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The Texas Legislature's special session ended last week, and local legislators say they think Galveston County benefited from the extra 29 days spent in Austin so far this year.

  • By KEVIN O'BRIEN
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I have to respond to the "Weber: Let insurance companies fix health care system” (The Daily News, Aug. 14) article: Randy Weber’s answer to fixing the Affordable Care Act is to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and let insurance companies find solutions for America’s health care system.

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I’ve had a number of questions about the time of Monday’s eclipse locally. We should begin seeing partial effects of the eclipse by 11:48 am, with the eclipse reaching its zenith (about 2/3 of the sun obscured by the moon) around 1:19 pm and the sun returning to its normal, full brilliance around 2:47 pm in Galveston.

  • By VICKI KENWORTHY
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In reference to the column by Paul Newberry ("Cutler has a job, Kaepernick doesn't," The Daily News, Aug. 9): I believe the whole hubbub that Colin Kaepernick has brought to the table changes just about everybody’s take on football. It used to be a family game, but now, of course — politics …

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One year after two Galveston County school districts failed to meet state standards, every county district got passing marks in the most recent Texas Education Agency’s 2017 accountability results.

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Summer has definitely tightened its grip on Southeast Texas, though increased wind speeds, a few more clouds and a somewhat elevated chance for scattered thundershowers may make the heat a little more bearable over the next 2-3 days. Nevertheless, the outlook for the next week and beyond sug…

  • By MELISSA TUCKER
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The health care industry is undergoing massive change, with a focus on reduced cost, improved health outcomes and enhanced customer experience. Although we all agree on the goals, it does not mean this change is easy. The members of the community that rely on Gulf Coast Center for services k…

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The unseasonably mild weather Galveston County residents have been enjoying lately came to a sweltering end Friday when the National Weather Service issued its third heat advisory of the summer.

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A bill that would require Texas doctors to get explicit permission from patients before placing a do-not-resuscitate order moved closer to passage in the Texas Legislature on Thursday. 

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Prosecutors in Oklahoma will seek the death penalty for William Lewis Reece, the man charged in the 1997 killings of Jessica Cain and Laura Smither.

  • By MARY MCCLURE
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It simply cannot be overstated. Galveston County is extraordinarily lucky to have a Community Health Center as modern, well-equipped and beautiful as Coastal Health & Wellness. Our two clinics, in Texas City and Galveston, rival and often surpass many private practices. In fact, our new …

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The state’s windstorm insurer of last resort will increase premium rates by 5 percent in 2018 despite firm opposition from several state legislators and Galveston County residents.

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Tropical Storm Emily spun up overnight from a 1,011 millibar low along a lingering frontal boundary in the Gulf of Mexico. The main threat from Emily will be heavy rains over Florida as the system tracks east across the state toward the Atlantic. While not entirely unexpected, Emily is a goo…

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The county sheriff’s office has been approved to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a program that will allow certain sheriff’s deputies to investigate people’s immigration status.

  • By CLINTON A. LITTLE
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The Three Musketeers did a good hatchet job on the Democrats; however, they failed to include a few of the Republicans shortcomings ("Americans need to work together," The Daily News, July 17).

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Weather during the last half of July is often fairly benign in Galveston County. Weather systems over the country tend to be quite sluggish this time of year, with persistent high pressure and minimal impact from frontal systems that tend to stall to our north. So, barring the occasional tro…

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A 27-year-old man was killed Friday in a wreck in Santa Fe that shut down the area around FM 646 S and 28th Street for several hours, police said.

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Galveston County was one of more than two dozen agencies to receive funding for anti-terrorism programs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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On April 11, 1842, an itinerant printer and adventurer named Samuel Bangs pulled a single sheet of paper off a hand-cranked press he’d installed in rented space in downtown Galveston, launching The Daily News. The articles, photographs and illustrations collected here chronicle and commemora…

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A major redistricting trial that began in San Antonio on Monday could bring changes to congressional districts around the state, including the one that represents Galveston County.

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July has begun on a very different note than June. Through the first six days of June, Galveston had already received 4.14 inches of rain. By contrast, no rain has been reported at either Scholes Field in Galveston or the National Weather Service Office in League City.

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The owner of a staffing company providing temporary labor to marine businesses in Texas and elsewhere was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for not paying employment taxes.

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Officials with the state’s windstorm insurer of last resort say they are optimistic that funding is sufficient to cover most catastrophes this hurricane season, pointing to strong financial management and the absence of major storms to strike the Texas coast in the past few years.

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Santa Fe ISD Education Foundation is busy raising money for a STEM lab that will host all 1,040 middle school students for a mandatory course about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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More showers rolled across the already soggy coastal areas of Galveston County this morning. Even before these latest rains, Galveston had measured 9.22 inches of rain, giving the Island city its wettest June since 2004 when 10.98 inches of rain were recorded. While inland areas of the Count…