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Tue
31
Oct
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Deliver us from evil

By LEE PITTS

Did you see where Amazon, the fourth most valuable company in the world, bought Whole Foods? This has the trillion dollar grocery industry all atwitter and even has Wal Mart shakin' in its shorts. So much so that it came up with the idea of delivering the groceries you order online right to your refrigerator. This is the kind of idea that gets hatched in long meetings around big tables by dudes in low shoes whose phones are smarter than they are.

Wal Mart says the groceries will be delivered by a company called Deliv but I'd worry about any company that can't even spell Deliver. Supposedly the drivers will have a one-time access code into your home to stock your shelves and you can watch the delivery on your phone from anywhere on the globe. I assume that would include watching your housepest take a bio break.

Tue
24
Oct
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Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials — either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane — can create an online list for donors to access.

Potential donors can find the lists through the Texas Education Agency’s Instructional Materials Assistance web page: https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Hurricane_Harvey_Instructional_Materials....

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Tue
24
Oct
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What's left of us

BY LEE PITTS

Just as America is doing, the cattle industry is separating itself into two classes: the HAVES and HAVE-NOTS. According to the USDA, 57 percent of American ranchers have less than 20 cows and the average herd is only 42 head. But it's the ranches with over 500 cows that produce most of our beef. Going all the way back to the Johnson County Wars, the beef cattle business always has been about the BIG against the small; the HAVES versus the HAVE-NOTS.

HAVE lives in a house that's been in the family for five generations; HAVE-NOT lives in a double wide. HAVE-NOT pulls an antique two horse trailer behind a 1982 two door Chevy. HAVE loads his $10,000 Quarter Horse into 24 foot Goosenecks® pulled by a 2014 Ford F350. HAVE-NOT'S remuda consists of a 25 year old kid's horse or a young and crazy BLM adoptee

Tue
24
Oct
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Nationwide crackdown on student loan scams

BY HEATHER MASSEY

Student loans affect more than 44 million Americans and total more than $1.3 trillion in debt. In 2016, the average student owed $37,172, making these loans a potentially huge financial burden to many. That’s according to a report released earlier this year by Forbes. Unfortunately, the prevalence of student loan debt provides scammers the opportunity to take advantage of current and former students.

To crack down on these student loan scams, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new, nationwide effort along with 11 states, including Texas. It is called Operation Game of Loans and is the first coordinated effort between federal and state authorities targeting these types of scams.

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Tue
17
Oct
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State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

 

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

The Texas Education Agency, acting on orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, is spearheading the effort in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The task force will develop a list of tiered supports and resources that can be used by school leaders to address the mental health needs of affected staff, students and families.

 

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Tue
17
Oct
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Tax reform to put more money into your pockets

By U.S SENATOR GUEST COLUMN JOHN CORNYN

 

Not long ago, our president came before the American public and was blunt about the state of the federal tax code in this country. He called on Congress to “simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes,” and “lower the corporate tax rate” — one that ranks among the highest in the industrialized world.

Although the words sound familiar, the president who delivered them might not be the one you’re thinking of: They’re from Barack Obama, during his 2011 State of the Union address. Now, fast-forward a few years, and a new president from a different party is saying much the same thing. President Donald Trump has called our tax code a “relic” and a “colossal barrier standing in the way of America’s economic comeback.” He’s right, of course, and so was President Obama. Tax reform doesn’t have to be partisan. In fact, it shouldn’t be, because the ramifications are much more than political

 

Tue
10
Oct
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New laws on the books

By ANDREW MURR

After a long, five-month legislative session in the spring, and an August, 30-day special session this summer, there are several new laws on the books that went into effect on September 1. Here is a brief run-down of a few of the new state laws which are currently in force:

NO TEXTING AND DRIVING Effective immediately, reading, writing or sending a text while driving a moving vehicle is against the law. There are exceptions for using a GPS device for directions, and hands-free devices are not impacted by this legislation, but those stopped for this violation for the first time can face fines up to $99. Repeat offenders will be on the hook for as much as $200. As we’ve seen right here in our district, distracted driving can be fatal, so play it safe and handle those text messages once you reach your destination.

Tue
10
Oct
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Licensing products, process and gain rewards

By DAVE ERICKSON

Entrepreneurs who are developing a product (product or process) for commercialization basically have two choices to get their product to the marketplace; manufacture it themselves or license the right to make and distribute to someone else. This process is called licensing out. A license, through a licensing agreement, is a formal granting of the rights to make and sell to another party, who is called a licensing partner. The entrepreneur, or licensor, is usually paid in up-front fees and ongoing royalty payments.

Tue
03
Oct
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Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release.

“This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.

 

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Tue
03
Oct
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Your local newspaper: the real deal

By JIM ZACHARY

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities.

This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…

Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before.

 

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