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Williamson County to have first ever Fair and Rodeo

Williamson County is set to have its first ever fair and rodeo on Oct. 21-23 at the WilCo Expo Center in Taylor.

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Hill Country Christian School of Austin's robotics team ranks #8 in nation

The MegaKnytes, Hill Country Christian School of Austin's robotics team, finished the season in first place in Texas out of hundreds of 1A-6A schools. They ranked eighth overall in the nation.

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Historic Rouse season ends in state semifinals after loss to Hallsville

Head coach Chad Krempin paused for a moment and chuckled when thinking back on what he’ll remember most about the 2021 Rouse baseball team.

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Rangers designate Khris Davis for assignment as rebuilding season hits next phase

Already 15 games below .500, the Rangers are quickly moving into the next phase of their rebuilding season. They jettisoned veteran DH Khris Davis on Tuesday and also served notice that …

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas lawmakers would prioritize workers in 2021. But advocates say the working class was largely left behind. When the 2021 Texas legislative session kicked off in January, the state’s unemployment rate in Texas was 6.8% — well above the 3.7% rate from before the beginning of the pandemic …
Texas power grid strained again; officials ask residents to reduce electricity use Texas officials are asking residents to reduce electric use "as much as possible" this week because of significant strain on the state's power grid. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas …
Some medically vulnerable Texans feel left behind as the state returns to normal Like many people who followed a strict quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, Kristen Patton hasn’t seen her extended family for more than a year. But unlike other Texans who, like her, …
Gov. Greg Abbott wants to build a border wall, but does Texas have the ability — or money — to do so? Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Thursday that Texas would build a border wall to stem the flow of migrants through its southern border has sparked denunciations, confusion and threats of legal …
How to revive friendships disrupted by the pandemic Reviving friendships that were largely put on hold — aside from an initial flurry of video chats or Zoom happy hours — can feel awkward. And some people are even taking stock of and reconsidering their relationships.
Bipartisan group agrees on $1.2T infrastructure plan A bipartisan group of 10 senators has agreed to pitch a $1.2 trillion eight-year infrastructure spending package to President Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
Lumber is wildly expensive now. Even picnic table prices are through the roof The cost of a common commodity has scrambled summer plans, and it’s not gas: Soaring lumber prices are making new homes, renovations and even simple picnic tables drastically more expensive.
Many long-haul COVID-19 patients report improvement after vaccination, surprising experts Wendy French of northwest suburban Lake in the Hills used to run 10 miles a day several times a week before she caught COVID-19 in September, which left her fatigued and suffering from a variety …
UnitedHealthcare delays policy to stop paying for some ER care UnitedHealthcare is putting on hold a new policy that would have stopped payments for non-emergency health care provided in ERs beginning next month.
New mortgage refinance program for lower-income homeowners opens A new mortgage refinancing program from Fannie Mae targeted to low- and moderate-income borrowers opened to applicants June 5.
US initial jobless claims decline for a sixth consecutive week Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell for a sixth straight week, consistent with further improvement in the labor market and robust economic growth.
‘Every bushel matters’ as drought keeps crop markets on edge Grain prices have touched near-decade highs, and whether they rally to further heights or retreat depends in large part on the condition and quantity of plants over the next few months.
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