Gov. Greg Abbott has declared January School Board Recognition Month to honor the more than 7,200 locally elected trustees in Texas. These unpaid volunteers work closely with the community to support the success of public education, oversee the district superintendent and attend trainings to…

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A new Texas law that aims to protect patients from receiving surprise medical bills takes effect this week. Consumer advocates have praised the law as one of the most robust set of billing protections in the nation, though it only applies to about one-third of Texans with private health insurance.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed a committee to review the history and procedures for the placement of art and other decor in the Texas Senate Chamber. The Senate Administration Committee will be chaired by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola.

The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to remind all drivers to practice safe driving habits and exercise extra caution while traveling on Texas roadways during the busy Thanksgiving holiday. Highway Patrol troopers will increase enforcement starting Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.

The city of Kilgore saw its sales disbursements from the state drop 51.13% this month compared with a year ago while other area cities felt smaller drops or modest gains, including a nearly 29% increase for the city of Marshall, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

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RUSK — On Tuesday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission hosted a groundbreaking for new patient units at Rusk State Hospital. Of $745 million designated by the state Legislature for a number of Texas hospitals, $196 million has been approved for the project in Rusk.

Julian Ekpanya will someday smile while reeling in his first fish. He will experience the joy of hitting his first Little League homerun, learn to ride a bike and eventually take a prideful walk across a graduation stage. But his father won’t be there for any of it.

AUSTIN — Voters rejected only one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the statewide election held Nov. 5. The House and Senate, in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that ended in May, approved the propositions for voters to decide. Results are as follows:

Three important agriculture bills were recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each of the bipartisan bills address very different issues, but all will benefit cattle producers according to Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Associa…

Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, creating jobs and prosperity statewide, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas.

AUSTIN — Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children, and the Texas Department of Transportation is issuing a call to action to parents and caregivers to ensure they are using and installing child car seats correctly.