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Fri
26
Jun

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. 
 
Fri
26
Jun

Heritage or hate? You tell me.

It never seems to fail to make the news — the confederate battle flag, otherwise known as the rebel flag. Seen by some as a symbol of hate, others a symbol of heritage and from a historians position, just another flag in a long line of flags flown for a war. 
 
Fri
19
Jun

Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals  for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.
 
Fri
19
Jun

New bid; one Trump

You have heard it before, the question that makes the rounds on social media, morning talk shows and late night monologues, “will Donald Trump run for President?
 
Fri
12
Jun

Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.
 
Fri
12
Jun

Past transportation projects

The remnants of a series of concrete locks are still visible in the Brazos River just north of where the FM485 Bridge crosses it. These were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about 100 years ago, between 1910 and 1920.
 
Fri
05
Jun

The power of fur

By Dennis Phillips

It’s hard to imagine what humans are capable of doing to animals. You see the stories; they flood the Internet, mainstream
media and even within a community. In my years of doing this job I have had the unfortunate duty to report cases of animal cruelty.
 
Fri
05
Jun

Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

By Ed Sterling; TPA

Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. A 10-member conference committee worked
out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. The House vote on final adoption of House Bill 1 was 115 ayes to 33 nays; the Senate vote was 30-1. HB 1 awaits approval by Gov. Greg Abbott.
 
Fri
15
May

Hey, get off my flag!

By Dennis Phillips

My grandfather, father and I all fought for this country. As many American families; sacrifices have been made to protect this country and the flag that represents her. Sacrifices continue to be made every day to keep this country safe from foreign and domestic threats. However, hot on social media is something called “stomp the flag challenge” and it has a lot of Americans upset. Eric Sheppard, a member of the New Black Panther Party, started this protest. Sheppard disappeared from the Valdosta campus around May 1 and is being sought by the police on the gun charge. Sheppard reportedly “self-identifies” as a “terrorist against white people.” College officials cancelled classes and ordered all non-essential staffers off campus in later April due to concerns that Sheppard, who was deemed “armed and dangerous,” would appear on the grounds.

Fri
15
May

Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

By Ed Sterling

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved. The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have been working together since late April. They must angle their philosophical pathways to something mutually acceptable to take back to their respective chambers for consideration.

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