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Abortion officially illegal in Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade effectively ends all legal abortions in Texas within the next 30 days, many news media outlets reported. “Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health, with clinics across Texas, stopped performing abortions following Friday’s decision, due to uncertainty about how the ruling will affect the state’s trigger law…

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July 4th, 2022 Independence Day

The Declaration of Independence, signed 246 years ago, is celebrated whole-heartedly nationwide by businesses and citizens alike. “Independence Day” sales events blanket the airways and TV screens, folks line up picnics, go to rodeos or ballgames, watch fireworks, swim and eat watermelon, typically with a paid day off from work. Reason enough to cheer. It’s…

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Meaningful change for children, communities

FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI The Senate Committee to Protect All Texans, of which Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, is a member, heard 19 hours of testimony from experts, leaders and advocates last week, who shared their perspectives about making Texas schools and communities safer. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed the 11-member committee…

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Comptroller releases broadband plan

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week released his agency’s plan to support the expansion of broadband internet access to areas with limited or no access. Hegar and his agency’s Broadband Development Office received feedback through a series of town halls, virtual discussions and more than 16,000 responses to a survey. “An important, recurring theme has…

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This was what life was like

Well, since it’s incredibly hot outside, I’ve been hiding indoors a lot and binge-watching rubbish on the television. Sci-fi, whodunnits, Western soaps, tru-life mysteries (whatever that means), docu-dramas, bio-pics, rom-coms and many other grotesque abbreviations have populated my preferred selections (okay, probably not the soaps) for several weeks now, and this past weekend I decided…

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Anti-gun violence protests; more school safety measures

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Anti-gun violence protests were held in multiple cities across the state over the weekend, while the state has imposed additional measures designed to strengthen school security. Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program will be provided to all Texas school districts. The course is “designed to improve integration between…

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Crumbling doesn’t stop

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most peculiar events in American history. In time, it would be seen as the mere opening of a tiny crack in a far greater problem, and it would ultimately cost our 37th president his job. A nighttime security guard at…

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TEA directed to make schools safer

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Education Agency to ensure school facilities are made safer in the wake of the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. In a letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, the governor requested the agency: • Instruct school districts to identify actions…

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Unethical contractors’ illegal tactics

NEWS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU Homeowners and businesses across Texas continue to recover from the devastation following a series of tornadoes in March. In their recovery efforts, many people are turning to contractors to get help in repairing roofs, windows, landscapes and other structural issues. However, reports to Better Business Bureau reveal a concerning…

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Gunman walked into school building unopposed

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The gunman who killed 21 people inside a Uvalde elementary school walked into the unlocked building unopposed, the Department of Public Safety said in a revised statement, as reported by the Austin American-Statesman and other media sources. After the gunman crashed his grand-mother’s truck in a ditch, he walked into the building while…

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