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Letter To the Editor

Dear Editor, Approximately 1,166 Pearsall registered voters voted in the May 1, 2021 city election. This is about 20 percent of all registered voters. A lower turnout was probably due the thunderstorm on the day of the election, but in general, it shows that several of our citizens have a negative political opinion and do…

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State shows largest numerical population gain

Texas stands to gain two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives after results of the 2020 census released last week show the state had the largest numerical gain of any state since the 2010 census The population increased by nearly 4 million in the past decade, to 29.14 million. That’s a population increase of…

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Health-care expansion defeated in House

A bid to expand health coverage for low-income Texans failed in the Texas House last week, 80-68. State leaders have long opposed expanding the Medicaid program, which is largely funded by the federal government. The measure that failed last week would have allowed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to negotiate a funding agreement…

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Early voting underway across state

Early voting began Monday for May 1 elections in county, city and school district elections. Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs encourages all eligible voters to take advantage of the early voting period, which runs through Tuesday, April 27. Texas voters can contact their respective county elections office to view a sample ballot, locate their…

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Romance scam dupes daters with the promise of a “sugar momma”

If someone is offering money for nothing, there’s probably a catch, right? In this new twist on a romance scam, a con artist offers to become your “sugar momma” (or “sugar daddy”) and pay your bills. But according to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, it’s really a way to trick victims out of money. How…

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Abbott: No government mandated vaccine passports in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week banning state agencies, cities or counties from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement. In addition, organizations that receive public funds are prohibited from requiring consumers to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. That includes businesses that receive money from the state in return for providing goods…

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Texans Deserve a Government As Good As They Are

On Tuesday, February 16, having shivered their way through the first round of the winter blast, residents of Leander braved the cold and flocked to their local HEB to purchase supplies for the week ahead. Then the power went out. Confronted suddenly with dozens of anxious shoppers and no way to collect payment, store employees…

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The latest report on child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities, compiled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, indicates 251 children in Texas died in fiscal year 2020 due to abuse and neglect. That figure includes 28 children who died after being left unattended in hot vehicles. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, DFPS…

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Newest round of stimulus checks could trigger more cons

With the newest round of stimulus checks being mailed out, direct deposit payments have also been hitting Americans’ bank accounts over the last month. Previously, the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker received numerous reports from people who were contacted by scammers through text message, email, and phone calls about their COVID-19 stimulus checks. BBB believes…

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Letter to the Editor: Not the solution

Dear Editor, A high-speed pursuit of a “coyote” smuggler is causing South Texas harm and death (Teen driver charged after fatal crash, Thursday, April 1 Frio-Nueces Current). Law enforcement policy needs to change and only use high speed pursuits in life and death situations. Vehicles at high speeds puts our citizens in danger and is…

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