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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.

Flats trays can now be prepared without lids: Central printers free to nest tubs for delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has granted Periodical newspapers the option of preparing flats trays (white tubs) without lids and strapping, as required since 2006.
Customer Support Ruling PS-347 has been issued by Lizbeth Dobbins, manager of product classification at USPS headquarters.
 It limits preparation without lids to pieces “that will be worked or processed at the entry facility or associated Sectional Center Facility.” That would include all the 3-digit ZIP codes covered by the SCF distribution territory, starting with the first three digits of your own ZIP code.

Chappell named publisher for Cleburne Times-Review

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CLEBURNE – Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times-Review.
She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired. 
Chappell is the publisher of the Weatherford Democrat, the Mineral Wells Index, the Gainesville Daily Register and the Greenville Herald-Banner, in addition to their affiliated weekly publications in Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in those roles as well. 

Blake Roberts joins line of family publishers at Andrews County News

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ANDREWS – James Blake Roberts is the seventh member and fourth generation of his family to oversee operations of the Andrews County News, founded in 1934 when his great grandfather Charles Roberts Sr. moved his family to Andrews from Seagraves.
His promotion to publisher was announced in January by Randall Roberts, president of Roberts Publishing Co., Inc.

Nelson assumes duties as Mexia News publisher

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MEXIA – Richard Nelson is the new publisher of The Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal, replacing Harry Darby, who announced in November he would leave at year end to pursue other interests.
Nelson moved to Limestone County from Freestone County, where he had served as publisher of The Teague Chronicle and The Fairfield Recorder since July 2017.

O’Malley succeeds Nelson as Teague Chronicle publisher

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TEAGUE – Tim O’Malley, former managing editor of The Mexia News, has been promoted to editor and publisher of the Teague Chronicle and the Fairfield Recorder. 
He succeeds Richard Nelson, who took a similar role with the Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal.
The native of Florida, reared in Arizona with military service in the Air Force, said his first job in the newspaper business was delivering newspapers and writing sports part time for the Jackson County Herald Tribune in 2012. 

Leadership change announced at Moore County News Press

Moore County News-Press Publisher Michael Wright and Publisher Emeritus Wanda Brooks are shown with John Lancaster, Jeff Selsor and Charles Lancaster.

DUMAS – Moore County News-Press publisher Wanda Brooks has been named publisher emeritus of the publication, with former managing editor Michael Wright assuming the role of publisher.
Wright has 21 years of industry experience, including 13 years with the News-Press. 
Brooks began her 23-year career with the News-Press as office manager in 1994. She served in that capacity until being promoted to publisher of the News-Press in February of 2008. 

Appeals Court Finds Texas’ Retraction and Anti-SLAPP Statutes Work in Harmony to Protect and Promote Free Speech Rights

A Houston court of appeals recently sided with media defendants regarding the relationship between Texas’ retraction statute (known as the Defamation Mitigation Act “DMA”) and the Anti-SLAPP statute (known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act “TCPA”). 

By Wesley D. Lewis, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP