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Battling Invasive Pests

USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.

Supreme Court favors big donors -- again

Split ruling will allow donors to give in the millions

By John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas - Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. 

 

Brewer raises glass for clarity on Clean Water Act

Proposed rule could end decades-long battles

By John Michaelson, Texas News Service

AUSTIN, Texas - It's a plan to better protect the most vulnerable waters across the state and nation, and among those giving cheers are some Texas beer lovers.

Green Lawns in Texas

Texas Drought | Help by Planting Seeds of Water

Native and Adapted Plants Help Keep Rivers Flowing

By John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas - With drought conditions persisting through the state, more Texans are discovering a solution in their backyards - and putting native plants into landscaping can pay off in more ways than one. 

September is Suicide Awareness Month

Always Preventable: Suicide Awareness Month in Texas

A Troublesome Increase Among Middle-Aged Men

by John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas - September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and according to mental health experts, taking the steps to possibly save someone's life does not require any special skills or training. Melissa Heinen, who coordinates suicide prevention services, said people who are contemplating ending their own lives often speak out - and when they do, friends, family and neighbors need to listen and take action.

DPS Announces Driver Responsibility Incentive Program

Discounts based on total household income

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now offering eligible drivers with unpaid Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) surcharges significant reductions in fees owed as part of a new Incentive Program. In addition, drivers can now apply for the already existing Indigency Program and the new Incentive Program through one application process, which ensures that customers who are denied indigency status will automatically be considered for the Incentive Program if they are eligible.  Both programs were created by the Texas Legislature.

Fisher Lake

Texas reservoirs could reach all-time low

Written by Robert Burns, Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION – Within two weeks, reservoir water levels could reach an all-time low throughout the state, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist in, College Station.

 

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