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As the 55th session of the Texas Legislature opened in 1957, this photo was on the cover of the February edition. The cutline boasted Austin's population had reached 190,000, making it the state's fifth largest city.

A second blow against community newspapers was announced this week by the U S Department of Commerce in the form of heavy tariffs on the North American paper supply.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Commerce can legally use its discretion to mitigate the impact of proposed tariffs on newsprint so that job loss from a proposed set of duties on Canadian paper is minimized, a group of publishing organizations told the DOC in February.

Shining light on government to hold it accountable is hardly a new idea. In fact, Texas was a national leader in this realm for more than 40 years.
Sadly, the flow of public information in this huge state is slipping from the sunshine into the shadows.

The Texas Demographic Center keeps tabs on just about everything anybody would want to know about Texas: Demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, migration and immigration and population growth. 


A free weekly religion column is available to Texas Press Association members from Billy Holland Ministries.
Holland is author of the column, Living on Purpose, which appears in more than 150 newspapers across the country.

Al Cross shares a his philosophy, "Subscribe to independent journalism," on a bumper sticker as he gives the keynote address during the 2018 Hall of Fame dinner.

Speech by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky, at the 2018 TPA Midwinter Conference

A Houston court of appeals recently sided with media defendants regarding the relationship between Texas’ retraction statute (known as the Defamation Mitigation Act “DMA”) and the Anti-SLAPP statute (known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act “TCPA”). 

By Wesley D. Lewis, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP 

FLORESVILLE, TX—It was shaping up to be another quiet, ordinary Sunday in November for Wilson County News Editor Nannette Kilbey-Smith.