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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May 22, 2015


WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

Appearing in a May 19 roundtable hosted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, NNA Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel Tonda F. Rush said Congress should follow the maxim that “what gets measured gets done.” If the U.S. Postal Service is required to report on the quality of... read more

May 22, 2015

Abbott, Patrick, Straus announce tax relief compromise

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. 

According to the announcement, the agreement reached by Patrick and Straus on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes:

1. A 25 percent permanent reduction... read more

May 18, 2015

Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

AUSTIN — June 1 is the last day of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they’re going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget.

Both chambers could be ordered to meet around the clock until an agreed-upon budget is passed, if House Speaker Joe Straus and/or Lt. Gov. Dan... read more

May 11, 2015

“Show Me the Future of Newspapers”

National Newspaper Association’s 129th Annual Convention & Trade Show, Oct. 1-3, 2015, will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Charles, MO, just eight miles from the St. Louis Airport (STL). 

The room rate is $139 plus tax per night, and the hotel is located adjacent to the St. Charles Convention Center, where all the meetings will take place.

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May 10, 2015

Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

AUSTIN — For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.

The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have been working together since late April. They must angle their philosophical pathways to something mutually acceptable to... read more

May 4, 2015

House, Senate bills show disparate visions of tax relief

AUSTIN — Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a $2.66 billion revenue... read more

May 1, 2015

Claudia Poff Gill

Claudia Gill, 86, of Tuleta, died Sunday, April 12, 2015. 

Gill was born April 18, 1928, in Beeville to Christine Holly Stoftzfus and Dr. C.M. Poff. She married Truman Flournoy Gill in Tuleta on April 28, 1945.

She was a housewife, rancher, retired newspaper reporter and a member of First Presbyterian Church. 

She raised registered Brahman cattle and was a member of the American... read more

May 1, 2015

Miles and Miles of Texas

I have had the pleasure during my year as TPA president to attend the meetings of four of the state’s five regional press associations.

The West Texas Press Association met in Graham in July of last year where I had the opportunity to spend some time visiting with my... read more

May 1, 2015

Q&A: EEOC complaints, council nepotism and school board settlements 

Q:  I am hovering at the edges of a potential story that’s brewing at the county courthouse. It has to do with allegations of employment discrimination. Can I get my hands on written complaints that are rumored to exist?

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May 1, 2015

Marie Bankard

Pittsburg Gazette and the Steel Country Bee

Marie Bankard is the new general manager of the Pittsburg Gazette and the Steel Country Bee.  Bankard has been with the publications for over a year. She has been in charge of... read more

April 26, 2015

House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

AUSTIN — With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it’s time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

A widely reported sticky area in the estimated $211 billion budget is over which taxes to cut and how much... read more

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