March 20, 2015

Register now for Texas Press Association Newspaper Leadership Retreat June 18-20, 2015.

Westin at the Domain 11301 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758

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March 30, 2015

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

AUSTIN — The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The committee’s chair, state Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, and the 27-member committee’s work earned the praise of House Speaker Joe Straus, who said HB 1 is... read more

March 23, 2015

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

AUSTIN — Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140-day session.

The human trafficking bill, House Bill 10 by Rep. Senfronia... read more

March 16, 2015

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending
AUSTIN — Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.
SB 20 by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, would strengthen state agency contract reporting requirements, require... read more

March 13, 2015

Journalism’s past, present, future converge at conference in Missouri

By Gary and Helen Sosniecki, Coordinators 2015 ISWNE Conference

The world’s first school of journalism at the first public university west of the Mississippi River will be the setting for the 2015 conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE).

Non-members are welcome.

The conference will be June 24-... read more

March 8, 2015

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

AUSTIN — A trio of leading Texas senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

Patrick, who presides over the 31-member Senate, Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; Senate Business & Commerce Chair Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler; and Senate Finance Vice... read more

March 5, 2015

Lou Antonelli 

The Clarksville Times

A good community newspaper is a keystone to the economic development and prosperity of a city.

Lou Antonelli was named managing editor of The Clarksville Times. Previously, he was managing editor of the Daily Tribune in Mount Pleasant, managing editor of the Bowie County Citizens Tribune in New Boston and worked for papers in Winnsboro and... read more

March 5, 2015

County clerk may or may not store certified agenda

Q:  When I requested a copy of the certified agenda of an executive session of our county commissioners court, I learned from the county clerk that the public does not have access to taped or written certified agendas and that those can only be accessed by a court order. I get that, but, in hopes of adding some depth to a news story, I asked the county clerk to tell me... read more

March 5, 2015

Nessye Mae Proffitt Roach, 91, former columnist for the Jeff Davis County Mountain Dispatch, died Jan. 26, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Her column “Long Ago” ran for 13 years and received an award from West Texas Press Association in 1998.

Roach was born on June 4, 1923, on a ranch near Junction, Texas, after her father rescued the doctor from the flooding Llano River. Her father taught her to ride and train horses and cut cattle.... read more

March 5, 2015

As I write this, freezing rain is falling across much of West Texas and the roadways are coated with ice. It’s the fourth winter storm of the season and, quite frankly, I’m sick of it.

I might feel differently if the cold weather was accompanied by snow, but it rarely is. Eldorado is far enough south that the fluffy white stuff almost never makes it here. What we get is instead is ice, and for the past two years we’ve seen plenty of it... read more

March 2, 2015

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance. 

Senate Bill 5, enabling legislation, and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the... read more

February 23, 2015

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend,... read more

February 18, 2015

Students can win a $1,000 scholarship by posting an image to social media with the hashtag #PictureFreedom Feb. 22 to 28 in a contest to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech in America. 

Picture Freedom to support the First Amendment

By Ken Paulson

You can’t take freedom of speech for granted these days.

The horrific murders of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and other staff members in Paris and... read more

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