Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Ed Sterling

June 1 is the last day of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they're going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget.

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What’s your Point B?

Published Saturday, May 16, 2015
By Travis Lisle

So many of our daily routines and responsibilities revolve around getting from Point A to Point B - a means to an end. I get pretty fired up about a lot of things.

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Loving scars, big noses and my baby’s name

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

"Oh God, is she going to have your nose?" That was the first thing my wife, Nicole, said during the sonogram Monday.

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Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Ed Sterling

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.

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Remembering friends and colleagues lost this week

Published Saturday, May 9, 2015
By Roy J. Eaton

Jim Wright was elected to Congress in 1955, about a year before I landed my first job at KXOL radio in Fort Worth, so I had the opportunity to cover him for almost 20 years.

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Who used to own that place?

Published Saturday, May 9, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We had a good visit this afternoon around the coffee cups. Not much was going on except that "Mr. and Mrs. Chico," Danny and Mo Wells were present.

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Learning a slow, painful lesson

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

"Ouch!" I hurt myself - again. And, I'm really frustrated again. I'm no stranger to injury, growing up with "Danielle-I-Hurt-Myself-Miller" as the nickname my parents gave me, and as recently as two summers ago, limping through what I affectionately came to know as the "Summer of the Boot."

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House, Senate produce disparate versions of tax relief

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Focusing only on the chaos misses the full story

Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
By Brian Knox

I was checking the daily sheriff's office patrol reports - the information used to put together our weekly Crime Report - Wednesday afternoon when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. "A subject tried to lure a child into a vehicle."

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Mourning the Blue Bell ban

Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I have ice-cold, creamy contraband in my kitchen freezer. Tucked between the pizza rolls, frozen waffles and corn dogs is a half-gallon of Blue Bell's Great Divide.

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House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it's time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Adios, until next time

Published Saturday, April 25, 2015
By Jake Harris

When CBS legend Bob Schieffer announced his retirement earlier this month, he said he wouldn't have had his legendary career if it weren't for Fort Worth and the opportunities the city gave him. While I'm no Bob Schieffer, I agree with his sentiment that "I've never believed too much in the self-made man theory - I think we all get a little help."

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Doc Brown is my real estate agent now

Published Saturday, April 25, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

It seems like only five years ago, there was a glut of housing following the bubble burst in 2008.

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The Death STAAR hovers over Texas

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Travis Lisle

It is a period of civil war. Many teachers and parents are in protest of the standardized tests that have been looming over the galaxy of Texas for decades ... OK, I'll quit with the Star Wars jargon, but the STAAR test that has taken over schools this week has been met with considerable backlash.

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Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget.

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Some things we talked about at the coffee shop (and some things I made up)

Published Saturday, April 18, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Today at the coffee shop we talked about a variety of things. We talked about pills. This morning I looked up from my cup and saw a big blue "horse-pill" sized thing in Ross Mueller's mouth. On his tongue. Looked kind of nuclear in there.

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Measuring age in experience, not numbers

Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Age is simply a number. Unfortunately, those numbers come with baggage. Society's stereotypes indicate we should "feel" a particular way at certain ages. But why should we ask any less of our minds and bodies simply because we turn a year older?

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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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