Week of Jan. 15-21, 2018
DPS acts to prevent violent confrontations at capitol
AUSTIN — Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and capitol grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.
Texas Better Newspaper Contest opens for entries Feb. 12
The best examples of journalism and community service are celebrated each year through the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The 2018 Texas Better Newspaper Contest is open to all newspapers that were members of TPA during the entirety of 2017.
Week of Jan. 8-14, 2018
FEMA clears way for public assistance to churches that aid in disasters
Don’t let a fistful of dollars derail democracy
There is an overly narrow and dangerous proposal working through the U.S. Department of Commerce with a very real potential of making access to your local newspaper and the valuable content more expensive and difficult to gather.
Guest column by Leonard Woolsey
Publisher, Galveston County Daily News
EARLY DELIVERY, week of Jan. 1-7, 2018
Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.
Dangerous proposal dropped quietly as Congress finalized tax reform
Congress has passed federal income tax reform legislation with no mention of an advertising tax. Newspaper publishers and others who depend on advertising for their livelihood can breathe a sigh of relief.
New TCEQ contact for recycled newsprint program
It’s almost time for Texas newspapers to file annual recycled newsprint reports.
Every year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) collects data on recycled newsprint. Texas law requires that newspaper publishers submit their report for 2017 to the TCEQ by Jan. 31, 2018.
This year, there's a new contact person for the Recycled Newsprint program - Alex Frame.
EARLY DELIVERY, week of Dec. 25-31, 2017
Officials name members to school finance commission
AUSTIN — Top state officials last week named members to the Texas Public School Finance Commission, an agency created by legislation passed last summer during a special session of the 85th Texas Legislature.
Week of Dec. 18-24, 2017
Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.
On Dec. 13 Abbott sent a letter to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw requesting the investigation.
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.