Nonprofit Texas 4000

            Prior to their departure, students must raise at least $4,500 and ride at least 1,500 miles with their teammates. So far, rider and cancer survivor Bucky Ribbeck has raised more than $21,000 for the trip with a goal of reaching $25,000. Ribbeck said he does not consider himself to be a cyclist but that Texas 4000 is a good reason to become one.

Newland Communities, Ryland Homes Helping Raise Money for Homeless Mothers & Their Children

            Newland Communities, which has already contributed more than $600,000 to HomeAid America and its chapters across the country, is raising money for the cottage through charitable events at Teravista and Falcon Pointe. Ryland Homes builds in both communities.
            On May 3, the project will be featured at the monthly Teravista Music Series concert. For every home sold at Falcon Pointe and Teravista from May 15 through June 15, Newland Communities and Ryland Homes will donate $500 toward the HomeAid Family Cottage project.

Central Texas Drought Threatening Species of Fish

           Because of the drought, the authority has curtailed releases for downstream agricultural customers, but the state-approved plan requires the river authority to maintain flow in the Bastrop and Columbus areas of 500 cubic feet per second. Without the releases, water at those spots would be about 140 cubic feet per second, said Karen Bondy, executive manager of water resources at LCRA. In April 2012, the LCRA released 22,991 acre-feet of water from lakes Travis and Buchanan, the chief reservoirs for Central Texas, for the well-being of the blue sucker. Since April 11 this year, the river authority has released 4,350 acre-feet of water for the blue sucker.
           The announcement of the planned release comes weeks after a federal judge in Corpus Christi found that the state

Construction of New Downtown, Austin Library to Start in June

            The library will replace the 34-year-old John Henry Faulk Central Library, which will become archival and display space for the nearby Austin History Center. The library is expected to cost $120 million, including money to design, engineer and build it, as well as outfit it with furniture, computers and new books and library materials.
Most of the money, $90 million, will come from a 2006, voter-approved bond package. The rest will come from the city budget and proceeds from the sale of another city-owned lot downtown, among other sources, Gillum said.
            The library will be located in downtown

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