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Wed
18
Oct
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State creates mental health task force for Harveyaffected schools

BY ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

The Texas Education Agency, acting on orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, is spearheading the effort in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The task force will develop a list of tiered supports and resources that can be used by school leaders to address the mental health needs of affected staff, students and families.

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Wed
11
Oct
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Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Emergency Management Commission is working with county judges and mayors to secure funding and resources requested by those local officials.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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A Patriot’s Opinion

By JIM SNYDER

Well, it seems that Hillary Clinton’s blame game tour continues. Clinton recently released her latest book titled “What Happened.” The book takes you down a long path of blaming everyone in recorded history for her 2016 presidential loss. The only person she can’t bring herself to blame is herself.

Trying to read this book or listening to the audio version of “What Happened” is a painful experience. It can only be compared to having a root canal and hemorrhoid surgery at the same time. So let’s look at what really happened.

Wed
04
Oct
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Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release.

“This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.

Wed
27
Sep
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“As Texans continue to recover from this storm, I want to make it absolutely clear that the State of Texas will be there every step of the way. This disaster declaration extension will help ensure affected communities continue to get the resources they need to rebuild and return to full operation. Although the road to recovery will be long, Texas is fully committed to doing everything we can to assist those in need along the way,” Abbott said.

State disaster declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available, and Abbott said he would continue to renew the declarations as needed.

Wed
27
Sep
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Near the Windmill

By SYBLE FRENCH

Do you know what time of year this is? Let me remind some of you that came up back when I did. It’s tater digging time. Time to get down on your knees and start grubbing out those sweet potatoes.

Wed
20
Sep
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Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hardhit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sept. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott spotlighted Texas Department of Transportation contractors’ efforts to remove debris along state roadways in the Coastal Bend, the area that took a full frontal assault from the deadly storm that plowed ashore and battered Texas in late August and early September.

Wed
13
Sep
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered a series of announcements and proclamations related to catastrophic flooding and wind damage brought by Hurricane Harvey to more than 50 Gulf Coast and inland counties in late August and early September.

On Sept. 7, Abbott thanked Congress for passing a $15.3 billion hurricane relief package and called the bipartisan action “an encouraging sign.”

Wed
13
Sep
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The year of the hurricanes

By ROY KNOX

ONE Man's OPINION

When we look back I`m sure 2017 will be remembered as the year of the hurricanes. We have already had the costliest hurricane ever (Harvey) and the largest Atlantic hurricane ever (Irma) and we have yet made to the climatological peak of the season (Sept. 10). Hurricanes Jose (Atlantic Ocean) and Katia (Gulf of Mexico) are rolling in next. So, are we doomed? Is this the wrath of God? No, it`s just hurricane season. If you live in a coastal state, there is always a chance you will be negatively affected by a hurricane. Here in Texas, it is hard to believe, we have been extremely lucky for about the last nine years.

• The Texas Long horns and the Texas A&M Aggies managed to get into the win column this weekend after a terrible start last week. The Aggies “choked” and gave up a 34-point lead and lost by 1 point. Texas played more like zombies than Longhorns and lost to an inferior team.

Wed
06
Sep
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ONE Man’s OPINION

People are helping because it is the right thing to do

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