Texas

Lt. Game Warden Pilot Brandon Rose deploys the TPWD drone.

AUSTIN – Texas game wardens are adding a new set of eyes in the sky — an Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS — they say will enhance their ability to quickly and safely surveil hard to access areas during natural disasters and search and rescue operations.

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Billy Bob Brown has been farming in the Amarillo area for nearly half a century, and this is the longest dry spell he’s ever seen.

The region hasn’t received measurable rainfall in more than 100 days, according to the National Weather Service, and Brown is worried about the fate of his crops. He already can’t grow corn because it’s been so dry.

“I remember when I was growing up in the 50s and there was three years of drought,” said Brown, who is 78. “This is the worst I’ve seen since then.”

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks to the Texas House.

The possibility of a federal government shutdown is threatening to delay a long-awaited Hurricane Harvey disaster relief package, state and local leaders told a legislative committee Thursday.

During a Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs hearing in Houston, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the much-needed federal aid shouldn’t be bogged down by partisan issues.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred Jan. 13 at the Fun Time Game Club located at 1425 College St.

According to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department, officers responded to the game room at about 7:15 p.m. in reference to a robbery in progress. When officers arrived, they were told that at least two black male suspects entered the business wearing all black and armed with handguns. The suspects demanded money from patrons and the business owner, witnesses described. After taking the money, the suspects fled the business on-foot.

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Robert W. Brown

Robert W. Brown, 57, of Beaumont passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Scott Olive Baptist Church with burial at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home. Visitation is noon – 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. until time of the service at the church on Wednesday. His love and memories will remain in the hearts of his wife, Ann Young Brown; three sons: Robert C.

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Texas ranks number one in the nation for flu activity, followed by Arkansas, according to Walgreens's flu index map.

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Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help locating a vehicle of interest and with identifying individuals responsible for injuring a Texas game warden during a traffic stop New Year’s Day. The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. in an area due east of Plum Grove Road and the Harris / Liberty County line in Liberty County on private property.

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Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris used a Corky Fat Boy to catch this trout.
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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued a temporary closure to saltwater fishing along parts of the Texas coast to protect resources during freezing weather conditions. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 and extends through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas the department has temporarily closed.

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Thanksgiving is not exactly a turkey’s dream come true. But for deer hunters it’s always nice to get lucky and harvest a turkey for the holidays. 

If it wasn’t for the Rio Grande turkeys, we wouldn’t have much of a turkey hunting season. The Rio Grande turkey is by far the most populous and widest-ranging wild turkey subspecies in our state. The other two subspecies with populations in Texas are the eastern turkey and the Merriam’s turkey.

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Diego Gomez of Monroe, North Carolina

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at approximately 09:15 am, the Vidor Police Dispatch Center received notification that the Louisiana State Patrol was in pursuit of a black Acura bearing North Carolina license plates at speeds in excess of 100 mph westbound on Interstate 10, according to a VPD press release.

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