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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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Thu
06
Sep

Fighting for rural communities

By WILL HURD

Do you ever need to make a phone call, but can’t get cell service? Or need to see a doctor, but the closest physician who can provide the care you need is over a hundred miles away?

Unfortunately, these are real burdens that hundreds of thousands of folks I represent in rural South and West Texas experience each day and the reason why I continue to fight for increased access to vital services for all constituents, no matter where they live.

 

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Thu
30
Aug

Letter from the Editor

What can we do?

Dear Editor,

Almost everyone I talk to has an opinion about city roads. Most are negative. But like any other city, Pearsall has a road issues and not enough money to fix them.

Patching roads is temporary. It seems most roads need to be redone. This bill is in the millions and Pearsall does not have the tax money to fix them.

 

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Thu
30
Aug

Officials observe anniversary of Hurricane Harvey at Rockport church

By ED STERLING

August 25 marked one year since Hurricane Harvey’s battering winds and torrential rains brought death and destruction to coastal and inland counties of Texas.

Repairs and rebuilding in the region continue to this day, and the U.S. Office of Coastal Management has estimated the cost of the storm at $125 billion.

 

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Thu
23
Aug

Restoring our parks

By WILL HURD

You may have heard that there’s a place in far West Texas where the night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. This isn’t simply folklore and is actually located right here in the 23rd District of Texas. I have the distinct honor of representing in Congress a total of eight national parks and historic sites, including Big Bend National Park described above, and our San Antonio Missions. It is a top priority of mine to make sure our parks remain beautiful and accessible for South and West Texas families to enjoy for generations to come.

Thu
23
Aug

Texas Education Agency releases two sets of ratings

By ED STERLING

The Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15 released 2018 campus accountability ratings and, for the first time ever, A-F district accountability ratings.

More than 8,700 independent school campuses received a rating of Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. Some 7,260 public school campuses and 558 charters were rated Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard, while 293 public school campuses and 56 charters were rated Improvement Required. Some 86 campuses would have received an Improvement Required rating but were affected by Hurricane Harvey to an extent that they were labeled Not Rated: Harvey Provision. Also, 506 campuses received a Not Rated label for reasons other than Hurricane Harvey.

 

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