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Get your flu shot, governor says

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS While scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is urging everyone to get a flu shot. Texans need to do their part to keep moving forward the state’s recovery from the pandemic, the governor said. Last week, he also eased restrictions placed on businesses in most of Texas. In…

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On time, every time

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE We have lately been taking a lot of telephone calls here at the office with inquiries regarding the timely delivery of newspapers by mail. It seems the US Postal Service is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of mail that it has been given in recent weeks, and although I can…

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Pandemic messes with Texas, prompts new message

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Even during a pandemic, it’s best to not mess with Texas. Texas Department of Transportation officials noticed more personal protective equipment — face masks, wipes and gloves — on the side of roads and highways, so they called in the big guns for a new round of “Don’t mess with Texas” commercials. The…

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High-tech Lincoln Logs turn heads in Texas

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Trees are almost as old as dirt in the construction industry, but they’re new to Texas in the form of the state’s first mass timber office building. The Texas project generating the buzz is The Soto, which opened last week at Eighth and Broadway A in San Antonio. The six-story building, which will…

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A generation-defining struggle to shape the century

HURD ON THE HILL With political conventions wrapping up, it’s important for American voters to understand our national security is at stake. The presidential candidate who wins the November 3rd election must recognize and respond to a rapidly changing national security landscape set to affect not just our American Economy, but the entire world for…

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A man so full of life

RANDOM RAMBLINGS “So let me tell you about your best friend Rodrigo.” Man those stories, I would love to hear them and they would make me laugh until my stomach hurt. And the whole time I’m trying to catch my breath, he was there saying. “Right.” It is crazy to think it has been a…

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In wonder and horror

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE My nephew lives in Louisiana, where his wife is stationed with the US Army, and he found himself sitting at home late Wednesday, August 26, as Category 4 Hurricane Laura came bearing down upon the Gulf Coast with 140-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain. It was then that he realized –…

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For the benefit of our communities

HURD ON THE HILL The start of a new decade means it’s time for the U.S. Census. Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally mandated population count of our nation’s residents. Making sure that everyone is counted is of the utmost importance to the functioning of our democracy. These decennial population counts…

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