Austin Impacts
By DS Gands
Jul 4, 2004
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Vol. I No. 3


Excerpts from the Governor’s Office:


Gov. Perry Orders Investigation of Child Protective Services

July 1 – (AUSTIN) Gov. Perry today ordered a statewide investigation into the

practices and procedures of Child Protective Services, citing discrepancies in

casework documentation, concerns over casework management and inaction

when children have been exposed to abusive situations.


Statement on CHIP


Gov. Perry Announces $2.7 million in FQHC Grants

June 28 – (TYLER) Gov. Rick Perry today announced $2.7 million in incubator

grants for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to assist communities in

developing and expanding health care services to low-income and uninsured



Gov. Perry Lauds Conditional EPA Approval Of Fine-Particle Pollution Level

June 28 – (Austin) Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) has given Texas conditional approval regarding

federal health-based fine-particle standards. The governor also praised residents

for continuing their efforts to improve the state’s environment.



From Texas Workforce Commission:


Texas Business Conference:  July 9th, Victoria, Texas

Ron Lehman, the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas

Workforce Commission, invites you to attend the 2004 Texas Business

Conference. We have planned an informative, full-day conference that can help

you save money by avoiding some costly pitfalls when operating your business

and managing your employees.



From Department of Health and Human Services:


TWC Committee Meetings

TWC's three commissioners hear administrative reports, discuss and act on

agency business, and decide unemployment insurance cases weekly in Room

244, Texas Workforce Commission, 101 E. 15th St., Austin, TX 78778. The

 public is invited to appear before the commission and speak on any issue

within the jurisdiction of the commission. The next meetings will be:

 July   6, 2004 - 9:00 a.m.
  July 13, 2004 - 9:00 a.m.
  July 22, 2004 - 1:00 p.m.
  July 27, 2004 - 9:00 a.m.

Audio Webcasts of TWC Commission Meetings are now available.



Excerpts from Department of Health:


Rabies-Organ Transplants

July 3, 2004 - The Texas Department of Health today reported that so far 100

people in Texas will need to receive post-exposure rabies prevention treatment

as a precaution after possibly being exposed to rabies in connection with the

transplant of organs from a donor who was later confirmed to have been

infected with the rabies virus.

West Nile -- July 1, 2004
In 2004, West Nile has been detected in birds, mosquitoes or horses in 11 Texas counties: Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Harris, La Salle, Leon, Lubbock, Montgomery, Orange, Tarrant and Taylor counties.   No human cases have been recorded in 2004 in Texas.


From Comptroller’s Office:


Comptroller Strayhorn To Propose New Laws For "Forgotten Children" In  

Foster Care

July 2 - (Austin) Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn today said she has instructed her staff to develop sweeping new legislation to reform the foster care system in Texas after the agency that oversees the system failed to implement or respond to inquiries about most of her recommended changes.



From Texas Parks and Wildlife:


June 28 – (AUSTIN) While many anglers along the Texas coast were 
complaining about unusually poor catch rates during 2002, Carl "Bud" 
Rowland was enjoying a record year. While flyfishing the lower Laguna
Madre on May 23, 2002, Rowland caught and released a spotted seatrout 
that measured 37 1/4 inches and weighed 15 pounds, 6 ounces -- a new 
line class world record and eventual Texas state record.

Ironically, those tough fishing conditions may have set the stage for

banner fishing along the coast this year, including the potential for a new

state record trout, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

coastal fisheries science director Mark Fisher.



From Department of Agriculture:


Good Nutrition.  Good Health. Strong Future.
Welcome to the Texas Department of Agriculture's

Square Meals Web site, where you will find tips, tools and information on

real ways to help ensure a healthier future for Texas children.



From Texas Commission on Environmental Quality:


TCEQ Fines Waste Management of Texas $244,420
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) today approved an

agreed order assessing Waste Management of Texas, Inc., $244,420 in fines

for various violations at its Austin Community Recycling and Disposal Facility

 in Travis County.



From Texas Department of Transportation:


State advises motorists of few work zone delays for holiday travel

Who, What, When, Where

July 1 - TxDOT is doing its part to make holiday travel easier for motorists.

Construction projects will cease operation during the July Fourth holiday

period. Work zone lane closures will be in effect in some areas and could

cause some traffic delay.



From Texas Department of Public Safety:


 Missing Persons DNA Database Solves First Cold Cases

June 30 (Austin)  Texas missing persons cases have been solved through

DNA testing.


Donna Williamson, a 19-year-old North Richland Hills woman, had last

been seen in August 1982. Her name and photograph were included in the

DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse database.



From Texas Department of Homeland Security:


            Current Status:  ELEVATED



From the Senate Press Office:

Rock Crushers Committee Examines Regulation of Quarries

June 30 – (Austin) The Advisory Committee on Rock Crushers and Quarries

is examining how quarries in Texas should be regulated so that their operations interfere as little as possible with nearby residences. At a meeting today,

Wednesday, June 30, 2004, the committee discussed what regulations are

currently in place.  

Click on the link to read Senator Estes’ statements at the hearing.

            Senate Committees:







July 7, 2004

10:30 AM

International Relations and Trade

San Antonio City Council Chamber
Municipal Plaza Building
City Hall Complex, first floor
103 Mail Plaza



July 12, 2004

10:00 AM

Intergovernmental Relations Committee

Capitol Ext. E1.028



July 13, 2004

10:00 AM

Intergovernmental Relations Committee

Hangar Hotel
155 Airport Road
Fredericksburg, Texas



July 27, 2004

10:00 AM

Intergovernmental Relations Committee

Capitol Ext. E1.028





From the House Press Office:


Thursday, July 1, 2004

San Antonio - Rep. Uresti applauds Governor Perry's order for a statewide

 investigation on Child Protective Services (CPS). In recent months, Chairman

Uresti's office has been flooded with phone calls and emails from families

across Texas experiencing the negative effects of the current system, and

despite the Chairman's call for an overall state audit, the problem is far from



            House Committees:


            Hearing schedules

© 2004 by DS Gands – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

DS Gands is a journalist living in North Texas and has been published in various magazines and newspapers since 1977.