star Kevin Fowler. The tune stresses the importance of water and energy conservation, especially during this period of extended drought.

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Texas
12:08 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season

Texas' attorney general applauds a decision that overturned a proposed shortening of the state’s red snapper fishing season.
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A federal district judge has overturned a federal emergency rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season to as few as 12 days in Texas – down from a projected 22 days.

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger says that he is disappointed in the ruling. The federal decision that would have shortened the season was put in place to stop the overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Texas
11:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Roadcheck Program Looks to Get Unsafe Rigs Off the Road

Over the next three days more than 10,000 DPS troopers will ramp up their inspections of commercial vehicles like trucks and buses.
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The Texas Department of Public Safety is part of a nationwide commercial vehicle inspection program going on this week.

The overall Roadcheck initiative will have specially trained troopers and investigators inspecting commercial vehicles for serious equipment violations involving brakes, tires, lights and drivers that aren’t in compliance with state and federal requirements.

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