Week of Dec. 11-17, 2017
Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.
Week of Dec. 4-10, 2017
Highway fund, Rainy Day fund receive hefty infusions
AUSTIN — State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.
Registration deadline nears for 2018 Midwinter Conference
Registration and hotel reservation deadline is Jan. 3 for the Texas Press Association Midwinter Conference and Trade Show scheduled Jan. 18-20 at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center and Spa.
Week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 3, 2017
Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild.
EARLY DELIVERY, week of Nov. 20-26, 2017
FEMA briefs governor, vice president on hurricane recovery efforts
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 15 received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Office in the capital city.
Week of Nov. 13-19, 2017
Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.
Newspaper advertising deduction may be in jeopardy as tax reform legislation advances
Newspapers and other businesses built on advertising are nervously watching Congress as tax reform takes center stage. At stake: the deduction for advertising as an ordinary business expense, which has been the law of the land for 100 years.
Analysis by Donnis Baggett
Register now for Midwinter Conference, Trade Show Jan. 18-20 at Moody Gardens
“Come Hell or High Water,” Texas Press Association members will meet Jan. 18-20 at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Galveston for the 2018 Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.
Week of Nov. 6-12, 2017
Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.
Week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 2017
Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be redrawn.
State Fair of Texas at center of public records legal battle
For 24 days every autumn, throngs of visitors stream into the State Fair of Texas in Dallas for shows, music, exhibits, livestock judging, carnival rides and gastronomic delights such as corny dogs and fried butter. Millions worldwide know it as the home of Big Tex, the fair’s 55-foot animatronic cowboy.
2018 Directory Cover Photo Contest voting opens
Voting for the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest is open through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.
Texas Press Association member photographers were invited to submit entries for the cover of the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory. In this year’s contest, 21 entries were received.
Week of Oct. 23-29, 2017
Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools
AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials — either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane — can create an online list for donors to access.
Week of Oct. 16-22, 2017
State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools
AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.
Week of Oct. 9-15, 2017
Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.