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16
May
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Paxton requests federal funding for women’s health program

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week asked two federal agencies to move quickly to fund the state’s Healthy Texas Women program.

The program was cut off from Medicaid funding by the Obama administration in 2012 after the Texas Legislature enacted a law preventing taxpayer money from going to abortion providers.

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16
May
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Stephen Willeford

by ELLIS KNOX

At the 2018 NRA Convention I attended on the weekend of May 4 and 5, before Vice-President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump (both of whom are NRA members) came out to speak, the NRA honored another NRA member Stephen Willeford.

Mr. Willeford is the NRA instructor who engaged and shot the mass killer in the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shooting. Willeford heard the gun shots in his home and realized it was coming from the Baptist Church. The killer was shooting people like fish in a barrel, leaving 26 dead and 20 wounded amid the blood-soaked pews.

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Wed
09
May
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Paxton leads multi-state lawsuit challenging DACA program

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 1 filed a lawsuit against the federal government to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia joined Paxton in the lawsuit.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Strong Women

By TONI WALKER

 With Mother’s Day approaching, I have had some friends who are weighing on my heart. It has also got me thinking about what really makes the world go round.

There is a picture that goes around on Facebook periodically that reads “Strong Women; May we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.” As the mother of two girls, I can tell you that one of my greatest goals in life is that my girls will grow up to be strong, independent women who would be able to take care of themselves on their own if the need arise. More than that, though, I want to raise my girls to be strong in their faith, and strong in the belief of themselves. One of the greatest things that my mom and dad did for me was to teach me to believe in myself.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Abbott urges local officials to apply for Harvey funds

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Mayors, county judges and emergency management officials in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey received letters last week from Gov. Greg Abbott, urging them to take advantage of available funding.

Some $500 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are available now, Abbott said. These funds are in addition to the more than $10 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds approved by Congress and awarded to Texas earlier this year.

 

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Wed
02
May
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“Sticker Shock” program aims to inform adults about dangers of underage drinking

By BRAD JOHNSON

Awareness is a big part of prevention. Providing prevention information on underage drinking and opioid abuse is a difficult task at times. Thinking outside the box and delivering solutions for these problems is what we excel at here at Next Step Community Solutions.

Wed
25
Apr
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A Patriot’s Opinion

By JIM SNYDER
Contributing Columnist

For the past year the term “Deep State” has been used almost on a daily basis. While many know what that refers to there are many who are not sure just what that means. So let’s dive in head first.

Wed
25
Apr
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Governor announces extension of hurricanerelated sheltering assistance

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had granted Texas’ request to extend the deadline for Hurricane Harvey survivors to apply for transitional sheltering assistance.

The deadline has been extended from April 23 to May 31. The transitional sheltering assistance program helps displaced individuals who are unable to return to their homes find short-term shelter in hotels or other temporary housing locations.

“With many Texas families still unable to return home after Harvey, we are committed to ensuring they have a place to stay as the recovery continues,” Abbott said. “We will continue to do everything in our power to help Texans get back in their homes and get our communities rebuilt as quickly as possible. I thank our federal partners and FEMA for helping provide this important assistance for those in need.”

 

Wed
18
Apr
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Officials see room for improvement in criminal history reporting

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton on April 11 sent a joint letter to eight state criminal justice agencies and associations, urging them to review their processes for reporting criminal history to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or “NICS.”

The NICS checks available records on persons who may be disqualified from receiving firearms. Abbott and Paxton said a recent study found that only 68 percent of arrests in state criminal history files nationwide were reported to the NICS. But Texas’ overall rate is 84 percent, with a 95 percent reporting rate for arrests within the past five years.

 

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18
Apr
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April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower

by ELLIS KNOX

April’s Lyrid meteor shower, when, where and how to see it.

One of my passions is astronomy. Looking at a starry sky is a great pastime. If you’re interested in science or at least generally interested, soon or later, astronomy will usually peak your interest, at least in passing. I learned most of the constellations in Boy Scouts.

Scouting taught me how to find the direction of North, or how to find north if Ursa Major or the “Big Dipper” was not visible. To find the North Star, the two edge stars opposite the handle of the dipper are the pointer stars. By drawing a mental line straight through the two pointer stars for about five times the distance between the pointer stars, one will find the North Star.

 

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