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Gun rights advocates file civil lawsuit against DPS
tdtnews.com / Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:30:00 -0500
A group of gun rights advocates has filed suit against the Texas Department of Public Safety for arresting some members on five different occasions outside the State Capitol.The civil lawsuit, filed in a U.S. district court in Austin, seeks unspecified damages for lost wages, legal fees and other damages.

Salado faces another delay with Sanctuary Development
tdtnews.com / Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:30:00 -0500
The 10-month negotiation process between The Village of Salado with Sanctuary Development Company for a mixed-use development has had another setback.On Aug. 17, the board passed a motion for the mayor to execute the Wastewater Service Agreement and the Donation Agreement between the two interested parties subject to the revision and finalization of the agreement language.

Tempe adopts 2015-16 budget
tdtnews.com / Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:30:00 -0500
The Temple City Council adopted the city’s budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 at a special called meeting on Thursday.Along with adopting the $140,508,327 budget, which included the operating budget, capital improvement plan, fiscal and budgetary policy and investment policy, a tax rate of 62.98 cents per $100 valuation was set.The new rate includes the 0.5 cents voters OK’d in May with the passage of the parks bond election.Because the proposed rate is above the effective tax rate of 0.5720 and below the rollback rate of 0.6299 cents public hearings were held Friday, Aug. 14, and Thursday, Aug. 20.The tax rate has two components — maintenance and operations at 32.34 cents and debt service at 30.64 cents, Traci Barnard, city finance director, said.

Anchor babies vs. aborted
tdtnews.com / Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500
If it wasn’t so painful to see, the mental-yoga positions of the Left would be truly hilarious. Bring your best downward facing dog.

Bond made contributions to civil rights
tdtnews.com / Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500
Those who remember or participated in the 1960s civil rights movement should know what Julian Bond meant to the campaign for equality for all Americans.

Norman joins Bioscience board
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:35:00 -0500
Michael Norman, CEO and founder of GBDbio, was named to the board of Temple Health & Bioscience District.Norman is filling the position left vacant when Pat Mullins resigned from the board in February.“Michael will bring to this board a source of information and knowledge that will be very beneficial,” said Wendell Williams, chairman of the Bioscience District board.

Bioscience facility up and running
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:34:00 -0500
Now that the Temple Health and Bioscience District has a facility, it is dealing with topics such as landscaping, inventory and tenants.The district has purchased an inventory tagging system.“Up until this year, we didn’t own anything and now we do,” board president Wendell Williams told Michael Norman, the district’s newest board member, at Wednesday board meeting.

Homeless man’s body claimed
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:32:00 -0500
Allen Ragsdale, a 53-year-old homeless man found dead in a field Aug. 19, was very much loved, a family member and his girlfriend said Thursday.Donna Bigham was Ragsdale’s girlfriend of nine years and misses him a lot, she said with tears streaming from her eyes.A Telegram article reported Thursday that Ragsdale’s body hadn’t been claimed. A family member said Thursday that relatives were in the process of getting papers signed by Ragsdale’s daughter to claim his body from Temple Mortuary.

Texas AG pleads not guilty to fraud
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:30:00 -0500
Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton, pleaded not guilty to securities fraud charges Thursday during a hearing in which he asked the judge to bar cameras from future proceedings and his high-powered lawyer resigned.Texas’ top law enforcement officer, who says he will not resign from the office he assumed in January, didn’t comment as he left the Fort Worth courthouse with his wife after the hearing. Tea Party activists who came in support called Paxton the victim of political conspiracy, while Democrats accused him of demanding special treatment.

Tahuaya off ramp to be closed tonight
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:12:00 -0500
The southbound off-ramp to Tahuaya Road will be closed starting 7 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. Friday, to allow crews to set up cranes for demolishing the old mainlane bridge across the Lampasas River. Drivers needing to access Tahuaya or Amity Road will need to take the off-ramp after Loop 121 and stay on the access road from there, according to Jodi Wheatley, Interstate 35 specialist for Texas Department of Transportation.

Defending Planned Parenthood
tdtnews.com / Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500
In response to Michael Brandes’ Aug. 15 letter: He wonders about the naming of Planned Parenthood and labels it as “designed to kill children.”

Fewer waiting: VA sees reduction in backlog of disability claims
tdtnews.com / Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:21:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs announced Wednesday an historic low in the number of people waiting on the disability claims backlog list.This week, the VA reported in a news release, the number of disability claims dropped to 98,535 claims, marking an 84 percent reduction since 2013, when the claims peaked at more than 600,000 claims.

Body found in Temple remains unclaimed
tdtnews.com / Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:20:00 -0500
The body of Allen Ragsdale, a 53-year-old homeless man, remained Wednesday at the Temple Mortuary because no one had claimed his body, employee Theresa Everett said. 

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