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No. 19 Buccaneers Close Out Conference Season With 3-1 Win Over Lee | Austin County News No. 19 Buccaneers Close Out Conference Season With 3-1 Win Over Lee
No. 19 Blinn College volleyball took down Lee College, 3-1, to close out the conference season with a first-place finish on Thursday night in the P.E. Building for Dig Pink Night.
Austin County News | October 20, 2017
CIA Urges Trump To Delay Release Of 3,000 Never-Before-Seen Documents On JFK Assassination | Austin County News CIA Urges Trump To Delay Release Of 3,000 Never-Before-Seen Documents On JFK Assassination
More than 3,000 never-before-seen documents from the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department on the assassination of John F. Kennedy are scheduled be released, with many experts fearing that such a large release of secret JFK assassination documents will spur “a new generation of conspiracy theories.”
Austin County News | October 19, 2017
No. 13 San Jacinto Slips by No. 19 Blinn, 3-1 | Austin County News No. 13 San Jacinto Slips by No. 19 Blinn, 3-1
The No. 19 Blinn College Buccaneers fell short of pulling off an upset against No. 13 San Jacinto College-Central after falling to the Ravens 3-1 on Tuesday night in the P.E. Building.
Austin County News | October 19, 2017
Staggering Chart Shows Your Personal Share Of Your State’s Underfunded Pension | Austin County News Staggering Chart Shows Your Personal Share Of Your State’s Underfunded Pension
Decades of budget mismanagement and hollow pension promises to public employees has resulted in a mountain of debt that many states are unlikely to ever repay.
Austin County News | October 19, 2017
Texas Cities Embrace a Softer Approach to Pot Possession as State Reforms Stall | Texas Oberserver Texas Cities Embrace a Softer Approach to Pot Possession as State Reforms Stall
Remember David Simpson? He was a peculiar kind of conservative lawmaker, about as fundamentalist Christian as they come, while also passionately articulating the Christian case for legal weed at the Texas Legislature. “The Bible warns about excessive drinking, eating and … The post Texas Cities Embrace a Softer Approach to Pot Possession as State Reforms Stall appeared first on The Texas O
Texas Oberserver | October 19, 2017
No. 5 Blinn Trumps New Mexico Military, 27-13 | Austin County News No. 5 Blinn Trumps New Mexico Military, 27-13
The Blinn College Buccaneers took down New Mexico Military, 27-13, on Saturday afternoon in Roswell to increase their Southwest Junior College Football Conference record to 5-1.
Austin County News | October 19, 2017
Immigrant Workers in Texas Could Fill Farm Vacancies, but They’re Trapped in the Valley | Texas Oberserver Immigrant Workers in Texas Could Fill Farm Vacancies, but They’re Trapped in the Valley
For the last two years, Bernie Thiel has watched yellow squash rot in his farm fields outside of Lubbock. The crops weren’t diseased, and they weren’t ravaged by pests or pelted by hail, he said. There just wasn’t anyone to … The post Immigrant Workers in Texas Could Fill Farm Vacancies, but They’re Trapped in the Valley appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 19, 2017
After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwide | Texas Oberserver After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwide
In late 2005, then-Governor Rick Perry was in the middle of a protracted battle with a coalition of environmentalists, renewable energy advocates, mayors and local leaders. TXU, the state’s largest utility, had announced that it wanted to build 11 new … The post After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwide appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 18, 2017
The Olive-Green Ceiling: Why Are So Few Women in the Border Patrol? | Texas Oberserver The Olive-Green Ceiling: Why Are So Few Women in the Border Patrol?
During his first week in office, one of President Trump’s first moves was to sign an executive order calling for the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. But not only has Congress so far declined to fund the new … The post The Olive-Green Ceiling: Why Are So Few Women in the Border Patrol? appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 18, 2017
Klay’s For K-9’s  Benefit Helps Provide K-9’s To Departments In Need [VIDEO] | Austin County News Klay’s For K-9’s Benefit Helps Provide K-9’s To Departments In Need [VIDEO]
The 5th annual Klay’s for K9’s Benefit happened Saturday October 14th. Klay’s for K9’s is an annual event with proceeds going toward the training of new police K9 dogs to be donated to police departments in need. 
Austin County News | October 18, 2017
Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented | Texas Oberserver Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented
Flickr/Thomas Hawk Editor’s note: This commentary was published in collaboration with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the criminal justice system. The federal Bureau of Prisons claims its mission is to “provide work and self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders … The post Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented appeared
Texas Oberserver | October 17, 2017
‘American Wolf’ Explores How People and Predators Should Coexist | Texas Oberserver ‘American Wolf’ Explores How People and Predators Should Coexist
Since Europeans first ventured across the American West — equipped with rearms and a sense of godly duty to transform what they perceived as a savage wilderness — the region has been divided by tensions between conservation and development. From … The post ‘American Wolf’ Explores How People and Predators Should Coexist appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 17, 2017
Sealy ER To Offer Free CPR Training This Saturday | Austin County News Sealy ER To Offer Free CPR Training This Saturday
CPR is probably one of the most important skills one could learn.  In fact, a new study points to the fact that training more community members, patients and families to recognize and respond to a cardiac arrest before medical help arrives may help more victims survive.
Austin County News | October 17, 2017
Excited. Delirious. Dead. | Texas Oberserver Excited. Delirious. Dead.
Is excited delirium syndrome a medical phenomenon, or a convenient cover for deaths in police custody? The post Excited. Delirious. Dead. appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 16, 2017
State Says Harvey’s Death Toll Has Reached 88 | Austin County News State Says Harvey’s Death Toll Has Reached 88
Hurricane Harvey took the lives of at least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday morning by the Department of State Health Services.
Austin County News | October 16, 2017
Despite GOP Claims, an Estate Tax Repeal Won’t Help 99 Percent of Farmers | Texas Oberserver Despite GOP Claims, an Estate Tax Repeal Won’t Help 99 Percent of Farmers
When President Donald Trump and GOP leaders unveiled the framework for their tax reform package last week, they promised to vanquish what they say is a longtime foe of the American farmer: the estate tax. Called the “death tax” by … The post Despite GOP Claims, an Estate Tax Repeal Won’t Help 99 Percent of Farmers appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 14, 2017
The Case to End Assembly Line Justice for Poor People in Harris County | Texas Oberserver The Case to End Assembly Line Justice for Poor People in Harris County
On October 1, 2016, police arrested Andrew Goodson for carrying a knife just short of 6 inches long, a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. The next day, guards brought him and dozens of other inmates into a large room at … The post The Case to End Assembly Line Justice for Poor People in Harris County appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 14, 2017
National Butterfly Center to Sue Over Construction of Trump’s Border Wall | Texas Oberserver National Butterfly Center to Sue Over Construction of Trump’s Border Wall
Eugenio del Bosque Gomez/Flickr: Gage Skidmore The National Butterfly Center in South Texas sent a certified letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Wednesday stating its intent to sue over the construction of a border wall on its private … The post National Butterfly Center to Sue Over Construction of Trump’s Border Wall appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 14, 2017
7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU | Austin County News 7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU
"Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence...Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe..."
Austin County News | October 14, 2017
“He’s Full Of Crap”: GM Exec Slams Musk As Car War Breaks Out | Austin County News “He’s Full Of Crap”: GM Exec Slams Musk As Car War Breaks Out
Elon Musk says the upcoming Tesla Model 3 has the hardware to enable full-self driving capability. But GM’s self-driving car czar thinks he’s full of crap...
Austin County News | October 14, 2017
Austin County Commissioners Court – October 9, 2017 | Austin County News Austin County Commissioners Court – October 9, 2017
The Austin County Commissioners Court met Monday October 9, 2017 at 9 am to discuss county business.
Austin County News | October 13, 2017
Strangest State: October 2017 | Texas Oberserver Strangest State: October 2017
FORT WORTH // When he caught a thief in his walk-in freezer, a restaurant owner slammed the door and locked him in while waiting for cops to arrive. Francisco Islas, owner of Paco’s Mexican Cuisine, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram … The post Strangest State: October 2017 appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 13, 2017
The Problem with Facts | Texas Oberserver The Problem with Facts
In September, a couple of Clinton campaign vets launched a new media venture, Verrit, which bills itself as “media for the 65.8 million,” the number of Clinton voters last year. Verrit produces Verrits, little picture memes with a statistic or … The post The Problem with Facts appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 12, 2017
ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show | Texas Oberserver ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show
Carolina Ramirez had spent three weeks locked up in a prison-like detention center north of Houston when she discovered she was pregnant. It had taken the 23-year-old two months to travel from El Salvador to Texas, a difficult journey during … The post ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 11, 2017
It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say | Texas Oberserver It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say
Richard Munroe just wanted to talk to someone when he called 911 at 3:48 a.m. on July 5, 2015. Sobbing and drunk, the 25-year-old Austin man unloaded on the dispatcher. He hadn’t talked to his mother in months, he’d recently … The post It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 11, 2017
Everything Is More Awesome | Austin County News Everything Is More Awesome
The whole world is improving, and quickly. Cheer up!
Austin County News | October 10, 2017
GONE: Trump Yanks P3s and Private Toll Roads From Plan | Austin County News GONE: Trump Yanks P3s and Private Toll Roads From Plan
It’s big news for taxpayers, but for the special interests who have been pushing public private partnerships (P3s) and toll roads as the way to fund $1 trillion in upgrades to America’s infrastructure not so much.
Austin County News | October 10, 2017
Amid Anti-Confederate Push, San Antonio School District Changes Lee High School … to LEE High School | Texas Oberserver Amid Anti-Confederate Push, San Antonio School District Changes Lee High School … to LEE High School
Some two weeks after a white supremacist rally to save Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue ended in bloodshed, San Antonio’s North East Independent School District voted unanimously to remove the Confederate general’s name from a high school. On Monday night … The post Amid Anti-Confederate Push, San Antonio School District Changes Lee High School … to LEE High School appeared fir
Texas Oberserver | October 10, 2017
No. 15 Navarro Pushes by Blinn, 3-2 | Austin County News No. 15 Navarro Pushes by Blinn, 3-2
The Blinn College Buccaneers five game win streak came to end when the Navarro College Bulldogs rallied for a 3-2 victory on Saturday in the P.E. Building to conclude the Blinn Tournament.
Austin County News | October 10, 2017
No. 8 Blinn Blows Past Arkansas Baptist 56-33 | Austin County News No. 8 Blinn Blows Past Arkansas Baptist 56-33
The Blinn College Buccaneers blew past the Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes, 56-33, for their fifth win of the season on Saturday in Little Rock.
Austin County News | October 10, 2017
USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for October 11, 2017 in Brenham | Austin County News USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for October 11, 2017 in Brenham
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Austin/Washington County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop on October 11, 2017, at 10:00am at Washington County Fair Grounds Sales Facility.
Austin County News | October 09, 2017
Short Story Contest Winner: ‘Muriel’ | Texas Oberserver Short Story Contest Winner: ‘Muriel’
The winner of our short story contest "contends with the fears and obsessions of modern life without being frantic," writes judge Deb Olin Unferth. The post Short Story Contest Winner: ‘Muriel’ appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 09, 2017
Citrus Field Day | Austin County News Citrus Field Day
Citrus field day in Sealy at the Hill Center on Friday, October 20th, 2017.
Austin County News | October 09, 2017
In New Rule, Trump EPA Allows Texas Coal Plants to Pollute Even More Than They Already Do | Texas Oberserver In New Rule, Trump EPA Allows Texas Coal Plants to Pollute Even More Than They Already Do
In a gift to the struggling coal industry, a new air pollution rule finalized by the EPA will allow Texas coal plants to emit almost twice as much sulfur dioxide than an earlier proposal by the Obama administration. Aside from … The post In New Rule, Trump EPA Allows Texas Coal Plants to Pollute Even More Than They Already Do appeared first on The Texas Observer.
Texas Oberserver | October 09, 2017
A Constitutional Lesson On Gun Control | Austin County News A Constitutional Lesson On Gun Control
If society is honest and historically accurate, there is only question that has any relevance to the gun control debate.
Austin County News | October 09, 2017