Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed state Sen. Craig Estes as chairman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs. The position was recently vacated by Sen. Robert Duncan, who retired to become chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
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The Denison City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, located at 500 W. Chestnut. The Council will hold a discussion and receive reports on the budget for the 2015 fiscal year. Other items that will be considered include:
TOM BEAN — The Tom Bean City Council will take several steps toward the establishment of a new city park during its regular monthly meeting Monday, among several other items of business. The Council will hold a public hearing regarding annexation of the proposed park’s 2.4 acres into city limits. Additionally, Council members will discuss spending $2,500 on a feasibility study for the property.
After months of discussion on funding priorities, budget deficits, and fiscal options, the Sherman City Council is ready to act. During its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, Council members will review a proposed, $65.3 million annual budget, which includes a property tax increase of 2.4 cents per $100 of valuation. After accounting for increases in property values, the effective tax increase would be 2.9 cents.
BONHAM — Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter presented his suggestions for the 2015 County budget during a budgeting workshop Thursday.
WASHINGTON — A bid by Democrats to negate the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on insurance coverage for birth control was blocked in the U.S. Senate last week.
WASHINGTON — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe.
WASHINGTON — Shocked by the apparent shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, lawmakers said Thursday they were ready to toughen U.S. sanctions against Russia if evidence shows it played a role in the deadly attack.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has widened its investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of political groups to include the disappearance of two years of emails from a top official involved in the controversy.
WASHINGTON — District of Columbia leaders lambasted congressional Republicans on Thursday for proposing to undermine a vast swath of city gun laws, making a case that their efforts would make the nation’s capital less safe while their chief antagonist, a lawmaker from Kentucky, watched.