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Texarkana High School Band Instructor Sentenced to 25 years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Violation
Jul17

Texarkana High School Band Instructor Sentenced to 25 years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Violation

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Texas TEXARKANA, Texas – A Texarkana man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs.    Brandon Neil Sams Brandon Neil Sams, 48, pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor while serving as a band instructor at Texas High School in Texarkana,...

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Dallas Jailed 14 Illegal Alien Suspects for Child Sex Crimes in a Single Month
Jul17

Dallas Jailed 14 Illegal Alien Suspects for Child Sex Crimes in a Single Month

Seven of Texas’ ten most-wanted illegal aliens are accused of being child sexual predators. Erin Anderson | July 17, 2024 In just one month, Dallas County jailed more than a dozen suspected illegal aliens accused of sexually abusing children. The X account Illegal Alien Crimes documented the June arrests of 14 males who were charged with sex crimes against minors, were sent to Dallas County Jail, and had...

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Bighorn Sheep Coming to El Paso This Fall
Jul17

Bighorn Sheep Coming to El Paso This Fall

July 17, 2024 – Texas Parks and Wildlife is planning to restore bighorn sheep to the Franklin Mountains this fall. North Franklin Peak is a mountain in the Franklin Mountains. North Franklin, at 7,192 feet (2,192 m), is the highest point in El Paso, and the 27th-highest mountain in the state of Texas. It is surrounded by a state park and with a maintained trail leading to its summit, the mountain is a popular hiking destination....

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Free legal assistance, toll-free hotline available For low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Beryl 
Jul16

Free legal assistance, toll-free hotline available For low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Beryl 

AUSTIN — Free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Beryl in 17 Texas counties included in the federal disaster declaration of July 13. They include Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, and Wharton.  The State Bar of Texas provides a toll-free legal hotline (800-504-7030)...

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Texas Game Wardens’ Operation Dry Water Campaign Effective in Reducing BWIs
Jul16

Texas Game Wardens’ Operation Dry Water Campaign Effective in Reducing BWIs

July 15, 2024 AUSTIN – Despite the landfall of Hurricane Beryl, Texas Game Wardens worked hard to keep Texans safe as they celebrated the Fourth of July on the water. Between July 4-6, 402 game wardens contacted 10,034 vessels, issued 1,326 citations and 1,794 warnings for various boating safety violations. Wardens filed 32 boating while intoxicated (BWI) charges and five driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, two of which were drug...

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First Texas Case of West Nile Virus and a Global Increase in Dengue Virus Cases Highlights Need for Mosquito Precautions
Jul16

First Texas Case of West Nile Virus and a Global Increase in Dengue Virus Cases Highlights Need for Mosquito Precautions

July 16, 2024 – Public health officials urge Texans to be vigilant in protecting against mosquito bites after confirming the first Texas case of West Nile virus and 10 travel-associated dengue cases for 2024. Precautions should be taken in Texas and while traveling internationally to countries where dengue is endemic. The first case of West Nile in 2024 was reported in a Montgomery County resident who has been diagnosed with...

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Meal-A-Day Move Gets A Big Boost
Jul15

Meal-A-Day Move Gets A Big Boost

July 15, 2024 – A host of volunteers showed up early Saturday morning to help Meal-A-Day make the final move. Director Amanda Dietlin and volunteers brought in by Summer of Summer’s Sweets and Treats. Using several pickups and trailers, the vast majority of food and kitchenware was finally transferred to the new center on 301 Oak Ave. Other volunteers, not pictured, worked to re-wash equipment and attempted to organize all...

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Commercial Gulf Shrimp Season Opens July 15
Jul12

Commercial Gulf Shrimp Season Opens July 15

July 12, 2024 – AUSTIN — The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for state and federal waters will reopen 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, July 15. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Coastal Fisheries Division uses data from samples collected during routine trawls and bag seines in June to determine a reopening date that best maximizes benefits to the industry and public. “The annual mid-May closure protects...

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Hood County Discusses Possibility of Funding Sound Study for Bitcoin Mine Noise
Jul10

Hood County Discusses Possibility of Funding Sound Study for Bitcoin Mine Noise

Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2024 2:28 pm By ASHLEY TERRY Staff Writer for Hood County News The Hood County Commissioners Court entertained an hour-long discussion last week about the possibility of funding an independent sound study for the Bitcoin data center on Wolf Hollow Court. “I put this (agenda item) on here to bring to light what’s happening in the approximate 10-mile radius of the Marathon data center,” Precinct 2...

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What is a TSI Assessment? Does Your Student Need to Take It?
Jul09

What is a TSI Assessment? Does Your Student Need to Take It?

July 9, 2024 – The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is the result of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandated by the Texas State Legislature. The assessment is designed to guide Texas public institutions of higher education in helping them determine whether students are ready for entry-level college coursework in the areas of English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) and mathematics. Students are exempt from this assessment if they meet...

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