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USDA Invests $24 Million in Water Infrastructure in Texas Rural Communities

380news | June 27, 2018 | Texas

TEMPLE, TX – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states. Texas State Director Edd Hargett reported that 5 of those projects were in Texas with investments totaling over $24 million. “Funding for infrastructure is vital in helping rural communities keep the pace with their rising populations,” said Hargett. “We are pleased to be able to assist these communities in meeting their water and ...[read more]

Recreational Anglers Will Receive the Longest Red Snapper Season in Recent Years

380news | May 20, 2018 | Texas

HOUSTON, TX – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed upon a modified version of the Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), securing a red snapper season for 2018. Under the EFP, recreational anglers fishing from private vessels will have an 82-day season in federal waters and a 365-day season in state waters off the coast of Texas. Charter for-hire (CFH) vessels are not included in the EFP, therefore recreational anglers fishing on a charter trip will have roughly a 50-day season in federal waters. “CCA has been a strong ...[read more]

Long Term Care Wins as False Attacks Fall Flat With Voters

380news | April 18, 2018 | Texas

Texans re-elect incumbents attacked for vote to improve long term care AUSTIN, TX – Efforts to mislead voters about a quality-based funding bill vote during the 2017 state legislative session fell flat on Tuesday night as voters overwhelmingly re-elected legislators who had been targets of the deceptive attacks. Accused of allowing a “granny tax,” those targeted had supported a measure during the session to provide funding to improve nursing home care in the state. “Incumbents targeted with the ‘granny tax’ attack hit back with real facts about a bill based on a solid policy,...[read more]

Updates to RRC’s “Call Before You Dig” Requirements

380news | February 17, 2018 | Alerts

Rule Changes Strengthen Public Safety AUSTIN, TX – Effective Monday, Feb. 12, Railroad Commission pipeline damage prevention rules require excavators who strike a pipeline while digging to notify the pipeline operator by calling the 811- notification center as soon as possible, but no later than one hour after an incident. Excavators must also call 911 if any natural gas or other product is released when an underground pipeline is struck. These rule updates extend the deadline for pipeline operators and excavators to file a damage report with the Railroad Commission from the current 10 d...[read more]

NTTA Welcomes 2018-20 Road Program Participants

380news | February 17, 2018 | Texas

NTTA WELCOMES 2018-20 ROAD PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS Mentoring Partnership Seeks to Drive Growth of Diverse Firms PLANO, TX – The North Texas Tollway Authority introduced its 2018-20 Relationships and Opportunities Advancing Diversity (ROAD) program participants at its board meeting Wednesday. This year’s ROAD program has a total of nine teams. The ROAD program provides opportunities for new and emerging disadvantaged/minority-owned/woman-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBEs) to partner with established firms in a mentor-protégé style program. ROAD is designed to enhance technical and industr...[read more]

Keep America Beautiful Presents a State Agency Partner Award to Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful

380news | February 7, 2018 | Texas

Texas Department of Transportation Recognized at 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) was recognized as a recipient of a Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partner Award, presented at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony, which took place during Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 17-19, at the Fairmont Dallas. The award recognizes state agency partners for their support of Keep America Beautiful state affiliates through joint partnership projects. This award high...[read more]

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