Columns/Opinions

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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Wed
30
Sep

Texas Ranger Rip Ford was the Texans’ Texan

By Bartee Haile

 

Charged with repeatedly sticking their noses in Mexico’s business, Rip Ford and his company of hard-riding, hard-fighting Texas Rangers were unceremoniously mustered out of federal service on Sep. 26, 1851. For the versatile figure widely regarded as “The Texans’ Texan,” the furlough was merely a temporary setback and a chance to catch his breath. Texas would need him again, and he would always answer the call.

 

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Wed
30
Sep

Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees. Bland, whose body was discovered in her jail cell three days after she was put in custody, was ruled a suicide. Charged by the lieutenant governor to conduct an interim study, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee met for more than four hours on Sept. 22. The panel listened to invited testimony and discussed jail safety and inmate suicide prevention in county jails.

 

Wed
23
Sep

Message must be sent after Planned Parenthood videos

By John Cornyn

Last November, the American people cast their votes for Republican candidates across the country. The results were undeniable: conservative majorities elected in both Chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade. And since January, the Republican-led Senate has been delivering real results for the American people. But what must not be overlooked is the critical work – often unheralded by the media – being done by the new majority to advance a culture of life and protect our most vulnerable: the unborn.

Wed
23
Sep

Poverty rate updated with census survey

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released Sept. 17. Embedded in that statistic is this: more than 4.5 million Texans — 1.7 million of whom are children — still live in poverty. In 2014, the poverty line for a family of three was about $19,000 per year. Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization, said the poverty rate for Texas children of 24.6 percent remained unchanged from the previous year.

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