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Wed
18
Apr
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Feral Hogs, Part 1

by KAYCEE DAVIS

Wild pigs are notorious for their ability to adapt and evade various control efforts. New research proves they are even more adaptable than we thought.

Did you know that hunting can accelerate feral hog birth rates? Research indicates that high hunting pressure can cause feral hogs to advance offspring birth rates by as much as 12 days per gestation cycle. Sexual maturity is also being reached earlier. Typically, female maturity is reached by 12 months, but it has been noted in females as young as 6 months old. Therefore, feral hogs are breeding earlier and producing offspring more quickly.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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PHS Time Capsule opens embers of past

By LYNDA STRINGER

Monday, April 2, 2018 marked 20 years since Pittsburg High School buried a time capsule and with its unearthing came a flood of bittersweet memories of the previous chaotic year.

“It’s kind of like the line in A Tale of Two Cities. ‘It was the best of times and it was the worst of times,’” former PHS Principal Jack Arnwine told the crowd of current and former faculty, students and community members at the unveiling.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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The CIA, part 3

by ELLIS KNOX

In one and two, I explained what I was doing in CIA while I was a contractor there. In this issue I’m going to try to explain the challenge of collecting and sifting through intelligence information. On numerous occasions I heard Intelligence officers describe it as being handed a box of puzzle pieces. Some pieces had pictures, while others were blank, and some had nothing to do with the puzzle at all.

Wed
04
Apr
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Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy. A question on citizenship is a reasonable, common-sense addition to the census.”

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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The CIA, part 2

By ELLIS KNOX

In part one of this series, I explained my background as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, serving at CIA University in the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, which is part of the Directorate of Intelligence. My wife, Penny, worked as an executive assistant there.

I was the facilities manager and occasionally I swept the place out. On September 11, 2001, I was networking some laptops when I saw on TV the second plane plow into the second tower of the World Trade Center.

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

 

AUSTIN — The primary suspect in a string of terrorist-style bombings died in his pickup truck on March 21. Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville, detonated explosive devices in his truck on an Interstate 35 access road in Round Rock as two law enforcement officers approached the vehicle on foot. One officer was injured in the explosion.

The other officer reportedly fired a rifle at the suspect. Intensive search and surveillance operations began on March 2, when a bomb later traced to Conditt exploded and killed an Austin man who picked up what appeared to be a normal package delivered to his residence. Similar packages exploded in the Austin area on March 12, one killing a teen and injuring his mother, and another injuring a 75-year-old woman. On March 18, two men were injured by a tripwire-triggered improvised explosive device in Austin.

 

Wed
21
Mar
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Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

By ED STERLING,

 

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities. The Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4 in 2017 to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities’ enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. “I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,

” Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.” The ruling also drew reactions from several lawmakers, including state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, who serves as chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

 

Wed
21
Mar
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Gun control ... and other stupid stuff

By ELLIS KNOX

 

Recently I heard a commentator say that we should try very strict gun control in a controlled experiment. Select a city and pass the most strenuous laws possible and see what effect it has on crime. Then after a pause for effect he said, “Oh, yeah we tried that in the democrat utopia, Chicago, and the results are in… it’s a complete failure.” He went on to say that because of very strict gun-control laws, no law abiding citizen of Chicago has any gun. Yet in the last two years,

Wed
14
Mar
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More Texans than usual cast ballots in primary elections

By ED STERLING, Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — In early voting, Texans participated in greater numbers in the state Democratic primary than the Republican primary, but on Election Day, March 6, the Republican turnout exceeded the Democratic turnout by half a million votes.

Primaries historically have been light-turnout affairs. This time, about 10 percent of the state’s 15 million registered voters cast ballots in the Republican primary and about 7 percent in the Democratic primary. In contrast, in March 2014, 7 percent of the state’s 13 million registered voters cast ballots in the GOP primary and 3 percent cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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LIBRARY Corner

By LILY MARSHALL

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States. Also, the month of March is when most places in the United States “spring” their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings time. This is every year on the second Sunday in March.

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