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Arlene Gauthier

A billboard in the thick of road construction on I-35 near Eisenhauer Road in San Antonio is drawing a lot of reaction. Its message makes you wonder whether TxDOT is apologizing or ashamed of the road. 

The sign reads “One day you’re going to love I-35. Until then, be careful.” When TPR posted a picture of it on our facebook page this week it got more than 13,000 likes, more than 12,000 shares and hundreds of interesting comments.

Courtesy: The Texas Department of Transportation / via Facebook

[Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout Sunday, and has been last updated at 1:45 a.m Central time, Monday].

By early Monday morning, it was known that record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.

Tornados struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a weather-related traffic crash. In Texas, a man’s body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said.

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Update

At 8:50 p.m. Central time Friday,  TxDot's Facebook page stated that all lanes of the I-35 in San Marcos were open, but some delays remained. 

Here's the earlier story.

In what will not be happy news for Memorial Day weekend travelers looking to get out early this evening, Texas Department Of Transportation officials have stated that I-35 north of San Marcos could be closed until 7 p.m. today (Friday), May 22.

Texas Self-Driving Car Bill Stalled By Google, Carmakers

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Scott Schrantz / The Texas Tribune

A bill to update Texas law for the age of driverless cars has stalled due to two serious roadblocks: Google and major car manufacturers. Both the technology giant and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group, have come out against a proposal from state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, to create a pilot program aimed at monitoring and encouraging autonomous vehicle testing in Texas. 

Google has previously encouraged the development of similar laws in other states including California and Nevada, yet is refusing to publicly explain why it is opposed to such a measure in Texas.

AUSTIN — Over the past two decades, Texas agencies have spent at least $30 million on tuition payment programs for state workers in a program with lax rules and oversight, according to a newspaper review of payment records and policies.

Of the three rules governing the payment of tuitions — which include requiring agencies adopt a policy regarding recipient eligibility, put payments toward education programs related to job duties and prohibit agencies from paying in advance of six weeks before classes begin — all may have been violated, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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