Statewide News

TX DPS releases 2012 Gang Threat Assessment

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the 2012 Texas Gang Threat Assessment. This list was developed to provide a broad overview of gang activity in Texas.

TX sex offender reward increased to $15,000

The reward for Juan Jose Villa, 36, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender has increased to $15,000 for information leading to his arrest if the tip comes in during the month of April.

How to make your garden more environmentally friendly

(StatePoint) Spring is here, which means it's time to slip those green thumbs into some gardening gloves. And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow, consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friendly.

Get your home's air conditing ready for warm weather

(StatePoint) When the weather heats up, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system quickly becomes a most valuable player in your home life and stays that way for several months. However, the U.S.

Keeping your home safe and secure

(StatePoint) Whether you're making a fast trip to the store or leaving on a two-week vacation, are you confident that locking your doors is enough to keep your home safe and secure?

Homeowners: Five steps to avoid contractor fraud

(StatePoint) Each year, thousands of trusting homeowners hire contractors for home repairs or renovation projects. But for many, dreams of a remodeled kitchen, new roof or updated patio are dashed by contractor fraud.

Meet the 'Boomstick,' baseball's largest hot dog

What started as a novel food experiment at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas has turned into a super-sized food franchise -- all centered around a two-foot-long hot dog affectionately known as the "Boomstick."

Nominate businesses that support employee volunteerism in public schools

Applications are now being accepted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) for the 2013 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award.

Emergency unemployment insurance benefits deadline extended

The deadline for jobless Texans to qualify for emergency unemployment insurance benefits has been extended to Jan. 1, 2014. Federal legislation signed by President Barack Obama on Jan.

Safety Summit for Employers and Employees May 14-16 in Austin

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will host the 17th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, from May 14-16, 2013 in Austin at the Doubletree Hotel Austin, located