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Temple College’s great performances
tdtnews.com / Sat, 23 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500
I want to thank Temple College for the enjoyable free programs they gave us earlier this month. It was great performances by all.

Embarrassing ancestors not limited to Affleck
tdtnews.com / Sat, 23 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500
I empathize with Ben Affleck and his embarrassing ancestors.

How much did victims of death row inmates suffer?
tdtnews.com / Sat, 23 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500
I would like to put my thoughts on injection to inmates on death row. I do not understand our need to be so humane. They are there because they killed someone; did that person die a calm and peaceful

Saigon’s fall continues to be misreported
tdtnews.com / Sat, 23 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500
The first page article on April 29 concerning the “fall of Saigon, which ended the Vietnam War” perpetrates the myth it was a terrible U.S. defeat.

Group that organized biker meeting at Twin Peaks in Waco gets city proclamation
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 22:07:00 -0500
Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists’ meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.”The council issued the proclamation Tuesday, two days after nine people were killed in the shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The proclamation was to be presented to Steven Cochran on behalf of the Confederation of Clubs, which had organized the Sunday biker meeting, but Cochran decided not to attend the City Council meeting, Waco City Secretary Esmeralda Hudson said Friday.Cochran declined an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, but posted a picture of the proclamation on his Facebook page. In his post, he said he and Sandra Lynch accepted the proclamation in absentia.

Texas House passes biker safety bill days after Twin Peaks shooting in Waco
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 22:06:00 -0500
AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker’s meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend.The measure, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state’s motorcycle-related fees to state Department of Transportation campaigns that remind motorists to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Some fees already help boost the Texas Department of Public Safety’s motorcycle education efforts.

Little Wildcats, big competition: Relays unite schools
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:57:00 -0500
Though rains came periodically throughout the day Friday, all fifth-graders in the Temple Independent School District were bustling around the track at Wildcat Stadium competing in various events for the Little Wildcat Relays.The all-day event pits school against school in various events from running to basketball and soccer relays. The day ends with schools competing against each other in a tug-of-war. Temple High School athletic trainers and the Student Council officers volunteered to run the events and hand out ribbons at the end of each race.

Specialized care would get boost under VA health bill
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:56:00 -0500
Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult for some veterans, especially those in rural areas. Senators approved the bill by voice vote as they rushed to wrap up legislative work before a weeklong Memorial Day recess.The Senate bill would open up private care to veterans who live within 40 miles of a medical facility run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so long as the VA site does not offer the care required.

Bandidos gang using explosives? CNN report says bikers looking for retribution in Twin Peaks case
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:54:00 -0500
The Department of Public Safety said it can’t confirm a report by a cable news organization that motorcycle gang members have threatened retaliation against Texas law enforcement officers.Although a CNN report Thursday referred to a Department of Public Safety document that disclosed possible new threats against Texas law enforcement officers in retaliation for Sunday’s gang shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, local law enforcement officials and a DPS media spokesman said they don’t know where that information came from.

Moody police chief recalls scene of Twin Peaks shooting
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:53:00 -0500
MOODY — Many local law enforcement officials spent time this week in Waco and the surrounding area to assist the Waco Police Department after the gang shootings between two rival motorcycle gangs at Twin Peaks restaurant last Sunday.Nine people died and another 18 were injured in the shootout that erupted between the gangs.Among those helping out in the aftermath was Moody Police Chief C. Veselka.Veselka and his family went to Waco Sunday to eat at Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant, their usual place to eat. Veselka, his wife and children never expected to arrive to the scene they witnessed happening, he said.

Texas Senate OKs open carry bill
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:51:00 -0500
AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers pushed closer to approving the licensed open carry of handguns, but only after a fierce Senate debate over restricting police powers to question people carrying guns if they are legal.The open carry bill was expected to easily pass the Republican-majority Senate but got tangled in a bipartisan move to add a ban on police from stopping someone solely because they are visibly carrying a handgun.

Tax cut deal ends weeks of discord in state budget
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:49:00 -0500
AUSTIN — A newly struck budget deal is giving new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but remains blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings.Ending weeks of discord between the House and Senate, the agreement late Thursday on a $3.8 billion package of new exemptions puts Abbott close to signing Texas’ biggest tax cuts in a decade and the bragging rights of finishing his first legislative session on time.

Teaching German inspires THS senior
tdtnews.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 21:38:00 -0500
Temple High School senior Hannah Avery, like many of her peers, has a full schedule taking upper level courses, being heavily involved in theater arts, volunteering at the Belton Christian Youth Center and taking German 4. Yet, for Hannah, this wasn’t enough. She wanted to do something more.“I started this because I wanted to get involved in the community,” Hannah said.

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