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GOP gavel fights: 11 House committee chairmanships in play

WASHINGTON—Almost every House member is on the stump this month, wrapping up re-election bids, with most cruising to new terms and a handful on both sides of the aisle scrambling to hang on to their jobs. But for a select few GOP lawmakers — those actively seeking committee chairmanships — the final days before Nov. 4 are as much about lining up support among colleagues as they are about connecting with voters.

Another man jumps White House fence

WASHINGTON — A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, just weeks after another fence jumper made it deep into the executive mansion amid a series of security failures.

Howe hopes for Hawaiian water park

HOWE — Harvest Family Entertainment, an Irving company that operates a chain of seven faith-based “Hawaiian Falls” water parks around Texas, is eyeing Howe for its next location, according to city leaders. Mayor Jeff Stanley and other members of the Howe City Council directed city staff Tuesday night to begin the search for a 25-acre parcel of land near U.S. Highway 75 on which a water and outdoor activity park could be constructed.

Fact Checker: Rand Paul’s claim that White House said Ebola transmission is like AIDS (+video)

“I think from the very beginning they haven’t been completely forthright with us. They’ve so wanted to downplay this that they really I don’t think have been very accurate in their description of the disease. For example, they say, ‘Don’t worry, it’s only mixture of bodily fluids through direct contact.’ So what are you thinking? I’m thinking like AIDS, you don’t get AIDS at a cocktail party so my level of alarm goes down. And if I am treating somebody or looking at them around, I’m thinking, oh no it’s like AIDS, I am not going to get it. But it really isn’t like AIDs. And then they’ll say in a little lower voice, ‘Oh, but direct contact can be three feet from somebody.’ But if you ask any American on the street, ‘Do you think direct contact is standing three feet from somebody?’ Because they so much wanted to downplay that ‘We were in charge, we know everything about this,’ I think they made mistakes in not really being accurate about talking about the disease.”

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Denison City Council approves abatement for Ruiz

After an announcement of an agreement in June, the city of Denison approved a tax abatement with Ruiz Foods for its expansion earlier this year during a City Council meeting on Monday. In order to approve the abatement agreement, the City also signed off on the creation of a reinvestment zone for the area surrounding the Ruiz facility.

Sherman OKs new paint for water tower

One of Sherman’s most visible structures will soon be receiving some much-needed TLC. The Sherman City Council on Monday voted to approve an engineering contract that will pave the way for a fresh coat of paint and several internal improvements to the city’s 2-million-gallon Gallagher Water Tower.

New programs under Farm Bill bring reforms to industry

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a series of new programs and reforms, as a part of the 2014 Farm Bill. These reforms are aimed at giving farmers better options for risk management, and increasing eligibility for USDA microloan programs for beginning and family farmers.