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Speaker opposes drive to end tenure

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, said Friday he opposes a push by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to end tenure for new professors at the state’s public universities and to revoke it for faculty who teach critical race theory, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Phelan, speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival, said the feedback he…

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Show up for work in pajamas?

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE We are coming to that season in the year when schools do a lot of peculiar things to rally support for various causes or to mark festive occasions. I’m referring to Red Ribbon Week at the end of October, aimed at promoting intervention in drug abuse among all demographics; homecoming…

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It would have to be now or never

It wasn’t a particularly tall mountain, but it was a mountain nonetheless. Its heights were often shrouded in mist, as places in Scotland generally are. It loomed over the forested valley in which my lodge was nestled between tall pines and where narrow trails led off in various directions through the heather. I had followed…

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Hispanic Texans likely largest demographic

The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest estimate, which indicates Hispanic residents in Texas make up more of the state’s population than white residents. The new population figures from the American Community Survey indicate Hispanic Texans comprise 40.2% of the state’s population last year, while non-Hispanic white Texans made up 39.4%, as reported in the…

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She could have been Mrs. Jones

We all knew it would happen eventually. We may not have expected it in the same year as her jubilee marking 70 years on the throne, but we must have known that Queen Elizabeth would pass away, likely sooner than later. At the age of 96, the Queen certainly continued working far longer than any…

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Poll: Most Texas teachers consider quitting

More than three-fourths of Texas teachers say they have seriously considered quitting the profession largely because of a perceived lack of respect and support, according to a new survey by the Charles Butt Foundation. Excessive workload and inadequate pay were other major reasons that teachers are considering leaving, The Dallas Morning News and other media…

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City of Pearsall 2022-23 budget

Over the last few weeks, I’ve discussed the budget in general, how our city is set up operationally, and provided details on the administration or general fund side. This week we’ll discuss the utility side of the city. The utility side is the production, delivery and sale of water; delivery and sale of natural gas;…

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TxDot outlines $85 billion transportation plan

The Texas Department of Transportation has adopted a 10-year statewide roadway construction plan with a record $85 billion price tag, officials announced last week. The Unified Transportation Plan authorizes the distribution of construction money that is expected to be available during the next decade. Within that framework, TxDOT works with elected officials and local planning…

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Flooding prompts disaster declaration

Heavy rains through Texas last week caused flooding, particularly in the Dallas area, prompting Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for 23 affected counties. Texans who were affected by the rain, which dumped more than 10 inches in Dallas, are encouraged to file insurance claims with their providers and to complete the voluntary…

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City of Pearsall 2022-23 budget

Last week I discussed how the city is set up to operate financially, through administration (General Fund) and utilities. Today, we will look at the administration, or General Fund side, which, again, takes care of streets, parks, library, police, permits etc., and is funded by sales tax and property taxes. I’ve been curious where Pearsall…

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