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Oil and Gas Update - July 2016

July 1, 2016

U.S. inventories of crude oil continued to slide in June, mirroring the slow decline in production as a result of the 2-year pullback in drilling. Most of the reduction in inventory was attributed to an increase in gasoline production due to fuel needs for the traditional summer vacation driving.

Expectations that the drop in inventory would continue drove the price of oil above $50 a barrel for a while in June before Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union put jitters back into the market.

Attention Texas Veterans

July 1, 2016

Applications for the first Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program is a month away.

Through this program, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will award up to $10 million in grants to local Texas communities to address mental health needs of veterans and their families. A Request for Applications for the second phase of the program is underway. Visit Electronic State Business Daily to find the applications. http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/

History Made and Relived in District 19

June 1, 2016

This month, Garner State Park celebrates its 75th anniversary. Garner State Park is one of the most visited state parks in the state, and is named after Vice President John Nance Garner. Unfortunately, due to weather the anniversary celebration has been postponed. A bit of irony, given that the original date for Garner State Park’s Grand Opening was scheduled for April 29th,1941, but was postponed to June 1st,1941 due to inclement weather.  Senator Uresti, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, released this statement about the states relationship with Garner State Park:

“We have the opportunity to grow our parks, to protect even more of the beautiful lands of Texas and allow them to be accessible to all her citizens.

Message from Carlos - June 2016

June 1, 2016

I hope everyone had a chance to relax over the Memorial Day weekend and take a moment to honor the men and women who made the greatest sacrifice while serving the United States military. As a Marine, I think about these men and women often. We have our freedom because of them — from those who served and died in our most modern conflicts to those who helped birth our nation 240 years ago.

For many kids, this also is the last week of school. Soon that means trips to the neighborhood pool or nearby watering hole, playing in summer rec leagues, claiming your spot for family barbecues at your favorite park, and road trips. Luckily for you, District 19 offers plenty summer activities.

Oil and Gas Update - June 2015

June 1, 2016

Declining world and U.S. production coupled with strong demand for gasoline began to put a dent in historically high crude oil inventories last month, contributing to a rise in the price of a barrel of oil to the $49 range. The price exceeded $50 a barrel at one point in late May for the first time since October.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that as of the week ending May 20 crude oil inventories decreased by 4.2 million barrels from the previous week. The agency reported that at 537.1 million barrels, U.S. inventories remain high after breaking a 77-year-old record in April.

Senate Committee Receives Update on Zika Virus Response

June 1, 2016

On May 17th, 2016, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard from state health leaders and experts on the recent emergence of the Zika virus. The virus, which has not yet been transmitted by any local mosquitos, is expected to arrive sometime this summer.

Uresti Congratulates Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies

June 1, 2016

Senator Uresti was honored to give two commencement speeches in May — one at Southwest Texas Junior College's graduation ceremony at Honey Bowl Stadium in Uvalde and the other at Palo Alto College's ceremony at Freeman Coliseum.  The ceremonies were emotional as the graduates entered the ceremony to "Pomp and Circumstance" march playing on the loudspeaker, as family members shout from the stands to get their attention. There was pride beaming from all who attended.

Texas: Millions of dollars remain uncollected by crime victims

May 31, 2016

Source: star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article80413862.html

By Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Charlie Geren ordered and paid for a pair of custom-made cowboy boots more than a decade ago.

Weeks and months went by, but the boots never arrived in the mail.

Eventually the Republican state representative found out that the man he and several others, including Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, bought them from never completed the orders. Ultimately, the man stood trial and went to jail.

The man was was ordered to pay restitution. And Geren received an occasional check for $20 or $25.

Sen. Uresti to make child welfare a priority during next legislative session

May 24, 2016

Source: http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/sen-uresti-to-make-child-welfare-a...

SAN ANTONIO - So far in May, there have been more than 100 new cases of child abuse in Bexar County - more than they've seen in recent years.

According to Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA), that's because more people are making reports.

And although CASA believes that is a good thing, there is a need for more Child Protective Services caseworkers.

State Senator Carlos Uresti says he's making child welfare a priority during this legislative session.

Message from Carlos - May 2016

May 1, 2016

Thank you to all of the volunteers, child advocates, and city and county leaders for helping spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We kicked off the month on April 1 with a highly-successful press conference on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse, where all of the major news outlets in San Antonio covered our important message. A who's-who of San Antonio leaders were there to support the cause, including Mayor Ivy Taylor, Judge Nelson Wolff, District Attorney Nico LaHood, Police Chief William McManus, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, District Judge Peter Sakai, and Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.

Throughout April, either myself or Team Uresti attended Child Abuse Prevention Month events.