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Work continues on FM 16 west of Lindale

Bridge work continues on a section of FM 16 to the west Lindale by Texas Department of Transportation crews, said TXDOT spokesman Jeff Williford. This work is part of the widening and realignment of the roadway, Williford said, and covers an area four miles east of FM 849 to U.S. 69 near downtown. The contractor

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35 counties eligible for disaster aid Residents in a total of 35 Texas counties now qualify for individual disaster assistance following a series of severe storms and flooding that began in late April, The Dallas Morning News reported. “I thank our federal partners and emergency response personnel across our great state who are working tirelessly

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The Economist | Who pays…

In fiscal year 2023, the US government collected about $4.7 trillion in total revenue, with roughly half ($2.35 trillion) derived from the much-maligned personal income tax. We don’t have a detailed breakout yet, but the Tax Foundation recently released an analysis of individual income return statistics from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2021. Given

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Lindale High School wins another UIL State Academic Championship

For the fourth time in the past eight years, Lindale High School students have won the Class 4A UIL State Academic Championship, officials announced. Lindale earned the UIL Academic State Championship in 2017, 2018, 2021, and now for 2024. “I cannot begin to express how proud I am of our students and staff in LHS

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House Democrats call for education special session Texas House Democrats are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to increase public school funding, while Abbott is criticizing them for opposing legislation last year that tied increased funding to his pet project — school vouchers. The Austin American-Statesman reported the Democrats sent a letter,

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Motorcycle Safety Campaign now underway in May | Share the Road

TxDOT’s statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign urges motorists to look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections, where motorcycle collisions most commonly occur. Why should drivers be aware of motorcyclists when traveling Texas roads? On average, one motorcyclist dies in a crash on Texas roads every day.

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Spate of tornadoes far outpaces the average April was a busy month for tornadoes across the United States with 373 recorded, bringing the total for the year to 549, the Austin American-Statesman reported. That is nearly double the average at this point in the year, the National Weather Service says. Texas, as usual, is a

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East Texas unemployment figures show March improvement

Unemployment figures for the East Texas area saw an improvement from February, 2024 to March 2024, according to information released by the Texas Workforce Commission. According to TWC figures, 3.8 percent were unemployed in March, compared to 4.2 percent for February. There were an estimated 111,500 employed out of an estimated 116,000, according to the

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The Economist | Suburban Surge

New Census data confirms what many people around the state have observed – Texas metropolitan areas and the surrounding counties are seeing a notable population surge. The data (which reflects estimated changes between July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023) provides an overview of the changes for local areas, and it is eye-opening! Only about

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The Economist | Homebuying

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently settled a major federal lawsuit. The primary issue was the compensation to buyers’ real estate agents required for homes listed on NAR’s multiple-listing services (MLS). While there was the potential for negotiation, most transactions tended to play out according to the default arrangement, with the buyers’ and sellers’

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