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Traveling? Check KFDM.com to find out how traffic is flowing

Traveling this Memorial Day holiday weekend?  Take advantage of some free digital resources to keep you road smart . 


No matter where you travel to or from in the U.S., KFDM.com has a resource you can use to check traffic conditions ahead of you.



Use this quick link to the KFDM traffic  http://www.kfdm.com/traffic/



You can also use Texas' travel tool http://www.drivetexas.org/  which shows traffic and also highway construction sites.


Also, Google Maps has a traffic tool. Go to  http://maps.google.com  and enter traffic in the map's search bar.


You can also type travel in the  search box on the map and various travel businesses (gas stations,  banks, travel services, grocery stores, hotels, travel agency,  etc.)  will pop up.


Other entries you can type in the search bar are: hospital, airport, doctor, police, tourist attractions, boat, bar, etc.


You will have a lot of other travelers to compete with on the roads -- AAA Texas projects 3.1 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more away from home from Thursday through Monday, and 2.7 million of them will go by car or truck.  


The overall travel volume is expected to be nearly five percent higher than last year and the highest travel volume for this holiday in a decade. 


Weather will be a big concern in Texas this weekend.  Be sure to watch the KFDM forecast before you depart and check weather on KFDM.com


Also download the KFDM weather app to your phone.  You can find it in the App store  on your iPhon and on Google Play on Android.  


With the app, you will be able to check the radar anywhere in the U.S. by zooming in or out on the radar screen and sliding it to where you are and where you are going.

Report: Biker threats against Texas law officers

WACO --  CNN is reporting that members of the Banditos biker gang have ordered revenge against Texas troopers and other officers.


The news outlet said the information came from a bulletin issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.


The threats including running over officers at traffic stops and the use of grenades and Molotov cocktails and more, the CNN's report said.
According to the report, possible target locations include Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi and El Paso.


Nine bikers were killed on Sunday at the Twin Peaks Waco restaurant during a shootout.

Texas adds 287,000 jobs over year ago; local jobless rate at 6 percent

AUSTIN --Texas has added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year including a modest gain in April with the addition of 1,200 positions during the month. The state has experienced job gains in three of the first four months of 2015.

"Texas employers added jobs in seven of 11 major industries," said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "TWC and our 28 local workforce boards across the state remain focused on connecting the Texas workforce with jobs being created by employers."

The state unemployment rate remained steady at 4.2 percent in April, down a full percentage point from 5.2 percent a year ago. Texas continues to trend well below the national unemployment rate of 5.4 percent.

 

[KFDM -- The Beaumont-Port Arthur area unemployment rate dropped to 6.0.  In March it was 6.2 percent and in April of last year it was 7.7 percent.  ]

 

"We know that there are still folks who are looking for good-paying jobs in our state and we encourage them to take advantage of the many resources made available through Texas Workforce Solutions," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "Through our Workforce Solutions offices around the state, staff that can help steer job seekers to employment and training opportunities. With more than 260,000 available jobs currently posted on WorkInTexas.com, job seekers have good options here in Texas."

Job gains for April were led by the Leisure and Hospitality industry, which added 6,900 positions. The Information industry enjoyed its largest monthly gain for the industry since June 2000 with the addition of 3,400 jobs in April. Other Services gained 2,800 jobs during the month followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which expanded by 2,100 positions.

"The employers in Texas are strong and resilient and have a talented pool of workers to choose from," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "I encourage all of our employers to take advantage of the programs we offer through the Skills Development Fund to help them create jobs and train workers with the skills needed for today™s job market. More information on these programs is available at texasworkforce.org/skills."

For the second consecutive month, the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the state with a 2.7 percent not seasonally adjusted rate in April. The Midland MSA had the second lowest rate for the month at 2.9 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock MSAs, each of which posted a rate of 3.0 percent.

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Andrade on the latest labor market data are available at: http://texasworkforce.org/news/press/2015/press-releases-2015.html#pressReleaseAudio. Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit www.tracer2.com.

 

Please note that the unemployment estimates for the United States and Texas in this chart are œNot Seasonally Adjusted for purposes of comparison to the œNot Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Statistical Area data.

 

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)

 

April 2015

March 2015

April 2014

 

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

United States

156,554

148,587

7,966

5.1

156,318

147,635

8,682

5.6

154,845

145,767

9,079

5.9

Texas

13,094.9

12,572.9

522.0

4.0

13,088.6

12,534.2

554.4

4.2

13,049.1

12,426.5

622.6

4.8

Abilene

76.6

73.9

2.7

3.5

76.9

74.1

2.8

3.7

77.3

74.2

3.1

4.0

Amarillo

129.9

126.4

3.5

2.7

129.8

126.0

3.8

3.0

132.4

128.0

4.4

3.3

Austin-Round Rock

1,056.5

1,024.9

31.6

3.0

1,050.0

1,015.8

34.2

3.3

1,047.5

1,007.4

40.1

3.8

Beaumont-Port Arthur

179.9

169.2

10.7

6.0

180.2

169.0

11.2

6.2

179.7

165.9

13.8

7.7

Brownsville-Harlingen

165.1

154.0

11.1

6.7

165.8

154.1

11.7

7.1

168.2

154.8

13.4

8.0

College Station-Bryan

117.7

114.0

3.7

3.2

118.5

114.6

3.9

3.3

120.7

116.4

4.3

3.6

Corpus Christi

214.5

204.9

9.6

4.5

213.0

203.2

9.8

4.6

210.8

200.5

10.3

4.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,573.7

3,442.0

131.7

3.7

3,559.9

3,416.6

143.3

4.0

3,532.3

3,364.9

167.4

4.7

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,379.5

2,292.7

86.8

3.6

2,372.2

2,277.5

94.7

4.0

2,348.8

2,236.8

112.0

4.8

Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,194.2

1,149.3

44.9

3.8

1,187.7

1,139.1

48.6

4.1

1,183.5

1,128.0

55.5

4.7

El Paso

342.1

325.5

16.6

4.9

341.4

323.5

17.9

5.2

350.9

329.1

21.8

6.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,246.0

3,115.5

130.5

4.0

3,254.6

3,117.6

137.0

4.2

3,234.6

3,086.2

148.4

4.6

Killeen-Temple

167.7

160.5

7.2

4.3

168.4

160.6

7.8

4.6

170.4

161.1

9.3

5.5

Laredo

112.0

107.1

4.9

4.4

111.9

106.9

5.0

4.5

111.3

106.0

5.3

4.8

Longview

105.5

101.0

4.5

4.3

105.5

101.1

4.4

4.2

104.3

99.4

4.9

4.7

Lubbock

153.6

149.0

4.6

3.0

153.2

148.2

5.0

3.3

154.3

148.9

5.4

3.5

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

331.3

307.2

24.1

7.3

333.5

308.3

25.2

7.6

334.3

306.3

28.0

8.4

Midland

97.2

94.4

2.8

2.9

97.2

94.4

2.8

2.9

92.7

90.3

2.4

2.6

Odessa

85.6

82.4

3.2

3.8

85.7

82.5

3.2

3.7

81.5

78.9

2.6

3.2

San Angelo

55.7

53.6

2.1

3.8

56.0

53.8

2.2

3.9

55.3

53.2

2.1

3.7

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,097.8

1,060.6

37.2

3.4

1,097.7

1,057.6

40.1

3.7

1,090.0

1,043.3

46.7

4.3

Sherman-Denison

60.2

58.0

2.2

3.6

60.5

58.1

2.4

3.9

60.7

58.0

2.7

4.5

Texarkana

63.7

60.6

3.1

4.8

63.8

60.5

3.3

5.2

64.3

60.5

3.8

5.9

Tyler

102.1

97.9

4.2

4.1

102.1

97.7

4.4

4.3

102.3

97.3

5.0

4.9

Victoria

50.4

48.6

1.8

3.6

50.5

48.6

1.9

3.7

49.8

47.9

1.9

3.9

Waco

117.5

113.2

4.3

3.7

117.9

113.1

4.8

4.0

119.0

113.5

5.5

4.6

Wichita Falls

64.7

62.2

2.5

3.9

65.1

62.4

2.7

4.1

66.2

63.3

2.9

4.4

 

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

 

 

 

Mar '15 to Apr '15

Apr '14 to Apr '15

  INDUSTRY TITLE

Apr 2015

Mar 2015

Apr 2014

Absolute

Percent

Absolute

Percent

 

 

Change

Change

Change

Change

 

 

Total Nonagricultural

11,754,600

11,753,400

11,467,600

1,200

0.0  

287,000

2.5    

Total Private

9,916,400

9,917,100

9,646,000

-700

0.0  

270,400

2.8    

Goods Producing

1,842,900

1,860,900

1,824,300

-18,000

-1.0  

18,600

1.0    

Mining and Logging

299,600

307,900

300,900

-8,300

-2.7  

-1,300

-0.4    

Construction

667,300

672,700

642,000

-5,400

-0.8  

25,300

3.9    

Manufacturing

876,000

880,300

881,400

-4,300

-0.5  

-5,400

-0.6    

Service Providing

9,911,700

9,892,500

9,643,300

19,200

0.2  

268,400

2.8    

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,364,900

2,362,800

2,292,400

2,100

0.1  

72,500

3.2 


CPSO invites comments on accepting federal gear

LAKE CHARLES -- The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) detection monitoring system; eight negotiator level III bullet resistant vests, and nineteen (19) level III bullet resistant vests for the uniform/patrol and warrants divisions, under the 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by June 6, 2015 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Louis Hebert, Planning & Research (337-491-3716).

TX Insurance Dept offers Hurricane Season tips

AUSTIN – Hurricane season begins June 1. You've mapped out an evacuation route, but have you reviewed your insurance coverage to make sure your family would be protected after a storm?

 

The Texas Department of Insurance offers this checklist to make sure you’re covered:

 

Review coverage and policy limits. Be sure your homeowners or commercial property policy provides enough coverage to pay the full replacement cost of your property. If you've made home improvements, consider increasing your policy's limits. Property values increase over time, and insurance policies should be adjusted accordingly.If you have questions about the terms or coverage provided under the policy, contact your agent.

 

Consider windstorm insurance. If your property is located in one of Texas' 14 coastal counties or southeastern Harris County, your homeowner's policy may not cover damage caused by high winds or other hurricane-related weather. You may be able to buy coverage for windstorm or hail damage from an insurance pool called the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. You can't buy or change windstorm coverage once a hurricane is in or near the Gulf of Mexico so check your coverage before hurricane season. 

If you have windstorm coverage, review your policy carefully and make sure you are insured to an appropriate replacement value. For more information, call your insurance agent or the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association at (512) 899-4900 or visit www.twia.org.

 

Consider flood insurance. Homeowners and commercial property policies won't cover damage from flooding.  To protect yourself from losses caused by rising water, you'll need a separate flood insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program. 

Flood insurance policies usually have a 30-day waiting period after the purchase before coverage takes effect, so don't wait until a flooding threat is imminent. For more information, contact your insurance agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at 1-888-379-9531 or visit www.floodsmart.gov.

 

Make a home inventory. Fill out TDI's Home Inventory Checklist (PDF)and store a copy somewhere secure. Consider emailing it to yourself to make sure you can get to it from any computer. Also take photos or video of each room and the exterior of your home to keep with your inventory.

 

Review you auto insurance. State law requires all drivers to maintain liability insurance, which pays for injuries and damages you cause to other people and their cars. 

You will need to buy additional coverage, known as "comprehensive" or "damage other than collision" coverage to protect your vehicle from damage caused by hail, flood, fire, or theft.

 

For more information:

For help with insurance questions or to report suspected insurance fraud, call TDI's Consumer Help Lines at 1-800-252-3439 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Central time, Monday-Friday, or visit www.tdi.texas.gov.

 

For more information about disaster planning, visitwww.texasprepares.org.

 

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