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Texas Demographic Center

The Texas Demographic Center functions as a focal point for the production, interpretation, and distribution of demographic information for Texas, producing and disseminating population estimates and projections for Texas, as well as other demographic information, including many resources journalists can use and localize.

Recent reports and information available on the site include aging in Texas, changes in poverty and income levels and the need for affordable housing. 

http://osd.texas.gov/

How to use a mobile phone as a scanner

By PRISCILLA LOEBENBERG

Texas Press Association (originally published Dec. 2015 in the Texas Press Messenger)

Police and fire radio scanners have long been a staple of newsrooms. However, over the last decade, police and fire departments and other emergency responders have been upgrading from traditional analog transmissions to digital systems. The change has left some journalists wondering how to follow along and if their newspaper should purchase an expensive digital scanner.