AUSTIN - At the State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bills 925, 934, 935 and 972, a legislative package written and passed by Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst to improve public schools in Texas. Under the legislative package, the Texas Education Commissioner will develop literacy and mathematic achievement academies with stipends for teachers who provide instruction to students in kindergarten through the third grade as well as reading- to-learn achievement academies for students in fourth and fifth grades. In addition, SB 935 will create "reading excellence teams" to assist Texas school campuses, especially in low performing areas. The legislation was part of Governor Abbott's education platform.

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The City of Brookshire welcomes two new businesses to our fine town. Please give a hardy welcome to Four Seasons Pest Control. Locally owned by Joshua Smith, this pest control company also provides termite services.

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AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented a Purple Heart and five Life Saving Awards to DPS employees for their exemplary service. In addition, two DPS employees were recognized with William P. Clements Excellence Awards for outstanding service throughout their careers, and two Highway Patrol troopers received Top Trooper awards for 2015.

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