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The Writer’s Notebook, available to TPA members, contains columns by popular authors such as Dave Barry, Ann Patchett, Joyce Carol Oates, Dean Koontz and Scott Turow. 

The 2018 series of regional Open Government Seminars continues May 1 in Houston.

President Trump signed an executive order April 12 creating a task force to study the financial difficulties of the US Postal Service and recommend restructuring the agency.
Most news reports indicate the move was prompted by the President's assertion that online retailer Amazon's deal for low shipping rates is hurting the postal service financially. 

• Newsprint is one of the grades of paper in a category called Uncoated Groundwood paper or UGW.

As part of the celebration of Sunshine Month in March, several Texas organizations joined forces to promote government in the sunshine.

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.