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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
AUSTIN — A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees. On Oct. 16, the shutdown ended when both houses of Congress adopted a continuing appropriations act that does three things: increases the nation’s debt limit, allows the treasury to pay bills and returns the federal government to full operations, at least until mid-January. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior sen ...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 18, 2013
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 3 rejected a case challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 Texas election law regulating deputy voter registrars. In a 2-1 ruling, the majority of the panel said the plaintiffs Voting for America Inc., Brad Richey, Penelope McFadden and Project Vote Inc.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013
AUSTIN — At midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion. Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013
AUSTIN —Wendy Davis in mid-September said she would publicly announce on Oct. 3 her decision to run, or not to run, for governor in 2014. Sen. Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat now in her second term in the state Senate, gained acclaim in June when she filibustered for 11 hours to prevent a vote on legislation that was crafted to rechannel state-supported women’s health care programs and greatly reduce access to abortion services.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
AUSTIN — The Texas Third Court of Appeals on Sept. 19 overturned former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction on charges of money-laundering and conspiracy in an ethics case brought by the State of Texas. In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish an element of the crime of money-laundering as alleged in the indictment. DeLay resigned from Congress in 2006 wh ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
AUSTIN — Maryland is the next state in Gov. Rick Perry’s sights. He’s already been to California, Connecticut, Missouri and New York to court businesses, hoping they will pull up stakes and head to the Lone Star State. Perry announced on Sept. 12 that he would be in Maryland on Sept.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
Professional bull riding returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. when the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association sponsors the Fourth Annual Fredericksburg PBR. The evening also includes live music and a dance after the show featuring Zach Edwards. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
AUSTIN — A San Antonio federal court on Sept. 6 ordered that redistricting maps passed by the 2013 Texas Legislature will serve as interim plans and those plans would be used in upcoming elections, including 2014 elections. Plaintiffs challenging the maps allege racial discrimination in the drawing of boundaries in certain districts. In its order, a three-judge panel of the U.S.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013
AUSTIN — Concerns over the state's upkeep of paved roads in oil and gas production and exploration zones in South Texas and West Texas emerged and have continued since July, during the second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. Legislators from affected districts expressed alarm over a Texas Department of Transportation plan to patch crumbling pavement with gravel instead of ordering higher quality road maintenance and repair. On Aug.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 30, 2013
Fredericksburg, TX -- At the 13th annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair (The Roundup) we’ll be filling the grounds with exhibitors and packing the tents with outstanding speakers and panels on topics for green lifestyles. People from across Texas, from communities large and small converge on Fredericksburg annually in search of ideas for a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable and energy efficient lifestyle.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 30, 2013
AUSTIN — The U.S. Department of Justice on Aug. 22 announced it would file a lawsuit against the State of Texas over the state’s voter photo identification law, passed as Senate Bill 14 in 2011. In filing the lawsuit, the federal agency said it seeks a declaration that SB 14 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (non-discrimination requirement) and the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth (due process and equal protection) and Fifteenth (right to vote) amendments to the United States ...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 30, 2013
A 2012 Deloitte survey of U.S. businesses found that 9 percent of U.S. employers plan to drop health care coverage for their workers in the next three years, and that an additional 10 percent are considering dropping coverage. Meanwhile, major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in less than five months, creating a new health care reality full of unknowns. As a result, many Texans may find themselves forced to make difficult healthcare decisions in an uncertain market amids ...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Posted August 23, 2013
AUSTIN — Attorneys general of Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia joined in the U.S. Justice Department’s Aug. 13 anti-trust lawsuit intended to block the merger of Fort Worth-headquartered American Airlines and Tempe, Ariz., headquartered US Airways. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in an Aug. 16 opinion piece first published by the Dallas Morning News, explained why he opposes the merger of the two carriers.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Posted August 16, 2013
The Spa at the Inn at Baron’s Creek (308 S.Washington St., FBG, TX) is sponsoring a Whole and Natural Wellness Fest for the benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Hill Country. This free event is thought to be the first of its kind for Fredericksburg and they are planning on making it an annual event.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Posted August 16, 2013
Hometown Memories Publishing is saving a big slice of local history in a book titled A Living History of The Texas Hill Country, Morning Chores and Soda Fountains. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from Texans who actually lived them. The Texas Hill Country book will be hard bound and coffee table sized (8 ½ by 11 inches) with over 250 pages and hundreds of old photographs.