Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The Texas economy is forecast to continue to grow this year, but not as fast as it has been.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas senior economist and research officer, Keith Phillips, said on Tuesday that the state’s economy was stimulated in the second half of 2014, when oil prices dropped from $106 a barrel at the end to June to $80 a barrel at the end of October.  Drilling was still profitable for the oil companies and consumers were saving money at the pump. But now that price has dropped even more.

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Should the City of San Antonio reauthorize an 1/8th cent sales tax that funds green spaces and linear trails, and more importantly conservation easements that pay property owners to not develop their land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone?

$90 million for aquifer protection and easements have run out. The five-year program last authorized in 2010 will continue to help pay landowners to keep the recharge zone undeveloped, but it has to make it to the May ballot first.

On the first day of the new legislative session members in the Texas House of Representatives have overwhelmingly re-elected Rep. Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, to his fourth term as Speaker of the House. 

Bexar Co. Sheriff's Office

Former San Antonio Spur Alvin Robertson is back in the Bexar County jail after being arrested Monday by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the US Marshall’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

The 52-year-old Robertson, who is charged with sex trafficking of a 14-yea-old girl, had been a fugitive since he cut off his court-ordered GPS monitor last Monday.

The former NBA All-Star also had played for the Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons.

Robertson’s new bond is set at $80,000. His trial is set for March 27. 

U.S. Army / Fort Hood Press Center


Update, 2 p.m. Wed., Jan. 14:

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a soldier who was found deceased Jan. 13 in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cook pronounced him deceased at 8:26 a.m.

Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24, whose home of record is listed as Bossier City, Louisiana, entered active-duty service in June 2009 as automated logistics specialist. He was assigned to 62nd Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since June 2012.