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Thu
05
Jul

Reality wrecked abolionist’s impossible dream

 By Bartee Haile

With the publication of this column, “This Week in Texas History” is officially 35 years old making it the longest running feature of its kind ever. And for that I am indebted to the many newspapers that have carried it all these years and to you, my loyal readers.

As the sun slowly set in the piney woods on Jul. 5, 1832, a stranger on a mysterious mission crossed the Sabine River into the Mexican province of Texas.

In recent years, Benjamin Lundy had faced the fact that agitation alone would never liberate the slaves. The Quaker editor understood that most white Americans, who in principle supported the abolition cause, cringed at the thought of blacks, freed from southern bondage, living next door.

 

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Thu
21
Jun

Sam Houston’s son takes brief Senate bow

By Bartee Haile

Exhausted by three exciting weeks in the United States Senate, 86 year old Andrew Jackson Houston checked into a Washington, D.C. hospital on Jun. 21, 1941.

During the months prior to the April death of Morris Sheppard, Gov. W. Lee O’Daniel had his eye on the Senator’s job. Most Texans believed flamboyant Pappy would resign from office so that his successor, Lt. Gov. Coke Stevenson, could hand him the vacant seat on a silver platter.

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Thu
21
Jun

Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence and safety

By  Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A panel of Texas Senate members on June 11 and 12 received input about ways to improve security on public school campuses.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, formed the legislative body’s Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety following the May shooting at Santa Fe High School in which a student shot and killed 10 people and injured 10 others.

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Thu
14
Jun

Keep track of what’s most important in an emergency: Your family

AUSTIN — When disaster strikes, your first thoughts will likely be of your family: “Are they OK? How Can I reach them? How can I let them know I’m alright?”

Electricity is often disrupted by extreme weather, and even when service returns, cell phone systems may be overwhelmed by call volume. Creating a communication plan today will put your mind at ease and help you reunite with your loved ones if you become separated during a natural disaster.

 

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Thu
14
Jun

Top officials join in briefing about hurricane preparedness

By  Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, White House cabinet members and governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness.

Along with Abbott in Austin were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response. The briefing was held to review lessons learned after the 2017 hurricane season. FEMA provided an overview of evacuation zones, clearance times, decision timelines, forecast uncertainty, responsible decision makers and public messaging.

 

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Thu
07
Jun

Water Resources Development Act advances with Babin amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced key priorities offered by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) during today’s consideration and passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA 2018 provides improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.

 

Thu
07
Jun

Aggie president led dangerous D-Day mission

By Bartee Haile

 

The most dangerous assignment of the Normandy invasion, climbing the cliffs at Point du Hoc and knocking out a German artillery battery, went to Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder on Jun. 6, 1944. The D-Day daredevil was born and raised in Eden, not the biblical paradise but a small ranching community between San Angelo and Brady. Rudder left home in 1927 with highschool diploma in hand to attend John Tarleton Agricultural College at Stephenville. The serious student soon discovered that the meager income from two part-time jobs could not cover the cost of a college education. He sought the advice of his football coach, who asked the local Lion’s Club for help.

 

Thu
31
May

What’s happening in our state capital

By Sen. Robert Nichols, Senate District 3

On June 14th, we will commemorate the adoption of our country's flag with 13 stars and stripes to represent our nation and our founding colonies. With 50 stars in our current flag, our pride for our country stays strong.

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

1. Protecting Our Students

After the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School, Governor Greg Abbott held multiple roundtable discussions which included survivors from the Santa Fe and Sutherland Springs shootings, lawmakers, community leaders, law enforcement, educators, as well as gun rights and gun control activists. The purpose of these discussions was to determine the most effective ways the State can help prevent future mass shootings. From these meetings, Governor Abbott has released a 40 strategy plan for preventing future school shootings.

Thu
31
May

Valdez wins race to face Abbott in November gubernatorial election

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez defeated Houston businessman Andrew White, the son of the late former governor, Mark White, in the May 22 Texas Democratic Party primary runoff.

Valdez, the first Latina to win a gubernatorial primary in Texas, will run against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking a second four-year term, in the November 6 general election.

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Thu
24
May

Governor Greg Abbott speaks about issues related to shooting at high school

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Local, state and federal law enforcement on May 18 responded to a shooting that left 10 people dead and 10 others injured at Santa Fe High School near Galveston.

 

One of the school’s 1,400 students was taken into custody, authorities said.

 

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered flags to half-staff until May 22 in memory of those who lost their lives in what he called “probably the worst disaster to strike this community.”

 

 

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