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Expressing our gratitude through action

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT Since the Revolutionary War, millions of heroic men and women have answered the call to defend our undying and unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To sacrifice everything to defend the ideals of our nation is truly a selfless act, and one for which our veterans deserve our respect,…

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Voters approve nine of ten proposed constitutional amendments

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Voters rejected only one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the statewide election held Nov. 5. The House and Senate, in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that ended in May, approved the propositions for voters to decide. Results are as follows: Prop. 1, permitting a person to…

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Moon rings and rain

WEATHER WHYS There’s an old saying that a ring around the moon means rain. Is it true? The best answer is that it’s generally true, but not 100 percent accurate, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. “Often you can look up during a clear night and see a bright ring around the moon. These…

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Voters to decide on proposed amendments to state constitution

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The state’s 10-day early voting period ran from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1 with Election Day on Nov. 5. On the ballot are 10 proposed constitutional amendments, special elections and local political subdivision elections, including those for mayor, city council, school board, municipal utility districts and other local entities. Secretary of State Ruth…

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Great deal on cable? Could be a trick

NEWS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU One of scammers’ most common tactics is to impersonate someone you trust. BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker) is getting reports of scammers impersonating cable company representatives. Con artists claim to offer a great deal on your service, but it’s really a way to trick unsuspecting customers into shelling out hundreds…

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The bible & the headlines: news you can use

By David Bachelor, PhD It is my impression most folks in Frio and La Salle counties think of Facebook as a way to get the news on grandchildren and old friends. Last week members of Congress made it clear they consider Facebook to be a news source in the same category as the Washington Post.…

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Governor issues disaster declaration for storm-stricken counties

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS After severe weather struck north and east Texas on Oct. 20, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration naming a list of counties in that region.  Among the counties named are: Cass, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood. “By issuing this declaration, Texas…

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Don’t be haunted by a Halloween purchase gone wrong

Pop-up stores and websites offering Halloween costumes and decorations seem to come out of nowhere every fall, but before falling for a trick rather than a treat, the Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is advising shoppers to research unfamiliar stores or websites with BBB before buying. Every year,…

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Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans. The awards, released primarily to cities and counties across Texas, include 264 projects under the…

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Tackling breast cancer together

HURD ON THE HILL The month of October brings with it many recognizable trends: the early signs of fall, stores filled with Halloween décor, pumpkin patches and pink ribbons – the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness. Each of us knows someone who has battled cancer. And specific types of the disease can be particularly…

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