March 2, 2015

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance. 

Senate Bill 5, enabling legislation, and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the... read more

February 23, 2015

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend,... read more

February 18, 2015

Students can win a $1,000 scholarship by posting an image to social media with the hashtag #PictureFreedom Feb. 22 to 28 in a contest to celebrate the First Amendment and free speech in America. 

Picture Freedom to support the First Amendment

By Ken Paulson

You can’t take freedom of speech for granted these days.

The horrific murders of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and other staff members in Paris and... read more

February 16, 2015

Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

“With one stroke of a pen, you have the power to give thousands of Americans the shot at a good-... read more

February 10, 2015

On Jan. 22-24, hundreds of newspaper professionals traveled to Galveston for the 2015 Texas Press Midwinter Conference & Trade Show.

The annual conference kicked off with meetings and a trade show preview, followed by the past presidents and officers dinner, where 14 past presidents were in attendance.

During the remainder of the conference, attendees heard presentations by some of the country’s most influential newspaper... read more

February 10, 2015

I was delighted to see how many TPA members defied the inclement weather and traveled to Galveston for the TPA’s 2015 Midwinter Conference and Trade Show. At last count there were approximately 290 in attendance which was an increase over last year’s conference in Frisco.

It is always good to meet and see old friends, but this year I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and visit with Joe Galloway. He spoke after our Friday... read more

February 10, 2015

Q: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Our superintendent approved a voluntary separation agreement with the school district. TASB was hired to do the search for a replacement with an interim to be appointed by the school board. At a special board meeting, the four controlling members blindsided everybody by naming the existing superintendent as her own interim. 

The board went into executive session. Then they came out and called... read more

February 10, 2015

STEPHEN BEASLEY - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

From being a carrier for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as a kid, to becoming the publisher of the A-J and after more than 40 years in the newspaper industry, Stephen Beasley announched his retirement in January. “Nearly 43 years of budgets and deadlines — there’s just a little clock inside of everybody that says there is a time to walk away,” Beasley said. “It’s hard to know... read more

February 10, 2015

Jackson Walker L.L.P. won a significant victory for its media clients, reporter LeaAnne Klentzman and newspaper publisher Carter Publications, Inc. d/b/a The West Fort Bend Star, on Thursday, December 18, 2014, when the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas reversed the trial court’s judgment awarding damages on a jury verdict to the plaintiff, Wade Brady 

The case involved a libel claim brought by Mr. Brady against The Star... read more

February 10, 2015

Lea and Mac McKinnon, owners and publishers of the Dublin Citizen since Aug. 1, 2002, announced this past week that the Citizen has been sold effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The McKinnons will be retiring but will remain active in the community and will continue to live in Dublin.

The staff at the Citizen that everyone has been working with for years will remain the same.

The McKinnons both expressed their appreciation for all... read more

February 10, 2015

JACK D. LOFTIS - Jack D. Loftis, who led the Houston Chronicle newsroom through space shuttle flights, the Enron scandal and the 9/11 terror attacks, died Dec. 29 at the age of 80 after a long illness. Loftis served as the Chronicle’s vice president and editor from 1987 to 2002. Loftis joined the Chronicle in 1965 as a copy editor, often working the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Soon he was named editor of Texas Magazine, the... read more

February 10, 2015

The Houston County Courier staff joined together on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 to celebrate the newspaper’s 125th anniversary.  Houston County Judge Erin Ford presented Alvin Holley, owner and publisher, with a proclamation declaring Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 as Houston County Courier 125th Anniversary Celebration Day.  Linda Parker, district director for State Rep. Trent Ashby, presented Holley with a Texas flag that was flown at the Capitol to... read more