‘Campus carry’ law not fair to all

Tue, Dec 22, 2015 - 6:23am

We’re engaging in long, tortured public discussions about where and how Texans will be able to carry their pistols in 2016.

We hope the new “open carry” and “campus carry” laws will amount to much ado about nothing.

Beginning Jan. 1, the holders of a concealed carry license, or CCL, will be able to openly display their pistols in belt holsters or shoulder holsters.

Law enforcement agencies are developing their instructions on what radio dispatchers and patrol officers are supposed to do when someone calls 911 to report a guy on the town square with a .357-caliber Magnum strapped to his hip. Rest assured, it...

Texas whistleblower law falls short

Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 4:30am

When the state Legislature passed the Texas Whistleblower Act in 1983, lawmakers and citizens lauded it as an important step in protecting those who risk their careers, families and sometimes their lives to expose government waste and corruption.

Now, more than 30 years after the law’s passage, legal experts say weaknesses in the state law prevent it from protecting employees and taxpayers. Discrepancies between the state whistleblower...

Newspaper scanning means saving local history

Sun, Dec 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Tim Delaney

Many of us curse technology because of its failings, but it does have some benefits worth praising.Local history can’t be found in books or online most of the time. But digitalization and scanning of documents have changed that.Now, interesting facts can be found about Tivoli or Austwell, Bayside, Woodsboro, Refugio or other communities that came and went like Vidaurri in northern Refugio County.Researchers can use local history in many ways – economics, population, genealogy, finding out names of community leaders, sports players and teams and much more.For example, most people in Refugio County remember...

From The Newsroom: More Undocumented Children Arriving; Safe Toy Tips

Mon, Dec 21, 2015 - 9:00am

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom:About 200 more unaccompanied children are headed to North Texas by the end of the month.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the children are from Central America and are between the ages of 12 to 17. The Johnson County Sheriff was notified Friday the children will be temporarily staying at Camp Arrowhead near Cleburne.

The exact arrival date is unknown.

About 50 undocumented children from Central America arrived at Sabine Creek Ranch in...

UNT hires ex-Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator

Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

New North Texas coach Seth Littrell hired his first two assistants Friday, including Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator.

Harrell and receivers coach Joel Filani both come from Washington State, where they worked for Mike Leach. Littrell was on staff with Leach at Texas Tech from 2005-08, when Harrell was the starting quarterback and Filani a receiver.

Harrell was outside receivers coach at Washington State, the national leader with 397 yards passing per game. Harrell finished his career at Tech averaging 351 yards per game with 134 touchdown passes, then an NCAA record.

Filani was offensive quality...