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What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates For Dec. 10

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Take a quick look at a few of the top stories from around the state from the latest Houston economic numbers to hunting for Christmas trees in Marfa, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo:

Oh By Gosh By Golly: Growing Holly in Texas

"It's time for mistletoe and holly, but here on the High Plains, the only place you are likely to see this traditional holiday plant is on cards and wrapping paper."

From KUT News in Austin:

Broadening the Franchise: Seeking Diversity in Austin Government

A look at the changing face of Austin, both as residents and in political office. Voters approved the division of city council representation into 10 districts, which will allow each council member to better tailor their message and agenda to a specific area of the city.

From KETR in Commerce:

Council to Continue Water Park Talks

"Although it is expected to feel a lot more like winter this week, the Greenville City Council may spend some time Tuesday talking about a summertime activity. The Council is scheduled to meet in executive session during Tuesday’s agenda to discuss the Splash Kingdom water park which has been proposed for Greenville."

From KERA News in Dallas/Fort Worth:

Dallas Bike Lanes Hot Topic On Cold Winter Day

"Two big deals for Dallas bicyclists, known at City Hall as Vulnerable Road Users. Dallas City Council committee members approve new rules-of-the-road for shared bike lanes."

From KUHF News in Houston:

Houston Sales Plunge In November

"Houston economic activity continued its retreat in November, according to the latest survey of purchasing managers. The Houston Purchasing Managers Index dropped more than three points in November to 54.6."

From Red River Public Radio in Lufkin:

Professor: Children's books make a personal, lasting gift

"Children’s booksellers are off to a positive start in holiday sales. Publishers Weekly conducted a survey of 24 booksellers nationwide and found double-digit sales gains for the period beginning Black Friday."

From Marfa Public Radio:

Christmas Tree Hunting at the Davis Mountains Preserve

"The Nature Conservancy is hosting its 13th annual cut-your-own Christmas Tree Hunt at their Davis Mountains Preserve property. For KRTS News, Rachel Osier Lindley visited last Saturday and filed this report."

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