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23
Oct
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Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AG ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans.

The awards, released primarily to cities and counties across Texas, include 264 projects under the State Homeland Security Program and 136 projects through the Urban Area Security Initiative. “As governor, my top priority is keeping our communities safe,” Abbott said in a news release. “These grants will ensure our communities have the resources they need to counter terrorism statewide and enhance security for all Texans. Our ongoing efforts to keep Texas safe would not be possible without our partnership with the federal government, and I thank them for their continued assistance.”

Wed
23
Oct
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Texas benefits from investing in safe pipelines

Texas benefits from investing in safe pipelines

TRIB TALK

When I served as chairman of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee, we heard hundreds of hours of testimony on the need to increase our ability to safely and effectively move oil and gas from the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and Barnett to our Gulf ports for export.

During my tenure, the Texas Legislature passed laws providing a balanced policy on oversight, regulations and safety, while bringing a common-sense approach promoting economic benefits to the local and state economies. Ensuring energy independence through thoughtful, marketbased energy polices was a priority for me as a legislator. Now, I believe, both Texas and the nation must continue to invest in energy infrastructure and eliminate senseless barriers to energy pipeline development.

Wed
23
Oct
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My Iron In The Fire

My Iron In The Fire

IT’S THE PITTS

One of the rites of passage of a cowboy’s life is the day you get your own brand. I remember the first time I took my iron out of the fire as all work stopped in the corral. I knew then that this town kid with no ranch and little cash had arrived. I doubt that calf realized the honor being bestowed on it as it became the first to carry my brand. I’d branded cattle before but I was still nervous about putting it on upside down or blotchy so I practiced for a week ahead of time, but branding a corral board is a little different than branding a squirmy calf.

You don’t get to choose your own name in life but you should be able to pick your brand. It will forever be your identity in the cow business and when your cattle hit the auction ring everyone present will see if you’re a good cowman, or a pretender. Everyone always knew I was a gyppo trader because there was always plenty of reading material on my cattle.

Wed
23
Oct
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Warn, protect against cybsersecurity attacks

Warn, protect against cybsersecurity attacks

BUSINESS TIPS

Cybersecurity is the act of securing cyberspace. This includes working to protect internet-connected systems, including software, hardware, and data. As a small business owner, you probably rely heavily on your technology. This includes everything from credit card processing and cloud-based software to email services and maintaining a website. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft.

Many small businesses feel that they will not be targeted because their business is not a major corporation. This is not the case, larger businesses are doing more to protect themselves in cyberspace leaving fewer opportunities causing cybercriminals to target less secure smaller businesses.

Here are a few tips to help protect against cyber-attacks.

 

 

Wed
16
Oct
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Comptroller releases 2020-2021 estimate of state revenue

Comptroller releases 2020-2021 estimate of state revenue

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — State budget writers likely will have more funds to meet the needs of Texas in the near term, based on information released Oct. 10 by the comptroller’s office.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said revenue available for general spending in 2020-21 is expected to total about $121.76 billion, up 9.6 percent from the 2018-19 biennium. This revenue would support the $118.86 billion in general-purpose spending called for by the 86th Texas Legislature and would result in a final balance available for certification of $2.89 billion.

Wed
16
Oct
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Kissing Cousins

Kissing Cousins

IT’S THE PITTS

I just finished reading a book about Albert Einstein written by Walter Isaacson and I don’t know what possessed me to do it. It was hard reading and the author used a lot of words I was unfamiliar with like “usufruct”. Perhaps I wanted to read it because when I was a kid whenever I’d say something particu-larly brilliant, as I did on a regular basis, members of my family would say, “Who do you think you are, Einstein?”

Wed
16
Oct
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Town halls and upcoming State Constitutional Amendments election

Town halls and upcoming State Constitutional Amendments election

PETE’S PERIÓDICO

Lytle, Ozona, Del Rio, San Antonio––this fall started with visits to all parts of Senate District 19, giving me an opportunity to continue meeting constituents, catching up with old friends, updating everybody on the good work done in the 86th Texas Legislature.

A recent district tour included a town hall in Eagle Pass, coffee and donuts in Del Rio, lunch in Brackettville, and another town hall in Uvalde. Although my calendar has been packed with events, this was among the first hosted by my Senate office to connect with you. Thank you to the hundreds of folks who came out.

We have another town hall in Castroville this week and future events in west Texas and San Antonio. As always, watch this column, my social medias, and my Senate website to remain updated on all events. If you are a part of an organization and would like me to visit, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Wed
09
Oct
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Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 4.

Abbott tapped Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to lead the federally funded $4 billion-plus “comprehensive mitigation” effort. Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under a community development block grant.

“Today we are pushing forward with the single-largest mitigation program our state has ever seen,” Abbott said. “Commissioner Bush and I are committed to working together in partnership with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to maximize the impact of this funding.”

Wed
09
Oct
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Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

Power of the press is in being the Way to Know for news consumers

INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.

But also notice in those words the key to the future for newsrooms across the nation: A visible role in the daily life of the nation rooted in real benefit and sustained credibility.

Wed
09
Oct
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Smile

Smile

IT’S THE PITTS

I think I should have lived my life before 1826. That’s the year the first photograph was taken and the only thing I hate worse than Brussell sprouts is having my picture taken.

Of course, it was all my mother’s fault. I don’t why I was the only one of her three offspring born with extremely crooked teeth. And because my old man was an alcoholic we couldn’t afford braces for my teeth because we barely had enough money for distilled spirits. So whenever anyone would try to take a photograph of me I’d either cover my face with a pillow cushion or steal the film and expose it to the light. That’s why a photo of me smiling is more rare than an albino alligator, an honest politician or a happy cow buyer.

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