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Wed
15
Jul

‘Mosquito brigade aids rebels

Mosquitoes know nothing of the sort of strongly held if often illogical beliefs that lead partisan factions, revolutionaries or nations to war, but when federal soldiers occupied Texas after the Civil War the flying blood suckers attacked the Yankees with a vengeance. One of the great Civil War-era “battles” fought in the Lone Star state took place three months after Gen. RobertE. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, VA. when swarms of mosquitos made life miserable for thousands of newly arrived federal soldiers at a natural water body in Calhoun County known as Green Lake.  

 

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Wed
15
Jul

Presidential candidates for 2016 are off and running

There is a sense that America is adrift, that we don’t quite know how to deal with the forces of globalization, technological change, economic uncertainty, or terrorism. Americans are looking for aleader who can restore confidence. The economy in particular weighs on ordinary Americans’ minds. There’s widespread agreement that the growing economy has done very little to help people of ordinary income — not just in recent years, but really for the past generation. Americans may feel better about the economy now than they did a few years ago, but that hasn’t lessened their long-term anxiety that it’s harder than ever to get ahead, and certainly harder than it was in their parents’ generation.  

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Wiley Post set flying records with one eye closed

By Bartee Haile

Wiley Post and his Australian navigator landed in New York City on July 1, 1931 completing an epic around-the-world flight in record-breaking time. Two states claimed Wiley Hardeman Post as a native son. Texas had birth going for it since the intrepid aviator began his short life in Van Zandt County a couple of years shy of the twentieth century. Oklahoma, however, had residency on its sidebecause the Posts relocated north of the Red River when  Wiley was nine.      

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Wed
08
Jul

High court puts Texas abortion law on hold

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on June 29, granted a stay preventing revisions to the state abortion law made by the Texas Legislature in 2013 from taking effect on July 1. The stay will remain in effect while the court is on hiatus. When it reconvenes in October, the court will decide if the issues at stake in the Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health (and others) v. Cole, merit further review. Voting to deny the stay were Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito.  

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Wed
01
Jul

Self-styled ‘shootist’ dies under wagon wheels

By Bartee Haile
Clay Allison, the two-gun time bomb who called himself a “shootist,” died on Jun. 30, 1887 not from a bullet but under the wheels of his own wagon. There were two Clay Allisons. One was a respectable rancher, whose character and courage attracted friends and admirers wherever he went. But after a few stiff drinks, his dark side emerged, and Allison became the frontier menace described as “hell turned loose” that killed at the drop of a hat.   
Wed
01
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

By Ed Sterling
AUSTIN — Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. The high court, in ruling gainst the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal tax credit that pays a portion of the cost of a policy.   
Wed
24
Jun

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completedthe task of reviewing  all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. Hehad until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’soffice for final scrutiny.  Of those bills, Abbott signed1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature  and vetoed 41  

 

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Wed
24
Jun

Anything left?

.  I’m trying hard to convince myself that food – and eating –  eedn’t be “fun.” I’m using this psychologicalploy as a new weapon  n my relatively recent battle against unwanted weight. Specifically I’m attempting to cut all white sugar from my diet. This won’t be easy, especially for a person accustomed to eating anything she wanted for much of her life and never gaining anounce. Skinny kids yield stubborn adults when middle age creeps up – yet another example of the “Life Is Not Fair” principle  

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Governor decides fate of bills passed by Legislature

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them. By June 1, the last day of the Legislature’s 84th regular session, some 819 House bills and 504 Senate bills earned final passage, plus two House Joint Resolutions and five Senate Joint Resolutions.
 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Together, we will push forward

By Roger Williams
 
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we were delivered what we so desperately needed but far too much in far too short of time. In a cruel twist of fate, Texas is now recovering from the worst flooding in recent history. The last few weeks have been marked by death, destruction and disbelief. Loved ones have been lost. Houses, belongings and memories have been washed away.
 

 

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