Victims of immigrant crime now have advocate in White House 

ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Two years ago, Steve Ronnebeck’s son was gunned down at work in a Phoenix-area convenience store over a pack of cigarettes. The man accused of pulling the trigger was an immigrant who was in the country illegally and had been released by federal authorities. The suspected killer, captured […]

Yellen to speak after Fed officials hint rate hike is near 

MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. The question is whether the official who matters most — Chair Janet Yellen — will add her own voice to […]

Yemen officials see latest US strikes as sustained operation 

AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. jets carried out dozens of airstrikes on al-Qaida targets in Yemen overnight and in the past 48 hours in one of the lengthiest, sustained operations inside this conflict-torn Arab country, Yemeni officials and residents said Friday. According to the officials, the strikes focused on a triangle-shaped […]

Caterpillar offices raided in probe related to Swiss unit 

DON BABWIN, Associated Press PEORIA, IL (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials raided three central Illinois facilities of manufacturer Caterpillar on Thursday as part of an investigation the company said may be related to business with its Swiss subsidiary CSARL. Officials from three federal agencies, some wearing jackets that said “police, federal agent”, searched the […]

Federal courts interfere with Texas voter ID reforms, Texas Legislature struggles to find workable answer

DAVID SALEH RAUF, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration has abandoned an Obama-era challenge to a 2011 Texas voter ID law that is among the toughest in the nation. Civil rights groups are still contesting the Texas law in federal court, but without the muscle of the federal government behind them. Here are answers to key questions […]

Winfrey rethinks a run after Trump win 

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says President Donald Trump’s victory has her rethinking whether she could be elected to the White House. Winfrey, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with financier David Rubenstein in December for an interview for his Bloomberg Television show, which premiered this week. Winfrey says before Trump’s election she thought that she didn’t have […]

AN OPEN LETTER TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUDGE CRAIG DOYAL, PRECINCT 1 COMMISSIONER MIKE MEADOR, AND COUNTY AUDITOR PHYLLIS MARTIN

March 3, 2017 Honorable Craig Doyal, County Judge Honorable Mike Meador, Precinct 1 Commissioner Honorable Phyllis Martin, County Auditor Dear Judge Doyal, Commissioner Meador, and Ms. Martin, Senator Phil Gramm predicted in 1996 during a speech in College Station that the United States would suffer a fiscal collapse if government spending increased at its 1990s […]

Doyal, Meador, Martin usurp budget process, plan to begin secret meetings on County spending

Doyal, Meador, Martin usurp budget process, plan to begin secret meetings on County spending

Image: Montgomery County  Auditor Phyllis Martin, sitting at her desk at Commissioners Court. Conroe, February 28 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to establish a Budget Review Committee that would meet in secret but report to the Commissioners Court once in a while. The Budget Review Committee will include County Judge Craig Doyal, […]

Elway sees big things for John Lynch as 49ers GM 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest from the NFL’s annual scouting combine (all times local): ___ 12:25 p.m. Take it from someone who’s done it, John Elway predicts John Lynch will go from superstar on the playing field to successful front office man. Maybe it’s the Stanford smarts. Said Elway: “John’s a very bright guy. He […]