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Early voting runs Oct. 20-31 for election on Nov. 4

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Despite a federal judge’s ruling overturning the Texas voter identification law, officials say early voting will go on starting Oct. 20. Early voting runs Oct. 20-31. The regular election day is Nov. 4.

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Texas voter ID law to continue after appellate court ruling Oct. 14

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 14 issued a stay on the injunction of the enforcement of photo identification legislation as it applies to the upcoming election, according to a statement from Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry.

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Texas voter identification law in limbo after federal judge’s ruling

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Despite uncertainty about the fate of maintaining the Texas voter identification law, local election and party officials expect few issues at the polls during the Nov. 4 election. Ever since a ruling Oct. 9 by Corpus Christi-based U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, a President Obama appointee, officials [...]

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Texas testing poison to battle feral hogs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET COUNTY — Trenton McNiel has trapped and hunted feral hogs across the area for two years and witnessed their destructiveness first hand.

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 6 for Nov. 4 election

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — People who would like to make their voices known in the November general election need to register to vote on or by Oct. 6.

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Burnet County to pay inmate’s $280,000 cancer treatment bill

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — County commissioners expect to deplete an emergency fund balance to pay about a third of a nearly $1 million bill for a jail inmate’s cancer treatment cost, officials say.

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LCRA board OKs water plan changes, new downstream reservoir

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority began the process of changing the Water Management Plan in 2012, but on Sept. 17, the board finally approved the amendments, sending the measure to the next level.

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Rocket company to take off in Briggs

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BRIGGS — California-based Firefly Space Systems has purchased 200acres in far north Burnet County to begin constructing small rockets used to transport satellites into space. Officials believe that once Firefly Space Systems establishes its business on the land just off U.S. 183, near the intersection of CR 210, the industry [...]

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Burnet County Extension agent Wade Hibler retiring after three decades

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — After more than three decades of serving communities as an agriculture extension agent, Wade Hibler is making a change. It’s one he says is good for him and his family as well as for Burnet County.

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Canadian company buys water and wastewater plants in Central Texas

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — Canada-based Corix Utilities Inc. finalized on July 31 the acquisition of 18 Texas water and wastewater systems, 10 of which are in the Hill Country, from the Lower Colorado River Authority, officials said. LCRA originally put the water and wastewater faciliities, located primarily in the Austin area and [...]

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Llano County resists housing immigrant children

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — Two more commissioners courts in the Hill Country have approved resolutions rejecting the placement of undocumented immigrant children in facilities within their counties citing an “unsupportable burden on local taxpayers,” according to one of the public documents.

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LCRA puts pressure on those with illegal ‘straws’ in water

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority is stepping up enforcement against people without a contract who take water from the lakes and lower Colorado River via “straws,” but officials are giving a few days’ warning before really cracking down.

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Colorado River advocacy groups squaring off in water fight

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — As drought conditions continue, the battle over water from the Colorado River heats up between advocacy groups fighting to get their messages across to state agencies with the power to halt supplies.

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Marble Falls resolution focuses on border crisis, influx of children

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Though the U.S.-Mexico border is several hundred miles away, Marble Falls leaders want nothing to do with the influx of children crossing into the country that’s left some communities bewildered and the federal government reeling over what to do with the 50,000-plus unaccompanied youth.

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