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State climatologist: Texas getting hotter

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The state climatologist recently predicted that Texas will continue to get hotter and for longer periods of time during the next 15 years. In “Assessment of Historic and Future Trends of Extreme Weather in Texas, 1900-2036,” John Nielsen-Gammon predicted the average annual temperature in Texas will be three degrees warmer than the average…

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Nebulous electronic world

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Last week, for reasons explicable only by deepgeeks, the most popular social media platforms in the world were suddenly turned off and remained inaccessible for several hours. When they flickered back to life, in the evening by American clocks, they positively quivered with messages like “We survived” and “I’m still…

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Long and tedious exercise

A WORD FROM THE MAYOR The Pearsall City Council approved the 2021-2022 budget on Wednesday, September 29 during a special called meeting. I want to thank the city council, city manager and staff for their hard work in getting the budget in place and approved. Ad Valorem Taxes (real estate) were not raised above last…

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Secretary of state announces election audits

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS In a two-sentence press release, the secretary of state’s office announced an audit of four Texas counties — Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin — for the 2020 election. The announcement came hours after former President Donald Trump called on Gov. Greg Abbott to add an election audit bill to the current special session…

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Letters to the Editor

What a disgrace Dear Editor, On behalf of the family of Antonio Garza III, we are coming forward to respond to the article that was published in the Frio-Nueces Current on Thursday, September 16. Let’s make it clear that, in fact, Antonio (Tony) Garza III died in the hands of the county. Antonio was, in…

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This was too restrictive

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE The collective bellyaching and obstinacy in the face of a new mandate was laughable. After all, wouldn’t this new measure ensure that fewer people would die horrible deaths? The efficacy of a simple lifesaving measure, apparently, was subject to opinion. Everyone had a new theory about how and why this…

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Abbott calls third special session for Sept. 20

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott has called a third special legislative session to deal with redistricting, to decide how to spend billions of dollars in pandemic funding from the federal government and to determine to whether state or local governments can mandate COVID-19 vaccines, as well as some pet issues of the governor that failed…

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More than 600 new laws in effect

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS More than 600 new laws signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott went into effect Sept. 1. The new state laws — including one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, the right to carry handguns both concealed and openly without a license, changes to election law and a bill allowing…

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