September 3, 2015

Abbott orders flags to half-staff to honor slain officer

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 2 issued a statewide call in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth and all law enforcement officers.

Abbott asked that officers turn on their patrol vehicles’ red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the start time for Deputy Goforth’s funeral.

Goforth,... read more

September 1, 2015

Pate remakes a struggling newspaper into a prosperous seven-town media company 

By DONNIS BAGGETT

Texas Press Association

TIMPSON, Texas — The ink was barely dry on Chad Pate’s degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University when the phone rang in December.

On the line were Paul Smith, chairman of the board of the Timpson Chamber of Commerce, and his... read more

August 31, 2015

Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.
Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.
Paxton is accused of encouraging two individuals to buy stock in Severgy, a Collin... read more

August 24, 2015

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan
AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.
Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill... read more

August 17, 2015

University president says Davis statue to be moved
AUSTIN — A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT’s Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.
Fenves said he appointed a task force in June, shortly... read more

August 10, 2015

Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

AUSTIN — Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

A 49-page opinion of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was... read more

August 7, 2015

A Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas

State taxes make up almost half of Texas’ revenue, with major taxes currently generating $50 billion annually. So that taxpayers and legislators can better understand the major taxes, the Comptroller’s office has published ... read more