State News

Texas Fetal Remains Burial Trial Gets Underway

State and reproductive rights attorneys are going head to head again in federal court on Monday to argue whether Texas should require health providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The law at the center of the case is Senate Bill 8, passed in 2017, which requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains.

National News

IRS To Revoke 362,000 Passports From US Citizens

Section 32101 of the FAST Act required the US State Department to revoke or deny the passport of any taxpayer that the IRS deems to have “seriously delinquent tax debt.” Well, it took them a couple of years, but the IRS has finally started enforcing this law. Earlier this month the IRS acknowledged that they had sent at least 362,000 names to the State Department to start revoking or denying passports. And that’s just the beginning.

International News

Politics

The Supreme Court Is Much Too Powerful

We live in a country where five people on a court decide what the law is for 320 million people. And for some reason, many people think this is entirely normal. If it makes sense for a small handful of people to decide law for the entire country, why even bother with a House of Representatives? Or, even the Senate?

Science & Technology

Spacecraft With Revolutionary Heat Shield Will “Touch The Sun”

The closest that planet Mercury ever gets to the sun during its orbit is approximately 29 million miles, allowing surface temperatures to reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 °C). And Earth’s average distance to the sun is 93 million miles. But, NASA has unveiled a “cutting-edge heat shield” that will make it possible for a space probe to “touch the sun” — or at least get a spacecraft to within 4 million miles of it…

Lifestyles

Down Home Dining

Down Home Dining: Episode 2 – The Backdrop Events

In the second episode of our new series, Down Home Dining, we were in Sealy, TX at The Backdrop Events to sample some Cajun cuisine! The Backdrop Event’s owner, Monique Watkins is not only a great cook but, she can host some out of this world events for you at her location!

Agriculture News & Information

“Dark Path Ahead”: Why American Farmers Dread The Trade War

While automakers – and their dealerships – are getting most of the headlines this week, the effects of the escalating trade war between Presidents Trump, Xi, and Putin are rippling across numerous US industries – directly, and indirectly. Makers of whiskey, cheese, auto parts and more are contending with the global tariff battle – but it is US farmers that appear to be suffering the most.

Legal & Public Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing concerning the annual compensation of District and County Officers and employees of the 155th Judicial District of Texas, shall be held on August 29th, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. in the Court Room located on the 1st floor of the Austin County Courthouse.