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Thu
21
Mar

Supplemental funding legislation draws from ‘Rainy Day Fund’

AUSTIN — A few of the funding priorities expressed by the executive, legislative and judicial branches are not covered in Senate Bill 2, the state’s tentatively approved appropriations bill for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

So, on March 13, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of SB 500, $6 billion in supplemental funding to plug many holes. Some $4.3 billion of the total would be taken out of the Economic Stabilization (“Rainy Day”) Fund. Authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the legislation proposes the following allocations:

•cement and industry partners, on March 12 announced the launching of the “On the Road to End Human Trafficking” initiative.

Similar to a neighborhood watch program, the initiative encourages everyone to know, watch for and report signs of trafficking.

Thu
14
Mar

The politician who could not win for losing

Texas History

On Mar. 18, 1861, a Lone Star Confederate asked Texas’ next-door neighbors to forsake the Union for the southern alliance, but President Jefferson Davis sent the wrong Reb to Arkansas.

Twenty-five years earlier, Williamson Simpson Oldham took the “Land of Opportunity” by storm. Arriving at Fayetteville in the fall of 1836, four months after Arkansas statehood, the Tennessean quickly became the most prosperous attorney in town.

As impressive on the campaign trail as in the courtroom, the confident newcomer easily won election to the General Assembly. The youngest member of the legislature, he decided against resting on his laurels and went on to become speaker of the Arkansas house before the age of 30.

 

 

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Thu
14
Mar

Lawmakers start rolling out high-priority legislation

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“OPERATION GREEN GRASS”---Mayor Tommy Rainbolt, left, is shown making the first purchase to kickoff the Vidor Lions Club project of Operation Green Grass Saturday in Woods Shopping Center. Club President Joe Wingerson is shown accepting $1 from Mayor Rainbolt for a bag of rich, barnyard fertilizer, being sold by the Lions as a fund raising project to benefit the club’s sight conservation program and to assist in its crippled children’s work. The sale will continue through the month of March. Orders for five or more bags will be accepted and delivered to anyone calling RO 9-4946.

AUSTIN — With the filing of legislation that would give teachers an across-the-board pay increase, Texas lawmakers showed progress toward solving the complex issues of school finance and property tax reform.

Senate Bill 3, passed March 4 by the full Senate on a voice vote, would entitle each classroom teacher and full-time librarian to a state-financed $5,000 increase above their 2018-2019 school year salary. The bill would not stop school districts from providing merit-based raises to teachers in addition to the state’s $5,000 increase. Authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, SB 3, if approved by the House, would make the raise effective for the school year beginning in the fall. Nelson said it would cost $4 billion to give the state’s estimated 350,000 teachers the raise, and that funds to cover the pay hike will be in the state budget.

 

 

Thu
07
Mar

Metcalf won the most basketball games in SWC

Texas History

On Mar. 11, 1964, a dozen days after winning their first Southwest Conference basketball championship in 41 years, the Texas Aggies fell to powerful Texas Western in only the second NCAA Tournament game in school history.

A rookie head coach by the name of Shelby Metcalf had shown Aggieland there really was something else to do in the winter besides get ready for the next football season.

The 34 year old Okie with the mischievous sense of humor was born and raised in Tulsa. The high school hoops star attended a Sooner State junior college for one year before transferring to East Texas State in Commerce, where Bobby Rogers turned him into an All-American guard in the smallcollege division.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar

Order stops state, local authorities from purging their voter rolls

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Andrea Poole reads aloud to Savannah Sanford, inley Jorgensen, Macy Chilton and Kelly Poole. Poole will be starting a storytime March 31 at the Vidor Public Library, reading every other Wednesday morning to children not yet in school.

March 4, 2004

AUSTIN — A San Antonio federal judge on Feb. 27 ordered Texas Secretary of State David Whitley not to purge the names of voters whose registrations he challenged as being potentially fraudulent.

The order came in a voting rights case filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens and other plaintiffs.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. Biery then ordered officials not to remove anyone from the current voter registration list until authorized by the court.

 

 

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Thu
28
Feb

Caucus names legislative priorities for public education

AUSTIN — The Texas House Democratic Caucus on Feb. 21 announced its “Texas Kids First” education-funding package that would include all-day prekindergarten, teacher raises and retirement and property tax reform.

“We hope to work with our colleagues to incorporate some of these ideas into their bills,” said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, caucus chair.

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Thu
28
Feb

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Thu
28
Feb

North Texans Die In Post-Civil War Feud

Texas History

The country doctor answered a knock at his front door on Feb. 27, 1867 to find a hired killer holding a cocked pistol. One squeeze of the trigger later, a simmering North Texas feud claimed its first victim.

When Bob Lee rode home to Hunt County in the summer of 1865, all he wanted to do was to spend the rest of his days in peace with friends and family. But the war was far from over for the Confederate cavalry captain.

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Fri
22
Feb

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Fri
22
Feb

Senate panel focuses on funding of public education

AUSTIN — When Texas legislatures meet every two years, lawmakers’ singular, must-do assignment is to produce a state budget.

Toward that goal, the Senate Finance Committee held meetings on Feb. 11, 12 and 13 to work on Article III of Senate Bill 1. That article focuses on the public and higher education parts of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The meetings, replete with acronym-spattered expert testimony from the Texas Education Agency, the Teacher Retirement System and others, dealt with funding areas within public education. Lumped together, public education funding almost certainly will require more than half of the state’s general revenue. The ballpark estimate of total general revenue is $112 billion.

 

 

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