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Wed
24
Feb

Marine from South Texas raised Iwo Jima flag

By Bartee Haile

A young marine from South Texas was one of six American fighting men caught on camera on Feb. 23, 1945 raising the Stars and Stripes on a Pacific battlefield called Iwo Jima. 

 

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Wed
24
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Rusk deserved more than second fiddle to Houston

By Bartee Haile

Thomas Rusk stepped out of Sam Houston’s giant shadow on Feb. 16, 1848 to give his first speech in the United States Senate, an impassioned defense of the Mexican War.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.  

 

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Wed
10
Feb

How to tell if Congress is working again

By Lee Hamilton

Wed
10
Feb

Gov., Congress seek details on security cuts

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-McAllen, are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts. Of particular interest to Abbott and Cuellar is the federal agency’s decision to cut resources for aerial-based border security support in a program known as Operation Phalanx. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security’s request for aerial detection, situational awareness and monitoring capability support for Operation Phalanx from the Department of Defense for calendar year 2016 was 50 percent lower than that of recent years.

Wed
03
Feb

Mittie Stephens on a pleasure cruise to hell

By Bartee Haile

The Mittie Stephens steamed out of New Orleans on Feb. 2, 1869 on a pleasure cruise through the inland waterways of Texas that ended in fiery tragedy on Caddo Lake.  

 

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Wed
03
Feb

TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion. 

 

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Wed
27
Jan

Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profit groups

By Ed Sterling 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was “to discuss Texas and Israel’s historic bond” and how he can further solidify their relationship.

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Wed
27
Jan

Governor meets with Israel’s PM Netanyahu

By Ed Sterling 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was “to discuss Texas and Israel’s historic bond” and how he can further solidify their relationship.

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