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Wed
18
Nov

Texas ghost town

By Mike Cox
 
Texas has two varieties of ghost towns – those out in the middle of nowhere on dry land (assuming they exist at all) and those that lie beneath manmade lakes. Watery ghost towns are scarcer than their dusty counterparts, of course. Most lakes cover no ghost towns, some, just one former community. But one Central Texas lake drowned several communities.
 
Wed
18
Nov

Circuit court rules immigration policy unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program. Against the wishes of Congress, the White House sent out a memorandum in November 2014 extending the reach of the policy to include more people.
 
Wed
11
Nov

Gov. insists state grants issues on compliance with ICE

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won’t receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests. In a Nov. 4 letter, Abbott wrote to sheriffs: “Beginning now, all Criminal Justice Division grant awards will require that sheriffs departments fully honor ICE’s detention requests for criminal immigrants.
 
Wed
11
Nov

Problems deep-seated, but fixable in Congress

By Lee Hamilton

A lot of ink is being spilled about the speakership drama in the U.S. House, the demands by members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, and the turmoil besetting the Republicans who run Capitol Hill. There is a pervasive sense in Washington that Congress has gone, at least temporarily, off the rails.
 
Wed
04
Nov

Ghosts stories from Jefferson for Halloween

By Bartee Haile

 

Fourteen of the 40 or so short chapters and vignettes come from Jefferson, the old river port turned tourist magnet a short distance from the Louisiana line in the northeastern corner of Texas.
 
Wed
04
Nov

Gov. rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities.
 
Wed
28
Oct

Hood’s Texas Brigade honored with monument

By Bartee Haile

 

A monument honoring the courage and sacrifice of Hood’s Texas Brigade was dedicated on the grounds of the state capitol in Austin on Oct. 27, 1910. 

 

Wed
28
Oct

State funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut. 

 

Wed
21
Oct

Rich rancher’s son charged with Dodge City murder

By Bartee Haile

Clutching a suitcase in one hand and a satchel full of cash in the other, Mifflin Kenedy on Oct. 15, 1878 caught the train for Dodge City where his bad-seed son was accused of killing a popular female entertainer. 

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Wed
21
Oct

Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office’s Certification Revenue Estimate. The “CRE” is an update to the Biennial Revenue Estimate, a document that gives state lawmakers a good idea of how much revenue will be available for general-purpose spending in 2016-2017, the next two-year state budget period.

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