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Licensing director is seventh official out at troubled Texas liquor agency

  AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Tribune) – Licensing Director Amy Harrison is the seventh official out at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission since April. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said Friday Harrison “separated” from the agency Wednesday. Jo Ann Joseph, previously the deputy director of licensing, will act as licensing director until a decision is made about Harrison’s permanent […]

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid

  SAN ANTONIO (Texas Tribune) – Greg Abbott is running for governor again. The governor formally launched his re-election campaign to a crowd of sign-waving supporters and friends Friday, not far from where he launched his first bid for the state’s highest office four years ago. “To keep Texas the best very state in the United States, […]

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions for Teachers

  AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – With less than a week before the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal Thursday to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money from the Texas lottery. Patrick called a press conference […]

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Former Dinner Cruise Ship Captain Sentenced to Prison for Using Stolen Identity

GALVESTON – A former ship captain for Majestic Ventures, Majestic Dinner Cruises and Majestic Yacht Charters dinner cruise lines has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of aggravated identity theft and making false statements in a passport application, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez along with Special Agent in Charge Michael Perkins of […]

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Two more liquor regulators leaving troubled TABC

AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, in major clean-up mode after reports of mismanagement and regulatory overreach, announced Thursday that two more top officials have left the agency. The departures this week of the chief of enforcement, Earl Pearson, and the head of internal affairs, Andy Peña, bring the total number of […]

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Lawmaker urged Abbott to Veto Bill Legalizing Hot Air Balloon Hog Hunting

  A Republican lawmaker trying to convince Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill allowing the hunting of wild pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons wrote that it could lead to “future catastrophes” because of lax regulation of commercial ballooning. “The serious problems that currently exist with hot air balloon flights were not adequately addressed during this […]

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Embattled Texas liquor agency announces third high-level departure

Another high-ranking official is leaving the embattled Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has been rocked by a series of controversies over extravagant spending and regulatory overreach in recent months. General Counsel Emily Helm, the agency’s top lawyer, resigned effective Monday, according to the head of the commission that oversees the TABC. “I have accepted the […]