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07
Jul

Accident prone pilot survived two dozen crashes

By Bartee Haile

 

At funeral services in Mission on Jul. 8, 1956, friends and family of “Slats” Rodgers paid their last respects to the accident prone pioneer aviator while marveling at the fact he died in bed of natural causes. Texas’ first licensed pilot was born Floyd H. Rodgers in rural Georgia in 1889. His thin-as-a-rail appearance inspired someone to call him “Slats,” a nickname that stuck for the rest of life.  

 

Thu
07
Jul

Supreme Court strikes down major changes to abortion law

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013. The law’s provision that physicians providing abortions must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital and the provision that abortion facilities must meet minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers are in violation of the Constitution, the court said in a 5-3 ruling.

 

Thu
30
Jun

Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama administration’s use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier ruled it was a presidential overreach to implement an immigration policy not approved by Congress. The Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie vote leaves that ruling in effect.
 
Thu
30
Jun

Future admiral never heard of naval academy

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
23
Jun

DPS asks citizens to report suspicious behavior

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
23
Jun

Concealing terrorism from citizens

Thu
16
Jun

Governors confer about containing spread of Zika

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 9 participated in a White House-hosted conference call for governors to discuss the Zika virus threat and what to do about it. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden led the call.
 
Thu
16
Jun

Buck Owens borrowed his name from family donkey

By Bartee Haile
 
“Hee Haw,” a country music variety show co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, hit the airwaves on Jun. 15, 1969 as a summer replacement for the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. was born in 1929 on a farm near Sherman a short distance from the Red River. As a small boy, he declared that he preferred the name of the family donkey to his own. His parents went along, and after that everyone called him “Buck.”
 
Thu
09
Jun

Governor declares state of disaster in long list of counties

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1 declared a state of disaster in 31 counties that have been hit repeatedly with severe weather and flooding in recent days. The counties named in the declaration include: Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton.

 

Thu
09
Jun

Mosquitoes breed, Zika looms, Congress dithers

Tiny mosquitoes of the genus Aedes aegypti are helping to demonstrate why Congress so richly deserves its 11 percent public approval rating. Aedes mosquitoes carry the Zika virus, which is believed to cause serious abnormalities in fetuses and may cause debilitating nerve disorders in children and adults. In February, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the disease. Congress still hasn’t acted. Given its vacation schedule, it may not act until this fall.  

 

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