Texas Parks and Wildlife is asking boaters who go out this weekend to always “Clean, drain and dry” their boats as they remove them from the state’s lakes and rivers.

Spokesman Tom Harvey says the state is battling the invasive “zebra mussel” population that migrated to the U.S. from Asia some years ago and now is causing economic and environmental problems for Texas waterways – and even water suppliers.

In July 1931 Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.

Historian Rusty Williams uses this incident to examine life in Texas and Oklahoma in this troubled time of economic collapse, agricultural disaster and tremendous transformation. Williams is the author of the book “The Red River Bridge War: A Texas Oklahoma Border Battle.”

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is in the running for a grant from Partners in Preservation. The contest has a gift of $2 million in grants that could be split among any number of 20 other parks. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the parks that win are up to the voting public.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed suit against President Barack Obama’s policy that says all school districts must allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they most identify with.   The lawsuit is in response to a small North Texas school district vowing to fight the president’s transgender policy.

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Why do some American combat veterans suffers from the effects of Post Tramatic Stress Disorder - and others do not?