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Find out why The Woodlands Township does not have a homestead exemption

By at April 28, 2017 | 12:54 pm | 0 Comment

On the heels of two other taxing entities in Montgomery County granting optional homestead exemptions this spring, The Woodlands Township provided an analysis on the topic during Wednesday’s board of directors meeting. Although governmental entities in the state of Texas can approve optional homestead exemptions for homeowners—which do not affect rental and commercial

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4 things to do this weekend in The Woodlands area, April 28-30

By at April 28, 2017 | 7:30 am | 0 Comment

The Woodlands and surrounding area will play host to a variety of events this weekend, from burger festivals to charity races. Here are a few to consider attending this weekend. 1. Throwdown Texas Burger & Music Fest-April 29 The second annual Throwdown Texas Burger & Music Fest benefiting the Montgomery County Food Bank will occur this Saturday. The event

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Texas House panel considers “private school choice” for kids with disabilities

By at April 28, 2017 | 12:31 am | 0 Comment

To many in the room, much of the discussion on whether Texas should subsidize private school tuition for some students with disabilities probably felt like a repeat. Activists, educators and parents stayed past midnight on Friday morning to give their thoughts on why the House Public Education Committee should or should not pass its own version of a “private school

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Senate passes bill to give charters funding for facilities

By at April 27, 2017 | 6:03 pm | 0 Comment

The Texas Senate on Thursday voted to give public charter schools state money to build facilities — a day after the governor joined thousands of charter students, parents, educators and activists in a rally on the Capitol steps. Charter school advocates have been asking the state for facilities funding so they do not have to dip into operating costs to expand their

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ExxonMobil ordered to pay $20 million for air pollution at Houston plants

By at April 27, 2017 | 1:28 pm | 0 Comment

In a huge win for environmental groups, a federal judge has ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly $20 million for spewing millions of pounds of excess air pollution from its Houston-area industrial facilities. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued the energy giant in 2010, alleging that over a five-year period it had emitted more than 8 million pounds of hazardous

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Johnson accepts Montgomery County Animal Shelter director position

By at April 27, 2017 | 12:34 pm | 0 Comment

Montgomery County officials announced the hiring of Aaron Johnson as Montgomery County Animal Shelter director on Thursday. Set to assume the position May 23, Johnson will replace former director Charles Jackson who resigned from the position in mid-April to accept a position with Rescued Pets Movement, county officials said. Johnson is the latest in a rotating cast

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Goode Co. opening pushed back and water plant bid awarded: 4 takeaways from Wednesday’s Shenandoah City Council meeting

By at April 27, 2017 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

Shenandoah City Council met for its regular meeting Wednesday night to discuss several items, including the city’s fourth water plant and MetroPark Square. Here are a few highlights from the meeting. To view the entire April 26 agenda, click here. 1. The council unanimously approved an extension of a special use permit for Goode Co. BBQ and Goode Co. Kitchen and

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Woodlands Township reiterates stance against ‘any development’ in W.G. Jones State Forest

By at April 27, 2017 | 11:17 am | 0 Comment

Following community backlash against Senate Bill 1964, The Woodlands Township on Wednesday voted to reaffirm its position against any development in W.G. Jones State Forest. Township board Chairman Gordy Bunch said he thinks the initial bill—which would have allowed Texas A&M University to use or lease land in the forest for the construction of buildings for

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Texas lawmaker’s bill attempts to eliminate “school lunch shaming”

By at April 27, 2017 | 9:57 am | 0 Comment

A Dallas Democrat is warning against the hazards of school lunch shaming. Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, says school children who can’t pay for their lunches are facing humiliation in cafeterias as lunches are often snatched from their hands when their insufficient payment is revealed. Giddings said the problem is further exacerbated by the fact that one in four

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Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn

By at April 27, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

In dozens of Texas cities, payday lenders face enhanced restrictions on how much they can charge borrowers. Past efforts to translate those individual city ordinances into a statewide policy have failed. This year, some state lawmakers are pushing for the opposite outcome: by passing measures that would either roll back those local ordinances or give payday and auto title

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Texas House to debate franchise tax cut that would hit public schools

By at April 27, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

The Texas House will debate a tax phase-out on Thursday that would likely thrill business owners while cutting funds for public schools. House Bill 28, authored by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, would cut the unpopular “franchise tax” paid by businesses. The proposal would not reduce the tax during the current penny-pinching legislative session, but it

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Whole Woman's Health CEO on Texas, Trump and the future of women's health care

By at April 27, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

Amy Hagstrom Miller knows the fight isn’t over. Whole Woman’s Health, the women’s health organization of which she’s founder and CEO, was lead plaintiff in a lawsuit, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down one of Texas’ most restrictive abortion laws, commonly referred to as

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Trump agrees not to terminate NAFTA

By at April 26, 2017 | 10:10 pm | 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the news that President Trump has, for now, backed away from the idea of terminating NAFTA. WASHINGTON — After a trial balloon went over poorly with Congress, President Donald Trump told foreign leaders Wednesday night that he wouldn’t end the North American Free Trade Agreement just yet. Late

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WG Jones State Forest bill heard in committee on Wednesday

By at April 26, 2017 | 3:41 pm | 0 Comment

Proposed legislation related to land usage in WG Jones State Forest was heard in the Texas Senate’s Higher Education Committee Wednesday, allowing Montgomery County residents to voice their opinions and concerns on the topic. Senate Bill 1964, authored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, at the request of Texas A&M University, garnered criticism from county

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Senate approves bill to require seat belts on school buses

By at April 26, 2017 | 1:58 pm | 0 Comment

The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed legislation requiring three-point seat belts be installed on newly-purchased school buses across the state.  Senate Bill 693, authored by Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, cleared the chamber in a 25-6 vote following strong pushback from one Republican who suggested seat belts make buses less safe. “Seat belts save

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BP MS150 cyclists could face storms this weekend

By at April 26, 2017 | 9:44 am | 0 Comment

Will it be déja vu for the BP MS150? After last year’s ride was shortened by severe weather, ABC13 is tracking another powerful storm system that could complicate things for cyclists this weekend. Right now this weather system is currently near northern Japan and Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, so there is tremendous uncertainty with the forecast. The post BP

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Live music performances in Montgomery County this weekend, April 26-30

By at April 26, 2017 | 9:04 am | 0 Comment

Several pubs, wineries and eateries in Montgomery County will host various musicians throughout this weekend, April 26-30. The Corner Pub 302 N. Main St., Conroe 936-788-2490 www.thecornerpubinconroe.com April 26 | Dan Smith | 9 p.m. | Free April 28 | Willow James | 9 p.m. | Free April 29 | Tyler Cannon | 9 p.m. | Free The post

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Analysis: Today’s hated business tax is tomorrow’s property tax relief

By at April 26, 2017 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

* Correction appended. Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. Texas lawmakers are trying to get rid of an unpopular but useful tax on business — an idea that sounds better to lawmakers today than it might sound to their successors in a few years.Via Texas Tribune The post

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Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid to reduce state tests

By at April 25, 2017 | 5:55 pm | 0 Comment

Use our Texas Public Schools Explorer to see a breakdown of each public charter school and public school district in Texas.  Jennifer Stratton said her third-grade son has been on the honor roll for the last three quarters but is anxious his progress could be erased if he does poorly on standardized tests. She testified Tuesday before the House Public Education

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The Woodlands visitors bureau to explore feasibility of patriotic light display on Lake Robbins bridge

By at April 25, 2017 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau is exploring the possibility of beginning a patriotic summer light display on the Lake Robbins bridge that would be visible to thousands of drivers traveling on I-45. The CVB’s board of directors voted last week to issue a request for proposal for services related to structural lighting and design for a patriotic display on

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Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

By at April 25, 2017 | 5:01 pm | 0 Comment

Citing the threat of lawsuits, Scimetrics, the company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs, announced Tuesday it had withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin-based poison is finished — or that the product known as Kaput won’t eventually make it to the state. The

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High-stakes state testing atmosphere to be tempered under Texas lawmaker’s proposal

By at April 25, 2017 | 5:00 pm | 0 Comment

Teachers told state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, that they spent 46 days each year preparing students for 22 state-required standardized tests. Isaac decided this was too much and decided to propose a change. On Tuesday afternoon, Isaac presented his solution to Texas’ high-stakes testing problem to the House Public Education Committee. “We must spend

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WG Jones Forest legislation and a homestead exemption presentation: 3 things to know before Wednesday’s Woodlands Township board meeting

By at April 25, 2017 | 3:50 pm | 0 Comment

The Woodlands Township board of directors meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd. To view the entire agenda, click here. 1. The township will discuss an agenda item regarding proposed state legislation related to land usage in WG Jones State Forest. Senate Bill 1964, which as introduced would have given Texas A&M University the authority to use or

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State rep. proposes bill to hold DOIs accountable for finances, academics

By at April 25, 2017 | 3:22 pm | 0 Comment

In his second bill tackling districts of innovation, or DOIs, in a Tuesday House Public Education Committee meeting, Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, introduced legislation to create standards of accountability for DOIs. The Fort Worth Republican said that since 2015, when DOIs were first formed by the 84th Texas Legislature, there have not been enough measures in place to

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