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Media groups fight gag order in Waco biker shootout case | Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH (AP)— A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the “friend of the court” brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.

2018 Directory Cover Photo Contest voting opens

Voting for the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest is open through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.
Texas Press Association member photographers were invited to submit entries for the cover of the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory. In this year’s contest, 21 entries were received. 

Enter TPA's directory cover contest

Examples of directory covers in past years

Photographers at all TPA member newspapers are encouraged to submit their best work in the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 13.  
Photos should reflect the Texas spirit through landscapes, architecture, festival activities, wildlife and/or nature photography.

Jim Simmon

Jim Simmon

HOUSTON – Jim Simmon, 63, an editor whose career included stints with four Texas daily newspapers, was among the people lost during Houston area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Simmon, who had retired and was coming to terms with early-onset dementia, disappeared from his Montrose home on Aug. 30. He was the subject of an area-wide search for two weeks. His body was found in Fort Bend County. An autopsy was ordered, but law enforcement officials believed the cause of death was drowning.

Patsy Cross Patterson

DENTON – Patsy Cross Patterson, a past co-owner of the Denton Record-Chronicle and an active community leader in Denton, died Aug. 29. She was 88.
Mrs. Patterson was born Oct. 24, 1929, in Paris, Texas. In 1945, her parents, Riley and Vivian Cross, bought the Record-Chronicle and the family moved to Denton. She grew up at the Record-Chronicle, holding many positions and eventually serving as secretary of the Board of Directors. She and her husband, Fred Patterson, were the owners when the newspaper was sold to the A. H. Belo Corp. in June 1999.

Celebrate National Newspaper Week

This year marks the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week. The annual observance set Oct. 1-7 celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.
Materials for NNW are available for download at www.nationalnewspaperweek.com, according to Tom Newton, chairman of the 2017 observance. 
The NNW content kit contains two editorials, the 2017 logo, a promotional ad and more, all available for download at no charge to daily and non-daily newspapers across North America.