An annual tradition at the capitol is the unveiling of the capitol ornament. The 2013 ornament was just recently unveiled and features the skylights of the legislative chambers of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. The ornament is finished in 24k gold. This is the eighteenth in a series of capitol ornaments, which began in 1996. The capitol ornaments have featured some of the most recognizable symbols of our state; more recently, the ornaments represent an architectural or decorative aspect of the capitol building. Past ornaments have depicted the state flag (1998); the lone . . . More . . .
Drivers advised to stay off roadways as weather conditions cause ongoing safety concerns
AUSTIN - As the Texas Department of Transportation mobilizes additional team members from across the state in North Texas to assist crews in clearing the roadways, the agency is asking drivers to stay off all roads in impacted areas. While drivers may think roadways are fine, black ice covered by snow is a hazard and can cause deadly crashes.
Although North Texas saw some improvement to area highways, many bridges and roadways still have several inches of ice due to temperatures remaining well below freezing today. . . . More . . .
Now that another year is ending, it’s a good time to take stock of where you are on your journey toward financial security. Of course, you could find many different “measuring sticks” to assess your progress, but you can certainly gain considerable information just by asking yourself some basic questions.
Here are a few to consider:
• How close am I to my retirement goals? Your . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS--Dr. Jacqueline Moore, Austin College professor of history, will be one of the featured presenters on Friday, December 6, at the inaugural TEDxTurtleCreekWomen event entitled “Invented Here”. TED events provide a platform for world-changing ideas that are delivered by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. TEDx programs are locally organized with the goal of sparking deep discussion and connection within a smaller group.
The TEDxTurtleCreekWomen event will feature 15 top business, technology, science, and community . . . More . . .
Following the 2011 Legislative Session, several groups filed suit against the state, claiming that the way in which the state funds public education violates the Texas Constitution. The groups include school districts, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), business associations, and parents on behalf of their children. The Texas Constitution requires the state to provide efficient and adequate funding for public schools, and that school districts must have meaningful discretion to . . . More . . .
Combined effort will result in safer passage, local control of select roads
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation today announced a resolution to managing the maintenance of roads heavily used in the energy sector of LaSalle County. TxDOT and the county have agreed to share responsibility in repairing roads in need and maintaining them over time. The department is also working on agreements with other affected counties in the region.
Possibility of severe winter weather, crowded roads calls for extra caution while driving
AUSTIN — With inclement weather recently hampering travel conditions in north and west Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off roadways as much as possible during severe winter weather and use extreme caution when travel is necessary this holiday season. According to the AAA, more than 3 million Texans will travel by car this Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving is almost here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.
Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, you’ll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or “distributions.” It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact . . . More . . .