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The Galveston City Council vote Thursday narrowly approving a contract with the Park Board of Trustees is bound to be an improvement but is far from the last word on questions about the board’s money-making efforts, especially those in competition with the private sector.

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As The Daily News has been reporting on for months now, Galveston County had the second highest number of drug overdose deaths in the state of Texas in 2020 — roughly 200 per 100,000 — according to the Texas Department of Health Services.

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Bills by state Sen. Mayes Middleton and state Rep. Greg Bonnen that would allow relatives of crime victims to view case information such as autopsy reports that are generally withheld from the public might be well-intentioned, but it’s deeply flawed.

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Congratulations are in order for Hitchcock High School and its boys basketball team for winning a first-ever state championship title Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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The Daily News, for fear of seeming self-serving, has until now refrained from commenting about Island Soul, a glossy magazine produced by Galveston’s Park Board of Trustees and subsidized with public money in the form of hotel occupancy tax revenue — that stuff of so much recent controversy.