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Border security, tax relief and raises top list

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS For the Texas House and Senate, there is not much daylight between each chamber’s priorities in this year’s legislative session. Leaders say the focus will be on property tax relief, border security and employee raises. Preliminary budgets from both chambers were released last week, the Austin American-Statesman reported, with a record $288.7 billion…

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What could I have asked?

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE There are very few people still alive today who can testify to the horrors of the Holocaust, largely because any who survived the Nazis’ so-called final solution would have to be in their 80s and 90s today. It was not until 2005 that the United Nations set a date for…

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The need for housing in our community

A WORD FROM THE MAYOR One of the chapters in the Comprehensive Master plan discusses the need for housing. There is very little housing for sale in Pearsall and this is an area of need for this community. It’s been years since any developer built homes that were to be sold on the open market.…

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We may beg to differ

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Last week, we published a letter to the editor from a local reader who now attends university in Waco, and we were pleased to do so despite his negative opinion of our coverage. Mr. Edwards took issue with what he described as our lack of “competent and fair reporting” on…

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From La Niña to El Niño? Possibly

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The 2022 drought didn’t turn out to be as severe as that of 2011, but it still caused widespread economic damage to crops and livestock, as well as shrinking water-supply reservoirs. As the state heads into 2023, Dr. Mark Wentzel, hydrologist with the Texas Water Development Board, is among forecasters predicting an end…

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Infected with an annoying tic

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE I attended school in France for a while when I was about 16 and managed to make plenty of time to stroll around the old city of Blois (look it up; it’s in the Loire district) by skipping a few classes and taking my schoolbooks down to a park or…

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What to expect in legislative session

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS   The 2023 Texas legislative session opened Jan. 10, with property taxes, gun control and the power grid expected to be among the top issues on the agenda. The Texas Standard talked to political journalists Niki Griswold of the Austin American-Statesman and James Barragàn of the Texas Tribune to see what might be…

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Feds probe meltdown at Southwest Airlines

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Massive flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines during the Christmas holiday week are prompting the federal government to look into why thousands of travelers were left stranded across the country, along with huge piles of luggage in airports served by the beleaguered airline. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said his agency would examine what caused…

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Buying meats as big as babies

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE The first week of January is always a time of curious reflection for me, not because we all look back on the year that’s been but because it marks the anniversary of my arrival in the United States. You see, I arrived in New York City on New Year’s Eve,…

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Winter storm called ‘once in a generation’

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS An arctic storm that swept through the state bringing low temperatures and high winds also affected roughly two-thirds of the country’s population, according to the National Weather Service, bringing the coldest Christmas in decades to parts of the country. The Dallas Morning News reported around 190 million people across the United States were…

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