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Thu
11
Oct

Paxton joins effort against climate change lawsuit

By ED STERLING

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 5 announced he had joined an Indiana-led coalition of 11 state attorneys general in a friend-of-the-court brief seeking dismissal of a climate-change lawsuit against the energy industry. King County, Washington, filed the lawsuit naming the oil companies BP, Chevron,

Thu
11
Oct

Keep your bluetooth devices hands-free and hack-free

Cell phone users are increasingly turning to Bluetooth technology to talk hands-free on their phones, and the Better Business Bureau is offering a caution for maintaining security in the various devices. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, ten states have passed laws which prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. As hands-free devices gain popularity, scammers are finding ways to exploit it, according to the Bureau. Scammers use specialized software to intercept a Bluetooth signal and hack into a device. The technique is known as “bluebugging” and it gives scammers access to text messages, contacts, photos and call history.

Scammers tend to hang out in busy areas in order to hack into phones, the Bureau reports. They sometimes use hacked phones to make long distance calls. However, the newest scheme has scammers using the hacked number to set up pay-per-minute numbers to rack up charges

 

 

Thu
04
Oct

Abbott, Valdez present views on Texas in one hour forum

By ED STERLING

 

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez on Sept. 28 appeared together on television for 60 minutes in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate, a forum hosted by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus.

 

A Republican and former Texas attorney general, Abbott is seeking a second four-year term as the state’s chief executive. His challenger, Guadalupe “Lupe” Valdez, a San Antonio-born Democrat, held elected office as Dallas County sheriff from 2005 to 2017 and previously served as a senior agent and investigator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, earlier as an agent for other federal agencies, and as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

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Thu
04
Oct

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

By WILL HURD

 

September 15 to October 15 of each year marks Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize, honor and celebrate the valuable contributions that Hispanic-Americans have made across our communities. While we pay tribute, this month is also a reminder that we must work together to ensure the continued success of future generations of Hispanic-Americans across South and West Texas.

 

An important way for us to do so is by leveling the playing field of educational opportunities, and there are nearly 500 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide whose missions are to do just that. I am incredibly proud to serve as a co-chair of the Congressional HSI Caucus to support these universities that empower Hispanic students to complete their education and become valuable contributors to our workforce.

 

Thu
27
Sep

PILLAR continues community service

By HENRY CUELLAR

 

This week, I participated in various meetings and events, including America’s VetDogs Breakfast and a grant announcement for PILLAR in Laredo.

 

In the district, my staff attended a series of meetings and activities including the Children’s Bereavement Center Opening in Floresville, the Border Patrol Youth of the Month ceremony in Laredo and the Coastal Bend College Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

 

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Thu
27
Sep

Future of TRS health care hinges on lawmakers’ support

By ED STERLING

 

Retired teachers facing the unwelcome prospect of paying higher monthly health insurance premiums received better-than-expected news last week.

 

The Teachers Retirement System board of trustees on Sept. 21 voted not to increase premiums because the TRS staff negotiated a better rate and other cost savings with its health insurance provider, while keeping plan and pharmacy benefits the same.

 

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Thu
20
Sep

Tap...tap...

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

Last week I asked my mom to give me a ride to the airport and my doctor’s appointment...it was my mom’s dose for the month.

 

She pulls up to my house, gets out, and states matter-of-factly, “You’re driving!”

 

Well excuse me.

 

The drive up to San Antonio was nice, she told me about her travels across the United States and how she has watched Crazy Rich Asians twice.

 

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Thu
20
Sep

Weather system prompts Texas to prepare as hurricane season continues

By ED STERLING

 

Before Hurricane Florence reached the shores of the Carolinas last week, Gov. Greg Abbott focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where an inbound tropical disturbance threatened the southern region of Texas.

 

Proactively, Abbott on Sept. 14 issued a disaster declaration for 78 counties stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast to deep into the interior of the Lone Star State.

 

A daily earlier, Abbott ordered the state’s emergency operations center to increase its readiness level and said some 25 state agencies, plus the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, would be ready to help communities. The governor urged Texans to prepare by assembling emergency kits, essential documents and evacuation maps.

 

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Thu
13
Sep

Governor points out actions taken to make schools safer

By ED STERLING

Just before Labor Day weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott released a School Safety Action Plan Summary that lists actions taken by school districts to harden campuses in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe Independent School District shooting in May.

“Elected leaders, community members, students, teachers, parents and everyday Texans all share the common goal of making schools a safe place for our children,” Abbott said. “Our goal is being realized as school districts across the state continue to put immediate and long term plans aimed at prevention and protection in place. While progress is being made, there is still much work to be done and I encourage everyone in Texas to continue the discussion surrounding school safety to ensure that we put in place measures that will benefit the safety and well-being of our state’s greatest resource — our children.”

 

Thu
06
Sep

Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada

By ED STERLING

The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico.

While details of the pact are forthcoming, the White House said the agreement would “create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, protects American intellectual property” and “is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.”

 

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