March 20, 2015

Register now for Texas Press Association Newspaper Leadership Retreat June 18-20, 2015.

Westin at the Domain 11301 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758

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April 19, 2015

Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget. Because the House- and Senate-approved budgets are $1.6 billion apart, five Senate members and five House members will be appointed to a conference committee to resolve differences.

The Senate’s version of the budget totals $211 billion in state and federal funds to pay for... read more

April 13, 2015

Senate approves bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

AUSTIN — Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9.

Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of... read more

April 3, 2015

House passes state budget after long debate

AUSTIN — After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion.

The vote was 141 in favor to 5 against, with nay votes cast by Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; freshman Matt Rinaldi, R-... read more

April 1, 2015

Todd Frantz 

Stephenville Empire-Tribune/Glen Rose Reporter

Todd Frantz has been named general manager and advertising director for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and the Glen Rose Reporter, both publications of Gatehouse Media. Frantz has been in the newspaper industry for more than 25 years. He worked for newspapers in Texas (Fort Bend and Victoria), California and, most recently, Utah.... read more

April 1, 2015

Texas APME announces Journalism Awards winners

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Class AAAA: First, Austin American-Statesman; Second, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Third, Dallas Morning News; Honorable mention, San Antonio Express-News; Honorable mention, Houston Chronicle.

Class AAA: First, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Second, Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Third, Abilene Reporter-News; Honorable mention, McAllen Monitor... read more

April 1, 2015

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Mark Engebretson

Mark Engebretson, former editor of the Lake County Sun, died March 22, 2015, in Graham after a battle with cancer. 

Engebretson was born in Stephenville, on Sept. 10, 1947, to Oscar and Ethel Engebretson. 

He... read more

April 1, 2015

Newspapers facing headwinds from Austin to D.C.

While some lawmakers in Austin are trying to remove public notices from newspapers, our industry is also facing strong headwinds in Washington, D.C., where Congress is taking up the idea of tax reform. One proposal that seems to be gaining traction would... read more

April 1, 2015

UIL rule prohibits sale of championship event photos

Q:  I am just back from covering the UIL State Championship Basketball Tournament with a card full of photos. I noticed in the press packet that UIL prohibits sale of those photos. Is this a new rule?

A:  I forwarded your... read more

March 30, 2015

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

AUSTIN — The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

The committee’s chair, state Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, and the 27-member committee’s work earned the praise of House Speaker Joe Straus, who said HB 1 is... read more

March 23, 2015

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

AUSTIN — Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140-day session.

The human trafficking bill, House Bill 10 by Rep. Senfronia... read more

March 16, 2015

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending
AUSTIN — Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.
SB 20 by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, would strengthen state agency contract reporting requirements, require... read more

March 13, 2015

Journalism’s past, present, future converge at conference in Missouri

By Gary and Helen Sosniecki, Coordinators 2015 ISWNE Conference

The world’s first school of journalism at the first public university west of the Mississippi River will be the setting for the 2015 conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE).

Non-members are welcome.

The conference will be June 24-... read more

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