November 23, 2015

Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.”

“Further,” Abbott wrote, “I and millions of Americans implore you to halt your plans to accept more Syrian refugees in the United States. The FBI... read more

November 16, 2015

5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program. 

Against the wishes of Congress, the... read more

November 9, 2015

Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won’t receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests. 
In a Nov. 4 letter, Abbott wrote to sheriffs: “Beginning now, all Criminal Justice Division grant awards will require that sheriffs... read more

November 6, 2015

Midwinter Conference & Trade Show 

January 21-23, San Marcos

Tentative Schedule 

8 a.m. Fred Anders All-Day Technology Workshop 
10 a.m. TPA Registration Desk Open 
12 p.m. Exhibitors Move in 
1 p.m. Dailies Working Group Meeting 
2:30 p.m. Legislative Advisory Committee Meeting 
4 p.m. Convention Planning... read more

November 1, 2015

Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” 
Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities. 
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October 26, 2015

TPA Online Academy 

Free Webinar
Utilize All of Your Newspaper's Assets​

Newspapers have a lot of valuable assets that can be monetized

Dec. 3, 2015  11 a.m.

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October 25, 2015

State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

AUSTIN — The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut.

The letter from the HHSC's inspector general's office said the termination of all Planned Parenthood affiliates would not affect access to care “because there... read more

October 23, 2015

ACES Editing Boot Camp

If you’re an editor or edit as part of your job, the American Copy Editors Society offers a daylong “Editing Boot Camp” that can help you polish your skills. Each workshop is taught by knowledgeable and experienced presenters.

The Editing Boot Camp workshop covers the following topics:

* Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses)
* Grammar and punctuation basics
*... read more