Week of Oct. 15-21, 2018
Panel hears about what’s being done to ‘harden’ school campuses
AUSTIN — The Texas House Committee on Appropriations met Oct. 9 to hear ideas on improving school safety in the aftermath of the May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead and 13 injured.
TPA honors Sen. Kirk Watson as Friend of the First Amendment
Citing his longtime support of government transparency and his hard work to restore public access during the 2017 legislative session, Texas Press Association named Texas Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, a Friend of the First Amendment.
TPA members urged to participate in Pulse Survey
Texas Press Association members have an opportunity to get updated consumer survey statistics for their sales presentations through participation in Pulse Research’s national purchasing survey.
Texas Better Newspaper Contest changing for 2018-19
The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is changing to adapt to TPA’s new schedule of one annual meeting per year.
Contest awards will be presented at the midwinter conference, beginning with the January 2020 event.
During the transition in 2018-19, the contest will be expanded to include the calendar year of 2018 plus eight months of 2019.
Week of Oct. 8-14, 2018
Paxton joins effort against climate change lawsuit
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 5 announced he had joined an Indiana-led coalition of 11 state attorneys general in a friend-of-the-court brief seeking dismissal of a climate-change lawsuit against the energy industry.
Midwinter Conference to stress importance of local journalism
The 2019 Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show will focus on the critical importance of community newspapers with the theme “Subscribe to Democracy: Community Journalism Matters.”
The conference theme dovetails with a Texas Press Service campaign with promotional materials available to member newspapers free of charge.
TPA cites Rep. Terry Canales as Champion of Transparency
EDINBURG – Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who sponsored one of the few open government and public information proposals that became law in the 2017 Texas Legislative session, has been honored as a “Champion of Transparency” by the Texas Press Association.
Week of Oct. 1-7, 2018
Abbott, Valdez present views on Texas in one hour forum
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez on Sept. 28 appeared together on television for 60 minutes in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate, a forum hosted by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus.
Week of Sept. 24-30, 2018
Future of TRS health care hinges on lawmakers’ support
AUSTIN — Retired teachers facing the unwelcome prospect of paying higher monthly health insurance premiums received better-than-expected news last week.
Tip sheet: Disaster check list
The South Carolina Press Association shared this tip sheet as coastal areas braced for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The sheet offers sage advice and is available as a resource by clicking here.
Tip sheet: Newsroom Safety Best practices
Following the tragic June 28 shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors assembled a tip sheet on Newsroom Safety Best Practices.
Week of Sept. 17-23, 2018
Weather system prompts Texas to prepare as hurricane season continues
AUSTIN — Before Hurricane Florence reached the shores of the Carolinas last week, Gov. Greg Abbott focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where an inbound tropical disturbance threatened the southern region of Texas.
Week of Sept. 10-16, 2018
Governor points out actions taken to make schools safer
AUSTIN — Just before Labor Day weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott released a School Safety Action Plan Summary that lists actions taken by school districts to harden campuses in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe Independent School District shooting in May.
TPA cites Rep. Brooks Landgraf as Champion of Transparency
The Texas Press Association recently recognized Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, as a TPA Champion of Transparency for his legislative work to keep government open to the public.
“He went above and beyond to make government better,” said Odessa American Publisher Patrick Canty, TPA board chairman.
EARLY DELIVERY: State Capital Highlights, week of Sept. 3-9, 2018
Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada
AUSTIN — The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico.