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  • Secretary Pablos joins Texas investment promotion mission to Spain

    "Spain is not only a key part of Texas' past, but also a key partner in our state's economic future." – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos

  • CONSUMER ALERT: HEB voluntarily recalls Olives

    H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olives being recalled for potential glass in the product

  • #KnowYourRoll this National Tire Safety Week

    “Safety is our industry’s number one priority,” said Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about KVCT-TV, DISH contract negotiations

    Some important information for dish network subscribers…the KVCT-TV agreement with DISH expired at 6:00 p.m. Monday May 21, 2018.  So we felt it was necessary to alert DISH customers to the possibility that they may lose access to KVCT-TV local news as well as FOX programs such as Fox News at 9, NFL Football, The Simpsons, Empire, and many more of your favorite programs.

  • Sales tax holidays for water-efficient and ENERGY STAR® products set for May 26-28

    (AUSTIN) — Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. Both take place Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28. The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save about $10.7 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day weekend sales tax holidays. “As of May 1, more than 60 percen...

  • Real estate owners win big under the new tax law

     Recent changes set in motion by the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means a brighter outlook for commercial real estate owners and investors.

  • Travel industry ranked last in study based on emotions

    Southwest Airlines Topped Industry Followed by JetBlue and Air France

  • TBC Corporation Continues Expansion with NTB and Tire Kingdom Growth

    TBC Corporation Continues Expansion with NTB and Tire Kingdom Growth Palm Beach Gardens, FL – May 17, 2018 – TBC Corporation, one of North America’s largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel strategy, is pleased to recognize the continued expansion of the NTB and Tire Kingdom brands.  

  • Despite ban on internet based calls UAE OTT services penetration set to double by 2023, says GlobalData

    Despite ban on internet based calls UAE OTT services penetration set to double by 2023, says GlobalData Although the UAE has a comparatively small population of approximately 9.5 million it has a relatively well-developed telecommunications industry with a greater number of mobile sim cards than there are users according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. However, mobile phone users cannot currently use their smartphones to their full potential because the UAE...

  • HEB's CEO of Flavor gets new role

    “Jag Bath is a leading national figure in the digital space and this appointment reflects the central importance of building out H-E-B’s omnichannel service to meet customers’ evolving needs and expectations,” H-E-B Chief Operating Officer Martin Otto said.

  • SiriusXM free two week preview starts May 14th

    Limited Time Tune-In Period to Showcase New Streaming Experience. New SiriusXM app delivers a vastly improved experience outside the car, with more channels, smart recommendations, and greater discovery. Free and easy access to SiriusXM’s unrivaled array of entertainment options

  • Amazon Continues to Dominate Retail, According to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2018 Report Industry Ranks Third Overall for Brand Intimacy

    “Amazon has cracked the Brand Intimacy code and continues to improve its rank in our annual study,” stated Mario Natarelli, managing partner, MBLM.

  • Do you want an electric vehicle? AAA Texas says you do

    “Today, electric vehicles have mainstream appeal,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. 

  • Where big ethanol is king, many prefer ethanol-free gas

    DES MOINES – Even in Iowa, it appears many Hawkeye State residents aren’t fond of ethanol fuels mandated by the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). A report from the Iowa Department of Revenue shows that ethanol-free gas (E0) is a more popular fuel choice than E15 (15 percent ethanol) and all flex fuels (E20, E85) combined, with Iowans purchasing more than 200 million gallons of E0 fuel in 2016. That’s more fuel that the Environmental Pr...

  • Victoria students receive $2,500 Chick-fil-A leadership scholarships

    More than 5,700 Team Members across the chain will receive a $2,500 Leadership Scholarship this year. Students can go to school anywhere they want. The scholarship can be used at any accredited two- or four- year college, university, or technical/vocational school.

  • LyondellBasell’s Victoria Plant Raises More Than $37,000 for United Way Campaign

    “Employees from LyondellBasell’s Victoria Plant are dedicated to helping make our community better,” said David Edwards, president of the board of directors of Victoria County United Way.

  • Victoria hotel reopens nine months after Harvey

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Victoria Reopens After Hurricane Harvey

  • Texas top list for best places to do business

    "It is no accident that the nation’s top CEOs continue to rank Texas as the best state for business,” said Governor Abbott. “Innovation and ingenuity are thriving in the Lone Star State, and as a result, businesses are relocating and expanding their footprint in Texas, further strengthening our economy. 

  • Facebook: Long-term relationships, not just hook-ups

    Business Headlines: Courtesy: ABC News Facebook may be adding a little something extra to your friends list.  At its Annual Developer Conference, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg said the social network will soon roll out its own online dating service. He said it's for building long-term relationships, not just hookups. Sales of Apple's newest iPhone may not have quite hit expectations. That didn't slow down profits.  Apple says it sold just more than 52 million iPhones in th...
  • Do you owe state taxes? The temporary tax amnesty program may be for you

    The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will run from May 1 to June 29, 2018. The program applies to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller. 

  • State Bar of Texas warns public of jury duty scams

     The callers threaten that the person answering will be arrested unless he or she pays an amount, typically $500 but it may vary, using either prepaid gift cards or a wire transfer.

  • Texas' first license to carry a handgun on-line course

    “As the first approved Texas License to Carry Handgun On-line Course providers, we are very excited to offer LicenseToCarry.com to those students wanting to complete the required classroom training for the LTC application and to those who want to simply take a refresher course. We believe students will appreciate the convenience and benefit from the accessibility of the on-line course.,” stated Hal Thomas, Certified Texas License To Carry Instructor.

  • AAA Texas: Gasoline pump prices continue to rise

    The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.79, which is five cents more than this day last week and 39 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.

  • Governor Abbott appoints three to the Sabine River Authority

    The purpose of the Sabine River Authority is to conserve, store, control, preserve, utilize and distribute the storm and flood waters and the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries.

  • The Railroad Commission fined operators more than $400,000 at recent conference

    Operators were assessed $237,539 after failing to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings.

  • Helpful tips just in time for the spring boat-buying season

    Ensuring that you know everything you possibly can about a used boat (and even some new boats) is a smart move. If you catch issues before taking the deal, you have the option of renegotiating the price or seeing that the faults are corrected.

  • AAA Texas: The average gas price statewide climbs above $2.50

    “Multiple factors including increasing oil prices, tensions overseas and record demand are resulting in higher gas prices, said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico Spokesperson.

  • HEB celebrates Earth Day by giving away reusable bags

    Recognized for its commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship, H-E-B will have the eco-friendly bags available for customers, starting at 1 p.m. on April 22, until supplies last. The first bag is free, and shoppers have the option to purchase additional Earth Day bags for $1.50 each.

  • China to allow full foreign ownership in auto industry

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced plans Tuesday to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years, ending restrictions that helped to fuel its escalating dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump and strained relations with other trading partners. The change would scrap rules that require global automakers to work through local state-owned partners, an arrangement that forces them to share technology with potential competitors. It was unclear whether that might help to mo...
  • Del Papa Distributing hosts a unique trade show here in Victoria

    The Retailer Trade Show is not only a powerful marketing tool that helps retailers learn about the many progressive solutions available to them, but it will also showcase Del Papa’s robust portfolio.

  • AAA Texas: Are You ‘Intexticated?’

    “AAA has made traffic safety a priority since 1921, working to make roads, vehicles and drivers safer,” said Linda von Quintus, Vice President Government & Community Affairs, AAA Texas. 

  • China-US tariff spat: Mostly losers, but some winners too

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s threat to raise tariffs on U.S. exports could be a disaster for American soybean farmers but a boon to their Brazilian and Argentine competitors, European aerospace companies and Japanese whiskey distillers. Regulators picked products China can get elsewhere when they made a $50 billion list including soybeans and small aircraft for possible retaliation in a trade spat with Washington. That should help minimize China’s losses if U.S. Presiden...
  • Governor Abbott meets with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

    "I am extremely grateful to Prime Minister Modi for welcoming me to his country and for the opportunity to discuss the meaningful relationship between Texas and India," said Governor Abbott.

  • Governor Abbott Closes Landmark Deal With JSW Steel (USA) Inc. for Baytown development

    This investment will be used to expand the company's Plate & Pipe Mill unit. A Texas Enterprise Fund grant offer of $3.4 million has been extended to JSW Steel Inc.

  • The flying public deserves an open, honest debate on airline pricing practices

    Since the time of computerized reservations systems, there have been two ways to buy a plane ticket. The traveler can buy directly from an airline, which looks out for itself. Or, the traveler can buy from an independent travel agent, which looks out for the traveler.

  • Phone Scam Affects the Elderly

    A scam in Victoria is affecting the elderly. Newscenter 25 received a call from a concerned Victoria resident who nearly became a victim to a common scam.

  • TDECU Insurance Agency, LLC Announces Key Promotions

    Lake Jackson, TX — Recently, Connie Clarke, President of TDECU Insurance Agency, LLC, announced the promotions of team Members Brooke Brown and Toni Keith. 

  • Tech Companies Vs. White House

    The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner.

  • Olive Garden and Blue Moon offering limited-time glass

    A blue moon happens once in about 2.7 years. During the phenomenon, the moon appears bluish due to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. On March 31st, Olive Garden will observe the last Blue Moon of the year, and to celebrate, Olive Garden is raising the bar with a partnership with Blue Moon Brewing Company. Starting March 31st, guests across the country can order a 22-ounce Blue Moon Belgian White at Olive Garden, the beer will be served in a commemorative pilsner glass p...

  • TDECU’s Stephanie Sherrodd Receives 2018 Houston Power 50 Award

    “The 2018 Houston Power 50 Award honors an amazing group of women that exemplify effective leadership in their industry,” - Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the National Diversity Council.

  • Legal help for Vets with child support issues

    “The unmet legal needs of Veterans are one of the root causes of homelessness,” said Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Working with partners in law schools and the legal community, we can improve the lives of these vulnerable Veterans.” The needs of Veterans are on-going throughout the year, not just on one day every year.

  • H-E-B and Favor Delivery join forces

    Combination will provide Texans with an innovative, convenient and world-class home delivery experience

  • IRS encourages tribal communities to check out earned income tax credit

    The IRS has identified American Indian communities as a group of workers at risk for overlooking this important credit. There are many reasons qualified individuals and families do not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. They may think they are ineligible, not know about the credit or worry about paying for tax preparation services. To get the credit, individuals must file a tax return, even if they do not owe any tax or are not required to file.

  • National Federation of Independent Business touts Kolkhorst's voting record

    “Senator Kolkhorst, sponsored and passed HB 1290, a key piece of legislation for NFIB aimed at lessening the burden of government regulations on small businesses—the backbone of our Texas economy,” said NFIB/Texas Executive Director Will Newton, “In her time in the Texas House and Senate, she has always been an advocate for the small businesses in her district."

  • Pre-retirement mistakes you can’t afford

    Volatile stocks, disappearing pensions and the uncertainty of government-backed programs such as Social Security and Medicare give pre-retirees a host of crucial nest-egg variables to weigh and balance. Mistakes can be costly. The average life expectancy is significantly longer than decades ago, and some retirees may need funds to sustain them for 30-plus years.

  • Texas State Aquarium’s restaurant receives the first ocean-friendly restaurant award in Texas

    "The Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is thrilled to have the Texas State Aquarium's Shoreline Grill as our first official Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant, not only in the Coastal Bend, but in the state of Texas,” said Christie Irps, OFR Coordinator with Surfrider Foundation-TX Coastal Bend

  • T. Boone Pickens' Pampa ranch is for sale

    T. Boone Pickens' first goal for the ranch was to enrich the land and returning it to an oasis for wildlife, much of which is back to its natural state of lush natural grasses which have never been grazed. It’s the perfect environment to protect thousands of quail and wildlife.

  • Recall: Texas Meat Packers recalls 7570 lbs of beef

    Texas Meat Packers, Fort Worth Texas, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding. 

  • Amazon is helping out the last minute shopper

     Shoppers with an Amazon Prime account can make purchases as late as Friday and have their package arrive on Christmas Eve, making Amazon the destination for last-minute gifts. 

  • Austin dentist gifts high-tech stress-relief system to patient

    Presenting Kristen Trevino with her own NuCalm system was her dentist, Dr. Michael Nussbaum, who had been struck by the enormous pain and suffering that she and her two young children experienced in recent years. For three years, they watched as her husband/their dad, Trey, was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer and underwent months of chemotherapy and surgery. Sadly, Trey died last Spring.

  • Texas.gov recognized as one of the nation’s top digital government programs

    “Year after year, Texas.gov remains a top platform for digital government,” said Stacey Napier, executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources, which oversees Texas.gov. “These awards recognize something many already know – when it comes to digital government, Texas does it best.”

  • Mike Napodano has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer for Disney|ABC Television Group.

    Mike Napodano named Chief Technology Officer for Disney|ABC Television Group

    Respected industry veteran Mike Napodano named Chief Technology Officer for Disney|ABC Television Group

  • Seven home security hacks for holiday safety

    The seven simple holiday hacks to keep your home safe from break-ins while you're away during the holidays.

  • Fingerlings: This year's it toy is bait for scammers

    Scam Alert: Looking for Fingerlings, this season’s new hot toy? Beware of scams, the cute finger-puppet monkeys have sold out in many stores. Now Fingerlings have turned into bait for scammers. Con artists are selling counterfeit Fingerlings or simply making sales they don’t plan to fulfill.

  • Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Siemens working on hybrid plane

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Three big European companies are teaming up to develop a hybrid passenger plane that uses a single electric turbofan along with three conventional jet engines. The plane is an effort to develop and demonstrate technology that in the future could help limit emissions of carbon dioxide from aviation and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.      Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce said Tuesday they aim to build a flying version of the E-Fan X technology...
  • US consumer confidence rises, hits highest level since 2000

    WASHINGTON (AP) - American consumers are feeling confident as the holiday season approaches. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index hit 129.5 this month, up from 126.2 in October and highest since November 2000. The business research group's index measures consumers' assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both improved this month. "Consumers are entering the holiday season in very high spirits and foresee the economy expand...
  • Time Magazine to be sold off

    Meredith Corp. says it is buying Time INC. for about $1.8 billion. 

  • Safety tips when buying gifts for kids

    If you're shopping for toys this holiday season, the consumer product safety commission has tips to keep children safe all year long. Choose age-appropriate toys by reading the age label on the toy. For kids younger than three, avoid toys with small parts that can be choking hazards. If you'll be purchasing a scooter or other riding toy to give to a child, be sure the child has a proper-sized helmet as well. And be cautious when buying high-powered magnetic sets,  they ca...
  • Fed chair Janet Yellen to step down

    Janet Yellen has made the decision to not remain on the federal reserve board.  Current fed chair Janet Yellen has submitted her resignation from the federal reserve, announcing she will leave when her successor is sworn in.  President Trump has chosen Jerome Powell to become the next fed leader and his confirmation hearing is scheduled for next week before the Senate Banking Committee.  Yellen's decision gives the president the chance to fill five positions on the f...
  • Gas prices spike across Texas

    In Texas, drivers are seeing the largest weekly increase in Abilene, where regular unleaded gasoline is 17 cents more per gallon than last week. The average family-sized vehicle has a 14-gallon gas tank. This means Texans are paying around $34, on average, to fill up.

    • Veterans giving back to the next generation

      The first annual Lone Star Legacy run started in Crosby and the riders have been doing just that since Monday....all across the state. They stopped here in Victoria at the American Legion Post 166 to get coffee and donuts and take a break from their ride. 

    • Edna Resident Starts Petition To Keep Walmart

      One Edna resident is taking matters into his own hands to keep the Walmart in Edna open. Kenneth Marek started getting signatures Thursday and now has over 100. He believes he could have 1,000 by Sunday. Marek told us he is still looking in to how many signatures he will need to get Walmart's corporate team to give the decision to close a second look. Upon hearing about the petition Walmart Representative Anne Hatfield released this statement: "With all the change happening i...
    • Port of Corpus Christi Approves $217 Million Bond Package

      The financing will allow the Port to continue developing more terminals, rail, and channel improvements needed to handle the burgeoning oil and gas volumes from the region’s large energy producing fields. 

    • Refugio well owners asked to boil water after waste water spill

      The City of Refugio and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is asking all private water well owners to boil their water after excess rain caused over 100,000 gallons of diluted waste water to spill into Mission River.  

    • Community Crossroads welcomes Promise Pointe

      Watch Community Crossroads on the networks of the Victoria Television Group. 

    • UN: Trump family separations order falls short

      McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):      10:30 a.m.  The U.N human rights office says President Donald Trump's decision to stop the U.S. policy separating migrant parents from their children doesn't go far enough.  A Trump executive order ended the policy of separations. Families will still be detained,...
    • The Latest: German auto lobby makes warning over Trump tweet on tariffs

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on America's disputes with its trading partners (all times local):      11:55 a.m.  Germany's powerful auto lobby group is warning against an escalation of the trade dispute with the United States after President Donald Trump's latest threat to raise tariffs on imported cars.  The German Association of the Automotive Industry cautions that "a further escalation of the trade dispute helps nobody."  It says in a state...
    • Texas Supreme Court ruling strikes down bag ban

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Supreme Court has overturned Laredo's ban on disposable plastic bags in a ruling that likely dismantles similar bans in other cities across the state.     

    • Planned Parenthood lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

      SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.      The lawsuits were filed Friday in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, ...
    • Changes coming to the Modern Fish Act

      Congress likely to vote early next week

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