At one last reunion, veterans of La Raza Unida political movement pass along their torch
Born from the Chicano movement of the 1960s, La Raza Unida helped coalesce Texas Latino power and briefly formed the state’s third political party. Although the organization is long gone, its imprint on the state is unmistakable.
State telemedicine program allows Texas children to see therapists at schools – Houston Public Media
In 2019, Texas lawmakers were presented overwhelming statistics that pointed to a mental health crisis among children coupled with a difficulty in accessing care. As a result, the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium was created.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texas Veterans Commission grants funding to 2 Hays County programs
Two Hays County veterans programs were presented with grant funding from the Texas Veterans Commission on Friday.TVC presented “big checks” to 30 organizations from across Central Texas, including the[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Solar can save Texas power grid, and cities can help
Texas Solar Energy Society is the oldest solar nonprofit in Texas (established in 1982). In many Texas cities, solar electricity installation permit fees can be 10 times as much as residential general electrical installation permit fees. Texas solar rooftop homeowners’ investment doesn’t just benefit them; their investment helps all Texans. Texas cities and the 67 electrical co-ops throughout the state should not hamper solar energy’s growth. Patrice “Pete” Parsons is executive director of the Texas Solar Energy Society in Austin.myrgv.com
Texas hospitals are putting pregnant patients at risk by denying care out of fear of abortion laws, medical group says
Medical professionals across the state have expressed confusion over what care they can provide amid Texas’ abortion ban, leading to some patients allegedly receiving delayed care or being turned away.
Addressing climate change: Rep. Doggett announces federal appropriation for climate change research
New federal funds to help fuel climate change research, and an action plan to protect Texas water, was unveiled at the Meadows Center alongside the banks of Spring Lake. Rep.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
National Weather Service issues heat advisory with 100-degree temperatures in the forecast
San Marcos and much of south Central Texas will be under a heat advisory Monday, beginning at 1 p.m.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Breaking News, News, News - Mobile, News Alert San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Community Action to provide utility assistance opportunity
Residents of Hays County, along with those of Caldwell and Blanco counties, have an opportunity to sign up and receive utility bill assistance with the help of Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Dos Olivos Market makes a grand appearance in Harlingen
HARLINGEN – If you’re a fan of Spanish wine, olive oil and things rare to the Texas palate, you don’t have to travel across the ocean any longer. Dos Olivos Market just opened its doors at 6710 W. Expressway 83, and visitors poured in to sample the ambience and novelty of a market and restaurant with not only Spanish delicacies but Texas beer and barbecue. “Dos Olivos is an original marketplace that welcomes our guests and everyone to encounter a learning experience from wine, beer, menu,” said Rebecca Varela, co-owner. Carlos Armando Varela, importer and wholesale services manager for the Spanish products at Dos Olivos, eagerly gave explanations and demonstrations. “It’s definitely very high quality olive oil,” Dittman said.myrgv.com
University of Texas scientists: Crazy ants may have finally met their match
University of Texas scientists have discovered a way to ward off crazy ants, an invasive species known to drive out native insects and small animals and even damage homes.State of play: UT researchers found that a naturally occurring fungus can infect local populations of crazy ants without human intervention.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhy it matters: Tawny crazy ants, first discovered near Houston, have infested parts of tnews.yahoo.com
DID A TORNADO TOUCH DOWN NEAR WIMBERLEY? National Weather Service is investigating potential tornado in severe storm
A report of a tornado in Wimberley kicked off a series of severe storms that ravaged the state of Texas.But even though the tornado in Wimberley was first reported by the National Weather Service at 5[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Population growth challenges Texas' Hill Country
Booming population growth, coupled with changing climate patterns, unslakable groundwater thirst and political challenges, leave the Texas Hill Country newly vulnerable. Driving the news: A recently released report from the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network reveals a region facing profound threats to its future. The network is a partnership of dozens of organizations working across an 18-county region of Central Texas to protect waterways, vistas and wildlife.Stay on top of the latest marknews.yahoo.com
A year after the electric grid failed, Texas focuses on reliability, not climate change
Transitioning sources of electricity to cleaner fuels is one of the best tools humanity has to fight climate change — which brings severe weather that taxes the grid. But a year after the winter storm, Texas leaders aren’t talking about decarbonizing.
How a Texas songbird and its endangered status became the center of a fight over the Hill Country
Scientists say a study that estimated far more golden-cheeked warblers in Texas than previously thought has been attacked and taken out of context as the state and federal government battle over the bird’s endangered status.
“They are us. There’s no distinction”: Terror of synagogue standoff is no isolated incident to Texas Jewish leaders
News of Congregation Beth Israel hostages' safe escape is met with intense relief, but communities feel pain and fear over the latest in a series of antisemitic attacks and incidents in Texas and beyond.
In fast-growing Central Texas, redistricting sparks political reshuffling in upcoming statehouse and congressional races
The fast-growing region likely will see a considerable number of new state and federal lawmakers after the 2022 election. And in many cases, they will be representing districts whose boundaries have significantly shifted.
Republicans say Texas’ new political maps are “race blind.” To some voters of color, that translates as political invisibility.
With partisan fervor, Republicans drew new maps for Congress and the Legislature that dilute the power of voters of color. Now the lawsuits begin, as groups that feel marginalized battle for representation in the halls of power.
From free tuition to concert tickets, Texas colleges lure students and employees to get vaccinated
Texas public universities forbidden from mandating vaccines are trying to entice students and faculty to get the shot. Those moves come as more people ages 18 to 29 years old in Texas are being hospitalized with the virus.
When Texas ended its mask mandate, the event cancellations started — and the losses are adding up
At least four organizations canceled conferences or conventions in Austin citing health concerns after Texas ended its statewide mask mandate earlier this month. “It was groups that were not comfortable returning to a fully-opened economy where there was no mask mandate in place.”Gov. Greg Abbott ended the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on business on March 10, pointing toward fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases in the state. However, he said three of them “had relationships in the medical field” and were concerned with “the message that medical groups might be sending” if they held events in Texas. And you can see that clearly with the cancellation of these conferences.”Even after Texas ended its mask mandate, Austin and Travis County have continued to require masks.
Cat Parks paves own path as Texas GOP vice chair under bombastic Allen West
Cat Parks, Republican Party of Texas vice chair, stood for the Pledge of Allegiance last month before speaking to The Woodlands Republican Women’s Club. Now Parks is turning heads again as she paves her own path at the state party under Allen West, the bombastic former Florida congressman who has alienated some fellow Republicans with his sharp-elbowed leadership as chair. We should be the big-tent party,” says Republican Party of Texas vice chair Cat Parks. She likes to say her first Republican meeting in Texas was in 2017 — and it was the one where she was appointed county chair. If they are Republicans, we need them.”AdOne of Parks’ early supporters for vice chair was David Covey, the Orange County GOP chair whom she met through the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association.
Texas’ COVID-19 vaccinations begin to rebound after plunging during last week’s winter storm
Nationwide, some 6 million vaccine doses were unable to reach their destinations due to delayed shipments, treacherous roads, and utility outages created by the winter storm. Among them were 450,000 doses earmarked for Texas — where the vaccine rate plummeted last week due to the storm. On Monday, Zabel — and thousands of others whose vaccinations were delayed last week — finally got his injection as Texas’ vaccination effort began to rebound. In a week in which officials hoped to reach 1 million doses administered, providers were only able to administer just under 152,000, according to DSHS reports. AdReporting for last week’s doses may lag due to reporting problems providers had while dealing with the effects of the storm on equipment, staff and overall operations.
‘Far too burdensome’: Abbott pivots to recovery efforts as winter storm exits Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday prioritized the restoration of water and power to thousands of Texas homes still left dry and cold after this week’s winter storm. “This past week has been an enormous challenge, maybe unlike any challenge that you’ve ever dealt with before,” Abbott said. “It has been far too burdensome for the lives of all those affected.”Abbott said about 165,000 homes are still without power, mostly in Central Texas. Abbott said he has also requested an emergency declaration from the federal Department of Agriculture to help farmers impacted by the storm.
Texas power outages: More people could lose electricity, heat as crisis persists
Several neighborhoods lost power due to a winter storm that hit the state. “I cannot do this.”Officials with the state's energy grid operator said it is still struggling with balancing supply and demand to the Texas power grid — and could not project when long-lasting outages would end. — Texas Tribune StaffPower grid operator underestimated peak demand during an extreme winter event[5 a.m.] Texas largely relies on natural gas — especially during times of high demand — to power the state. From pumping it out of the ground to the plants in city centers, experts say natural gas infrastructure was unprepared for the plunging temperatures brought by the winter storm. — Erin DouglasFrozen wind turbines aren't the main culprit for Texas' power outages[5 a.m.] Frozen wind turbines in Texas caused some conservative politicians to declare that the state was relying too much on renewable energy.
Massive winter storm prompts disaster declaration and could stress Texas electricity grid
Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Friday afternoon for every county in Texas as a massive winter storm threatens to wreck havoc on the state’s electricity grid, power lines and roads. The state’s power grid could see record-setting winter electricity demand from Texans trying to keep warm this weekend. That means the capacity of Texas’ power grid, most of which is run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, will be put to the test. But the Texas electricity market is set up for summer electricity demand. “Texans are used to having our normal mild winter weather — one day below freezing, maybe a dusting of snow, some ice.
Abbott in State of the State address: Texas on ‘comeback’ from pandemic
“Our comeback is already materializing,” Abbott said. “Texans are returning to work. There was no mention of direct relief for Texans put of work but a demand for legislation that would protect businesses from pandemic-related lawsuits. Abbott formed a task force on domestic terrorism and extremism following the attack but did not mention the shooting during his address Monday night. You can watch a replay of Abbott’s speech and the Democratic response below:
Where parents and students in Texas can turn for help with mental health concerns
How can I find a Texas mental health provider? Texas contracts with nearly 40 regional mental and behavioral health authorities that deliver and coordinate affordable mental health services in their communities. School districts should also provide special education accommodations for children experiencing mental health challenges that interfere with their academic progress. Mental Health America provides information on how to find support groups, including online communities, for mental health recovery. The Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative has mental health resource pages specifically for young people and their families.
Let it snow! Texans post striking pics, videos as snow blankets parts of Texas
pic.twitter.com/NjNUMcYbQo — Luke Jordan (@LukeJordanEAVI) January 10, 2021We are enjoying our first snow day here! pic.twitter.com/NOQhIiSYOd — Tamra S (@tamra_snell) January 10, 2021The kids saw snow today for the first time in years and made a Texas sized snowman. (Not “everything” is bigger here, after all) pic.twitter.com/7Cn3ORdXZ2 — Moving & Baking (@movingandbaking) January 10, 2021Acie is LOVING her snow day in Austin, TX!!!! #snow #SundayMorning #dogsoftwitter pic.twitter.com/lBr3Q9ul6b — Shin FireyPaperMario (@FireyPaperMario) January 10, 2021Snow day in Texas 🥶❄️☃️ pic.twitter.com/LZMTbMmYQf — Mav And (@mommy_mav) January 10, 2021Akin to seeing a unicorn in Central Texas. Just a few inches of snow but we’ll take it in West Texas!
Wine Club Wednesday: Try these 3 Texas wines
Sommelier Sean Beck of H-Town restaurant group is back with us again, and this time he’s hand picked 3 Texas wines for us to taste. Doc is recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern Texas wine. 3) Red: The Grower Project “The Source” 2017 Sangiovese, Estimated Retail : $20A collaboration of wine professionals working with Texas growers to create limited production, single vineyard wines that show case Texas flavor and terroir. They are big proponents of sustainable farming and labor practices in the Texas wine industry. You can buy these 3 Texas wines for $49 at Backstreet Cafe just ask for the “Houston Life Trio” or you can email Sean@Htownrestaurantgroup.com
VYPE High School Spotlight: Austin Playoff Predictions/Recap + Koch Talks Houston Headliners & More
VYPE High School Spotlight airs on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m on Talk 1370 AM and Majic 95.5 HD2 in the Austin area and Central Texas, and anywhere in the world on https://talk1370.radio.com/shows/vype-high-school-spotlight and the RADIO.COM app. On the first segment, VYPE Austin/San Antonio/Hill Country editor/reporter Thomas Bingham recapped the bi-district round of the UIL 6A Division I, UIL 6A Division II, UIL 5A Division I and UIL 5A Division II postseasons. In segment two, Thomas talked to VYPE Houston editor Joshua Koch. -----2020 VYPE Austin UIL 4A Postseason Football Rankings:#1 Wimberley (12-4)#2 Austin LBJ Early College (9-3)#3 Salado (11-2)#4 Lampasas (9-1)#5 Giddings (8-4)#6 Smithville (5-6)#7 Burnet (5-6)#8 Fredericksburg (5-5)#9 Manor New Technology (3-4)#10 Gatesville (4-6)For more sports coverage, follow VYPE (VYPE Texas Facebook, @VYPE_ATX Instagram and @VYPEATX Twitter) on social media. Check out ShopVYPE for fresh gear that supports local schools and the VYPE U Ambassador Program.
VYPE High School Spotlight: VYPE Austin UIL Football Rankings, Playoff Predictions & Silent Night
VYPE High School Spotlight airs on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m on Talk 1370 AM and Majic 95.5 HD2 in the Austin area and Central Texas, and anywhere in the world on https://talk1370.radio.com/shows/vype-high-school-spotlight and the RADIO.COM app. On the first segment, VYPE Austin/San Antonio/Hill Country editor/reporter Thomas Bingham updated the VYPE Austin UIL 5A Division II, UIL 5A Division I and UIL 6A football rankings after the recently completed regular season and before the postseason begins for those classifications. In addition, they look ahead to the high school lacrosse season, new alignments for Southwest Preparatory Conference lacrosse and Texas High School Lacrosse League, and more. In the second half of the show, the host discusses unique area UIL 6A and UIL 5A football playoff qualifications, recaps the regional final round of the small school playoffs, shares schedules for UIL 6A and UIL 5A bi-district playoff matchups, UIL 4A, UIL 3A and UIL 2A state semifinals and the UIL 1A Division II state title game, and makes predictions for the football weekend ahead. Fell out: Austin High: 5-3 (Previous: #10)VYPE Austin UIL 5A Division I Football Rankings:#1 Cedar Park: 8-0 (Previous: #1)#2 Georgetown: 7-1 (Previous: #2)#3 Dripping Springs: 8-3 (Previous: #3)#4 Pflugerville Hendrickson: 6-2 (Previous: #4)Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.
How to help -- and find help -- as the coronavirus surges in Texas during the holiday season
The organization is also asking for donations here, as the number of families seeking assistance from Texas food banks has doubled since March. Or they can visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s website to learn more about health services like low-cost or free health coverage for children, health programs for low-income families and services for Texas women. Texas Housers provides low-income housing information services, and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation has affordable housing programs to help people find homes. Check out these helpful guides on how to get help:Central Texas: How to get help (and help) in Austin during the coronavirus pandemic, via KUTEast Texas: Need financial assistance for the holidays?, via CBS19West Texas: West Texas Food Bank prepares for 2020 holiday demand, via Newswest 9West Texas: Resources for West Texas and S.E. Disclosure: Comcast, El Paso Times, Facebook, Feeding Texas, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Community Health Centers and Texas Monthly have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
VYPE's Austin Volleyball Crystal Ball
Who can get to the UIL state final four from Central Texas? 1 Lake Travis is the only remaining undefeated UIL volleyball team in the Austin area. 3 Pflugerville Hendrickson produced one of the Austin area's best second half finishes in the 2020 high school volleyball regular season. 4 Austin High won its last five regular season games to set its 17-3 record before the postseason. For more sports coverage, follow Thomas (@Texan8thGen Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) and VYPE (VYPE Texas Facebook, @VYPE_ATX Instagram and @VYPEATX Twitter) on social media.
Basketball's Back: VYPE Austin Private School Girls Basketball Preview
The 2020 VYPE Austin high school girls basketball season preview continues with area TAPPS and SPC team breakdowns. Check them out below and stay tuned for more area preseason coverage in the coming days. The Austin St. Andrew's Episcopal School Highlanders missed the SPC tournament in the 2019-2020 campaign, but can bounce back with five returning starters, all-SPC talent Scout Swanson and fellow notable contributors Ella Townsend and Melina Ruelas. Other Private School Teams to Watch: Texas School for the Deaf, Faith Academy of Marble Falls, Regents School of Austin, Austin St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Hill Country Christian School of AustinFor more sports coverage, follow Thomas (@Texan8thGen Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) and VYPE (VYPE Texas Facebook, @VYPE_ATX Instagram and @VYPEATX Twitter) on social media. Check out ShopVYPE for fresh gear that supports local schools and the VYPE U Ambassador Program.
UIL 4A State Semifinal Volleyball Preview: Wimberley To Battle Bellville
The Wimberley Lady Texans (29-4) will battle the Bellville Brahmas (26-3) in Tuesday's UIL 4A state semifinal volleyball match in Cuero, Texas. Check out three keys to a Lady Texans' victory. 1: Lean On Your Balanced AttackThere's a reason why Wimberley has advanced to the 2020 UIL 4A state final four. The Lady Texans recorded nine trips to the UIL state volleyball final four in the 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 seasons and won six state championships during that time. For more sports coverage, follow Thomas (@Texan8thGen Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) and VYPE (VYPE Texas Facebook, @VYPE_ATX and @VYPESATX Instagram and @VYPEATX and @VYPESATX Twitter) on social media.
VYPE High School Spotlight(11/15): Lockhart's Lambert, Area Round Playoff Preview & Austin Rankings
VYPE High School Spotlight airs on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m on Talk 1370 AM and Majic 95.5 HD2 in the Austin area and Central Texas, and anywhere in the world on https://talk1370.radio.com/shows/vype-high-school-spotlight and the RADIO.COM app. On the first segment, VYPE Austin/San Antonio/Hill Country editor/reporter Thomas Bingham recapped the latest week of area UIL football. In segment two, Thomas interviewed Lockhart head volleyball coach Terry Lambert. For more sports coverage, follow VYPE (VYPE Texas Facebook, @VYPE_ATX Instagram and @VYPEATX Twitter) on social media. Check out ShopVYPE for fresh gear that supports local schools and the VYPE U Ambassador Program.