BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - As much as $7.2 million will likely be allocated to help the Bastrop area recovery from the 2011 wildfires, state Sen. Kirk Watson said on Sunday's edition of KXAN's "In Session, In-Depth.
"My goal is to get funding in (the second supplemental appropriations bill) that will help with the recovery effort," Watson said, adding that he is confident that the chairman of the Legislature's budget-writing committees see the need for state aid. "We've got everybody's attention."
Watson, an Austin Democrat whose Senate district stretches east to Bastrop County, said the fires that started burning in Bastrop over Labor Day weekend in 2011 were the worst in the state's history in terms of lost property.
More than 1,500 homes were destroyed by the flames and Bastrop State Park was heavily damaged. The recovery effort is still not complete.
Money allocated by the Legislature could also be matched by federal dollars, Watson said.
"This is a high priority for me," he said. "It needs to be."
Click on the video box above this report for KXAN political reporter Josh Hinkle's full three-part interview with Watson and for the round-table discussion from Bastrop.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
American Airlines has emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner after the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.
Even though there were no reports of iced over bridges or roadways like last week, officials are urging people to use extra caution while driving.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
Texas will face one of the nations top offenses in their second straight trip to the Alamo Bowl