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The 79th Galveston County Fair & Rodeo officially opens today, but action was already in full swing at the fairgrounds in Hitchcock on Thursday. Livestock show participants and cook-off hopefuls began checking in, and organizers opened a late-night sneak peek of the carnival.

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It’s spring in Texas. That means some beautiful crystalline blue days; weather as near perfect as weather ever is.

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A storm complex moved across Galveston County causing havoc in the Santa Fe area where 7 to 9” caused flooding. Ironically, rainfall amounts were quite varied even across small areas as the storms tended to move slowly across the same locales. As a result, precipitation totals at official re…

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Rain has been hard to come by so far this month in most of Galveston County, with only 0.01” of rain at Galveston so far and 0.02” at the NWS Office in League City/Dickinson. This lack of moisture is particularly evident near the coast, where a persistent “cap” (layer of warm, stable air alo…

  • By JEROME W. CROWDER & PEGGY L. DETERMEYER
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A recent poll found that one-third of individuals in the U.S. did not know that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare were the same thing. Such disconnects between policy and popular culture indicate the real potential for future misunderstanding of any other health care related laws and pol…

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Galveston County's representatives in Washington, D.C. said Friday that they supported a U.S. missile attack in Syria order by President Donald Trump on Thursday night.

  • By SELAH TACCONI
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A woman on the mainland is killed during a domestic violence assault. A woman in Galveston County commits suicide after a sexual assault. Women and children on Galveston Island are seeking shelter from abuse at an alarming rate. The demand for services for victims of domestic violence and se…

  • By MARY BETH TREVINO & DENNIS SHOLLER
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On March 29, the Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol and Center for Addiction Research at University of Texas Medical Branch, hosted its fourth annual town hall. The town hall aims to unite representatives from different sectors of Galveston Coun…

  • By JENNIFER NEWTON
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Driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as drunk driving. This includes illicit drugs like marijuana and the misuse of prescription drugs. Certain medications, as well as marijuana, slow your reaction time, decrease coordination and impair judgment, making it dangerous to o…

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A draft budget bill passed by the Texas Senate on Tuesday would not have a tremendous effect on the University of Texas Medical Branch's educational operations, but could have big implications on its ability to treat the poor and the incarcerated

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Few will argue with the observation that the weather over the past few days has been near ideal. Fairly light winds, abundant sunshine, mild nights and warm afternoons have stirred spring fever in most people I’ve encountered. This is reflected by increased interest in outdoor activities fro…

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Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, recently filed a bill that would see several changes to a new Texas Education Agency school accountability system opposed by many districts in Galveston County.

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  • By PAULA PACIOREK & BOB STOKES
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Close to the Gulf of Mexico and drained by a series of bayous that flow into Galveston Bay, the Houston region is intimately familiar with water. Perhaps a little too intimately — we are gaining a reputation as “America’s flood capital” thanks to the torrential rain events that routinely shu…

  • By MELISSA TUCKER
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If a co-worker were having a mental health crisis, would you know what to do? Do you think you’d even recognize the signs? Most people know someone that has a mental illness, but as a community, our understanding of its prevalence, consequences and treatment is lacking.

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A federal program that pays for bacteria monitoring on Gulf of Mexico beaches is among the things targeted for major cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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A high pressure ridge to the northeast and a steep pressure gradient is bringing brisk winds gusting to 30-mph along the Texas coast, along with higher than normal tides and dangerous rip currents. Already, a Small Craft Advisory is effect for off-shore waters through tomorrow morning.

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More than 200 Galveston County residents took to the state capitol Wednesday in an effort to get state legislators to pay attention, at least briefly, to the county’s issues during the 85th Legislative Session.

  • By CANDY HATTINGH
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Child abuse cases can be complex and they require many different professionals to be involved. Historically, a child might have been interviewed multiple times, furthering the trauma. Agencies did not always share information and the child and the cases suffered.