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What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates

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Take a quick look at some of the top stories from across Texas, from phony Salvation Army bell ringers in Austin to a formal border crossing opening inside Big Bend National Park, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

Biologist Peter Berthelson of Pheasants Forever took action to educate land managers how to burn and created burn trailers stocked with all the hardware required to safely conduct prescribed burns.

From KUT News in Austin:

Of the three finalists, Manziel – a.k.a. Johnny Football – is the favorite to win college football's most prestigious award on Saturday night in Manhattan. If Manziel does win he would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's only Heisman in 1957.

The Salvation Army says bell ringers who are collecting money legitimately for the organization will have necessary signage and identification and won't be positioned on street corners. Instead, Salvation Army bell ringers are located at stores and malls.

From KETR in Commerce:

The City of Commerce has issued a mandatory public notice regarding the public water supply, required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

UPDATE:  A suspect in a rash of Delta County burglaries is still at large but the stolen police vehicle Cecil Martin escaped in has been found by Delta County authorities.

From KERA in Dallas/Fort Worth:

Dallas has a new plan to develop the old Reunion Arena site. City council members were briefed yesterday on a proposed land swap to start the ball rolling again on a public/private partnership that was born 40 years ago.

From KUHF in Houston:

Intuit Payroll’s Small Business Indexes show that U.S. small businesses created 30,000 jobs in November, a gain of just over 0.1%. For Texas, small business hiring gained just under 0.1%.

From KLDN and Red River Public Radio in Lufkin:

Red River Radio will transfer our HD broadcast equipment to our new home this afternoon as we finish our final transition to our new home. We will  be off air on all HD Channels until Wednesday, December 5th.

The former General Motors plant in Shreveport has officially changed hands. GM’s lease is up and the court-appointed RACER Trust will now maintain the property.

From Marfa Public Radio:

The precise date is uncertain, but all signs point to the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village, located inside Big Bend National Park, and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas.

From KWBU in Waco:

On November 27, 2012, Governor Rick Perry addressed a packed house at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce's State of the State Luncheon. Perry described the state as leader in economic growth and the envy of the other 49 states, even jokingly calling out Governor Rick Scott's attempts to attract a Texas-based business to Florida.

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