Matagorda is just another small Texas town, but its bay is one of the key areas in the state for oyster harvesting and processing. It’s also where the mouth of the Colorado River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a unique habitat for animals that survive within a careful balance of fresh and salt water.
The area has been hit hard in recent years by drought and the lack of rainfall has also taken its toll on the aquatic life, whose survival depends on the fresh water to lower the salinity levels of the bay, which is where shrimp hatch and oysters reproduce.
A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.
The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
After hearing from state lawmakers, conservation groups and affected farmers, the LCRA board voted to raise the lake level threshold before any water is released to the rice farming irrigation areas of Texas.
The LCRA approved raising the lake level threshold from 850,000 acre feet to 1.1 million acre feet of water, and the board also asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to enforce mandatory water restrictions for people living along the Highland Lakes, limiting lawn watering to once a week.
On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.
Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.
Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.
A bag ban proposal is working its way through City Hall after District 7 Councilman Cris Medina submitted what's called a Council Consideration Request (CCR).
Medina's proposal includes a ban on single-use plastic bags in San Antonio, but included in the request is also a proposal for council meetings to go paperless and also updates to construction standards to build homes in a more energy-efficient manner.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010 and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.
During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.
Today: University officials are calling it a victory for all students at the University of Texas at Austin, as the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas has announced it will cancel its "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.
Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the group, said the reason for the cancelation is that some in the group feared retaliation from university officials if the group held the game, which was scheduled for this Wednesday.
An Ohio Wal-Mart is having a food drive so that needy employees can have a good Thanksgiving. McDonald's has a phone resource line directing its full-time employees to public services like food pantries, SNAP, and heating assistance.