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Fanning The Flames | Texas Oberserver Fanning The Flames
Fanning the Flames The same conservation efforts that saved Texas from the Dust Bowl may have opened the door to a new man-made disaster. At just past 8 p.m. on April 19, a PowerPoint presentation on the basics of firefighting … The post Fanning The Flames appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 21, 2017
Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio | Texas Oberserver Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio
About 500 people converged on a San Antonio park in the blistering heat Saturday — some to call for the removal of a 118-year-old Confederate monument and others to defend it. The two groups held rallies on opposite sides of … The post Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 20, 2017
Monday’s Solar Eclipse – Here’s What You Need To Know [VIDEO] | Austin County News Monday’s Solar Eclipse – Here’s What You Need To Know [VIDEO]
Everyone is getting excited about the solar eclipse that will occur over the United States on Monday August 21, 2017.  We will experience the maximum part of the eclipse here in Austin County at 1:16 pm.  But, there are some things you need to know and more importantly, precautions you’ll need to take before you enjoy this event. The post Monday’s Solar Eclipse – Here’s What You
Austin County News | August 19, 2017
Confederate Monument Protest Draws Hundreds in Houston | Texas Oberserver Confederate Monument Protest Draws Hundreds in Houston
Several hundred protesters (and a couple dozen counter-protesters) are attending the "Destroy the Confederacy!" protest in Sam Houston Park in Houston. Posted by The Texas Observer on Saturday, August 19, 2017 A week after a ferocious and fatal white supremacist … The post Confederate Monument Protest Draws Hundreds in Houston appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 19, 2017
CEO Who Raised Drug Prices 5,000 Percent Had Difficulty Seating Impartial Jury Transcript Reveals | Austin County News CEO Who Raised Drug Prices 5,000 Percent Had Difficulty Seating Impartial Jury Transcript Reveals
Martin Shkreli's attorneys had a difficult time seating a jury for the trial of "pharma bro" aka "the most hated man in America". Shkreli, if you remember, is the CEO who raised the drug price for Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill (a 5000% increase). The attorney's had to interview more than 250 prospective jurors before agreeing on 12. The post CEO Who Raised Drug Prices 5,000 Percent
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas | Texas Oberserver Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas
After a white supremacist allegedly drove a car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville last Saturday, killing activist Heather Heyer, calls for the removal of Confederate statues have spiked across the country — and Texas is no exception. Protesters … The post Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 18, 2017
Texas Legislature Ends Special Session Without Passing Property Tax Measure | Austin County News Texas Legislature Ends Special Session Without Passing Property Tax Measure
The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority. The post Texas Legislature Ends Special Session Without Passing Property Tax Measure appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Feral Hogs and Water Quality | Austin County News Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Feral Hogs and Water Quality
The Mill Creek Watershed Partnership is pleased to announce Josh Helcel, Feral Hog Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be providing a Feral Hog presentation at the upcoming quarterly meeting. The public is invited to attend, we will learn about feral hog management and its impact on water quality.  During the meeting, we will also provide updates on current implementat
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite | Austin County News NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, was successfully placed into orbit Friday at 8:29 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The post NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
Mosquito-Borne Diseases:  What To Know | Austin County News Mosquito-Borne Diseases: What To Know
Getting in touch with the great outdoors can lead to problems from unwanted guests if you’re not careful. Here are a few of the more common illnesses brought about by mosquitos and how to keep their pesky bites at bay. The post Mosquito-Borne Diseases: What To Know appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
Future Of Aging:  Supporting Older Adults With Artificial Intelligence | Austin County News Future Of Aging: Supporting Older Adults With Artificial Intelligence
With nearly one third of the population of non-institutionalized older adults living alone in 2015, with even higher proportions for women over the age of 75, VAPA' (Voice-Activated Personal Assistants e.g. Alexa, Siri or Google’s Now) could help people with the safety, security and social connections needed for healthy living. The post Future Of Aging: Supporting Older Adults With Artificial I
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
Carmageddon: Deep Subprime Auto Delinquencies Spike To 10-Year Highs | Austin County News Carmageddon: Deep Subprime Auto Delinquencies Spike To 10-Year Highs
"As soon as lenders (and the investors behind them) get overconfident that they have better models and can make excess profits by disrespecting credit risk, they always get their hats handed to them sooner or later. The mortgage market learned this lesson at the expense of the entire global financial system, and it is playing out now in a micro-level, in the ABS market for subprime auto loans." T
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Driver Still At Large, ISIS Claims Responsibility [VIDEO] | Austin County News 13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Driver Still At Large, ISIS Claims Responsibility [VIDEO]
13 people were killed and over 50 injured when two armed men drove a van into a busy tourist street in Barcelona in what has been described as a "terrorist attack." Two attackers have been arrested and one has died during a shootout with the police. The post 13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Driver Still At Large, ISIS Claims Responsibility [VIDEO] appeared first on Austin County New
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
“Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore” Says Vice | Austin County News “Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore” Says Vice
A prominent online news publication says, “Let's blow up Mt. Rushmore.” No, this is not al-Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine or the Islamic State's "Dabiq" propaganda publication - it's Brooklyn based Vice News. The post “Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore” Says Vice appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair | Texas Oberserver With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair
Arnie Amaro, the city administrator of La Villa, knows Hidalgo County’s sprawl will eventually reach his town. In the last decade, the border county’s population has exploded from 684,000 to 850,000, transforming scrub brush into South Texas suburbia. But for … The post With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 18, 2017
Six Flags Over Texas Will Now Only Display The American Flag [VIDEO] | Austin County News Six Flags Over Texas Will Now Only Display The American Flag [VIDEO]
The company that owns six flags has decided to only fly the American Flag now due to the controversy in Charlottesville, VA. The post Six Flags Over Texas Will Now Only Display The American Flag [VIDEO] appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 18, 2017
The Imperative of Defending Liberty After Charlottesville | Austin County News The Imperative of Defending Liberty After Charlottesville
There is some very dangerous rhetoric coming forward from the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. We need to understand the danger of this rhetoric, not just for our own safety, but for the security of future generations. The post The Imperative of Defending Liberty After Charlottesville appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 17, 2017
Despite Self-Congratulation, Lawmakers Did Virtually Nothing about Maternal Mortality Crisis | Texas Oberserver Despite Self-Congratulation, Lawmakers Did Virtually Nothing about Maternal Mortality Crisis
Jen Reel From the way the governor and top Republican lawmakers have been talking, you’d think the Legislature was taking bold steps toward solving the state’s alarming maternal mortality crisis. “It is unacceptable that Texas continues to have a high … The post Despite Self-Congratulation, Lawmakers Did Virtually Nothing about Maternal Mortality Crisis appeared first on The Texas
Texas Oberserver | August 17, 2017
Will Hurd’s Guide to Running as a Republican in 2018 | Texas Oberserver Will Hurd’s Guide to Running as a Republican in 2018
It’s the best of times and the worst of times to be Will Hurd, the Republican who represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, a giant swath of Texas that stretches from San Antonio some 550 miles to El Paso … The post Will Hurd’s Guide to Running as a Republican in 2018 appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 16, 2017
Santa Ana’s Last Stand? | Texas Oberserver Santa Ana’s Last Stand?
Ben Briones Ken Merritt, 65, knows what it’s like to stand between a threatened wildlife habitat and a border wall. In 2007, the Bush administration wanted to construct an 18-foot wall through the federally protected wildlife refuges in the lower … The post Santa Ana’s Last Stand? appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 15, 2017
Lady Knights Earn Spot In Gold Bracket, Drop Two Matches To End Tourney Play | Austin County News Lady Knights Earn Spot In Gold Bracket, Drop Two Matches To End Tourney Play
The Faith Academy Bellville Lady Knights Volleyball team took second place in first round pool play Friday at its Annual Summer Blowout Tournament. The post Lady Knights Earn Spot In Gold Bracket, Drop Two Matches To End Tourney Play appeared first on Austin County News Online.
Austin County News | August 15, 2017
The Rising Storm | Texas Oberserver The Rising Storm
In Todd Miller’s prescient new book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security, the Tucson journalist and author travels the globe to document how climate disasters are uprooting people from their homes. Miller visits the Philippines in the … The post The Rising Storm appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | August 14, 2017