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General Interest

No wall is too high at Texas Lions Camp

20120706 TLC-Wall 5936 FeatureNatalie Mireles (left) and Brogan Cheever scale the wall at Texas Lion’s Camp. Courtesy photoKERRVILLE — Natalie Mireles is not your typical teen attending summer camp.  Natalie is deaf and blind, but still a teen ready to explore new things.

And, Texas Lions Camp (TLC) is not your typical summer camp. It is the place where children with disabilities break down walls.

Read more: No wall is too high at Texas Lions Camp

   

Initiative helps motorists reduce air pollution, save cash

AUSTIN — Summers are a time for family barbeques, weekends on the lake, and road trips. Along with these celebrations comes a significant uptick in miles traveled and gas consumed on Texas highways.

Fortunately, organizers of the state’s Drive Clean Across Texas air quality campaign have plenty of practical advice for drivers looking to save money at the pump and reduce air pollution at the same time.

Read more: Initiative helps motorists reduce air pollution, save cash

   

Caribbean literature focus of A&M Kingsville conference

KINGSVILLE — For the second summer in a row, faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and educators across South Texas have studied the literature, culture and history of the Caribbean in an effort to hone strategies for teaching college and high school levels.

Read more: Caribbean literature focus of A&M Kingsville conference

   

Use caution while celebrating July 4

20120703 FireworkSafetyCOLLEGE STATION — With Independence Day celebrations drawing near, Texas Forest Service officials are reminding residents to remember that just one spark can cause a devastating wildfire.

About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are human-caused, which means they can be prevented. As residents enjoy building a campfire, shooting off celebratory fireworks in approved areas or cooking on the grill, they’re asked to take a few safety precautions to ensure their homes and families are protected.

Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones said that while drought conditions have improved for much of the state, wildfire potential still exists — especially in areas where consecutive days of hot temperatures have dried out the vegetation.

Read more: Use caution while celebrating July 4

   

Student loan rate hike hits Hispanic students hard

20120629 StudentLoanHikeCollege student leaders June 27 from the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at San Antonio and Christine Lindstrom from the Texas Public Interest Research Group called on U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison to support a bipartisan bill to keep student loan interest rates low.

UTPA Student Financial Services Associate Director Jael Garcia said Latinos are the largest minority in Texas, at 9.5 million or 38 percent of the population.

Read more: Student loan rate hike hits Hispanic students hard

   

Hidalgo County farmers harvesting sunflowers, grain sorghum

MISSION — Sunflowers are blooming in Hidalgo County and sugar cane is being actively irrigated.

According to Texas AgriLife Extenstion experts, growers in Hidalgo County are preparing to harvest sunflowers and grain sorghum as well as actively irrigating sugarcane, cotton and citrus crops. Over in Willacy County cotton began opening and 75 percent of sorghum was harvested.

Read more: Hidalgo County farmers harvesting sunflowers, grain sorghum

   

Corpus man indicted for bomb threats to Islamic Center in Tennessee

WASHINGTON D.C. — A federal grand jury indicted a Corpus Christi man June 21 for leaving a threatening, explicative-ridden voice message saying, among other things, that, “on September 11, 2011, there’s going to be a bomb in the building.

Read more: Corpus man indicted for bomb threats to Islamic Center in Tennessee

   

Border Patrol agents save two men bitten by rattlesnakes

KINGSVILLE — U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued two men early June 26 near the Kingsville Station after the Guatemalan Nationals were bitted by rattlesnakes.

The men are part of a growing number of people rescued this fiscal year by agents. Since October 2011, nearly 200 people have been rescued and the remains of 64 more have been found. United States Customs and Border Protection urges people not to put their lives at risk by entering the States illegally or by circumventing a checkpoint — especially now, as temperatures rise.

Read more: Border Patrol agents save two men bitten by rattlesnakes

   

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