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Attorney General Abbott asked for plastic bag ban opinion (TX)

Whether cities can legally ban plastic bags is the subject of a letter sent to Attorney General Greg Abbott by state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton. “At least nine cities in Texas have enacted bans on plastic bags and adopted fees on replacement bags in recent years. This appears to be in contravention of state law,” Keep Reading…

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With mayor pro tem facing criminal charges, Temple City Council calls special meeting (TX)

What, if anything, will the Temple City Council do at a Monday special called meeting? Will Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales resign after earlier this week being charged with destruction, removal or alteration of public information? How might residents react as the Morales controversy plays out and what impact might that reaction have in an Keep Reading…

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Uber-wars escalate in Texas

Traditional cab companies have long had a lock on their niche within the transportation industry and the recent wave of competition posed by new technology companies like Uber and Lyft is meeting resistance in what often appears – at least in Dallas and Houston – a partnering of entrenched local business and government. A Dallas Keep Reading…

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Temple mayor pro tem arrested, charged with public information destruction (TX)

Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales turned herself in Tuesday afternoon to the Bell County Jail and now faces charges of Destruction, Removal, or Alteration of Public Information, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and/or county jail confinement of up to three months. She was later released on a $1,500 bond. Keep Reading…

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With allegations unresolved, Temple officials seek withholding portion of mayor pro tem’s emails (TX)

The Temple Daily Telegram is reporting notification that the city of Temple is requesting from the Texas Attorney General’s Office an allowance to withhold at least some of emails in a Telegram-initiated Public Information Act request seeking emails between Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales and other city officials. The Telegram’s Feb. 14 request asked for Keep Reading…

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