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Senator named to committee co-chair post
LMTonline.com / Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:08:28 -0500
Senator Judith Zaffirini has been promoted to co-chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency.

Educators weigh-in on STAAR, TEKS standards
amarillo.com / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:18:28 +0000

Some local educators have mixed feelings about a recent announcement that Texas Education Agency doesn’t plan to increase passing standards for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

“The good thing about it is our accountability rating is going to be easier to maintain, and the bad part about it is you want to increase the expectations for your students, because I’ve learned that students will live up to your expectations,” Highland Park Superintendent Buddy Freeman said.

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Navy ‘super carrier’ headed for scrap in Texas
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 11 May 2014 21:09:06 UT

Aircraft carrier Saratoga headed for scrap The Navy says it tried unsuccessfully to donate the ship for a public display or as a museum.


Groups vie for $262K in arts funds
news-journal.com / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The number of nonprofit groups asking for hotel tax money divvied out by a Longview board as well as the total amount requested increased this year compared with 2013.

UTPB: School PD reports sexual assault on campus
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:51:00 -0500
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin reported Monday that a female told university police that a sexual assault occurred on campus Sunday night.

Next step uncertain in Woody Allen allegations
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:00:17 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — A week bracketed by op-ed letters of accusation and denial of child molestation left little clarity and scant hope for resolution in a bitter saga that has haunted Woody Allen and the Farrow family for more than two decades. The back-and-forth between Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, breathed new fire into a long dormant scandal, but what happens next is uncertain, with the possibility of legal recourse and continued scrutiny in the weeks and months ahead. Farrow, in her most detailed account yet, alleged in an open letter published Feb. 1 by The New York Times that Allen "sexual assaulted" her when she was 7 years old at the Farrows' Connecticut home, renewing a charge against the movie director that was first leveled in 1992. The two acrimoniously separated after Farrow discovered Allen was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who was 19 or 21 at the time. [...] the rampant debate sparked by Dylan Farrow's accusation will likely continue to stir questions over the alleged molestation, how claims of sexual assault are publicly weighed, and the legacy of Allen's acclaimed work as a filmmaker. Though a suit would offer the opportunity to retry the case in civil court, it would insure a drawn-out, very public battle that would be taxing for all involved.

Longview man dies in 1-vehicle wreck
news-journal.com / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
A Longview man died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle wreck northeast of town, the Department of Public Safety reported Monday.

Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:06:00 -0500
WASHINGTON — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. Without offe

Board to hear report on chief search
news-journal.com / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees is set to hear back from Texas Association of School Boards representative Marian Strauss about the district’s search for a new chief during a meeting at 6 p.m. t

Allen defends self against Farrow’s abuse claims
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:47:50 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a nearly 2,000-word open letter punctuated with rhetorical questions and decades-old anecdotes, notoriously media-shy Woody Allen again defended himself against renewed claims that he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow 21 years ago. Allen's response was published online Friday night by The New York Times, nearly a week after the same publication released an open letter from Dylan Farrow in which she claimed that in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home, Allen led her to a "dim, closet-like attic" and "then he sexually assaulted me." A team of child abuse specialists from the Yale-New Haven Hospital, brought in to the case by prosecutors and police, concluded that Dylan Farrow had not been molested. The 78-year-old director of such films as Annie Hall, ''Bullets Over Broadway and Midnight in Paris spent the majority of his letter lashing out against ex-partner Mia Farrow, calling her vindictive, spiteful and malevolent. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan. In a statement made to The Hollywood Reporter late Friday, Dylan Farrow called Allen's op-ed "the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years." Allen received a lifetime achievement award at last month's Golden Globes ceremony, and he's up for the best original screenplay trophy at next month's Academy Awards for "Blue Jasmine," which also received acting nominations for Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins.

Shale techniques challenge water supplies
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:00:00 -0500
Report: orld Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already

DPS trooper denied immunity in fatal shooting lawsuit
amarillo.com / Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:18:43 +0000

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper’s claims of qualified immunity from a civil lawsuit in the fatal 2010 shooting of a speeding fugitive on Interstate 27, a ruling that could send the case back to Amarillo’s U.S. District Court.

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Fort Bliss a pioneer for Army with new division artillery format
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:12:57 MDT
FORT BLISS >> Fort Bliss is leading the way on how the Army will train and fight with artillery and other fires capabilities in the future.

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