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Media groups fight gag order in Waco biker shootout case | Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH (AP)— A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the “friend of the court” brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.

NNA guest editorial on postal reform available

An op-ed about postal reform is available to Texas newspapers from the National Newspaper Association.
Written by NNA President Matthew Paxton IV, publisher of the Lexington, Va., News-Gazette, the opinion piece urges support for HB 756. The legislation was crafted by a group of Republican and Democratic representatives working together on the one thing they can agree on: US Postal Service reform.

Good news on overtime rule; NNA seeks input from Texas newspapers

With the good news of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he won’t enforce the proposed federal overtime pay regulations, the National Newspaper Association is asking Texas newspaper publishers to help provide input as the DOL considers standards that would be more fair.

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 1-7

This year marks the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW), Oct. 1-7. The annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.
Materials for NNW will be available for download at www.NationalNewspaperWeek.com in late September. Reminders will go out in coming weeks, but please mark your calendars now and make plans.

A. H. Belo president, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney to receive James Madison Award

AUSTIN – Jim Moroney, publisher of The Dallas Morning News and chief executive officer of the A. H. Belo Corporation, is the recipient of the 2017 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
The prestigious award honors those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open government. It will be presented Sept. 14 at the John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon during the foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin.

A day at the capitol

Seeing government in action is an eye-opening experience, especially in Austin. 
Last week, I received a call from the Texas Press Association asking if I would come to the state capitol and testify against a bill in the current Special Session.

Opinion by Melissa Perner, Ozona Stockman

Freestone County Publishing acquires Teague Chronicle

FAIRFIELD – Freestone County Publishing, LP, announced the acquisition of a second newspaper and the appointment of a new publisher to head the operation.
Richard Nelson has assumed duties as the editor and publisher of The Fairfield Recorder and the Teague Chronicle, acquired from longtime owner Patricia Massey Wilkins.
Both newspapers will maintain their offices in Fairfield and Teague.