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Texas publisher nominated to lead SNPA

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News, will be nominated to be the next president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.
SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
In addition to Simpson, Leonard Woolsey, president and publisher, Galveston County Daily News, will be nominated to the SNPA board as the director representing Texas.
Other officers for the coming year are:

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MARGE CRUMBAKER
LLANO – Marge Crumbaker, who covered Houston’s jet set for two decades as a gossip columnist for the Houston Post, died July 31 at her home in Llano. She was 93.

Remember to file statement of ownership by Oct. 1

The deadline for filing your Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (PS Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service is Oct. 1 of each year. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.
The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by Oct. 31. 

NNA guest editorial on postal reform available

An op-ed about postal reform is available to Texas newspapers from the National Newspaper Association.
Written by NNA President Matthew Paxton IV, publisher of the Lexington, Va., News-Gazette, the opinion piece urges support for HB 756. The legislation was crafted by a group of Republican and Democratic representatives working together on the one thing they can agree on: US Postal Service reform.

Good news on overtime rule; NNA seeks input from Texas newspapers

With the good news of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he won’t enforce the proposed federal overtime pay regulations, the National Newspaper Association is asking Texas newspaper publishers to help provide input as the DOL considers standards that would be more fair.

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 1-7

This year marks the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW), Oct. 1-7. The annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.
Materials for NNW will be available for download at www.NationalNewspaperWeek.com in late September. Reminders will go out in coming weeks, but please mark your calendars now and make plans.

A. H. Belo president, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney to receive James Madison Award

AUSTIN – Jim Moroney, publisher of The Dallas Morning News and chief executive officer of the A. H. Belo Corporation, is the recipient of the 2017 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
The prestigious award honors those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open government. It will be presented Sept. 14 at the John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon during the foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin.

A day at the capitol

Seeing government in action is an eye-opening experience, especially in Austin. 
Last week, I received a call from the Texas Press Association asking if I would come to the state capitol and testify against a bill in the current Special Session.

Opinion by Melissa Perner, Ozona Stockman