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SAN MARCOS — Authorities have identified another victim of the deadly flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas. Medical and dental records were used to identify 81-year-old Kenneth Reissig, whose body was found Thursday close to the river near the line separating Blanco and Hays counties.

The circumstances that led to Reissig’s death were not immediately clear.

Officials said Tuesday that eight bodies have now been recovered in the area following the catastrophic flooding that swept through Memorial Day weekend.

Phil Houseal

Luckenbach, the tiny Texas town of lore and song, is also a town of unexpected music. Luckenbach was first made internationally famous by the Waylon Jennings song, but there's a little more to the town's musical texture. I spoke to Theresa Britt from  nearby Fredericksburg.

"When I moved to Fredericksburg in 2010 I had a bunch of community members request that there be some sort of group for strings in the community, and Fredericksburg’s got kind of a reputation for liking the arts."

Brent Boller / Texas Public Radio

WIMBERLY — Officials are dealing with the scope of tree damage after the Blanco River flooded over Memorial Day weekend in Central Texas.

Paul Johnson with the Texas A&M Forest Service says as many as 12,000 trees were damaged or destroyed in the flood between Blanco and San Marcos. He said bald cypresses were the most common type of tree that was damaged.

The Austin American-Statesman reports forestry experts are trying to get the word out about the proper disposal of dead or damaged trees.

Shipher Wu (photograph), Gee-way Lin (aphid provision), National Taiwan University / CC

HARLINGEN, Texas — Researchers suspect steady rains and other factors may be responsible for a drop in a tiny bug’s infestation of a grain crop so far this year.

Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley had feared the sugarcane aphid would again invade their sorghum crop following experts’ predictions they would come back in full force after an increase in population across the region last year, the Valley Morning Star reported.

The pests had swarmed the Valley’s sorghum fields, gnawing away at the plants in 2014.

The bugs also infested crops from Mississippi to southern Oklahoma while devastating Mexico’s sorghum crop, according to researchers.

After Fracking Ban, Denton Residents Ponder Next Steps

Jun 3, 2015
Courtesy: Brandi Korte / Frack Free Denton

DENTON – Frustrated and grasping for options that weren’t apparent, Denton residents flooded a city council meeting Tuesday night to assess where things stand after state lawmakers smacked down an ordinance voters passed last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits. 

The key question before the council: Should it remove the now-toothless ordinance from its books to stave off further legal trouble, or keep it to strike a symbolic blow for local control on the off chance that the law will prove useful again some day? 

“We find ourselves today at a melancholy crossroads,” said Adam Briggle, a North Texas University philosophy professor and one of six advocates arrested since Monday for trying to prevent a gas company from resuming fracking operations. “It is certainly disheartening, and it’s confusing.”