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Federal judge appears skeptical of new border law

A federal judge is expected to rule quickly on the constitutionality of a Texas law about to go into effect that institutes new state penalties for illegal border crossings. During a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra said he had concerns that other states would follow Texas’ lead in creating their own immigration…

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Pitch made for new power plants

Lt. Gov Dan Patrick joined with the world’s largest investment firm to pitch investors on building natural gas power plants in Texas at a summit held last week in Houston. Patrick and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink shared the stage as they attempted to persuade investors to take advantage of $10 billion in incentives and bonuses…

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Toady little lumplet of reconstituted chicken

There can be nothing quite so disappointing in life as discovering that someone in the drive-through fastfoodery has made a pig’s ear out of a meal order. I’m not really allowed to print the American vernacular because it involves gentlemen’s body parts, so I’ll go with the British term for making an avoidable mistake that…

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Scammer or soulmate? How to avoid online romance scams

Social media and dating apps are great ways to meet new and interesting people for those looking for love, but beware – the people you meet may not be who they appear. Reports to government agencies and the Better Business Bureau describe, in heartbreaking detail, the use of romance scams to steal millions of dollars…

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TEA annual report just released

The Texas Education Agency’s annual report was released last week. It indicates per-student funding in the 2021-2022 school year averaged $14,928 per student, up 42% since 2011. However, state funding has only risen slightly in the past decade, while local funding has increased substantially. Texas public schools educate 5.518 million students while employing 371,778 teachers…

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Governor Abbott – Contempt of Court

Dear Editor, We are a country of laws but, apparently, with exceptions for Texas. On January 24, 2024, the Supreme Court ordered Texas to allow federal border agents access to the state’s border with Mexico. Far right politicians who act like fascists have made it clear they will ignore national law. I pledge allegiance to…

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Children are loved and not forgotten

Dear Editor, Generosity throughout Pearsall contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2023, the ministry is now sending over 11.3 million shoebox gifts…

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MEANDER AROUND AN ATTRACTIVE COW

A View From the Bridge Imagine my disappointment when a portion of the rebuilt highway access road in Cotulla was finally opened a couple of weeks ago and I discovered that its designers have made it more troublesome actually to do the accessing. For the past fifty-odd years since the interstate was built, traffic flowing…

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Standoff at border continues between state, feds

A standoff at an Eagle Pass park continues as the Department of Homeland Security has sent a second letter to Gov. Greg Abbott demanding access to the Rio Grande park that is now under state control. Abbott contends the state has the right to defend itself from what he called “record-smashing levels of illegal immigration,” …

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How to choose a tax preparer in the US

NEWS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU This year, United States taxpayers must file their income tax forms before the April 15, 2024 deadline. For many people, major life changes, business ownership, or simply a lack of knowledge about the ever-changing tax laws make finding a trustworthy tax preparer a good idea. That said, not all…

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