Columns/Opinions

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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Wed
14
Oct

Fugitive Mexican General given a hero’s welcome

By Bartee Haile

On Oct. 7, 1911, Gen. Bernardo Reyes stepped off the train at the San Antonio station to a hero’s welcome as hundreds cheered the arrival of the former presidential candidate turned shadowy conspirator. During his 45-year rise up the ranks of the Mexican military, Reyes earned widespread respect for his honesty and ability, two traits not usually associated with the corrupt officer corps.

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Wed
14
Oct

BP settles with five states, federal government

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced on Oct. 5 that Texas stands to receive $800 million of the $20.8 billion settlement “to restore Gulf resources with portions dedicated to the coastal economy as well as restoration projects to address damage to natural resources.”

Wed
07
Oct

Governor requests border help from Washington

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address “the significant increase of illegal border crossings.” Nearly 10,000 immigrant families and unaccompanied children were detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in August, an increase of more than 50 percent over August 2014, Abbott said, quoting official reports. 

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Wed
07
Oct

Big Tex’s annual state fair

As the pages of the calendar turn from Summer to Fall each year, Texans always seem to have their eyes on one special event. Indeed, thousands of Texans have begun their descent on Dallas for the traditions, deep-fried food, and the worldclass entertainment that make up the Texas State Fair experience.

 

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