Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney's Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9.

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Welcome to Rolling Stone, where the stories are made up and the points don’t matter

Published Saturday, April 11, 2015
By Jake Harris

Most people have nightmares about dying or falling or clowns or whatever it is that other people are scared of. I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes wondering if I misspelled a councilman's name in a story or if I didn't add up the right budget numbers.

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It’s tax (scam) season in Wise

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Brian Knox

It's a bit ironic that an increasing number of thefts in our area involve something with "security" in its name.

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House passes state budget after long debate

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Ed Sterling

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion.

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How do I decide on a baby name?

Published Saturday, April 4, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

First of all, let me say my wife, Nicole, has got this suspense-building thing down. I got a series of cryptic text messages yesterday that culminated in finding out I will be the proud father of a daughter.

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Comments could use a dose of compassion

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Travis Lisle

I feel like compassion is a lost art in our day and age. The American culture changes so quickly that what was commonplace a week ago is suddenly considered taboo and offensive in the present.

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House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) - the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Funny money: Making sense of cents

Published Saturday, March 28, 2015
By Richard Greene

When news broke this week about the future hotel at the civic center and Decatur's $4.4 million loan to get the project going, comments started to filter in on the Messenger Facebook page.

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Auction has evolved but remains fun

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Roy J. Eaton

As I was leaving the Wise County Youth Fair auction a few weeks ago I heard someone say, "This is a sham, why don't they just give the kids a check and forget all this auction business."

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House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state's border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week.

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The sun is shining on government – let’s keep it that way

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Brian Knox

The Texas Legislature is in session, and as usual, elected officials have filed bills that limit the public's access to information.

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Coffee with a side of forced national dialogue

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Jake Harris

"I'd like a tall cup of coffee, please." "Sounds, good, sir, and while we're brewing that for you, would you like to take a couple of minutes out of your day to talk about Ferguson, Mo.? Or the rights of Mexican immigrants? Or how about issuing reparations to Native Americans?"

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Story behind the shamrock; Family celebrates Irish roots

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

Green hats, buttons and stickers are displayed on Wal-Mart shelves. Shamrocks are decorating Lowe's exit, and other businesses around town are offering specials on corned beef, green shirts or specialty beverages.

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Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.

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Some are more equal than others

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Taking photos or video of the police is not a crime ... yet. This week, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced House Bill 2918, which basically makes any video or photo by "private citizens" of police officers a crime.

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UIL spells success

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Next week, Bridgeport will send a team to compete in the state tournament. No, this will not be on the hardwood and there will not be 500 fans gobbling up tickets within a couple of hours to see them compete.

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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

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Indoor practice facility worth the investment

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

For a second straight week, Old Man Winter decided to visit Wise County, bringing everything to a halt with only a few exceptions.

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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