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Speaker wants highway fund for transportation only

May 21, 2014
Speaker wants highway fund for transportation only

House Speaker Joe Straus on May 14 said the Texas House of Representatives would propose a budget next year that uses all of the money in the state highway fund for transportation instead of sending chunks of it to other state agencies.
Taxes and fees such as the gas tax and fees on drivers’ licenses go into the state highway fund to pay for transportation, but for almost 80 years, Straus explained, some of that money has helped fund agencies that are not directly related to transportation.… Read the rest

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How hot was it? Oh, it was so hot that…

May 14, 2014
How hot was it? Oh, it was so hot that…

I’m gonna have to eat that.
It was the first warm day of the year and I was off on a leisurely jog through a park near an upscale Fort Worth neighborhood.
The temperature was 85 degrees, but the “real feel” was 95. And it was freakishly dry – 12 percent humidity. In Texas! It was sunny and still.… Read the rest

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I’m Just Sayin’…

May 14, 2014
I’m Just Sayin’…

Christians should not be whiners or jerks. No, I am not referencing anyone in particular. Yes, you can quote me.”
That was my Facebook post Friday morning. I said it in a conversation earlier in the day and it seemed worth sharing. (Writer’s occupational hazard).
Some of you know that Life Matters appears in both blog and newspaper column format. Some may not know that I write another blog almost every day. Dr. G’s Morning Cup of Encouragement is posted every day except Friday (pretty much).… Read the rest

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Pioneer wife not too happy about heading out West

May 14, 2014
Pioneer wife not too happy about heading out West

I learned some new information about the very Western community of Greeley, Colorado through the story of a pioneer woman who lived there.  I found the story of Annie Green in a new book by Gail M. Beaton, Colorado Women:  A History.” Annie reluctantly traveled West with her husband in 1870.
Along with many others, Annie’s husband (whose first name Beaton never mentioned) read the glowing reports of opportunity in Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune newspaper.  Nathan Meeker, agricultural editor of the Tribune, led an experimental reform group called the Union Colony in 1870 after a trip to Colorado the previous year.… Read the rest

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Court decision upholds prayer in public meetings

May 14, 2014
Court decision upholds prayer in public meetings

Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of governmental bodies to begin their meetings with prayer,” Abbott said.… Read the rest

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Turning down for what by starting from the bottom

May 7, 2014
Turning down for what by starting from the bottom

Once again, we are delving into today’s youth as – like generations of old people (over 30) before us – we can claim with absolutely certainty that this group of young ‘uns is the worst ever.
Especially when it comes to music.
If you Bible Decode the Revelation, you will likely find words like “Miley Cyrus” and “Gaga.” Yes, decoders from prior generations uncovered “MTV” and before that “Beatles” and the one before that “Frankie” (Sinatra), but we’re right this time!… Read the rest

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How to never have another bad day

May 7, 2014
How to never have another bad day

When my kids were little, we often read to them the classic children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
We’ve all had those days, right?  The day starts off with a malfunctioning alarm clock or a headache or an early morning phone call or text message. It gets us off on the wrong foot. As Mrs. Sweetie says, “Some days I wake up grumpy. Other days I let him sleep.”… Read the rest

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Did Annie Oakley offer to lead women into war?

May 7, 2014
Did Annie Oakley offer to lead women into war?

Someone told me that Annie Oakley tried to volunteer for the Spanish-American War and intended to bring other women with her whom she had trained to shoot. I decided to check it out. Remember, she was the young sharpshooter who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Born August 13, 1860 in a rural log cabin in western Ohio, she was named Phoebe Ann Moses and called “Annie” by family. Her parents had been Quakers in Pennsylvania, and Annie was the sixth of seven children.… Read the rest

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Please: Take time to look twice for motorcycles

May 7, 2014
Please: Take time to look twice for motorcycles

Friday, July 19, 2013 had been ordinary in every way.
A Lakeside woman continued her campaign against “bandit signs.” A “ghost” Buzzy was being installed in the new turf at Hornet Field. Vinny and the Jets were set to play in the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series. And Texas Health Azle won an award.
I was also working on the story about Shorty Robinson’s remains being found in his front yard in Pelican Bay, where his wife had buried him after cutting his throat.… Read the rest

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Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

May 7, 2014
Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

Toyota Motor Corporation on April 28 announced its decision to locate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano.
Toyota said the move is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.”
Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano, just north of Dallas. Toyota’s North American finance arm also plans to move its headquarters to this new, shared campus.  Altogether, these moves will affect about 4,000 employees, Toyota said.… Read the rest

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