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Augmentin For Sale, With Bucky the Bronco, the mascot for the University of Texas-Pan American, helping lead the cheers in June 2004, Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas was welcomed during a public ceremony on her first day as president by Rodolfo Arévalo, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Citing health reasons, Cárdenas retired as president of one of the largest public universities in Texas effective Friday, January 30. Under her leadership, UT-Pan American continued its successful transformation into a research-oriented institution of higher education, with a top faculty and state-of-the-art facilities and resources. On Tuesday, January 27, Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, said he would work closely with new UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to inform and involve South Texans on the appointment, deliberations, and actions of a presidential search advisory committee which will undertake a national search for a successor to Cárdenas, Augmentin For Sale. "We will make sure the public is fully informed on how these major steps are taken, and how people from all walks of life from South Texas can participate in selecting the new leadership of our great university," Flores said. Charles A. Sorber, former president of UT-Permian Basin and former interim president of UT-Arlington, will serve as interim president effective February 23. See story later in this posting.


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Augmentin For Sale, Charles A. Sorber, former president of UT-Permian Basin and former interim president of UT- Arlington, will serve as interim president of the University of Texas-Pan American effective February 23 while a national search begins for a permanent successor to former president Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, the UT System announced on Tuesday, January 27. “Dr. Sorber’s expertise and vast background have earned him a rock-solid reputation of service in a variety of administrative positions, and we are extremely fortunate to have him help guide UT-Pan American in this important time of transition," said David B, online buying Augmentin. Prior, the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. "UT-Pan American is tremendously important to the region and to the UT System, Augmentin For Sale. We believe that the students, faculty and staff will enjoy getting to know Dr. Sorber as your combined efforts continue to move the institution to even greater distinction. The quick action by UT System administrators is crucial to maintaining stability at the university, said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen. Augmentin For Sale, "I am happy to see that the UT System is moving quickly to search for the best candidate to lead UT-Pan American," said Hinojosa. "Dr. Cárdenas set a high standard and I expect the presidential search advisory committee to seek out an outstanding academic and administrator to guide UT-Pan American." See story later in this posting.


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In an effort to rouse up funding and support for local projects in the upcoming transportation reauthorization bill, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, featured left, on Monday, January 26, met with Congressman James Oberstar, D-MN, featured right, who is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Hinojosa, along with Congressman Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi (center), highlighted South Texas' many infrastructure projects that are “shovel-ready” and needed for long-term growth. These projects include the Hidalgo County Loop, the Donna Bridge access road, North Rail Relocation project, and U.S, Augmentin For Sale. Highway 281 at Falfurrias and Ben Bolt. See story later in this posting. Augmentin price, coupon,


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Former McAllen Mayor Othal E. Brand Sr., featured left, was recognized on Monday, January 26, for his years of service to the community, and he was presented a proclamation from Mayor Richard Cortéz, on behalf of the city commission. Augmentin For Sale, In 1973, Brand was elected city commissioner and in 1977 was elected mayor, where he served continuously for 20 years until 1997. Through his leadership and vision, he was instrumental in establishing the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen and planned for McAllen’s future by acquiring land for future growth. Brand served on numerous boards and committees both on the local and state levels. See story later in this posting.


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Edinburg High School graduate Aurora Casas was already a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) when she started her college career at South Texas College. At the age of 58, she didn’t let a simple number keep her from her achieving her goals. “It was always my dream to be an office worker,” she said, Augmentin For Sale. “I would go to renew my driver’s license or to the bank and I would see the young ladies and gentlemen behind their desks; I always dreamt that I could be in their shoes one day. I wanted it to be me as the professional helping others.” But it took a pink slip to put her back on the college path. Prior to STC, she spent 30 of her years as a seamstress with Haggar Clothing Co. She took the job to help her family make ends meet, but ultimately wasn’t doing what she really hoped with her life. Augmentin For Sale, And in the end, the Haggar plant closed and her long-term commitment to her employer only earned her a pink slip. Now, the South Texas College alum Aurora Casas of Edinburg uses her college knowledge to help mature adults find work in a high-tech, fast-paced, global marketplace. See story later in this posting.


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The Hidalgo County District Clerk’s Office on Thursday, January 22, presented a check totaling $2,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of their Blues for Bucks Workplace Fundraising Campaign to benefit local charitable organizations, Augmentin dangers. The program allows department staff to wear jeans every Friday in exchange for a $5 donation. “I am extremely proud of our staff for their support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their willingness to give back to their community, Augmentin For Sale. They are extremely elated to see their efforts going towards a cause that helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Hinojosa. Featured, first row, from left: María Barrera; Mary Alonzo; Prescilla López; Ava Sandlin, area Executive Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; María Elva Garza; Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa; and Nilda Van Hook. Back row, from left: Aída Ríos; Ángela García; Lonnie De León; Eric Rodríguez; Irene Casares; Ireneo Razo; Pedro Navarro; Josue Palomo, and Lorena De La Garza. See story later in this posting.


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Augmentin For Sale, Edinburg’s unemployment rate for December remains at 5.5 percent, again best in the Valley, better than Texas and U.S. unemployment levels


By DAVID A. DÍAZ


Edinburg posted a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in December 2008, the strongest showing in the Valley, and better than the Texas and U.S. unemployment rates, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.


The unemployment rate is a key indicator of the strength of the local economy.


The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Augmentin For Sale.


The EEDC’s five-member governing board includes Mayor Joe Ochoa, former Mayor Richard García, who is president of the EEDC board of directors, and Fred Palacios, Elias Longoria, Jr., and Dr. Glenn A. Martínez, Augmentin used for, Ph.D.


Edinburg's December 2008 unemployment rate was the same as in November 2008.


Augmentin For Sale, According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to six percent, up from 5.7 percent in November, and 5.6 percent in October.


Also for December 2008, the U.S. economy reported a national unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.


The December and November 2008 rates for Edinburg compare with a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in October, which also was the best showing among the major Valley cities that month.


In December 2008, there were 28,729 persons employed in the three-time All-America City, while 1,674 were actively looking for work.


The December 2008 unemployment rate in Edinburg represents a growth of 2,593 jobs since December 2005, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, Augmentin For Sale.


For all of 2008, the city unemployment rate averaged slight above five percent.


In 2007, the city’s unemployment rate averaged 4.8 percent.


In 2006, the city’s unemployment rate averaged 5.3 percent, while in 2005, Edinburg’s unemployment rate averaged 4.9 percent.


The best monthly showing in history for Edinburg came in November 2007, when the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent.


Augmentin For Sale, The unemployment rate is the number of persons unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the civilian labor force.


The civilian labor force is that portion of the population age 16 and older employed or unemployed.


To be considered unemployed, a person has to be not working but willing and able to work and actively seeking work.


All cities in Hidalgo County for December 2008 had a combined 9.1 percent unemployment rate, compared with 8.3 percent in November, 7.7 percent in October, 7.9 percent in September, buy no prescription Augmentin online, 7.8 percent in August, 7.7 percent in July, 7.2 percent in June, 6.1 percent in May, 5.7 percent in April, 6.4 percent in March, 6.6 percent in February, and 7.3 percent in January.


Also during 2008: in September, Edinburg’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, the same as in August. In July, Edinburg’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, 5.3 percent in June, 4.6 percent in May, 4.1 percent in April, 4.5 percent in March, 4.4 percent in February, and 4.9 percent in January, Augmentin For Sale.


For December 2008, McAllen posted a 5.7 percent unemployment rate, the same as in the previous month.


In December 2007, there were 27,832 people with jobs in the three-time All-America City. In December 2007, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.


In December 2006, there 27,772 people employed in Edinburg. Augmentin For Sale, In December 2006, the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.


In December 2005, there were 26,136 people employed in Edinburg. In December 2005, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. Augmentin maximum dosage,


Those levels represent some of the lowest unemployment rates and the largest numbers of people employed in the city’s history.


In December, there were 263,617 persons employed in Hidalgo County, with 26,266 actively looking for work.


For December 2008, all cities in Cameron County had a combined 8.2 percent unemployment rate, compared with 7.8 percent in November, 7.4 percent in October, 7.5 percent in September, 7.4 percent in August, seven percent in July, 6.8 percent in June, 5.9 percent in May, 5.4 percent in April, 5.8 percent in March, 5.9 percent in February, and 6.5 percent in January, Augmentin For Sale.


In December, there were 135,006 persons employed in Cameron County, with 12,072 actively looking for work.


McAllen, which usually has the lowest monthly unemployment rates in the Valley, had the second-best showing among major Valley cities in December 2008, with a 5.7 percent unemployment level, the same as in November, but up from 5.4 percent in October, 5.3 percent in September, 5.3 percent in August, 5.1 percent in July, 4.8 percent in June, 4.3 percent in May, 3.9 percent in April 4.3 percent in March, 4.5 percent in February, and 4.8 percent in January.


Harlingen had the third-lowest jobless rate among Valley cities in December at 6.4 percent, compared with 6.7 percent in November, 6.3 percent in October, 6.4 percent in September, cheap Augmentin no rx, 6.2 percent in August, six percent in July, 5.9 percent in June, 5.3 percent in May, 4.8 percent in April, five percent in March, 5.1 percent in February, and 5.4 percent in January.


Among the Valley’s largest cities in December 2008:


• Mission posted a 7.7 percent unemployment rate, compared with 7.2 percent in November, seven percent in October, seven percent in September, 6.8 percent in August, 6.7 percent in July, and 5.9 percent in June.


Augmentin For Sale, • Pharr reported a 7.5 percent unemployment rate, compared with seven percent in November, 6.8 percent in October, 7.2 percent in September, seven percent in August, 6.8 percent level in July and 6.4 percent in June.


• Brownsville posted an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, compared with 7.5 percent in November, 7.6 percent in October, 7.6 percent in September, 7.5 percent in August, 7.2 percent in July, and seven percent in June.


• Weslaco reported an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, compared with 8.3 percent in November, 7.6 percent in October, 8.2 percent in September, 8.1 percent in August, Cheap Augmentin, 7.9 percent in July, and 7.4 percent in June.


The breakdown of Edinburg’s unemployment rate for the past 24 months follows:



  • December 2008: 5.5 percent

  • November 2008: 5.5 percent

  • October 2008: 5.3 percent

  • September 2008: 5.4 percent.

  • August 2008: 5.4 percent.

  • July 2008: 5.3 percent.

  • June 2008: 5.3 percent.

  • May 2008: 4.6 percent.

  • April 2008: 4.1 percent.

  • March 2008: 4.5 percent.

  • February 2008: 4.4 percent.

  • January 2008: 4.9 percent.

  • December 2007: 4.7 percent.

  • November 2007: 3.7 percent.

  • October 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • September 2007: 5 percent.

  • August 2007: 4.9 percent.

  • July 2007: 5.8 percent.

  • June 2007: 5.5 percent.

  • May 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • April 2007: 4.3 percent.

  • March 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • February 2007: 4.8 percent.

  • January 2007: 4.9 percent.


Also according to the Texas Workforce Commission:


Texas’ unemployment rate has consistently remained well below the national rate for the past year.


The Texas unemployment rate for December is up from 5.7 percent in November and 4.2 percent a year ago, Augmentin For Sale. Texas’ seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment fell by 25,700 jobs in December.


Texas employers now have added 153,600 jobs in the past 12 months, compared with job losses of 2.6 million nationwide during the same period.


“Our state’s economy has been fairly resilient during these months of economic uncertainty, but the national economic storm has reached Texas,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “The challenge we face now is to minimize the impact of the national trends by continuing to promote our strong business climate and address the skills needs of Texas employers.”


Leisure and Hospitality gained 3,800 positions in December, for an industry gain of 31,800 jobs in the past year. Augmentin For Sale, Other Services, which include automotive, electronic, and commercial repair and maintenance, grew by 1,600 jobs this month, adding 4,400 jobs in the past 12 months.


Texas saw broad industry losses in December. Hardest hit were Trade, Transportation, and Utilities and Manufacturing, with losses of 8,100 and 8,000 jobs, respectively. Texas’ over-the-year figures fared better with nine of 11 industries posting positive job growth.


“The Texas unemployment rate continued to follow the national unemployment rate’s upward trend,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “For the first time since 2004, our state hit the 6.0 percent unemployment mark after record lows of 4.2 percent just a year ago.”


The Midland MSA experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted), Augmentin For Sale. The Amarillo and Lubbock MSAs were second at 3.8 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA at 3.9 percent, is Augmentin addictive.


“Despite the loss of jobs in December, Texas employers have added a significant number of jobs in the past 12 months, while the United States has lost millions of jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andrés Alcántara. “Our state leaders have laid a strong foundation for Texas as a business-friendly state with low taxes and less regulation, and that foundation will be crucial in the months ahead.”


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EEDC considers, but takes no action, on financial, other incentives to Santana Textiles, LLC


By DAVID A. DÍAZ


The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation went behind closed doors on Tuesday, January 27, to consider possible incentives to Santana Textiles, LLC, the Texas arm of a major Brazilian company which last summer announced its plan to build a $180 million denim-manufacturing plant in Edinburg.


Augmentin For Sale, No action was taken by the governing board, according to EEDC Board President Richard García.


In addition to García, the five-member EEDC Board of Directors includes Mayor Joe Ochoa, Fred Palacios, Dr. Glenn A. Martínez, Ph.D., and Elias Longoria, Jr.


Ochoa did not attend the session as he was excused on important business.


State law allows governmental entities to go behind closed doors – known as an executive session – for certain issues, including discussing potential litigation, personnel, and real estate transactions, Augmentin For Sale.


Although the issue, and several others, Order Augmentin from United States pharmacy, were considered behind closed doors, the EEDC did post an advance agenda notice of the date, time, and location of the meeting in compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.


The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.


Santana Textiles Corporation of Ceara, Brazil, one of the world’s largest denim manufacturers, last July revealed its goal to construct – on a 23-acre site located in Edinburg’s North Industrial Park – a 300,000-square-foot plant which will turn cotton into denim fabric.


The 23-acre site was donated to the Santana Textiles Corporation by the EEDC.


Augmentin For Sale, The EEDC, which owns the Edinburg North Industrial Park, located north of the city along U.S. Expressway 281, also had been working on making key infrastructure improvements in order to ready the site.


The Brazilian company projects it will eventually create up to 800 new jobs with the Edinburg plant.


The January 29 EEDC meeting dealt with "deliberating the offer of financial or other incentives to Santana Textiles, L.L.L. regarding the real property known as a 23 acre track of land out of Lots 33, 34, and 35, and out of Lot 4, Block 49, Santa Cruz Gardens Unit No. 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Volume 7, Page 45, Hidalgo County Map Records, and a 10 acre track of land of out Lots 33, 34, and 35, Santa Cruz Gardens Unit No, Augmentin dosage. 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Volume 7, Page 45, Hidalgo county Map Records."


According to the Texas Secretary of State, Santana Textiles, L.L.C, Augmentin For Sale. has five managers, including Reymundo Delfino Nito, president the Ceara, Brazil-based firm, which is one of the world's largest denim manufacturers.


The other managers for Santana Textiles, L.L.C. are Roberto Cantú Cavazos, Marcos José Dos Santos, Mariana Rocha Silva Arqujo, Igor Rocha Perdigao, and Dacio Fabbri, according to state records.


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Santana Textiles, L.L.C. filed the appropriate paperwork to register with the state on June 24, 2008.


A couple of weeks later, on July 3, EEDC, city, county, Discount Augmentin, and legislative leaders joined the Brazilian company's top leadership and Gov. Rick Perry to announce the deal by Santana Textiles Corporation to build, at the city-owned Edinburg North Industrial Park, the 300,000-square-foot plant that will turn cotton into denim fabric, Augmentin For Sale.


Perry is providing a $1.65 million incentive to the company through the Texas Enterprise Fund, a special state fund that he controls.


Denim is the foundation of a huge worldwide industry that produces billions of dollars annually in affordable, comfortable clothes, such as long skirts, jackets, shirts, and – most famously – blue jeans, a staple fashion with deep roots in this nation’s history.


The first phase of the sprawling plant, which will be built in three stages, is slated to open in 2010.


When the three phases are completed in 2014, the foreign-owned enterprise, which will include a treatment plant, will eventually encompass about 400,000-square-feet of manufacturing space.


Augmentin For Sale, The manufacturing plant, which will utilize high-technology equipment for converting cotton into the finished product through spinning, weaving, and dyeing, also will bring high-paying jobs to the region, averaging more than $26,500 annually.


The announcement was made by the governor, who was joined by state and local leaders, during a news conference held in the International Trade and Technology Building, located at the University of Texas-Pan American.


With Perry at the public event were: the EEDC's Ochoa, García, Martínez, and Longoria, Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas, III, Augmentin interactions, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Delfino and his son, Raimundo “Neto” Delfino, Jr., the company’s general manager.


Also in attendance were Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Gene Espinoza; Councilmember Alma Garza; Councilmember Noé Garza; Ramiro Garza, EEDC Executive Director; Rep, Augmentin For Sale. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City; Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco; Rep. Aaron Peña, Jr., D-Edinburg; and Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen.


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Rep. Flores says he will help new UTPA interim president Sorber push legislative agenda at Capitol


By DAVID A. DÍAZ


Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, on Tuesday, January 27, said he plans to work closely with the newly-appointed interim president of South Texas' largest university to protect and promote the interests of the University of Texas-Pan American during the ongoing legislative session.


Charles A, Augmentin For Sale. Sorber, former president of UT Permian Basin and former interim president of UT Arlington, will serve as interim president effective February 23 while a national search begins for a permanent successor to former president Blandina Cárdenas, the UT System announced on January 27. Augmentin natural,


Cárdenas, 64, on Tuesday, January 20, announced her retirement effective January 31, citing health concerns.


David B. Prior, the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said a presidential search advisory committee will be formed soon to assist the UT System Board of Regents in finding a permanent successor to Cárdenas.


Augmentin For Sale, “Dr. Sorber’s expertise and vast background have earned him a rock-solid reputation of service in a variety of administrative positions, and we are extremely fortunate to have him help guide UT Pan American in this important time of transition," said Prior. "UT Pan American is tremendously important to the region and to the UT System. We believe that the students, faculty and staff will enjoy getting to know Dr. Sorber as your combined efforts continue to move the institution to even greater distinction,” Prior said.


Flores promises public input


Flores said he will work closely with new UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to inform and involve the public in the appointment, deliberations, and actions of the presidential search advisory committee, Augmentin For Sale.


"We will make sure the public is fully informed on how these major steps are taken, and how people from all walks of life from South Texas can participate in selecting the new leadership of our great university," Flores said.


In the meantime, Flores said the area's lawmakers are already working on ways to help promote the best interests of UT-Pan American during the five month regular session of the Texas Legislature, which began work at the Texas Capitol in mid-January.


"My hope is that the Valley legislative delegation can meet with Dr. Sorber in the coming days to review the legislative agenda for UT-Pan American, and help him become a vital part of our joint efforts at the State Capitol on behalf of this great university," said Flores. Augmentin For Sale, "One of those goals is to help UT-Pan American extend its reach throughout South Texas, such as plans to establish a teaching center in McAllen to provide graduate-level courses to more professionals."


Flores, a 12-year legislative veteran and a former member of the House Appropriations Committee – which secured hundreds of millions of dollars for UT-Pan American – has been a strong supporter of Cárdenas’ efforts to bring a graduate school facility to McAllen.


Much of McAllen is in Flores’ House District 36, Augmentin pics.


"For some time now, the leadership of McAllen has been working on ways to continue bringing additional higher education opportunities for the people of South Texas," Flores said. "Under a state law I authored four years ago, the way has been paved for helping do just that."


One of her many achievements will be the establishment of graduate school programs in McAllen, Flores predicted.


A graduate course is an area of academic study for a student who already has received a bachelor’s degree. Successfully completing graduate courses can lead to a Master’s Degree of Ph.D.


In 2005, Flores authored a measure, carried in the Senate by Sen, Augmentin For Sale. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which makes it possible for any university in Texas to offer graduate programs in McAllen – or in many other cities, for that matter. That measure was unanimously approved by lawmakers and became law on September 1, 2005.


The graduate programs can be offered in a facility, dubbed a "dual usage educational complex" under Flores’ House Bill 1737, by allowing a junior college district, such as South Texas College, to team up with a political entity, such as the City of McAllen, or an institution of higher education, to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up a such a complex.


There are 50 community colleges in Texas.


100,000 square-foot McAllen complex envisioned


In early December, Cárdenas, during a work session with the Edinburg City Council at the campus, said that she wants to establish a presence for the university in McAllen.


Augmentin For Sale, "One of the things we will be doing is we are diversifying our locations for offering classes," she told the Edinburg city leadership. "If you are a teacher in San Juan, After Augmentin, and you teach all day, with three kids at home, and you want to get a Master’s Degree, (at the end of the day,) traffic is so tight it is going to take you about an hour to get to UTPA."


As part of her strategy, UTPA wants to provide almost two dozen undergraduate and postgraduate programs in McAllen.


"We are looking at offering 10 to 20 sections of master’s and upper-division classes at some site in McAllen," Cárdenas said.


She did not identify the site or the time frame for the graduate course program, but raise her concerns that if UTPA did not build a presence in other parts of Hidalgo County, much is at stake for the local university.


"If we don’t offer the classes, somebody else will," she said. "That’s where we are."


Last November 11, Rep, Augmentin For Sale. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, publicly announced plans by McAllen to build a 100,000 square-foot complex to provide Valley residents a new site to seek master’s and doctoral degrees currently not offered by the University of Texas-Pan American or South Texas College.


That complex envisioned by McAllen leaders fits well into the law created by Flores and Zaffirini.


Flores said part of his strategy in passing the law was to encourage the wealthier state universities to build a presence in the rapidly-growing – and legislatively important – Texas border region.


"UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, these are the flagship universities in the state, the ones with the national reputations, the biggest financial endowments, the most research-oriented," Flores noted. "Under this law, they can set up graduate programs in the Valley and the rest of the border region that otherwise could take years to materialize."


The wording of the law is such that any university, with approval by the Coordinating Board – which is the state agency that governs higher education in Texas – can team up with South Texas College and McAllen to bring additional graduate courses to the Rio Grande Valley, Augmentin australia, uk, us, usa.


According to the bill analysis of the measure, the legislative intent of Flores’ HB 1737 is to establish guidelines for a junior college district to create an educational facility within its district and, in order to maximize and fully utilize the new facility, to open it to usage by other entities within the district or by educational partners throughout the region.


Augmentin For Sale, The University of Texas – Pan American is one of nine academic universities and six health institutions that comprise the University of Texas System, the state's largest public higher education system. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009), including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.


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Sen, Augmentin For Sale. Hinojosa says it is important for UT System to move quickly on new leader for UT-Pan American


By ARTURO BALLESTEROS


The University of Texas System named Charles A. Sorber as the interim president of The University of Texas-Pan American. Sorber's term as interim president begins February 23 while a national search for a permanent successor to outgoing Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas is completed.


Augmentin For Sale, UT-Pan American is located in Edinburg, which is part of Hinojosa's senate legislative district.


Paul Sale, UT-Pan American's provost and vice president for academic affairs, will continue to serve as the campus' chief administrative officer until Sorber takes the reins in February. A presidential search advisory committee is expected to be formed to assist the UT System Board of Regents in finding a new president at UT-Pan American.


"I am happy to see that the UT System is moving quickly to search for the best candidate to lead UT-Pan American," said Hinojosa. "Dr. Cárdenas set a high standard and I expect the presidential search advisory committee to seek out an outstanding academic and administrator to guide UT-Pan American."


Sorber is professor emeritus in the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, Augmentin For Sale. His distinguished career in academia spans three decades. Among his previous faculty and administrative posts are dean of the School of Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh; director of UT-San Antonio’s Center for Applied Research and Technology; associate dean of UT Austin’s College of Engineering; vice chancellor for special engineering programs in the UT System; and interim director of student financial services at UT-Austin. Augmentin results,


Sorber earned three degrees in engineering; bachelor's and master's degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, has been active in the American Association for Engineering Education, and is a former president of the Water Environment Federation.


Augmentin For Sale, Sorber is professor emeritus in the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at UT-Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. His distinguished career in academia spans three decades. Among his previous faculty and administrative posts are dean of the School of Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh; director of UT-San Antonio’s Center for Applied Research and Technology; associate dean of UT-Austin’s College of Engineering; vice chancellor for special engineering programs in the UT System; and interim director of student financial services at UT-Austin.


Sorber earned three degrees in engineering; bachelor's and master's degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, has been active in the American Association for Engineering Education, and is a former president of the Water Environment Federation.


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Sen, Augmentin For Sale. Hinojosa promoted by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to Vice Chair of powerful Senate Finance Committee, which writes Senate version of Texas two-year state budget


By ARTURO BALLESTEROS


Lt. Gov. Augmentin For Sale, David Dewhurst on Friday, January 30, released Senate committee appointments for the 81st Legislative Session, with Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, being promoted to serve as the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.


In addition, Hinojosa was appointed to the Senate's Criminal Justice, Jurisprudence, and Natural Resources committees.


Hinojosa, a longtime state representative who is last month began his third term as a state senator whose legislative district includes Edinburg, expressed his appreciation for Dewhurst's confidence in his the McAllen lawmaker's desire to serve Texas.


"I value Gov. Dewhurst's trust in my commitment to Texas and the Senate, Augmentin For Sale. Anyone will tell you, Texas faces serious challenges during this budget cycle. People are losing their homes, japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, their jobs, and economic forecasts offer few upsides to 2009. The Finance Committee will be making some tough decisions during this legislative session. We need to maintain and create economic momentum in the marketplace and we need to make sure Texans can access basic services," Hinojosa said.


Augmentin For Sale, Hinojosa's other appointments allow him to continue years of work toward reforming the Texas criminal justice system, particularly the Texas Youth Commission. Hinojosa returns to the Criminal Justice Committee where his institutional knowledge – knowledge bolstered by his seat on the Sunset Advisory Commission – will shape reform policy in 2009.


Hinojosa is also happy to keep his place on the Natural Resources Committee. After an extensive series of hearings throughout Texas in 2008, Senator Hinojosa acquired a better understanding of how Texas can best manage its water resources and keep its air clean for a growing population.


"With these appointments, the Senate can begin earnest discussions on policy and get back to basics. Now is the time to get to work, to share ideas for solutions, and to work as a legislative body of partners," Hinojosa concluded, Augmentin For Sale.


Hinojosa maintains a Senate website at www.hinojosa.senate.state.tx.us


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Sen. Lucio retains chair of International Relations and Trade (IRT) Committee, remains on powerful Senate Finance Committee


By DORIS SÁNCHEZ


Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, was reappointed on Friday, January 30, as chair of the International Relations and Trade Committee, and kept on as a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which writes the Senate's version the the state's two year operating budget.


The appointments were announced late Friday, January 30, by Lt. Augmentin For Sale, Gov. David Dewhurst.


"I am grateful that Lt. Augmentin alternatives, Gov. Dewhurst has entrusted me to continue serving Senate District 27 and the people of Texas with these critical committee assignments," said Lucio. "Working with my fellow colleagues, I have been fortunate to build a meaningful record of accomplishments with these committee appointments, especially as Chair of the International Relations and Trade (IRT) Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and look forward to furthering these efforts."


Besides Finance and IRT, Lucio will continue serving on the State Affairs and Business and Commerce Committees, Augmentin For Sale. He was newly appointed to the Government Organization Committee that studies the function, structure, funding and operations of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), among other issues.


"As a member of Finance, I will work with other budget writers to ensure that the needs of South Texas and of growing rural populations across the state will be better addressed by our agencies and programs. As mentioned in the governor's State of the State address, Texas needs to invest strategically to ensure better guided growth within our economy," noted Lucio. "With this effort, we must be certain that populations in need, like the elderly, disabled and low-income families, are not left behind.”


"Serving on the Business and Commerce Committee allows me to help protect consumer interests, since we have oversight of the state's public utilities that include electricity, natural gas, water, sewage and even telephone services," he explained. "We also oversee all types of insurance programs and pass laws affecting this industry."


Augmentin For Sale, Lucio also committed to helping "distressed areas along the border and in rural areas to address their housing, economic development, and workforce needs so that we can build self-sustaining communities to a level that better resembles the more prosperous regions of our state."


The senator will be filing bills that include housing and economic development initiatives, and has already filed numerous bills that will impact nutrition and wellness, state schools, public schools and another to establish a medical school in South Texas.


"I appreciate the confidence placed in me through these continued assignments, as well as the new appointment to Government Organization," concluded Lucio. "I am ready to get down to business, keeping the well-being of everyday Texans in mind."


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Gov. Perry delivers State of the State; Houston Sen. Ellis files bill air quality issues take center stage


By SENATE MEDIA SERVICES


Gov, buy Augmentin from mexico. Rick Perry delivered his biannual State of the State Address before the House and Senate at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, January 27, saying the state's position remains strong, in spite of a nationwide economic crisis, Augmentin For Sale.


Perry, who delivered his remarks in the chamber of the House of Representatives, said Texas is doing well because of past policies of fiscal conservatism.


" It was only six years ago when the 78th Legislature kicked off with a $10 billion budget shortfall," he said. "To our shared credit, we didn’t raise taxes like so many other states did then and are again contemplating today."


Instead, he said, the Legislature cut spending, reformed tort laws, and created pro-business development funds, which he asserts have maintained a unique business friendly atmosphere in Texas. It is this atmosphere, if maintained, Perry told lawmakers, that will attract businesses from other states where governments raise taxes or tighten regulation to get a handle on their own budget problems.


Augmentin For Sale, Perry also focused on education, energy and security in his speech.


He proposed a law to keep tuition at the same rate for an incoming freshman for his or her entire college career, provided he or she graduates in four years. He advocated more money for the Texas Grants program, and in-state tuition rates for military veterans from any state. Energy-wise, Perry said he wants to continue expanding the state's energy portfolio, especially nuclear and wind power, and wants to increase transmission capacity to move electricity across Texas. Perry also proposed a $32 million increase in funds to border law enforcement efforts, to help officers cope with increased gang violence in the area, and the creation of a state hurricane relief fund, Order Augmentin online overnight delivery no prescription, to reduce Texas' reliance on federal aid to feed and shelter hurricane victims.


Sen, Augmentin For Sale. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, on Monday, January 26, filed Senate Bill 119 that would have Texas adopt California's vehicle emissions standards. States have a choice, under the federal Clean Air Act, of using California's or the laxer federal emissions standards, and Ellis wants Texas to join with 12 other states in adopting the stricter standard.


"It makes it incumbent on us in Texas, to be leaders in having a greener economy and doing as much as we can to reduce the number of greenhouse emissions that go into the air," he said.


Under a new California standard, if approved by the EPA, new vehicles sold in Texas would have to emit nearly a third less carbon dioxide by 2016.


Augmentin For Sale, On Thursday, January 29, the Capitol hosted events that highlighted public health and environmental issues.


Proponents of a public smoking ban held a rally on the Capitol grounds, in support of legislation to make it illegal to smoke in any public place, including bars and restaurants. Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, wants Texas to join 24 other states in passing such a ban.


"If Texans want to smoke," she said, "they can do so. But the rest of us should have the freedom to breathe in oxygen without inhaling secondhand smoke."


Legislators were joined at the rally by famous cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.


Sen, Augmentin For Sale. Kip Averitt, R-Waco, held a press conference to announce the filing of a comprehensive bill to improve air quality in Texas.


Averitt, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee, online buy Augmentin without a prescription, said the state has made progress in improving air quality, but tightening federal air standards mean more work has to be done. His bill would create a grant program to encourage the private sector to develop new efficient and environmentally sound technology, especially for stationary emission sources, such as power plants.


It would also create a grant program to encourage businesses to install energy efficient appliances, and would offer a $4000 tax credit to those who buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle.


Augmentin For Sale, Averitt said the cost of this bill is already covered by fund balances in the Texas Emission Reduction Plan, and in expected appropriations for this biennium.


The Senate was scheduled to reconvene on Monday, February 2, at 1:30 p.m.


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Plan promoted by President Obama would create jobs, boost economy, says Congressman Hinojosa


By ELIZABETH ESFAHANI


Rep. Rubén Hinojosa on Wednesday, January 28, joined a majority in the House of Representatives to support critical legislation that would create and save three to four million American jobs. Developed with the Obama Administration, this job creation package is designed to rebuild America’s infrastructure, make the nation more competitive, and transform the economy for long-term growth. In addition, it would give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut and quickly infuse the economy with money, Augmentin For Sale.


“I believe that this plan has the potential to give the Coastal Bend region a real shot in the arm through infrastructure projects, school modernization, and job training programs that will put our residents back to work,” Hinojosa said. “We know it will take time for our economy to recover, but I am confident that this package will make our region stronger and more competitive in the long term.”


This jobs and recovery plan will create an estimated 300,000 jobs in Texas by the end of 2010 and reduce the unemployment rate by 1.6 percent, Augmentin class, according to leading economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com. To ensure that these job creation goals are met, the Obama Administration has pledged that 75 percent of these job-creating investments will get into the economy in the next 18 months.


In particular, this jobs and economic recovery plan:



  • Invests $3 billion in Texas to modernize roads, bridges, transit and waterways to create jobs;

  • Supports $22 billion in direct loans and loan guarantees to help rural families and individuals buy homes during the credit crunch.

  • Invests in education for the 21st Century, including an increased Pell Grant for 500,000 students in Texas; Invests $2.9 billion in Texas to modernize public schools and universities and help disabled and low-income students

  • Invests $4 billion in job training to help prepare laid-off, adult, and younger workers prepare for jobs in emerging industries including green jobs;

  • Provides $6 billion for extending broadband and wireless services to underserved communities across the country, including rural businesses, so they can compete with any company in the world;

  • Implements the new “Make Work Pay” tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family;

  • Invests in clean, efficient, American energy and technology that will create more than 1 million jobs;

  • Broadens health care coverage by helping those who cannot afford health care in these tough times;


“America is facing an economic crisis greater than any since the Great Depression, with a staggering 2.6 million American jobs lost in the last year,” Hinojosa said. “Congress must come together now to act swiftly and finish the job of sending this job creation and economic recovery package to the President.”


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South Texas leaders meet with Transportation Committee chair Oberstar to advocate for projects


By ELIZABETH ESFAHANI


Augmentin For Sale, In an effort to rouse up funding and support for local projects in the upcoming transportation reauthorization bill, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Monday, January 26, met with Congressman James Oberstar, D-MN, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to highlight the area’s many infrastructure projects that are “shovel-ready” and needed for long-term growth.


These projects include the Hidalgo County Loop, the Donna Bridge access road, North Rail Relocation project, and US 281 at Falfurrias and Ben Bolt.


Hinojosa was joined by Congressmen Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, as well as a group of 30 South Texas leaders who had traveled up to Washington to present their case and wish list. The group included the Hidalgo, Augmentin without prescription, Cameron, and Webb County judges, Hidalgo and Cameron County commissioners, and Amadeo Sáenz, the Director of the Texas Department of Transportation.


The group conveyed to Oberstar that despite the high growth South Texas has enjoyed over the last decade, its infrastructure lags sorely behind and cannot properly accommodate the enormous amount of commercial traffic coming off its international bridges


“We had a very productive meeting with Chairman Oberstar, who was receptive to our plans and our coordinated effort to get these shovel-ready projects funded and built,” Hinojosa said. “South Texas is growing by leaps and bounds and needs a modern infrastructure that will not only create jobs but facilitate our continued economic development, Augmentin For Sale. Congressmen Ortiz, Cuellar, and I will continue to do all we can so that our area finally receives the types of investments it needs and deserves.”


“South Texas has grown from a rural, agricultural-based economy to a major center of international trade. In order for our region to continue to grow and compete, we must have stronger investment in our highways, transit systems, and port facilities,” said Congressman Ortiz. “We are prioritizing projects that will increase trade, put people to work, and improve our regional infrastructure. I appreciate our local officials’ efforts and thank Chairman Oberstar for his continued work on behalf of our communities.”


“We were pleased to participate in this one of a kind opportunity to present a unified request on behalf of South Texas to Chairman Oberstar, who will have great influence on infrastructure development,” said Cuellar.


Augmentin For Sale, Later this year, Oberstar’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will reauthorize of the country’s primary federal transportation programs that are due to expire in September. This bill, in addition to the economic stimulus funding, will contain billions of dollars for infrastructure projects and is expected to greatly impact the condition of the country’s transportation system. Effects of Augmentin,


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Hidalgo County's Judge Salinas, Commissioner Palacios, RMA Chairman Burleson present area's transportation priorities in Washington, D.C.


By CARI LAMBRECHT


An Hidalgo County delegation on Monday, January 26, met with Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, in Washington D.C. to discuss priorities for deep South Texas, especially funding for U.S. Highway 281 improvements and the Hidalgo County Loop, Augmentin For Sale.


Oberstar is an influential congressman, having served for 34 years. He is considered, according to his biography, “the (congressional) body’s leading expert on transportation policy.”


Oberstar has stated that he would work to pass the “the largest transportation investment package since the creation of the Interstate Highway system in the 1950s.” The current House version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the economic stimulus bill) allots $30 billion for highway and bridge construction projects.


The bill contains no earmarks, which means money for Hidalgo County projects would flow via the Texas Department of Transportation.


The local delegation, comprised of Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Augmentin For Sale, Salinas, Commissioners Hector “Tito” Palacios and Regional Mobility Authority Chairman Dennis Burleson, stressed the need for funding U.S. Highway 281 improvements at $276 million, including $122.1 million under the “shovel ready” category of the economic stimulus package, and the planned county loop, estimated to cost about $700 million.


While drainage issues were not specifically addressed, Hidalgo County was praised for its long-range drainage planning and tying it to pending road improvements.


“This is an incredible time in history, this expansion of our nation’s roads, Augmentin use, bridges and infrastructure,” said Salinas. “What Congress has done is committed to getting people back to work and helping those regions like ours that have experienced a population explosion in the past decade to handle and to continue to grow economically. Without adequate infrastructure, our best efforts to enhance quality of life would be stalled, Augmentin For Sale. I have no doubt that these investments in our infrastructure are also investments in our people. It will help boost our local economy and help those most affected by the current economic crisis.”


The county judge reported that Oberstar "was direct and up-front about what types of projects would be funded through the economic stimulus package — those that are shovel ready. Some of our projects are shovel ready while others will likely take longer to complete. However, the congressman showed great and sincere enthusiasm for what we are doing, and we invited him to South Texas to view the projects up close and personal. He also pointed us in the direction of other funding in the form of long-term infrastructure planning grants the Senate is considering and other assistance."


Augmentin For Sale, Funneling federal monies through the state has always been a challenge for Hidalgo County when it is based on formulas, the county judge added.


“That is why we are working closely with our Washington delegation to make sure our projects are considered. We have shared these sentiments with TxDOT as well, and in fact, Mr. Amadeo Saenz an influential figure at our meetings today," Salinas said. "We spoke specifically about reducing TxDOT administrative costs and having the money go directly to the projects.”


Palacios, whose precinct where U.S. Highway 281 begins, said infrastructure improvements would translate into economic development for the state, Augmentin For Sale.


"Making those improvements will bring more trade and, better yet, more efficient trade and truck traffic through our Ports of Entry," Palacios said. "The Rio Grande Valley is the only major metropolitan area without an interstate within 100 miles, and it makes no sense. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has led to goods entering our country at a more rapid rate."


In general, NAFTA is the 1994 agreement reached by the United States, Canada, and Mexico that instituted a schedule for the phasing out of tariffs and eliminated a variety of fees and other hindrances to encourage free trade between the three North American countries. Augmentin photos,


Some opponents of NAFTA contend that it has led to a loss of thousands of jobs from the Midwest to overseas destinations. Augmentin For Sale, But for Texas, NAFTA has led to remarkable economic growth, according to the its supporters, including many along the Texas-Mexico border region.


"U.S. 281 is in the top three NAFTA corridors for the state and we feel if we bring U.S. 281 up to interstate standards, we can be number one," Palacios said. "That benefits us by expanding our economic opportunities, and that benefits all the places where the goods are headed.”


For more information, visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us


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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court issues burn ban for up to 90 days; declares state of emergency as a result of dry conditions to prevent major fires


By CARI LAMBRECHT


Effective immediately, on Wednesday, January 28, the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court issued a burn ban which may last for up to 90 days, and declared a state of emergency.


“Extremely dry conditions have led to two major fires above 1,000 acres and between 20 and 30 smaller fires since January 1, 2009, Augmentin For Sale. With the burn ban, we hope to raise awareness about safe burning practices and prevent the large out-of-control fires that plagued our area last year. In 2008, about 90,000 acres burned in Hidalgo County. Declaring a state of emergency will allow us to initiate a faster response to mitigate wildfires,” said Tony Peña, Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshal.


According to the County Judge’s Office Emergency Services Division, outdoor burning is restricted in the unincorporated areas of Hidalgo County, including incorporated cities that do not have their own fire suppression resources. Augmentin For Sale, The outdoor burn ban, however, does not prohibit burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for:



  • Firefighter training;

  • Public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations;

  • Planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or

  • Burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager under Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.


Residential trash burning will be permitted, but only with a burn permit issued the County Fire Marshal’s Office, located at 2814 S. Business 281 in Edinburg. Burn permits are free of charge, Augmentin price, but must be obtained in order to burn trash. Residents with questions may call the Hidalgo County Fire Marshal’s Office at (956) 318-2656, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Augmentin For Sale.


The restriction does not ban outdoor cooking that take place within a cooking apparatus — grill, pit, etc. Outdoor burning of any kind is prohibited on any day when a “fire watch” or “red-flag warning” weather advisory is issued by the National Weather Service. This burn ban can be revoked at any time should conditions improve.


A violation of this order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.


Augmentin For Sale, For more information, visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us


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Hidalgo County District Clerk’s Office presents $2,500 check to Make-A-Wish Foundation


By RICARDO CONTRERAS


The Hidalgo County District Clerk’s Office on Thursday, January 22, presented a check totaling $2,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of their Blues for Bucks Workplace Fundraising Campaign to benefit local charitable organizations. The program allows department staff to wear jeans every Friday in exchange for a $5 donation.


“I am extremely proud of our staff for their support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their willingness to give back to their community. They are extremely elated to see their efforts going towards a cause that helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Hinojosa.


The District Clerk’s Office kicked off their charitable efforts in 2008 as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. The office has since then expanded their efforts through the creation of a “charitable organizations list” of which staff randomly selects a recipient every six months.


“Right now in our Rio Grande Valley, there are dozens of children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions, Augmentin For Sale. They have had to put their childhoods on hold and deal daily with more painand fear than any child should experience," said Hinojosa. "That is why, when we can, we invite them to close their eyes and Make-A-Wish. Then we use a bit of magic, a little hard work, some help from our friends, and a lot of love to make their wish come true."


The District Clerk and her staff have been "an exemplary example of true compassion for our community in their support for these very special children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Ava Sandlim, executive director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "Their commendable efforts will help turn a very deserving child’s fondest dream into reality. Augmentin For Sale, I admire each of them for going above and beyond their very hectic schedules to reach out, lending a helping hand to our children who really need this love and magic in their lives. Buy Augmentin online cod, I thank them from the bottom of my heart for sharing in the power of a wish."


For more information on volunteer opportunities or making a contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, log on to www.riograndevally.wish.org or contact Sandlim in the McAllen office at (956)686-9474.


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STC alum Aurora Casas of Edinburg sees symmetry in life with AARP career, achieving professional status


By HELEN J. ESCOBAR


Edinburg High School graduate Aurora Casas was already a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) when she started her college career at South Texas College. At the age of 58, she didn’t let a simple number keep her from her achieving her goals.


“It was always my dream to be an office worker,” she said, Augmentin For Sale. “I would go to renew my driver’s license or to the bank and I would see the young ladies and gentlemen behind their desks; I always dreamt that I could be in their shoes one day. I wanted it to be me as the professional helping others.”


But it took a pink slip to put her back on the college path. Prior to STC, she spent 30 of her years as a seamstress with Haggar Clothing Co. She took the job to help her family make ends meet, but ultimately wasn’t doing what she really hoped with her life. Augmentin For Sale, And in the end, the Haggar plant closed and her long-term commitment to her employer only earned her a pink slip.


“In the midst of what could have been a bad situation, I saw a light,” she said. “I took the road less traveled for people my age and enrolled in college. I was a good student some 42 years ago so I knew it was possible. The plant closing was actually a blessing.”


Just a few years after enrolling, Casas graduated in 2004, earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting. She even managed to earn membership in the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program, Augmentin For Sale.


“I can remember my father was at graduation and he was tremendously proud,” she said. “The look of pride on his face has kept me going all these years. He passed away in 2005, but I know he is still with me.”


During her time at STC, Cases became a participant with AARP’s Senior Employment Program, which placed her in a paid internship with the Social Security Administration.


“Through the job I was able to brush up on all the new technologies that make an office run effectively, get Augmentin,” she said. Augmentin For Sale, “I got a great experience, which lead to AARP offering me a part-time job and now I am working full-time and doing something I really love and am passionate about.”


As the office manager of AARP’s local Senior Employment Branch, Casas helps other mature adults find a way back into the workforce.


“There is a real symmetry in all this because I am helping people who are just like me – they have worked in jobs for a long time, but luck has dealt them a bad hand and now they are having a tough time adjusting to the demands of a high-tech, global job market,” she said. “It’s very easy to get depressed in these situations, but there is only one direction to go and that is forward. I help my clients find out what they really want to do and we make a plan to help them get there.”


In addition to placing clients in internships with hundreds of businesses across the Rio Grande Valley, Casas also promotes program participants to continue their educations.


“I remind my clients that age isn’t a barrier to anything and really it’s just a number; it’s up to you how important you make that number in the scheme of your life,” she said.


Beyond serving as a role model for others in similar circumstances, Casas has inspired two younger generations of students to follow her lead into higher education, Augmentin For Sale.


“My son, who is in his 40’s, was recently laid off and so he is going back to college this spring and so is my grandson,” she said. “They are both starting off their college educations at STC and hope to pursue nursing in the future. I couldn’t be more proud.”


As for herself, she says that retirement isn’t in her near future.


“I didn’t go to all that effort and hard work to earn my degree to retire now,” she said. Augmentin For Sale, “I plan on working for many years to come and look forward to continuing to learn new skills to stay competitive in the job market. I love my job, I love working for AARP and I am truly, very happy.”


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McAllen City Commission honors former longtime Mayor Othal Brand, Sr. for decades of public service


Former McAllen Mayor Othal E. Brand Sr. was recognized for his years of service to the community and received a proclamation at the regularly slated city commission meeting, Buy Augmentin from canada, held on Monday January 26 in the City Commission Chambers.


The proclamation read:


Whereas, Othal E, Augmentin For Sale. Brand Sr. (Mayor Brand) was the eldest of six children born to Homer and Ilee Brand (both deceased) on August 12, 1919 in Grayson, Georgia. Mayor Brand was raised in Atlanta where he was exposed to the fruit and vegetable industry at an early age following his father’s footsteps. Mayor Brand and his brother Bill, began peddling produce at an early age and with hard work and determination, established their produce business as Brand Brothers Produce of Atlanta, Georgia; and


Whereas, in 1941, Mayor Brand enlisted in the U.S. Augmentin For Sale, Marine Corps and served during World War II. Upon his return from the war in the early 1950’s, Mayor Brand rebuilt the produce business and later partnered with Jack Griffin to establish Griffin & Brand of McAllen, a major refrigeration, packing and distribution center. Mayor Brand became a leading figure in the Texas vegetable industry and one of the nation’s largest vegetable producers, processors and shippers and in 2004, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Hall of Honor for his significant contributions to agriculture and ranching in Texas; and


Whereas, in 1973, Mayor Brand was elected City Commissioner of the City of McAllen and in 1977 was elected Mayor, where he served continuously for 20 years until 1997. Through his leadership and vision, he was instrumental in establishing the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen and planned for McAllen’s future by acquiring land for future growth. Mayor Brand served on numerous boards and committees both on the local and state levels; and


Whereas, citizens of McAllen give credit to some of the city’s evolution to Mayor Brand as during his tenure in office, the city flourished economically as seen in infrastructure and placed McAllen on the map as a thriving city; and


Whereas, Mayor Brand has been married to Kathryn Louise since 1945 and they have four children: Lynn, Karyn, Augmentin long term, Cynthia, and Othal Jr. They also have numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and


Whereas, the City of McAllen hereby extends their most sincere gratitude to Othal Brand Sr, Augmentin For Sale. for his leadership and commitment toward the betterment of this great city;


Now therefore, I, Richard Cortéz, Mayor of the City of McAllen, Texas by virtue of the authority vested in me and on behalf of the Mayor and the City Commission, do hereby proclaim January 26, 2009 as “Mayor Othal Brand Day”


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Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Protection Seminar for Businesses to be hosted by McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Business Center


By MATT Z. RUSZCZAK


The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Center of Edinburg on Thursday, February 5, will be hosting a series of presentations, featuring FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Social Security Administration, and U.S. Augmentin For Sale, Attorney General representatives, to help residents, particularly business owners, protect themselves from identify theft.


The event, which carries a $35 fee to cover materials and lunch, will be held at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, located at 1200 Ash Avenue in McAllen. The seminar, which will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., is being sponsored by IBC Bank.


Entitled Identity Theft Dangers & Strategies for Businesses, Real brand Augmentin online, the law enforcement professionals will inform attendees on how to avoid scams, safeguard sensitive records, minimize litigation exposure, protect business assets, comply with laws and regulations, and identify counterfeit currency and credit cards.


For additional information on the seminar, or to register for the event, please contact the Women’s Business Center at 618-2828 or 630-3331, Augmentin For Sale. As seating is limited, timely registration is encouraged.


For additional information, please contact the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 682-2874.


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McAllen woman convicted in kidnapping conspiracy involving Federal Judge Ricardo Hinojosa


Aracely González, 53, of McAllen, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson has announced. After two days of testimony from a government witness, González changed her plea from not guilty to guilty in Houston on Tuesday, January 27.


During the trial, the evidence established that a confidential FBI informant was approached by González’ co-defendant, Joel López, Sr., in July 2007 regarding the murder and/or kidnapping of U.S. Augmentin For Sale, Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in the Southern District of Texas and a woman from Roma, who owed López money for prior drug dealing activities.


At this time, both López and the informant were incarcerated in the Federal Detention Center in Houston. López instructed the confidential informant to contact his wife, Aracely González, when he was released from FDC.


According to the evidence, from September 2007 through March 2008, Augmentin mg, González and the confidential informant spoke numerous times in recorded conversations regarding the kidnapping and murder for hire plot. Specifically, Gonzalez agreed with the confidential informant and López to kidnap the woman from Roma and seek approximately $100,000 in ransom money.


During this period of time, González visited López on two occasions at a federal prison in Pollock, La., and discussed the kidnapping plot, Augmentin For Sale.


In March 2008, the FBI staged the kidnapping of the Roma woman. González accepted approximately $50,000 from the confidential informant, which was represented to be the proceeds of the kidnapping, and was subsequently arrested.


As a result of her conviction, she faces a sentence up to life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine or both. Sentencing has been set for May 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. Augmentin For Sale, before Judge Melinda Harmon in Houston.


The trial of González' co-defendant, Joel López, Sr., is set for March 16, 2009.


This case was investigated by the FBI and was tried by Assistant United States Attorneys Jay Hileman and Ryan D. McConnell.


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U.S. Border Patrol agent Ruiz, 34, of McAllen pleads guilty in bribery case involving narcotics transports


U.S, Augmentin For Sale. Border Patrol agent Salomon Ruiz, 34, of McAllen, on Friday, January 30, pleaded guilty to accusations of accepting bribes in exchange for escorting narcotics loads, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson has announced.


Ruiz pleaded guilty to count one of the four-count indictment charging that from on or about October 2006 and continuing until on or about September 11, 2008, Ruiz did directly and indirectly corruptly demand, receive and accept $14,000 for escorting a narcotics load. Employed as a public official, Ruiz was in violation of the lawful official duty of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Augmentin For Sale, §201.


“Border Patrol agents are entrusted with tremendous authority and the enormous responsibility of securing our nation’s borders, making it a world-class law enforcement agency,” said Ronald D. Vitiello, Chief Patrol Agent, Rio Grande Valley Sector. “Border Patrol agents who violate the trust of the citizens they swore to protect will be held accountable.”


The facts read at the re-arraignment included that during the period of the indictment, Ruiz accepted $14,000 in bribes in exchange for escorting 25 kilograms of cocaine. Ruiz also aided and abetted his cousin, former Border Patrol agent Leonel Morales who escorted a 20-kilogram load of cocaine in exchange for $9,000 in bribes.


A federal conviction for bribery carries a penalty of imprisonment of not more than 15 years and/or a fine not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the bribe, Augmentin For Sale. The sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. before Judge Randy Crane in McAllen. The defendant remains incarcerated pending sentencing.


In a companion case, Morales pleaded guilty to bribery, in Laredo on January 6, 2009. Augmentin For Sale, His sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2009, at 2 p.m.


This allegation was investigated by agents with the Laredo and McAllen Offices of the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Internal Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, U.S. Border Patrol and the DEA. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Wright of the Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, featured at the podium during the fall 2005 dedication of the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission – the first such state facility built by Texas – continues to work on behalf of Texas' military veterans and their families. On Thursday, January 22, Flores filed a bill that would provide Texas veterans, who are physically- or mentally-disabled, as a result of military service, with as much as a 100 percent exemption on their home property taxes. "We are pleased that Rep. Flores has carried this extremely important initiative for veterans of this state. This bill is long overdue and we know that Kino has always taken a proactive approach to help veterans," said Emilio De Los Santos, the Veterans Services Director for Hidalgo County, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. "This bill not only will help veterans of the past, but also veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars." Flores is a U.S. Army veteran. An identical measure, Senate Bill 469 by Sen. John Corona, R-Dallas, was filed on Tuesday, online Viagra without a prescription, January 13. See related story later in this posting. 


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Buy Viagra Without Prescription, In an effort to recover local funds spent on federal levee rehabilitation, U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, featured left, on Thursday, January 22, introduced legislation that would enable the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to reimburse Hidalgo County for expenses incurred. Hinojosa and Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas III, featured center, also met on January 22 with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, featured right, to discuss the reimbursement initiative and voice their commitment to repairing the Valley’s levees. Cornyn has introduced similar legislation in the Senate that would reimburse Hidalgo County for its work on federal levee projects, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. See related story later in this posting. 


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Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, featured left, Viagra no prescription, on Tuesday, January 20, announced she was retiring at the end of the month as a result of health concerns. She was praised by two area legislators as an inspiration to the region. "I am saddened by the unfortunate, but understandable, retirement of President Cárdenas. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, She has been an inspiration to me and to countless other people, not only in the Valley, but throughout the state," said Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview.  Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, also noted that "Dr. Cárdenas set a standard for academic excellence and continuous pursuit of self-realization and personal enrichment. During her tenure, Dr. Cárdenas led UT-Pan American's efforts to further establish the university as a model institution of higher education, serving a highly diverse population and increasing the access to advanced degrees in South Texas." She is featured here, with Dr, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Marla Guerra, superintendent for the South Texas Independent School District, at the university in one of her final public ceremonies on Thursday, January 22.  The two leaders signed a new partnership between UTPA and STISD to promote college readiness and success. See related stories on her retirement and on the partnership with South Texas Independent School District later in this posting. 


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Dr, Viagra description. Alejo Salinas, Ph.D., of Edinburg, accepts ties, in the college's school colors of green and purple, on behalf of his colleagues on the South Texas College Board of Trustees from students, staff, and administration for helping steer the two-county higher education system through a successful 2008. “Last year was a wonderful year for the college with big growth in enrollment, launching our second bachelor’s degree, and kicking off our 15th anniversary celebration, but one thing is clear – none of this would have been possible without the support of the hardest working board of trustees anywhere in Texas,” said Dr. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Shirley A. Reed, STC president, also featured in this photograph. “Dr. Salinas is one of our biggest advocates and has been true to serving the interests of the constituents he represents. Taking Viagra, We thank him for the countless hours he spends safeguarding public funds and planning for the future of higher education in the Valley.” Salinas is superintendent emeritus for and a clinical lecturer at The University of Texas–Pan American, and former superintendent of Hidalgo I.S.D. He has served STC since 1996, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. As the District 5 representative on STC’s Board of Trustees, he represents northwest Hidalgo County, Edinburg, north San Juan, and northeast Pharr. “I sincerely thank the college community for this token of appreciation,” said Salinas. “The biggest and best reward for my work is watching our students cross the stage at graduation each May. I am so proud to be part of this dedicated board and look forward to another outstanding year of academic excellence from our students.” 


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Monitor publisher Frandsen warns City of McAllen about decision by Mayor Cortéz to pull legal notices


By DAVID A, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. DÍAZ

Legal notices, Viagra schedule, which generate millions of dollars annually for many cash-strapped Texas newspapers, usually don't make headlines.


But a recent warning to McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz by M. Olaf Frandsen, publisher of the McAllen Monitor, may soon draw widespread attention to an important – and possibly threatened – source of revenue for many Texas daily newspapers, which are fighting to hang on to every dollar they can generate as their advertising revenues continue to diminish. 


Legal notices (also called public notices) are advertisements that, by statute or administrative rule, are required to appear in newspapers, according to the Texas Municipal League, an organization that lobbies for hundreds of local governments in the state.  


These notices are required of businesses, individuals and governmental bodies such as schools, counties, cities, and various taxing entities as a method of informing the general public of vital information, the TML notes. 


A legal notice can involve a local government asking for bids on major projects, setting up elections, announcing plans to expand the city limits, Viagra no rx, and holding public hearings on plans to rezone portions of a community.   


For decades, the publishing of legal notices has been a sacred cash cow for daily newspapers, which were assured by state requirements that local governments would have to buy advertising in their publications. 


Now, evidently, at least one city – McAllen – has challenged that presumption, according to the publisher of the McAllen Monitor, who contends the City of Palms is treading on thin legal ice. 


Frandsen objects that the mayor supposedly made the decision to pull the city's legal advertising from any local publications owned by Freedom Communications, Inc., which include the McAllen Monitor, Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, the Weslaco Mid-Valley News, and the Brownsville Herald.   


Those legal notices are instead being published in a Pharr-based newspaper, although Frandsen did not identify that publication by name.   


Threat of lawsuits 


Frandsen did issue a thinly-veiled threat of pending legal action against Cortéz and the city for that decision. 


"I am unaware of the reasons for your decision," Frandsen writes to the McAllen mayor. "The decision has left the city vulnerable to voiding a number of actions that either are in process, or planned for the immediate future," Frandsen states, adding, "I would welcome a conversation to rectify, and perhaps reverse, buy Viagra without prescription, your decision before the city faces a challenge from a person or organization who discovers this lapse in legal requirements."


Frandsen argues that McAllen is in violation of the law. 


According to Frandsen: 


"State law requires municipalities to place legal advertising in a newspaper of general circulation, preferably a daily newspaper, that is distributed principally within the boundaries of the city." 


"Your staff has been placing legal advertising in a weekly newspaper in Pharr, which does not circulate, principally, within the boundaries of the City of McAllen." 


"That renders all legal advertising placed in the Pharr publication, or any other publication, to date, in violation of state law, and thus jeopardizes all actions, bids, meetings and any other functions conducted by the City of McAllen that require the publishing of legal advertising. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Technically, all said publications outside city boundaries render city actions null and void." 


The McAllen Monitor publisher encouraged Cortéz "to call me at your leisure, and perhaps we can mutually resolve the issue." 


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As Frandsen tries to handle this local dispute, he and other daily newspaper publishers statewide have another unsettling financial roadblock, also dealing with legal notices, that will be grabbing more headlines, thanks to the Internet and Rep. Frank Corte, R-San Antonio. 


Corte has filed House Bill 45, which is opposed by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, which would give municipalities in Texas the option to drop certain legal advertising in local newspaper in favor of posting those notices on those government's websites. 


In general, zoning involved the power of the government to control the type of structures, such as homes and businesses, Viagra dose, that can be built in a certain segment of a city or county. 


HB 45, filed November 10, does not yet have a Senate companion bill.  


Text of Frandsen's letter 


Both the text of the letter from Frandsen to Cortez, and the text of House Bill 45, follow: 


Frandsen's letter, dated December 19, and sent to Cortéz' as a public document by the city on December 22, lays out the local publisher's contentions: 


Frandsen writes: 


Dear Mayor Cortéz: 


It has come to my attention recently that you have instructed city staff not to place legal advertising with The Monitor or any associated publications.  I am not entirely sure why that decision was reached since I have not heard any communication from you, but if you would allow me to point out a few things: 


1. State law requires municipalities to place legal advertising in a newspaper of general circulation, preferably a daily newspaper, that is distributed principally within the boundaries of the city.  


2. Your staff has been placing legal advertising in a weekly newspaper in Pharr, which does not circulate, principally, within the boundaries of the City of McAllen. 


3, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. That renders all legal advertising placed in the Pharr publication, or any other publication, to date, in violation of state law, and thus jeopardizes all actions, bids, herbal Viagra, meetings and any other functions conducted by the City of McAllen that require the publishing of legal advertising.   Technically, all said publications outside city boundaries render city actions null and void. 


Richard, again, I am unaware of the reasons for your decision. But as noted above, the decision has left the city vulnerable to voiding a number of actions that either are in process, or planned for the immediate future.  I would welcome a conversation to rectify, and perhaps reverse, your decision before the city faces a challenge from a person or organization who discovers this lapse in legal requirements. 


Please feel free to call me at your leisure, and perhaps we can mutually resolve the issue. Thanks for your time. 


Best regards,


M. Olaf Frandsen


Publisher/The Monitor


Regional Vice President/Freedom Communications, Inc. 


Text of House Bill 45 


(Editor's note: All words that are boldfaced and underlined represent a proposed addition to existing law.  All words that are struck through represent a proposed deletion to existing law.) 


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED


AN ACT relating to notice requirements for certain municipal zoning actions. 


BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 


SECTION 1. Section 211.006(a), Local Government Code, is amended to read as follows: 


(a) The governing body of a municipality wishing to exercise the authority relating to zoning regulations and zoning district boundaries shall establish procedures for adopting and enforcing the regulations and boundaries. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, A regulation or boundary is not effective until after a public hearing on the matter at which parties in interest and citizens have an opportunity to be heard. Before the 15th day before the date of the hearing, notice of the time and place of the hearing must be published: 


(1) in an official newspaper or a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality; or 


(2) on the municipality's official website


SECTION 2.  Sections 211.021(a) and (d), Viagra treatment, Local Government Code, are amended to read as follows: 


(a) The governing body of a municipality with a population of more than 290,000 that has adopted a comprehensive zoning ordinance under Subchapter A may, by ordinance, divide the municipality into neighborhood zoning areas after a public hearing on the matter at which parties in interest and citizens have an opportunity to be heard. Before the 15th day before the date of the hearing, notice of the time and place of the hearing must be published: 


(1) in an official newspaper or a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality; or 


(2) on the municipality's official website. 


(d)  On the filing of a zoning change application with the zoning commission, the zoning commission shall provide the appropriate neighborhood advisory zoning council with a copy of the application.  The zoning council shall conduct a public hearing on the application and before the 10th day before the date of the hearing must publish notice of the time and place of the hearing: 


(1)  in an official newspaper or a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality; or 


(2)  on the municipality's official website [before the 10th day before the date of the hearing]. 


SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2009. 


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Rep. Flores files legislation for disabled veterans, wants Gov. Perry to deem it an emergency measure


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

A measure that provide Texas veterans, who are physically- or mentally-disabled as a result of military service, with as much as a 100 percent exemption on their home property taxes has been been filed by Rep, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview. 


An exemption reduces or eliminates the payment of taxes – in this case, property taxes on the principal residence of qualified military veterans in Texas.  


Under current law, buy cheap Viagra no rx, a totally disabled veteran only can receive an exemption of up to $12,000 from the property’s value, according to Flores. 


But his measure, House Bill 742, would allow a qualified veteran who is completely unemployable as a result of medically-documented disabilities to be free of paying any property taxes on their homestead. 


For other veterans who have partial disabilities, they would receive tax breaks of between $5,000 and $12,000 a year on their principal residence. 


For those veterans, the legislation would remove a significant burden for those whose ability to earn an income is severely hindered, according to a bill analysis of the legislation. 


HB 742 was introduced on Thursday, January 22 by Flores, a U.S. Army veteran. 


"We are pleased that Rep. Flores has carried this extremely important initiative for veterans of this state. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, This bill is long overdue and we know that Kino has always taken a proactive approach to help veterans," said Emilio De Los Santos, the Veterans Services Director for Hidalgo County. "This bill not only will help veterans of the past, but also veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars."   


An identical measure, Senate Bill 469 by Sen. John Corona, Viagra street price, R-Dallas, was filed on Tuesday, January 13.  


HB 742 and SB 469 represent the second major effort in the past two years to bring the property tax exemption to deserving military veterans, said Flores. 


In 2007, Flores sponsored the same version of the bill, which was approved by the Senate, but it was killed, along with hundreds of other bills, in the House of Representatives by a legislative bottleneck.   


"Every session, thousands of proposals are filed in the Legislature, and that means that even a bill like this one, which should get unanimous support from lawmakers, can die because of the way the legislative system works," Flores noted. "But the people of Texas have given the governor the authority to put such a noble measure on the legislative fast-track." 


Flores said he will be working with Perry, along with Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to encourage the governor's involvement in the success of the veterans legislation. 


"These two men, along with Lt, where can i order Viagra without prescription. Gov, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. David Dewhurst, hold the power in their hands to make sure this bill becomes law," Flores said. "Ideally, we can get this measure through the legislative process early on, and avoid the avalanche of bills later this spring that can doom it." 


According to the bill analysis, the legislation, which also defines a "disabled veteran", features the following provisions: 


• Authorizes the legislature by general law to exempt from ad valorem taxation all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of a disabled veteran who is certified as having a service-connected disability with a disability rating of 100 percent or totally disabled and to provide additional eligibility requirements for the exemption. 


• Authorizes a veteran having a disability rating of not less than 10 percent but less, rather than nor more, than 30 percent to be granted an exemption from taxation for property valued at up to $5,000.   


• Authorizes a veteran having a disability rating of not less, rather than more, than 30 percent but less, rather than not more, than 50 percent to be granted an exemption from taxation for property valued at up to $7,500.   


• Authorizes a veteran having a disability rating of not less, rather than more, Viagra price, coupon, than 50 percent but less, rather than not more, than 70 percent to be granted an exemption from taxation for property valued at up to $10,000.   


• Authorizes a veteran who has a disability rating of 70 percent or more, rather than more than 70 percent, to be granted an exemption from taxation for property valued at up to $12,000.   


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Congressman Hinojosa, Sen. Cornyn, Judge Salinas join forces to push for federal levee reimbursements


By ELIZABETH ESFAHANI

In an effort to recover local funds spent on federal levee rehabilitation, U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Thursday, January 22, introduced legislation that would enable the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to reimburse Hidalgo County for expenses incurred.


Congressmen Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, joined Hinojosa as original cosponsors of the bill.


Hinojosa and Hidalgo County Judge J.D, online buying Viagra hcl. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Salinas III also met on January 22 with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to discuss the reimbursement initiative and voice their commitment to repairing the Valley’s levees. Cornyn has introduced similar legislation in the Senate that would reimburse Hidalgo County for its work on federal levee projects.


“For too long, South Texas has been at serious risk of flooding due to the deterioration of the levee system. Unfortunately, year after year, the IBWC has failed to secure the funds needed to properly protect our residents,” Hinojosa said. “I want to commend Judge Salinas’ initiative in taking over the federal responsibility to reconstruct the levees. Senator Cornyn, the South Texas delegation, and I will do all we can to make sure Hidalgo County is reimbursed for its work, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. They should not be left empty-handed because the IBWC has failed to live up to its responsibilities.”


In 2005, the IBWC completed a study with the Army Corps of Engineers that concluded that many sections of the levees are sub-standard and would not hold up under severe rain events. The study concluded that a substantial federal investment would be needed to adequately remedy all documented shortcomings. To date, however, the IBWC has not received the federal funding necessary to complete the required assessments and design for critical levee rehabilitation.


"I remain committed to securing much-needed federal funding for this important project. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, These levees serve a critical role for the safety of Valley residents, and also play a significant role in our national security," Cornyn said. "I want to also thank my fellow Texans in the House of Representatives, Purchase Viagra online, Congressmen Hinojosa, Ortiz and Cuellar, for their work to help ensure that local leaders have additional funding to safeguard and protect their communities and local taxpayers are reimbursed. I know that by working together we can ensure the levees protect Valley residents from flooding, help boost security and provide the federal support these communities need."


“Speaking for the entire Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, we are encouraged today that Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa have so quickly filed levee reimbursement language that will help Hidalgo County recover local funds spent on federal projects,” Salinas said. “We are hopeful that this time around, the levee reimbursement language will gain traction in Congress.”


In addition to introducing the levee reimbursement legislation, Hinojosa has urged lawmakers to include money for the underfunded IBWC so that flood control systems along the Rio Grande could finally be repaired. The stimulus plan unveiled two weeks ago revealed that Hinojosa’s request was met and includes $224 million for IBWC levee repair, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. This represents more money for levee repair than the commission has received in more than a decade. 


For more information, visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us 


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Rep. Flores praises legacy of President Cárdenas, pledges public's involvement in selecting successor


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, retiring president of the University of Texas-Pan American, on Wednesday, January 21, ordering Viagra online, was praised by Rep. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, for her service on behalf of Texas and for her vision to continue expanding the reach of the Edinburg-based university throughout the region. 


Flores also said he will work closely with fellow legislators and the UT System leadership, including newly-appointed UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, in the selection process of an interim and permanent successor for Cárdenas. 


"We will make sure the public is fully informed on how these major steps are taken, and how people from all walks of life from South Texas can participate in selecting the new leadership of our great university," Flores said.  


Paul Sale, UTPA's provost and vice president for academic affairs, will assume the duties of the presidency until such time as the UT System appoints an interim president, according to H. Scott Caven, Jr., chairman of the UT System Board of Regents.  


Caven added that the UT System "will move quickly to appoint an interim president and I will announce the formation of a presidential search advisory committee as soon as possible to aid in the national search for her successor.”  


Cárdenas, 64, on Tuesday, January 20, announced her retirement effective January 31, citing health concerns. 


"The pressures of the last several months have seriously taxed my health and well-being and impaired my ability to lead the university with the intensity and focus I believe necessary, Viagra pictures, "  


Cárdenas said in a statement issued on the university's website. 


She underwent heart surgery in 2007. 


"I am saddened by the unfortunate, but understandable, retirement of President Cárdenas. She has been an inspiration to me and to countless other people, not only in the Valley, but throughout the state," Flores said, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. "In her four-and-a-half years as leader of one of the best universities in Texas, President Cárdenas has created a legacy that will continue to help current and future generations of the Valley's best and brightest university students and their families." 


Caven shared Flores' assessment of Cárdenas' leadership. 


“On behalf of the UT System, I would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Cárdenas for her service as president of UT Pan American,” Caven said. “She has been an inspirational leader throughout her career in education and public service, and her commitment to higher education has been a tremendous asset to the local community and region. The institution has seen remarkable growth and we are confident it will continue on that trajectory." 


Expanding UTPA's reach 


Flores, a 14-year legislative veteran and a former member of the House Appropriations Committee – which secured hundreds of millions of dollars for UT-Pan American – has been a strong supporter of  Cárdenas' efforts to bring a graduate school facility to McAllen. 


Much of McAllen is in Flores' House District 36. 


"For some time now, the leadership of McAllen has been working on ways to continue bringing additional higher education opportunities for the people of South Texas," Flores said. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, "Under a state law I authored four years ago, the way has been paved for helping do just that."


One of her many achievements will be the establishment of graduate school programs in McAllen, Flores predicted.  


A graduate course is an area of academic study for a student who already has received a bachelor’s degree. Successfully completing graduate courses can lead to a Master’s Degree of Ph.D.  


In 2005, Flores authored a measure, carried in the Senate by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Viagra from canadian pharmacy, D-Laredo, which makes it possible for any university in Texas to offer graduate programs in McAllen – or in many other cities, for that matter.  That measure was unanimously approved by lawmakers and became law on September 1, 2005. 


The graduate programs can be offered in a facility, dubbed a "dual usage educational complex" under Flores’ House Bill 1737,  by allowing a junior college district, such as South Texas College, to team up with a political entity, such as the City of McAllen, or an institution of higher education, to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up a such a complex. 


There are 50 community colleges in Texas.  


100,000 square-foot McAllen complex envisioned 


In early December, Cárdenas, during a work session with the Edinburg City Council at the campus, said that she wants to establish a presence for the university in McAllen, Buy Viagra Without Prescription.  


"One of the things we will be doing is we are diversifying our locations for offering classes," she told the Edinburg city leadership. "If you are a teacher in San Juan, and you teach all day, with three kids at home, and you want to get a Master’s Degree, (at the end of the day, Where can i find Viagra online, ) traffic is so tight it is going to take you about an hour to get to UTPA."  


As part of her strategy, UTPA wants to provide almost two dozen undergraduate and postgraduate programs in McAllen.  


"We are looking at offering 10 to 20 sections of master’s and upper-division classes at some site in McAllen," Cárdenas said.     


She did not identify the site or the time frame for the graduate course program, but raise her concerns that if UTPA did not build a presence in other parts of Hidalgo County, much is at stake for the local university.  


"If we don’t offer the classes, somebody else will," she said. "That’s where we are."     


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Last November 11, Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, publicly announced plans by McAllen to build a 100,000 square-foot complex to provide Valley residents a new site to seek master’s and doctoral degrees currently not offered by the University of Texas-Pan American or South Texas College.  


That complex envisioned by McAllen leaders fits well into the law created by Flores and Zaffirini.


Flores said part of his strategy in passing the law was to encourage the wealthier state universities to build a presence in the rapidly-growing – and legislatively important – Texas border region.  


"UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, these are the flagship universities in the state, the ones with the national reputations, buy generic Viagra, the biggest financial endowments, the most research-oriented," Flores noted. "Under this law, they can set up graduate programs in the Valley and the rest of the border region that otherwise could take years to materialize."  


The wording of the law is such that any university, with approval by the Coordinating Board – which is the state agency that governs higher education in Texas – can team up with South Texas College and McAllen to bring additional graduate courses to the Rio Grande Valley, Buy Viagra Without Prescription.  


According to the bill analysis of the measure, the legislative intent of Flores’ HB 1737 is to establish guidelines for a junior college district to create an educational facility within its district and, in order to maximize and fully utilize the new facility, to open it to usage by other entities within the district or by educational partners throughout the region.  


Flores/Zaffirini law paved the way  


The law by Flores and Zaffirin follows:  


SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 130, Education Code, is  amended by adding Section 130.0103 to read as follows:  


Sec. 130.0103.  DUAL USAGE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX.  (a)  The board of trustees of a junior college district may establish and operate a dual usage educational complex to provide a shared facility for the educational activities of the district and other participating entities.  The board of trustees may enter into a cooperative agreement governing the operation and use of the complex with the governing bodies of one or more of the following entities:  


(1)  a county, municipality, or school district located in whole or in part in the service area of the junior college district; or  


(2)  another institution of higher education with a campus or other educational facility located in the same state uniform service region as adopted by the coordinating board.  


(b)  The junior college district shall coordinate and supervise the operation of the complex.  The use and the costs associated with the establishment and operation of the complex shall be shared by the district and the other participating entities under the terms of the cooperative agreement.  


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this  Act takes effect September 1, 2005. Where to buy Viagra,  


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Sen. Hinojosa characterizes retirement of UTPA president Cárdenas as a "significant loss" for region


By ARTURO BALLESTEROS

Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, issued the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, effective January 31, 2009: 


"Dr, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Cárdenas' departure signals a significant loss for the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas. Dr. Cárdenas set a standard for academic excellence and continuous pursuit of self-realization and personal enrichment. During her tenure, Dr. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Cárdenas led UT-Pan American's efforts to further establish the university as a model institution of higher education, serving a highly diverse population and increasing the access to advanced degrees in South Texas. I wish Dr. Cárdenas the best in her future endeavors and congratulate her on her commitment to the South Texas community.  She brought us a wealth of experience, perspective, and capacity for leadership.  Dr. Cárdenas served as more than just president of UT-Pan American. In every way, she formed part of our culture, our community, and our everyday lives." 


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Rep. Gonzáles says state agency will distribute additional $40 million for Hurricane Dolly victims


By RICARDO LÓPEZ-GUERRA

Rep, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Verónica Gonzáles, where can i cheapest Viagra online, D-McAllen, on Wednesday, January 21, announced the Rio Grande Valley is slated to receive $55 million in federal funding for Hurricane Dolly relief, nearly $40 million more than originally earmarked for the area. 


The increase in hurricane relief funding comes weeks after Gonzáles corresponded with Charlie Stone, executive director of the state Office of Community Rural Affairs (ORCA), asking the agency to reconsider its plan to distribute $1.3 billion in federal funding to areas affected by Hurricanes Ike and Dolly. The draft plan, released in late November, set aside a combined $15 million for the three Rio Grande Valley counties struck by  Hurricane Dolly in July 2008. 


Responding to the draft plan's allocation for the Valley, Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas told area leaders that Hidalgo County alone suffered $230 million in county-estimated damages from the hurricane, which also devastated parts of Cameron and Willacy Counties. After meeting with Salinas, Gonzáles sent a letter to ORCA  requesting the agency reconsider the funding distribution, pointing out that the plan designated nearly 20 percent of the money for administrative and planning costs that could better serve Hurricane victims. She also spoke with Stone to discuss the possibility of increasing the Valley's portion of the funding. 


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, The agency responded by reducing administration costs and transferring $100 million to hurricane relief. The revised funding plan adds nearly $59 million for Housing Tax Credits, and more than $41 million to hurricane damaged regions, Is Viagra safe, of which the Rio Grande Valley will receive nearly $40 million. 


"I am so pleased the Office of Community and Rural Affairs listened and reconsidered the amount of funds going to help Rio Grande Valley hurricane victims," Gonzáles said. "Instead of spending millions of tax-payer dollars for administrative costs, now the money will go to actually help Hurricane Dolly victims." 


In November, the state Office of Rural and Community Affairs introduced a draft plan to allocate $1.3 billion across the state for Hurricane Ike and Dolly disaster recovery. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties) was set only to receive a mere $15.3 million, despite Hidalgo County estimates of more than $230 million in damages. At that time, county leaders jumped into action to educate ORCA about the damages sustained in the Rio Grande Valley by Hurricane Dolly.  


"The fact is, we went to that public hearing in Harlingen well-prepared and with our own comprehensive assessment numbers, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. We also had the backing of the state and federal legislators who understand our needs. That's how we got to this point today, where Valley residents will see increased disaster relief," said Salinas. "More money is actually going to help our Valley communities, instead of the administrative coffers of state government." 


The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council was scheduled to meet Friday, January 23, to discuss the allocation of $55 million in local disaster recovery funds. 


"Collectively, Valley leaders will ensure that these funds will be maximized in areas of greatest need and that local administrative costs are kept to a bare minimum," Salinas said.   


(Carri Lambrecht contributed to this article.) 


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Three Mercedes men sentenced for carjacking, buy Viagra online no prescription, conspiracy to carjack, by U.S. Attorney's Office


Alfredo Rodríguez, Jr., 20, Jose De La Luz Reyna, 22, and Aaron Ortiz, 20, have been sentenced to 84 months, 108 months and 27 months, respectively, for carjacking and conspiracy to carjack, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced the three residents of Mercedes late Wednesday, January 21.


At the hearing, Rodríguez and Reyna were sentenced to nine and seven years, respectively, Where can i buy cheapest Viagra online, for carjacking, while Ortiz was sentenced to 27 months for conspiracy to carjack. All three are to serve a three-year-term of supervised released following completion of their prison terms. After hearing arguments from defense counsel and the government, Hinojosa sentenced the three men for taking a motor vehicle from a male victim by the use of force, violence and intimidation. The court considered the extent of each defendant’s involvement in the carjacking, noting that Rodríguez and Reyna had physically beaten the man. 


The three pleaded guilty to their respective charges October 6, 2008. At that hearing, the United States presented evidence showing that on July 29, 2007, the victim was driving his vehicle on FM 491 in Mercedes when he pulled over to assist the defendants and two other individuals whose vehicle had run out of gas, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. He offered to take a female to a gas station in order for her to purchase gasoline for their vehicle. When the man returned, Rodríguez began beating him with a ball-peen hammer and Reyna began beating him with his hands and feet, all while Ortiz was putting the fuel in their vehicle. Shortly after, Reyna and Ortiz fled the scene in the man’s vehicle, while Rodríguez and the others fled in their own vehicle. The victim sustained several injuries which included a laceration to his head that required seven staple stitches. 


The conviction for carjacking carries a punishment range of up to 15 years imprisonment, without parole, and a maximum fine of $250,000, order Viagra from mexican pharmacy. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Conspiracy to car jack is punishable by imprisonment of no more than five years and a maximum $250,000 fine. 


This investigation leading to the charges against Rodríguez, Reyna and Ortiz was conducted by FBI with the assistance of Mercedes Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leo J. Leo III. 


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New UTPA partnership with South Texas Independent School District focuses on enhanced student success


By GAIL FAGAN

Enhanced college readiness and success by Rio Grande Valley students is the goal of a new partnership agreement announced on Thursday, January 22 between The University of Texas-Pan American and the South Texas Independent School District (STISD). 


The partnership, titled “Pathways to Success,” will provide new programs at the district’s four high school campuses designed to ease the transition to and support the success of STISD students in postsecondary education. STISD high schools include South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg, South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) and Science Academy of South Texas, both in Mercedes, and South Texas Academy of Medical Technology (Med Tech) in San Benito. 


Dr. John Edwards, UTPA vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, described the agreement to signing ceremony attendees as historic. 


“I know of no other university/school district agreement like this one which provides three avenues or pathways to prepare different cohorts of students for enhanced success at the University,” he said. “This university, under both (UTPA presidents) Dr. (Miguel) Nevárez and Dr, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. (Blandina) Cárdenas, has effectively worked for many years to improve access to higher education but just as important we have promoted in the Valley factors for success because access to higher education without a good chance at success is no bargain.” 


The partnership, which was approved by the STISD Board on Monday, My Viagra experience, January 20, includes a “Summer Start Program” that will provide developmental courses to entering freshmen students who will need this assistance to be eligible to enroll in regular university classes. A “Summer University Prep Program” will provide specially designed short-term courses as well as tutoring, mentoring and career assessment to district identified students who have completed their sophomore year in order to better prepare academically for their remaining years in high school. 


Pathways to Success also creates a “South Texas Scholars Program,” which will enable high achieving students who have completed their sophomore year in high school and are in the top 25 percent of their class or have a 22+ ACT score or have a 90+ GPA to enroll both in Dual Credit classes at the high schools as well as in Concurrent Enrollment classes on the University campus or via interactive video. Students who complete the required 12 hours of Concurrent Enrollment courses would be eligible to apply to become University Scholars at UTPA and receive a $3,000 a year scholarship. 


Edwards said because of the partnerships and programs established over the years by UTPA with Valley schools, students are entering the University more prepared and pursuing not only baccalaureate degrees but are also going on to graduate school to earn master’s and doctoral degrees. 


“That will impact our Valley in ways that will be difficult for us today to see,” he said. 


University administrators said they approached the STISD for this collaboration because of its long track record of providing its students excellent preparation for college. STISD high schools consistently rank in the top tier of high schools in the state and nationally. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, The agreement states UTPA faculty will meet and work with selected STISD teachers who will be hired to provide developmental instruction or as adjunct professors to teach Dual Credit courses on the high school campuses. The initial goal is to start the programs in summer 2009. 


“The STISD has a pool of very talented educators who will work with our faculty to put together these programs for the benefit of our students in the Valley. We hope to see increased collaboration on research and increased collaboration on innovative teaching technologies. I think what you will see through this partnership is not just three programs but the enhancement of the opportunities and the access for our students,” said Dr. Paul Sale, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. 


Dr. Marla Guerra, a UTPA alumna and STISD superintendent, said the district is excited about this first “official” partnership with UTPA and for the district’s teachers to have the opportunity to plan and collaborate with University faculty to make sure their students are prepared to perform successfully at the university level and to graduate. 


“Our ultimate goal is that they come back to the Valley and stay here and give back to the community to make the Valley a better place to live and work,” she said. 


Presiding over her last signing ceremony as UTPA president before her retirement on January 30,  Cárdenas said the partnership reflects the great commitment that Valley educators, educational institutions, and districts now have to high quality postsecondary education for its students. 


“Over the course of some years we have raised the bar, raised our vision to the notion that it is not about graduating kids from high school but it is about graduating our young people from college and beyond,” she said, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. “The most important thing a leader does is to reshape the belief of what is possible. Once you believe something is possible, you begin to act upon it. I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate our belief that anything is possible, Viagra gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release. Don’t let anyone ever tell you anything else.” 


For more information of the UTPA-STISD’s “Pathways to Success” partnership, contact Dennis McMillan, associate vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, at 956/381-2147 or e-mail dmcmillan@utpa.edu


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Gov. Perry urges Legislature to strengthen private property rights with constitutional amendment


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, January 22, urged lawmakers to add an amendment to the state constitution to fortify property owners’ rights against abuses of eminent domain. The governor spoke at a press conference with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 


“Through Senate Bill 7, we made it clear that Texans will not tolerate taking land for economic development or giving it to a private developer,” Perry said. “Unless we take action on these protections, private property rights in Texas will begin to erode and undermine the very character of our state.” 


Senate Bill 7 was passed in 2005 during a special session of the 79th Legislature, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London ruled that government entities could use eminent domain authority for economic development projects rather than traditional public uses, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. The bill prohibits acquisition of land for non public purposes, such as commercial economic development or private use. 


The governor was joined by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, Buy Viagra no prescription, and Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, who will propose legislation to fortify property rights, and Susette Kelo, plaintiff in the Kelo v. New London case. Duncan will also propose a constitutional amendment to prevent private property from being taken for economic or private development purposes. 


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Perry also cautioned against use of the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Hubenak v. San Jacinto Gas Transmission Co., which allows government entities to make an unreasonably low offer on a person’s property, and then respond to an owner’s refusal by taking the land. The governor also commended Rep. Jim Jackson, R-Dallas, for sponsoring the constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2007, allowing landowners to buy back land at the price the government paid for it if it is not used for the project it was taken for. 


“Government shouldn’t use eminent domain to take someone’s land without trying to buy it from them first,” Perry said. “It is wrong for any government to make a lowball offer, then respond to an owner’s righteous refusal by taking the land. The government owes land owners a genuine good-faith negotiation, not a land grab.” 


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Sen, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Hutchison’s ban on tolling federal highways supported by Transportation Secretary nominee


By JEFF SADOSKY

U.S. Sen, purchase Viagra. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, on Wednesday, January 21, pressed former Congressman Ray LaHood, the Transportation Secretary nominee, on his stance on imposing tolls on existing federal highways at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation & Science hearing.  


LaHood agreed with Hutchison that tolling should not be imposed on existing roads that have already been paid for by taxpayers, unless a new lane is constructed and the same number of free lanes is maintained. 


“I think we have placed too much focus on private-financed toll roads to solve the problems of urban congestion. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, In many instances, this has become an abdication of private property rights," said Hutchison. "I am very concerned about our federal government giving incentives to promote toll roads and, in some instances, allowing tolls over every lane of a federal highway that the taxpayers have already paid for."


“The idea of taking…the interstate highway that’s already there and people are using and putting tolls on that… is not a good idea,” said LaHood. 


At the January 21 Commerce Committee hearing to consider his nomination to the post of Transportation Secretary on Wednesday, LaHood testified that out-of-the box thinking would be needed to face transportation challenges, and imposing tolls on existing highways that taxpayers are already using is not a good approach.  


LaHood agreed that tolls could be a viable option for new lanes, highways, Viagra online cod, or bridges. 


In 2007, Hutchison successfully passed legislation that prohibits the tolling of existing federal highways built with taxpayer dollars in Texas. Hutchison’s amendment passed and was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 THUD Appropriations bill.  


The Senate extended the provision through September 30, 2009. 


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Laredo delegation heads off to Texas Capitol to push its legislative agenda, meet with state leadership


By XOCHITL MORA GARCÍA

It’s time once again for the bi-annual trip to Austin, where Laredo city leaders converge on the state’s Capitol to make sure that city issues are heard.  This year, the city's delegation departed on Sunday, January 25, and is scheduled to return on Thursday, January 29. 


“Laredo is now the 10th largest city in Texas, and one of its most vital border communities,” said City of Laredo Mayor Raúl G. Salinas, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. “This trip serves to remind our state elected officials of the pressing needs for our community.” 


Assisted by Laredo’s state legislative consultant, Andrea McWilliams & Associates, delegates are scheduled to meet with various legislators and agencies that govern the issues which most impact Laredo, including water quality, health, and of course, homeland security.  Also assisting the city  with advocacy efforts is lobbyist Mario Martínez, where can i buy Viagra online. The contacts made by this trip will impact Laredo now and in the future; securing and enhancing the long-standing working relationship already established between Laredo and the state government. 


“Because our state legislative body meets only once every two years, it is imperative that we travel to Austin to remind folks of who we are, meet any newly elected or appointed officials and remind them of the importance of Laredo to the great state of Texas,” said City Manager Carlos Villarreal. 


Highlights of the trip include meetings with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst; Secretary of the State Hope Andrade; Texas Director of Homeland Security Steve McCraw; Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; and the Texas Water Development Board, to name a few.  Also scheduled are meetings with newly elected Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Senator John Carona and Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.   


Of course, no trip would be complete without meetings with Laredo’s own elected-officials, including Senator Judith Zaffirini, who will be recognizing the Laredo delegation, along with the WBCA Ambassadors, on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, and Rep. Richard Peña Raymond and Rep. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Ryan Guillen, D-Roma, who sponsored a joint resolution on Monday to declare the day “Laredo Day in Austin.” Finally, the trip wraps up with the annual Laredo Day Reception, on Wednesday night, where all elected officials, directors and staff members stop by to mingle once more with City leaders in a more social atmosphere. 


“Having the city officials here in Austin, meeting with legislators and other state agencies and advocating on behalf of the city’s most pressing issues is very important for the citizens of Laredo, because that means Laredo can push for more state funds allocation, allowing for local tax dollars to be used for other local needs,” said Raymond, D-Laredo.   


Also traveling to Austin will be the Alexander High School Mariachi Band, who will perform in the rotunda of the Capitol on Tuesday and at the Laredo Day reception the next evening.


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Dr. Lorenzo Pace, noted sculptor and author, is featured speaker at Museum of South Texas History to help celebrate Black History Month on February 1


By JOEL A. GARZA

Jalani loved to play. Low dose Viagra, Although his mother warned him not to wander alone, Jalani spent hours in the African jungle playing with his imaginary friends. One day, a strange man came upon him while he was at play and carried him away from the jungle and his friends. The man placed chains and locks on his little wrists and ankles and forced Jalani into a small box, locking the lid, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. When he was finally released from the awful box, Jalani did not recognize his surroundings. They were very different from his African homeland. In this new place Jalani was forced to work all day in the scorching sun for very little food and no pay. Jalani would never play again.   


To commemorate February as Black History Month, the Museum of South Texas History’s Sunday Speaker Series presents Dr. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Lorenzo Pace in an interpretive performance of his children’s book, Jalani and the Lock. The program will take place Sunday, February 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


Jalani and the Lock is a children’s book based on the capture and enslavement of Pace’s great-grandfather, Steve Pace. Steve, like Jalani, was kidnapped in Africa and brought to America locked in a box. When Steve was finally freed from slavery, he kept the lock and key used to confine him on that terrifying journey, Viagra over the counter. The lock has been passed from one generation to the next as a reminder of the family’s African roots, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. Pace currently has possession of the lock and will bring it with him for the program.  


Beautifully written and illustrated by Lorenzo Pace, Jalani and the Lock was named One of the Best Children’s Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times and was the recipient of the Skipping Stone Honor Award. The book was recently made into an animated musical and performed in Amsterdam. It is presently touring in South America. Lorenzo Pace will perform an interpretation of Jalani and theLock using live African music and exciting visual effects. 


Buy Viagra Without Prescription, Lorenzo Pace was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA and MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and his doctorate in art education and administration from Illinois State University. Lorenzo Pace skyrocketed to national attention in 2002, when he was commissioned to build a sculpture in honor of the over 400 slaves found buried at New York City’s Foley Square. The result is a 300-ton granite sculpture named Triumph of the Human Spirit. Lorenzo Pace is currently a visiting professor at the University of Texas-Pan American.


Jalani and the Lock will be available for purchase at the Museum Store, with a special discount for FRIENDS of MOSTH. For more information, call 956/383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org, Buy Viagra Without Prescription. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in downtown Edinburg. 


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Gov. Perry honors Texas athletes who participated in 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics


Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, January 22, honored Texas athletes and coaches who participated in the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments at a reception and photo opportunity at the State Capitol. 


“This year’s Paralympic games engaged and inspired the world and reminded us of the resilience of the human spirit and the pride of accomplishment,” Perry said. “I’m proud of these Texans for representing the Lone Star State in Beijing and continuing the time honored tradition of sportsmanship and unity at the Paralympic Games.” 


The governor noted that Texas Paralympians are role models for all Texans, motivating others to live healthier lifestyles. Buy Viagra Without Prescription, For young Texans in particular, these athletes are an example of how discipline, strong character and dedication lead to success. 


An avid runner, Perry has made fitness and healthy lifestyle choices an important part of his healthcare initiatives. Too many Texans face serious health problems as a result of poor nutrition and lack of exercise. Complications from being obese cost the state billions of dollars each year from lost productivity and increased burden on the healthcare system. 


Recently, the governor participated in the Capitol Steps Challenge, a two week competition in which he challenged governors from the 49 other states and their teams to participate by wearing pedometers to clock their daily activity. The winning state team will be declared the Most Active Governor’s Team in the nation at the Capitol Steps Challenge Awards event February  21, 2009, in Washington D.C. They will also be presented with a $50,000 donation to their state’s childhood obesity program by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin HealthMiles. 


In 2004, Perry launched the Texas Round-Up statewide fitness initiative and 10K race to motivate and encourage Texans to become more active and to incorporate healthy choices in their daily lives. Today, Texas Round-Up is an independent not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of Texas through education and promotion of physical activity and healthy living. Texas Round-Up provides Texans with tools, opportunities, and programs that encourage and allow for Texans of all ages and fitness levels to participate. 


To view photos of the governor and Olympic participants, please visit http://www.governor.state.tx.us


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Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, When then-Sen. Barack Obama came to the University of Texas-Pan American in late February, you could literally count on one hand the number of elected officials who endorsed the man who would be President – and three of them were from Edinburg. Edinburg Councilmember Gus García, Jr., featured here with his wife, Tonya, publicly supported Obama during his February 22 visit to the University of Texas-Pan American. Also endorsing Obama were Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Edinburg school board trustee Robert Peña, Jr.  The South Texas leaders astonished the Rio Grande Valley Democratic power brokers when they backed Obama against a hugely popular Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Almost a year later, their public support of Obama could help Edinburg and South Texas keep their presence and issues known to the newly-elected President, says the local councilmember. See lead story later in this posting. 


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Key legislators, featured in this file photo during the opening of South Texas College Technology Campus in McAllen in 2006, doses Clonidine work, could soon be joining forces again to bring another higher education crown jewel to the Rio Grande Valley. Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview (third from left), says he is coordinating a public meeting with the City of McAllen, the University of Texas-Pan American, and South Texas College so McAllen officials, led by Mayor Richard Cortéz, may lay out their vision to bring graduate-level university courses to the City of Palms. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, "For some time now, the leadership of McAllen has been working on ways to continue bringing additional higher education opportunities for the people of South Texas," Flores said. "Under a state law I authored four years ago, the way has been paved for helping do just that." Joining the Palmview Democrat in this shot were, from left: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Flores; Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen; Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, What is Clonidine, D-Weslaco; and Cortéz.  Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, carried the Flores legislation in the Senate, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. See story later in this posting. 


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The University of Texas-Pan American has now made it easier for students to transfer from a two-year college to the University through the help of the newly opened UTPA Transfer Center. A grand opening was held Tuesday, January 13 at the center, which is located at Pecan Boulevard and 29th Street in McAllen. “It is this sort of partnership and teamwork that will pay off ‘en grande’ for the students of STC and most importantly for the economy and prosperity of the Rio Grande Valley,” UTPA President Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas said. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, “It has become far more urgent that we make sure students have the information they need in order to make efficient decisions in their college pathway.” Featured at the ceremony, from left: Mike Allen, board of trustees, South Texas College;  Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, UTPA associate vice president and dean of admissions and enrollment services; Dr. Paul Sale, UTPA provost and vice president; Cárdenas; Dr. Shirley Reed, STC president; Alejo Salinas, board of trustees, South Texas College; and Mike Pérez, McAllen city manager. See story later in this posting. 


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Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, featured right, comprar en línea Clonidine, comprar Clonidine baratos, will be in Weslaco on Thursday, January 22, as part of a major legislative tour coordinated by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, according to Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, featured left, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Straus will be joined by dozens of other state lawmakers for the only scheduled visit into Hidalgo County, according to the tentative schedule that has been distributed to state senators and representatives by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. The speaker and the legislators will meet for a reception with mayors of Hidalgo County at 7 p.m. at the home of Patti and Larry Dittburner at 2912 S. International Boulevard, according to Peña. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Later in the week, the legislative delegation will primarily visit key points in Cameron County. The Rio Grande Valley Partnership is hosting the tour for dozens of legislators from across the state from Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25. "Joe Straus is a good friend and I congratulate him on his unanimous election as our new speaker," said Peña. "We have been able to succeed in the past because of our willingness to work with members on both sides of the aisle. In these dire economic circumstances and with our state facing a grim budget outlook it becomes so much more important to put aside partisanship and do what is best for the state of Texas. That is why I invited Speaker Straus to join our colleagues in a tour of the Rio Grande Valley." Featured, from left: Peña; Straus; Aaron Peña III; and Aaron Austin Peña, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. See story later in this posting. 


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Sen. Clonidine from canada, Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, featured third from right, on Tuesday, January 13, was sworn in for another four-year term representing Senate District 21, which includes Starr County.  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst presided during Opening Day Ceremonies, officially gaveling to order the 81st Texas Legislative Session. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, "I truly am delighted to renew my unwavering support for all families in our district," Zaffirini said. "I especially look forward to prioritizing education and health and human services and to ensuring the health and welfare of Texans, especially those whom I represent."  She returns as the highest-ranking senator for Bexar County and the border region. including Starr County. Featured, from left: Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte; Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo; Zaffirini, D-Laredo; Sen, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston; and Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, Clonidine reviews, D-San Antonio. See story later in this posting.


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In break from majority, Councilmember  García rolled the dice and won big with President Obama


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


When then-Sen. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Barack Obama, D-Illinois, came to the University of Texas-Pan American in late February, you could literally count on one hand the number of elected officials who endorsed the man who would be President – and three of them were from Edinburg. 


Edinburg Councilmember Gus García, Jr., Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Edinburg school board trustee Robert Peña, Jr. astonished the Rio Grande Valley Democratic power brokers when they publicly backed Obama against a hugely popular Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. 


Almost a year later, their public support of Obama could help Edinburg and South Texas keep their presence and issues known to the newly-elected President. 


A few days after Obama became President-Elect, the local city councilmember shared some of his views of what he hopes will come from taking the political risk, and backing Obama when all other major leaders in the Valley had thrown their support behind Sen. Clinton, who is now Obama's pick for U.S. Secretary of State. 


Question: 


When then-candidate Barack Obama came to UT-Pan American on Friday, February 22,  I noticed that there were only four elected officials who played a part in welcoming him to Edinburg: yourself, Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, Rep, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. No prescription Clonidine online, Eddie Lucio, III, and Edinburg school board trustee Robert Peña, Jr. This group decided early on to back him for president. Now, that decision has come full-circle, and Obama is President-Elect. How do you feel about that? 


Councilmember Gus García


I think it is good, for the sake of the Valley, that there were a few elected officials from the Valley who reached out to Barack Obama. 


I really, really like Sen. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Hillary Clinton, and I had the opportunity to meet with her when she came down here to campaign for (U.S. Democratic candidate) Rick Noriega. In meeting with her, she is an intelligent, bright woman, I think she represents a lot of good ideals very similar to Barack Obama. 


But I also felt that we were neglecting the fact that Barack Obama was a potential choice for the Democratic Party. I thought that as a community, we would be remiss if we did not reach out to him. 


Aside from the fact that my political views were very similar to his, as far as change is concerned, Clonidine pharmacy, and what people from all walks of life shared with him, I just felt that he was more about what I call the American movement of change. I will use (former U.S. Secretary of State) Colin Powell's words: He was "a transitional candidate." He appealed more to what Americans were looking for in this country's economy, foreign affairs,  world view, and other issues. 


The only issue I think he has to hammer hard on is the North American Free Trade Agreement, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. He needs to realize how important NAFTA is to our community, and what the impact we would have if we were to significantly change the way we do business with Mexico.  Everyone knows Mexico is a partner for us.  We really need to reach out, and thank goodness, we have a few elected officials who have reached out to him, and can talk to his people, and get those relationships started. 


Question: 


What is the significance of a minority, a black man, being elected president? 


Councilmember Gus García: 


It shows the country has come a long way since the 1950s and 1960s, when there was segregation. Hispanics, too, were segregated from whites. I don't want to say that (Latinos) were oppressed, but we struggled. Our struggle is very similar to the struggles that the African Americans have faced in the United States.  That's not to say that we are not being given fair treatment now, Clonidine forum, but there is a plight that minorities, in general, across the United States have experienced that non-minorities have not. 


Even though we are making huge leaps forward in progress, the very fact that we had a minority, a person of color, to the highest office in the nation, shows that America has taken a huge step. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, It makes me, my family, feel that anything is possible in American, anyone can be elected President. 


Question: 


What message did the election of Barack Obama send to the world? 


Councilmember Gus García: 


Barack Obama is a communicator, obviously.  He does a very good job of reaching out and touching people, their hearts and minds. I think he will be able to communicate and hear what they have to say, and they will reciprocate. We are going to work out a lot of issues. 


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Rep. Flores to coordinate McAllen, STC, UTPA meeting to review graduate school vision


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


The leadership of McAllen, South Texas College and the University of Texas-Pan American will soon meet to hear a plan being promoted by McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz, which could eventually bring graduate-level university courses to the City of Palms, said Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview.


Flores' House District 36 includes a large section of McAllen. 


No time, date, or location has yet been set for the gathering, but Flores said he will be working with the three public entities to coordinate the session at the earliest convenience.   


He also said he wants the meeting to be open to the public. 


"For some time now, the leadership of McAllen has been working on ways to continue bringing additional higher education opportunities for the people of South Texas," Flores said, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. "Under a state law I authored four years ago, the way has been paved for helping do just that." 


Flores' measure, carried in the Senate by Sen, australia, uk, us, usa. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, was unanimously approved by state lawmakers in 2005. That law makes it possible for any university in Texas to offer graduate programs in McAllen – or many other cities, for that matter. 


A graduate course is an area of academic study for a student who already has received a bachelor’s degree. Successfully completing graduate courses can lead to a Master’s Degree of Ph.D. 


Such a facility, dubbed a "dual usage educational complex" under Flores’ House Bill 1737, and passed into law on September 1, 2005, allows a junior college district, such as South Texas College, to team up with a political entity, such as the City of McAllen, or an institution of higher education, to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up a such a complex, which could involve offering graduate education programs. 


There are 50 community colleges in Texas. 


Cortéz: Ready to move forward


On Monday, January 12, the McAllen mayor announced that city's desire to lay out its vision for creating the educational complex. 


"What we would like to do is have (City Manager) Mike Pérez to contact UTPA officials to have a meeting, Clonidine overnight, " Cortéz said. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, "We would also like for them to meet with South Texas College officials so we can all have a very clear understanding what the goals and objectives are, and how they would affect all other educational institutions in the city of McAllen so we can move forward in an orderly way. 


In early December, UTPA president Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, during a work session with the Edinburg City Council at the campus, said that she wants to establish a presence for the university in McAllen. 


"One of the things we will be doing is we are diversifying our locations for offering classes," she told the Edinburg city leadership. "If you are a teacher in San Juan, and you teach all day, with three kids at home, and you want to get a Master’s Degree, (at the end of the day,) traffic is so tight it is going to take you about an hour to get to UTPA." 


As part of her strategy, UTPA wants to provide almost two dozen undergraduate and postgraduate programs in McAllen. 


"We are looking at offering 10 to 20 sections of master’s and upper-division classes at some site in McAllen," Cárdenas said.    


She did not identify the site or the time frame for the graduate course program, but raise her concerns that if UTPA did not build a presence in other parts of Hidalgo County, much is at stake for the local university. 


"If we don’t offer the classes, somebody else will," she said. "That’s where we are."    


100,000 square-foot complex envisioned 


Last November 11, Rep, buy cheap Clonidine. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, publicly announced plans by McAllen to build a 100,000 square-foot complex to provide Valley residents a new site to seek master’s and doctoral degrees currently not offered by the University of Texas-Pan American or South Texas College. 


That complex envisioned by McAllen leaders fits well into the law created by Flores and Zaffirini. 


Flores said part of his strategy in passing the law was to encourage the wealthier state universities to build a presence in the rapidly-growing – and legislatively important – Texas border region. 


"UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, these are the flagship universities in the state, the ones with the national reputations, the biggest financial endowments, the most research-oriented," Flores noted. "Under this law, they can set up graduate programs in the Valley and the rest of the border region that otherwise could take years to materialize." 


The wording of the law is such that any university, with approval by the Coordinating Board – which is the state agency that governs higher education in Texas – can team up with South Texas College and McAllen to bring additional graduate courses to the Rio Grande Valley. 


According to the bill analysis of the measure, the legislative intent of Flores’ HB 1737 is to establish guidelines for a junior college district to create an educational facility within its district and, in order to maximize and fully utilize the new facility, to open it to usage by other entities within the district or by educational partners throughout the region. 


Flores/Zaffirini law paved the way 


The law by Flores and Zaffirin follows: 


SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 130, Education Code, is  amended by adding Section 130.0103 to read as follows: 


Sec, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. 130.0103.  DUAL USAGE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX.  (a)  The board of trustees of a junior college district may establish and operate a dual usage educational complex to provide a shared facility for the educational activities of the district and other participating entities.  The board of trustees may enter into a cooperative agreement governing the operation and use of the complex with the governing bodies of one or more of the following entities: 


(1)  a county, municipality, or school district located in whole or in part in the service area of the junior college district; or 


(2)  another institution of higher education with a campus or other educational facility located in the same state uniform service region as adopted by the coordinating board. 


(b)  The junior college district shall coordinate and supervise the operation of the complex.  The use and the costs associated with the establishment and operation of the complex shall be shared by the district and the other participating entities under the terms of the cooperative agreement. 


SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, Rx free Clonidine, this  Act takes effect September 1, 2005. 


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"Change or more of the shame?" Senate voting  tradition eliminated to force passage of "Voter ID" proposal


By SEN. JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA 


To many Texans, the Wednesday, January 14 debate on the Senate floor might not have made a lot of sense.  I would think most Texans believe that their Texas legislators meet every odd-numbered year for 140 days to address priority issues like health care, public and higher education, tax relief, transportation; in short, issues that impact our lives, our families, and our pocketbooks. 


But on that day, however, the Texas Senate spent the entire day working on politics, not policies.  A group of state senators, led by partisan motives, carved out an exception to a decades-old Senate tradition known as the two-thirds rule.  The two-thirds rule requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate – or 21 members – before a bill can be taken up by the Senate as a whole.  The rule is designed to compel senators to work the entire membership in order to bring a bill up for debate by the entire body.  The rule, as it was written, was the prime reason why the Texas Senate was known for civility and bipartisanship. 


Texans would ask why Senate Republicans (except for one Republican from Dallas) voted to set aside a rule that creates an atmosphere of bipartisanship in the Texas Senate.  Texans would be right to ask that when the results of the general election this past November gave legislators a clear mandate: Enough with the politics. Let's get to work. 


Was it to make sure the Senate could vote on revisiting the new margins tax that is having a disproportionate impact on Texas' small businesses? 


To guarantee a freeze of public university tuition rates and fees given the 53% increase since 2003? 


To ensure the state fully funds public schools so every child in Texas receives a quality education in preparation for entering college and an increasingly competitive job market? 


Or maybe to expand health care coverage for Texas children by increasing enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program? 


None of the above. 


Republicans created an exception to the two-thirds rule to bring up a divisive partisan issue – a voter identification bill – and gave that issue priority status. 


When asked by Senate Democrats to validate the urgency of dealing with voter fraud, Republicans did not produce any data, Clonidine cost. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Republicans presented no evidence proving that Texas experiences voter fraud of any significance. When Democrats reminded Republicans that voter fraud is already illegal, Republicans shrugged and continued their political theater.  At no point did Republicans discuss facts or cite statistics, nor were they willing to include other issues in their rule change. 


Senate Republicans voted against including veteran's benefits, children's health insurance, tuition rate freezes, and fully funding public schools in the same category as voter identification. This at a time when the country is in a recession, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been eliminated as companies down-size, and record numbers of foreclosures choke off access to credit for millions of Americans. 


Yet Republicans voted as a solid bloc to keep economic issues in second place on the priority list. 


What impact does this rule change have on you. The impact on Texans and their families will be felt as the legislative session moves on. Republican partisans have effectively set their priority:  Partisanship.  Health care, roads, schools, and the economy will have to wait. 


I ask you to remember this when the last weeks of the legislative session are upon us. When Republicans say, "We just don’t have enough time to address issues that matter to middle-class, working families." 


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Rep, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Gonzáles says character trumps experience in selection of Rep. Straus as Speaker of the House


(Rep. Gonzáles was one of a handful of state representatives – and the only one from the Rio Grande Valley – asked by newly-elected Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, Clonidine brand name, to second his nomination for one of the most powerful positions in state government. Her remarks, made before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 13, follow.) 


By REP. VERÓNICA GONZÁLES 


Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, In the city of San Antonio, there is a family that has lived out what it really means when we say that Texans stand tall. They’re the type of people who are not comfortable sitting on the sidelines. They don't expect government to solve all our problems and they’re not going to wait for somebody else to step up. I am speaking of the Strauses. 


Joe and Joci Straus, Joe’s parents, actively devote their time and considerable talents to improving their community. Tackling tough problems, from helping prevent teen pregnancy to stepping up to support the arts, Joe and Joci Straus have made it their mission to make their community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. What is clear to every member of this body is that Joe and Joci Straus instilled in their son those same values, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. They ’re here today and for the example that they ’ve set for all of us and for the legacy they’ve left us in their son and our colleague Joe Straus, I ask you to join me in recognizing them. 


Over the last year, the words "hope" and "change" have been widely used, some may say over-used. But one thing we can definitely take from that is whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, order Clonidine online c.o.d, as I am proud to be, the status quo is no longer acceptable. This has been the trend nationwide, and it is no different here in Texas, or for that matter, in the Texas House of Representatives. Change has occurred. 


Our body is now made up of 74 Democrats and 76 Republicans. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, As a Democrat, naturally I had hoped that we’d be electing a Democratic speaker this session, but with numbers so close, I take comfort in knowing that bills will live or die based on their merit and not based on party affiliation, and that members will, by necessity, be required to work together. And under such an atmosphere, it is more critical than ever that our leader, our speaker, be an advocate of the same spirit of cooperation. 


That is why I am honored today to second the nomination of Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio as Speaker of the House. The last week-and-a-half has been a whirlwind for the members, for the media, but most particularly, I imagine, for Rep. Joe Straus. Joe has been referred to as moderate, young, energetic, well-rounded, independent, a man of integrity, easy-going, and a person willing to work with others. 


Critics have pointed out that he has only two sessions under his belt and say he is politically inexperienced, but I see it differently, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Clonidine canada, mexico, india, Joe Straus is relatively young. I can tell you that I view the ’40s and ’50s much differently now that I’ve crossed over that side of the hill. Joe has shown himself to be independent on more than one occasion, voting against what might be viewed as his party ’s position. And if you ask anyone who has worked with Joe, he is always willing to extend his hand and to work alongside you to make a bill better or to advance good public policy. 


And as for experience, well, I for one do not believe that political experience equates to effectiveness. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Rather, I believe it is the character of the man or woman that should be judged. Joe Straus is a real leader, evident from the fact that he has the confidence to surround himself with others who can challenge his opinion. One of Joe Straus’ first hires is former Democratic member Clyde Alexander as his chief of staff. That’s a sign not just of bipartisanship, but of intellectual maturity. It is that spirit of cooperation that the country and that our constituents have been yearning for. It is that spirit of cooperation and that desire to do what ’s right that will hopefully restore civility to the Texas House. 


I know this session will bring many challenges, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Our national economy is extremely weak, and while Texas has not felt the effects to the same degree as other states, we too have limited dollars to fund unlimited needs in a state that is highly diverse and that continues to grow in population. Whether you live in North, West, East, purchase Clonidine for sale, or South Texas, as I do; whether your city borders Oklahoma or New Mexico or the country of Mexico, as mine does; whether you are rural or urban or a combination of the two, as my area is; we share many values, to provide a good and equitable education to our children; to take care of the health needs of Texans, especially the youngest and the oldest; to create jobs that fuel our economy; permit families to put a decent roof over their head and provide for themselves; to keep our citizens safe; and the list continues. 


I hope that this session those shared values that unite us will be bigger than us and more important than the past struggles that have divided us. I appreciate the immense responsibility that awaits us and what better way to start than to elect as Speaker of the House a man who may not have all the experience in the world, who has not been grooming himself for this position, but who has a strong admiration for this institution, who views diversity as an asset, not a liability, and who is willing to step up to make Texas better for all Texans. 


Ladies and gentlemen, we ’ve had "Joe the Plumber," and now please join me in electing Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. May God bless each of you, and may God bless Texas. 


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New House Speaker Straus, legislators to be hosted on Thursday in Weslaco as part of major Valley tour


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, will be in Weslaco on Thursday, January 22, as part of a major legislative tour coordinated by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, according to Rep. Aaron Peña, Clonidine without a prescription, D-Edinburg. 


Straus will be joined by dozens of other state lawmakers for the only scheduled visit into Hidalgo County, according to the tentative schedule that has been distributed to state senators and representatives by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership.   


The speaker and the legislators will meet for a reception with mayors of Hidalgo County at 7 p.m. at the home of Patti and Larry Dittburner at 2912 S. International Boulevard, according to Peña. 


Later in the week, the legislative delegation will primarily visit key points in Cameron County. 


The Rio Grande Valley Partnership is hosting the tour for dozens of legislators from across the state from Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25. 


Straus succeeded former Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, R-Midland, who did not have the minimum 76 House members pledged to vote for him for reelection. The Speaker of the House, who has the power of life and death over all legislation in the House, is elected every two years, on the first day of the five-month legislative session. 


"Joe Straus is a good friend and I congratulate him on his unanimous election as our new speaker," said Peña. "We have been able to succeed in the past because of our willingness to work with members on both sides of the aisle, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. In these dire economic circumstances and with our state facing a grim budget outlook it becomes so much more important to put aside partisanship and do what is best for the state of Texas. That is why I invited Speaker Straus to join our colleagues in a tour of the Rio Grande Valley." 


The Rio Grande Valley Partnership brings a delegation of lawmakers down to South Texas every two years, during the start of the regular legislative session, but because the region is so large geographically, the legislative delegation visits western Hidalgo County and Starr County one session, Clonidine coupon, then two years later – as is the case this week – lawmakers cover the eastern portion of the Valley. 


Peña said soon after Straus announced he had the votes to be elected Speaker of the House by his fellow state representatives, Peña secured a commitment from Straus to join the Valley tour. 


Three of the members of the Partnership board of trustees have Edinburg connections: Humberto Garza with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance; J. Humberto Rodríguez with Exquisita Tortillas; and


E. Linda Villarreal, M.D., P.A., with Memorial Medical Clinic. 


The Rio Grande Valley Partnership, headquartered in Weslaco, for more than 60 years has served as a chamber of commerce for the entire Valley, coordinating programs and relationships that advance regional economic development. 


The tentative scheduled tour for the legislators, according to the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, follows: 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 


• 11:30 a.m.   


Legislative delegation will depart the Capitol by bus to Austin/Bergstrom Airport for a flight on Southwest Airlines to Valley International Airport in Harlingen. 


• 2:15 p.m.   


Arrive at Valley International Airport.


Welcome Ceremony: Mayor Chris Boswell of Harlingen; Ruthie Ewers, Chairwoman, Harlingen Area


Chamber of Commerce; Crisanne Zamponi, executive director, Harlingen Area Chamber of


Commerce; Nat López, president, About Clonidine, Harlingen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Michael Browning,


director of aviation, Valley International Airport; and other city, county and state dignitaries.       


• 3:15 p.m.   


Depart for Texas State Technical College-Harlingen 


• 3:30 p.m.   


Arrive at TSTC where the delegation will be welcomed by new president Dr. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, César Maldonaldo, P.E


A briefing will also be delivered by Pat Bubb, executive director of Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley 


• 4:30 p.m.   


Depart for Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen. Hosts will be Dan McLean, senior vice-president and CEO of Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen and Jim Eastham, president and CEO of Valley Baptist Health System 


• 5:30 p.m.   


Depart for hotel and check in at the Best Western Casa Villa Suites in Harlingen 


• 6:45 p.m.   


Leave hotel for an evening of food and fellowship at Summerwinds, the home of Larry & Patti Dittburner, which will feature a night of interacting with the board of directors of the  Rio Grande Valley Partnership, along with area, city, county and Valley officials. 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 


Breakfast at hotel. 


• 8:30 a.m.   


Depart for the Brownsville PUB Desalination Project, presentation by Bill Norris of NRS Engineers, designer and builder of the plant for the Brownsville PUB. and John Bruciak, president of Brownsville Public Utilities Board. 


• 9:45 a.m.    


Leave for Cameron Park, one of the many colonias in the Rio Grande Valley. 


• 10 a.m.   


Arrive at Cameron Park, a colonia that the state has appropriated funds to build streets, water and sewer lines, Clonidine blogs. The delegation will also visit the section of the colonia that has not been improved to show the difference made in the quality of life for Texas colonia residents when the state invests funds to improve colonia conditions. 


•11 a.m.   


Depart for the University of Texas Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College. 


• 11:15 a.m.   


Arrive at the University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College where the delegation will be met by Dr. Juliet García, president of UTB, and Tony Zavaletta, vice president of external affairs of Texas Southmost College. Lunch will be provided as well as presentations. 


•1:30 p.m.   


Depart for the Port of Brownsville. 


• 1:45 p.m.   


Arrive at the Port of Brownsville where the delegation will be met by the Eddie Campirano, port director who also is a member of the board of directors of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, and the members of the board of directors for the Port of Brownsville, for a tour of the port. 


• 4 p.m.   


Depart for hotel to prepare for evening activities. 


• 6:45 p.m.   


Depart hotel for Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) and the South Texas Veterans Healthcare Center with Speaker of the House Straus, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Hosted by Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito. 


• 7 p.m.   


Arrive at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) and the South Texas Veterans Healthcare Center. Before dinner, Leonel Vela, M.D. MPH, dean of the RAHC, and Larry Alva, director for the South Texas Veterans Healthcare Center, will give provide tours of their facilities. 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 


• 2:30 p.m.    


Depart hotel to International Bridge Systems of Brownsville and Cameron County. 


• 3 p.m.   


Arrive at the International Bridge to show part of the Homeland Security Border Wall being built. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, The delegation will  will be hosted by Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos and Pete Sepulveda, Jr., director of the International Bridge. 


• 4:30 p.m.   


Depart for South Padre Island 


• 5:15 p.m.   


Arrive at South Padre Island. Generic Clonidine, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will be the special guest. Event will be hosted by Bob Pinkerton, mayor of South Padre Island, Dewey Cashwell, city manager of South Padre Island, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Rep, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Tara Ybarra Ríos, D-South Padre Island. 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 


Breakfast at the hotel. 


• 9 a.m.   


Depart for the Port of Harlingen 


• 9:15 a.m.   


Arrive at the Port of Harlingen, where at least 50 percent of the fuel for the Rio Grande Valley comes in by barge.  The legislative delegation will be met by Port Director Butch Palmer, a member of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership board of directors. 


•10:30 a.m.   


Depart for the Marine Military Academy, and take a tour of replica of the Iwo Jima Memorial.  The delegation will be hosted by Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (retired), President of Marine Military Academy and Col. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, R. Glenn Hill, buy Clonidine without a prescription, USMC (retired), Superintendent of Marine Military Academy.  Lunch will be hosted following the tour. 


• 1 p.m.   


Depart to the Valley International Airport for a direct flight to Austin at 2:40 p.m. Upon arrival at 3:45 p.m., a bus will be waiting to take the delegation to the State Capitol 


For further information on the legislative tour, contact Verónica Villegas at 956/458-6557. 


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Draft version of national stimulus package include $224 million for levee repairs in Rio Grande Valley, almost $40 million for Edinburg school district


By ELIZABETH ESFAHANI 


South Texas is poised to gain significant amounts of federal funding according to details of the economic stimulus package released on Thursday, January 15, according to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes. 


The House of Representatives made public their draft of the $825 billion, two-year American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which potentially includes hundreds of millions of dollars for levee repair, school districts, rural housing projects, and water projects in the Rio Grande Valley. The stimulus legislation is expected to receive consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives sometime in the two weeks. 


“This is great news for our district. We have a recovery package that not only calls for swift action, it calls for smart investments that will help build a stronger, more competitive nation, Clonidine for sale, ” Hinojosa said. “The time is now for our communities to take advantage of the opportunities this bill presents, especially the grants now available for projects that will create jobs and grow our local economy.” 


Over the past several weeks, Hinojosa has urged lawmakers to include money for the underfunded International Border and Water Commission (IBWC) so that flood control systems along the Rio Grande could finally be repaired, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. The stimulus plan unveiled on January 15 revealed that Hinojosa’s request was met and includes $224 million for IBWC levee repair. This represents more money for levee repair than the Commission has received in the past 20 years. 


“After years of having to make do with a budget that didn’t even allow for annual upkeep, this is a fantastic reversal of fortune for the IBWC,” Hinojosa said. “This federal money means that we can finally repair and raise the levees and ensure that the same catastrophe that happened in New Orleans does not repeat itself.” 


Under the plan, schools in Rio Grande Valley could potentially see an approximately $125 million increase in funds over two years to help low-income and students with disabilities. Schools would also receive roughly $92 million funds to help renovate and modernize their classrooms, labs, libraries, and other facilities over two years – providing students with technologically updated, energy-efficient schools to learn in and creating good construction jobs for local workers. 


“The only way we are truly going to regain our competitive footing is by investing in education,” Hinojosa said. “I am heartened that this stimulus plan recognizes the importance that education plays in our long-term economic security and I look forward to working with the President to make sure that we properly prepare our workforce for a 21st century economy.” 


Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Economists from across the political spectrum have recently told lawmakers that strategic investments in education will help Americans become stronger and more productive. By creating an economic stabilization fund to help states restore cuts in education, this package will also help local and state school officials keep teachers in District 15 classrooms. 


The following represents the amounts that each Rio Grande Valley school district would receive from certain aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment bill.  Specifically, the following figures represent what each school district would receive under the bill’s allocations for Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), and K-12 School Modernization ($14 billion) over FYs 2009 and 2010. These figures do not include the $80 billion State Stabilization Fund that will also be allocated to schools. These are estimates only based on available and current data: 



  • Donna ISD: $25, Clonidine wiki,108,300

  • Edcouch-Elsa ISD: $10,392,400

  • Edinburg CISD: $39,879,400

  • Harlingen ISD: $20,894,600

  • Hidalgo ISD: $5,487,300

  • La Feria ISD: $5,010,300

  • La Villa ISD: $1,335,700

  • Mercedes ISD: $9,353,100

  • McAllen ISD: $26, 811,800

  • Monte Alto ISD: $1, Clonidine samples, 285,100

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD: $38,426,700

  • Progreso ISD: $3,900,600

  • Santa Maria ISD: $2,400,000

  • Weslaco $28,129,500 


Other infrastructure investments potentially affecting the Valley include: 



  • The Bureau of Reclamation: The nation’s water management agency is in position to receive $500 million to help with its enormous $1 billion backlog in water projects. This is good news for the Rio Grande Valley, Hinojosa said, because there are 19 irrigation canal lining projects in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties that are sitting in the Bureau’s backlog. The South Texas water infrastructure system currently loses 25 percent of the transported water to evaporation and seepage, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Completion of these projects would significantly improve the conservation of the area’s scarce water resources. 

  • Border ports of entry: The stimulus plan sets aside $1.15 billion for the construction of GSA and Customs and Border Patrol land ports of entry. These funds would be used to improve border security and improve travel times across ports of entry. 

  • Affordable rural housing: The bill includes $500 million to support loans that will help rural families buy homes during the credit crunch. A few days earlier, Hinojosa sent a letter to U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President-elect Obama’s transition team urging the inclusion of rural housing funding in the economic stimulus package. 


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Sen. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Zaffirini, whose district includes Starr County, sworn-in as second-highest ranking senator


By CELESTE VILLARREAL 


Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, Clonidine trusted pharmacy reviews, the second longest-serving Texas state senator, on Tuesday, January 13, was sworn in for another four-year term representing SD 21. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst presided during Opening Day Ceremonies, officially gaveling to order the 81st Texas Legislative Session.


"I truly am delighted to renew my unwavering support for all families in our district," Zaffirini said. "I especially look forward to prioritizing education and health and human services and to ensuring the health and welfare of Texans, especially those whom I represent." 


She returns as the highest-ranking senator for Bexar County and the border region, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. including Starr County.


First elected in 1986, Zaffirini has received more than 600 awards and honors for her legislative, public service and professional work, including more than 100 awards for excellence in communications.


Her work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent voting record in the Texas Senate, having cast more than 38,530 consecutive votes since 1987. She has sponsored and passed 581 bills and 51 substantive resolutions and co-sponsored and passed another 278 bills.


Her 2007 legislative successes include sponsoring and passing Senate Bill (SB) 6, which protects Texas children and families from sexual communication and solicitation via the internet; SB 99, which supports persons living in Texas' most impoverished communities by increasing the number of state agencies required to submit data about projects that serve colonias; SB 1050, Buying Clonidine online over the counter, which creates new work-study opportunities for college students by developing a program through which students could serve as peer mentors and tutors as part of their work-study financial aid program; and SB 1051, which provides waivers to the core curriculum for foreign students enrolled in international institutions in a joint-degree program with Texas colleges and universities.


Zaffirini pre-filed 49 bills before the 2009 session began, including many relating to higher education, public education, health and human services, juvenile and criminal justice, agriculture, transportation, judiciary and technology.


"I look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and my Senate colleagues to pass legislation that places families first, improves public and higher education and increases access and availability of quality health services," she said.


The lieutenant governor is expected to appoint new Senate committees this month. 


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Sen. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Hinojosa, Nueces County representatives file bills to create Dr. Héctor P. García Day


By ARTURO BALLESTEROS 


Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christ, Clonidine from mexico, Solomon Ortiz, R-Corpus Christi, and Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, on Friday, January 16, filed Senate Bill 495 and House Bill 661, respectively, creating a state holiday in honor of Dr, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Héctor P. García, a Mexican-American civil rights leader who founded the American GI forum and contributed to the initial push for equal protection under the law for disenfranchised communities. 


García served with distinction during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star with six battle stars for his actions. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan, the highest civilian award for distinguished service. 


Hinojosa and Herrero, Ortiz, and Hunter issued a joint statement regarding García's legacy and the importance of honoring his contributions to the American civil rights landscape: 


"Dr. García embodies the spirit of selflessness and public service. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, As a private American citizen, Dr. García exercised his constitutional rights to elevate awareness about the plight of neglected Americans. As a physician, he provided access to medical care to a traditionally underserved community. As a soldier, he demonstrated valor and sacrifice as he fought to defend the world against tyranny.  Dr. García left us a legacy of discipline in our commitment to public service. In doing so, he defined for us the true meaning of liberty, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Online buying Clonidine, Texas would be honored to recognize his work." 


The state holiday would be observed on the third Wednesday in September.  Public agencies and schools could observe the holiday with activities and ceremonies relevant to García's efforts specifically and the civil rights movement in general. 


Cecilia Akers of San Antonio, daughter of the late García, commented on the proposed legislation that honors her father. 


"My family is grateful for the Nueces County delegation's recognition of my father's legacy," Akers said. This legislation would allow my father's achievement to be celebrated in public schools and in communities across Texas so the impact of his lifelong work will be recognized. He improved the quality of life for all Americans. We hope for timely passage of these bills by the Texas Legislature and thank all those who are participating in getting these bills final approval." 


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UT-Pan American Transfer Center offers transfer information for South Texas College students


By MELISSA C. RODRÍGUEZ 


The University of Texas-Pan American has now made it easier for students to transfer from a two-year college to the University through the help of the newly opened UTPA Transfer Center. 


Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, A grand opening was held Tuesday, January 13 at the center, which is located at Pecan Boulevard and 29th Street in McAllen. 


“It is this sort of partnership and teamwork that will pay off ‘en grande’ for the students of STC and most importantly for the economy and prosperity of the Rio Grande Valley,” UTPA President Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas said. “It has become far more urgent that we make sure students have the information they need in order to make efficient decisions in their college pathway.” 


Mary de León, associate director of Admissions and New Student Services, said the center was developed to assist South Texas College students in the transfer process from STC to UTPA. 


“The center was created to provide students with UTPA information in the beginning of their freshman year at STC and to assist them in transitioning successfully to UTPA,” de León said. “This will allow them to plan early and to chart their path to success in their preferred field of study.” 


Dr. John Edwards, UTPA Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, said the center, across the street from the STC campus, will provide a convenient place for students to get information. 


“We want to do anything we can do to help ease the transition for students coming from STC, or even for those preparing to transfer,” Edwards said, canada, mexico, india. “An office right across the street will enable students to walk over and receive accurate information about all of the transfer processes.” 


STC President Dr, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Shirley Reed welcomed UTPA to the neighborhood at the grand opening ceremony and said this act of customer service was to be commended. 


“Our students are consumers like any other consumers. They want convenient access to information and immediate gratification,” Reed said. “This is going to go a long way to serve the almost 7,000 students who have taken classes at South Texas College who are now at UT Pan Am pursuing many programs including master’s degree programs.” 


Transfer Center staff will provide assistance with admission and academic counseling as well as financial aid and scholarship information. The center is equipped with laptops to facilitate the processing of admission applications, FAFSA submittal, transfer orientation reservations and class registration. 


“More importantly, we will dedicate a lot of time to creating awareness of campus life services and programs such as housing, clubs and organizations, the Learning Assistance and Writing Centers, athletics and fine art events, and the Distinguished Speakers Series,” de León said. 


There will be two full-time staff members and two students housed at the center daily and admissions counselors will visit several times a week. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, The center will be open from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. The staff will also collaborate with STC staff to schedule campus visits for students who are interested in learning more about UTPA. 


“The collaboration with STC is important because together we are affecting the lives of many students, and their families, Clonidine steet value, and we’re also positively affecting the social fabric and economic structure of South Texas,” Edwards said. “We can provide help to even more students only through collaborative processes. Our goal is to encourage even more of the STC students to complete their higher education program following their work at the community college.” 


According to de León, approximately 1,000 students transfer from STC to UTPA each year. 


Edwards said students should take advantage of this center to begin learning about the positive benefits of receiving a bachelor’s degree from a university. 


“Through this center students can begin planning their entire higher education program early in their community college experience and ensure that the courses in which they enroll at STC will count toward fulfilling degree requirements at UTPA,” Edwards said. 


For more information about the UTPA Transfer Center, call 956/292-7441 or 956/292-7442. 


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Sen, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. Zaffirini files bills spanning System Benefit Fund, children's immunization, airport funding, emergency service district boards


By CELESTE VILLARREAL 


Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, filed legislation on Tuesday, January 13, to reconstitute the system benefit fund as a trust fund, give parents options for immunizing their children, secure aviation facilities development and establish the title of members of boards of emergency services districts. 


Zaffirini's Senate District 21 includes Starr County. 


“These bills focus on the priorities of District 21, balanced with those of the families of our great state,” Zaffirini said. “Each is simply a starting point and will evolve through constructive negotiation that is the hallmark of the legislative process. Accordingly, I urge anyone interested in any of my bills to contact me or my staff immediately so that we can consider any suggestions for improvement.” 


Senate Bill (SB) 464 would ensure that the System Benefit Fund, created in 1999 with electricity deregulation, kjøpe Clonidine på nett, köpa Clonidine online, will be used for its intended purposes of providing electric rate discounts and home weatherization upgrades to reduce electric bills of low-income customers. Since 2003 funds received through the System Benefit Fund have been diverted from these programs and applied to other state budget needs. 


SB 465 would change the title of members of emergency service district boards from "commissioner" to "director" to alleviate public confusion between the roles and responsibilities of emergency service districts and the county commissioners courts. 


Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, SB 466 would protect voluntary exclusion rights of those who do not want to participate in the Texas Immunization Registry, while increasing the number of persons who are vaccinated fully. This is responsible public health policy that will decrease societal risk and exposure to increasing outbreaks of preventable diseases and their long-term impact. What’s more, this measure will require persons to demonstrate personal responsibility for ensuring their exclusion from the system. 


SB 467 would take any sales tax revenue generated from aviation or air traffic-related sales and place it in a special airport development fund. If passed, the bill would provide up to $50 million for airports statewide, more than three times the amount that the Texas Department of Transportation provides currently for airport funding. 


"I look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and my colleagues in the legislature to enact these and other bills that will address priority issues such as health, human services, economic development and the economy,” Zaffirini said, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. “The well-being of families and communities of Senate District 21 and Texas is my main focus." 


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Attorney General Abbott supports court ruling allowing prayer in Presidential Inauguration


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott supported a Thursday, January 15 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton clearing the way for prayer at President-elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration and the presidential oath of office to include the phrase, “So help me God.” 


“The January 15 federal court decision marks an important victory for all Americans’ right to freely express their religious faith,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Since President George Washington first said ‘So help me God’ in 1789, American presidents have a longstanding, historic--and constitutionally established--tradition of invoking the Almighty at their inaugural ceremonies. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Recognizing that right, the federal district court rejected the plaintiffs' request and cleared the way for President-elect Obama to invoke God during his historical inauguration.” 


Abbott and attorneys general representing all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands filed their amicus brief in an effort to defeat a legal challenge that activist Michael Newdow and several atheist organizations filed on Dec. Clonidine duration, 30, 2008. Late Thursday, January 15, Walton refused to grant the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction – an action which could have prevented President-elect Barack Obama’s oath from including the phrase, “So help me God,” and prayer during the inauguration. 


The states’ action in Michael Newdow, et al. v. Hon, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. John Roberts, Jr. reflects Abbott’s latest effort to lead a multi-state defense of public acknowledgments of God. In a 2003 amicus brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of all 50 states, Abbott successfully helped thwart Newdow’s attempt to remove the words “under God” from the U.S. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, Pledge of Allegiance. In 2007, he defeated a separate lawsuit attempting to remove the words “under God” from the Texas Pledge of Allegiance. 


Abbott also personally appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he successfully defended a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Capitol grounds. In that case, purchase Clonidine online no prescription, Van Orden v. Perry, the plaintiff sought to remove a Ten Commandments from the Texas Capitol, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the monument was constitutional. 


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Hearst Corporation could transform struggling Seattle newspaper to online-only publication


The Hearst Corporation on Friday, January 9, announced that it is offering for sale the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I) and its interest in the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) under which the P-I and The Seattle Times are published. 


Hearst said that should a sale of the P-I not occur within 60 days, it will pursue other options for the property, Buy Clonidine Without Prescription. These options include a move to a digital-only operation with a greatly reduced staff or a complete shutdown of all operations. In no case will Hearst continue to publish the P-I in printed form following the conclusion of this process. 


In Texas, Hearst Corporation owns the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, The Laredo Times, The Beaumont Enterprise, the Midland Daily News, and the Midland Reporter-Telegram. 


Regarding speculation over Hearst’s possible interest in acquiring The Seattle Times, Hearst said such an acquisition is not under consideration.


The P-I, which Hearst has owned since 1921, has had operating losses since 2000. The P-I lost approximately $14 million in 2008 and its forecast anticipates a greater loss in 2009.


“Our journalists continue to do a spectacular job of serving the people of Seattle, which has been our great privilege for the past 88 years,” said Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers. Buy Clonidine Without Prescription, “But our losses have reached an unacceptable level, so with great regret we are seeking a new owner for the P-I.”


Operating under a JOA since 1983, the P-I and the Times have maintained separate news operations, with The Seattle Times Company handling production, circulation, advertising sales and all other non-news operations for both newspapers. The agreement provides that the revenue taken in by the Times’ business operation, after deducting operating costs, is shared 60 percent to the Times newspaper and 40 percent to the P-I. The newspapers must then pay for their editorial operations from their shares of these funds.


The P-I, founded in 1863 as the Seattle Gazette, has daily circulation of 114,000, according to the most recent report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The Sunday newspaper, which is a joint enterprise of the Times and P-I, has circulation of 382,000, according to the same report. Seattlepi.com, the newspaper's Web site, had page views of approximately 500 million in 2008, and has an average of 4 million unique monthly visitors, according to the Web site’s internal logs.


Hearst has retained newspaper industry investment bankers Broadwater & Associates of New York to search for a buyer for the P-I.

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Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Tuesday, January 6, was sworn into office for his 7th term by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, which marked the start of the 111th Congress. “We are beginning a new era of politics here in Washington, one where the needs of the American people will finally come first again,” Hinojosa said of the occasion. The new session marks Hinojosa’s 13th year as the U.S. Representative for the 15th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Edinburg, the largest population center. Hinojosa's district office in Hidalgo County is located in Edinburg at 2864 Trenton Road (phone: 956/358-8400), Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Featured, from left: Pelosi, Marty Hinojosa, Karén Hinojosa, Rubén Hinojosa, and Kaitlin Hinojosa, order Tindamax no prescription. See story later in this posting. 


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The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed APEX Primary Care as their latest Copper Corporate Partner. APEX provides quality primary care for the aged and disabled in the Rio Grande Valley. “We’re excited about being part of a successful organization that represents all sizes of business both small and large” noted APEX owner Eric Flores. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, “The McAllen Hispanic chamber's excellent reputation in Texas as well as in Washington, D.C. encouraged us to join up with a winning organization.” The MHCC was recently named the “National Medium Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 2008” at the annual United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, an honor that they have previously won three times. The MHCC has also been honored seven times by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce as the Small Chamber of the Year for Texas. “We intend to become active with business and health concerns that affect the community” added Flores. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner and/or member of the MHCC, call 928-0060. Featured, from left, at the check presentation: Orie Salinas, APEX public relations; Eric Flores, APEX owner; Cynthia M, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Sakulenzki, MHCC president/CEO; Mario Flores, APEX administrator; and Jon Scepanski, APEX assistant administrator. 


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With Edinburg continuing to celebrate its centennial anniversary, neighboring San Juan is compiling a book for its own upcoming 100th birthday in 2010 – and the community, Tindamax recreational, which dubs itself "The Spirit of the Valley", has its own connections to the three-time All-America City. "John Closner, one of the founders of Edinburg was also the founder and namesake of San Juan – “St. John” as deemed by his wife and citizens," said Myssie Cárdenas-Barajas, project specialist with the San Juan EDC, featured left with Miki McCarthy, standing, the organization's executive director.  Both Cárdenas-Barajas, a former staff member with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, and McCarthy have deep-rooted family ties to Edinburg. "We are working closely with the Museum of South Texas History and UTPA’s archives in making sure that the book is as accurate as possible," added Cardenas-Barajas. See story later in this posting. 


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Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Friday, January 9, named Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Tindamax images, a highly-regarded transplant surgeon and president of the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, as chancellor of The University of Texas System. “Dr. Cigarroa’s impeccable credentials, superior administrative skills and unparalleled passion for medicine and academia make him an outstanding selection to lead our university system,” said Regents’ Chairman H. Scott Caven, Jr.  “As president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, he has time and again demonstrated great business acumen and unmatched leadership, and it is our belief that Dr. Cigarroa will apply those same traits to continue to guide this system on a successful path, setting new benchmarks for excellence along the way.” Cigarroa, 51, will begin his duties as chancellor on February 2, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. His appointment was made official during a special called board meeting held in Austin. Regents last month named Cigarroa as the sole finalist for the position. See story later in this posting.


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Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, Fast shipping Tindamax, D-Palmview, featured in this file photo addressing the McAllen Chamber of Commerce during a 2007 legislative update, says a law that he and Sen. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, created in 2005 provides the mechanism needed by McAllen to bring more graduate degree academic courses to the border region. "UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, these are the flagship universities in the state, the ones with the national reputations, the biggest financial endowments, the most research-oriented," Flores noted. "Under this law, they can set up graduate programs in the Valley and the rest of the border region that otherwise could take years to materialize."  See lead story later in this posting. 


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Rep. Flores law makes it possible for STC, McAllen to provide graduate programs away from UTPA campus


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


A measure by  Rep, Tindamax recreational. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, unanimously approved by state lawmakers in 2005 makes it possible for any university in Texas to offer graduate programs in McAllen – or many other cities, for that matter. 


A graduate course is an area of academic study for a student who already has received a bachelor's degree, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Successfully completing graduate courses can lead to a Master's Degree of Ph.D. 


That law, sponsored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, received scant attention four years ago as it traveled smoothly through the legislative process.   


But McAllen city leaders, who have been promoting the creation of graduate university courses in the City of Palms, now find that Flores' law gives them the mechanism – and the legislative rationale – to bring more graduate courses to the Valley, thus expanding educational opportunities for the entire region. 


Such a facility, dubbed a "dual usage educational complex" under Flores' House Bill 1737,  and passed into law on September 1, 2005, allows a junior college district, such as South Texas College,  to team up with a political entity, Buy cheap Tindamax no rx, such as the City of McAllen, or an institution of higher education, to seek permission from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up a such a complex, which could involve offering graduate education programs. 


There are 50 community colleges in Texas. 


Last November 11, Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, publicly announced plans by McAllen to build a 100,000 square-foot complex to provide Valley residents a new site to seek master’s and doctoral degrees currently not offered by the University of Texas-Pan American or South Texas College. 


That complex envisioned by McAllen leaders fits well into the law created by Flores and Zaffirini. 


Flores said part of his strategy in passing the law was to encourage the wealthier state universities to build a presence in the rapidly-growing – and legislatively important – Texas border region. 


"UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, these are the flagship universities in the state, the ones with the national reputations, the biggest financial endowments, the most research-oriented," Flores noted, Tindamax pics. "Under this law, they can set up graduate programs in the Valley and the rest of the border region that otherwise could take years to materialize." 


The wording of the law is such that any university, with approval by the Coordinating Board – which is the state agency that governs higher education in Texas – can team up with South Texas College and McAllen to bring additional graduate courses to the Rio Grande Valley. 


According to the bill analysis of the measure, the legislative intent of Flores' HB 1737 is to establish guidelines for a junior college district to create an educational facility within its district and, in order to maximize and fully utilize the new facility, to open it to usage by other entities within the district or by educational partners throughout the region. 


UT-Pan American, which along with UT-Austin is part of the state's largest university system, has already announced their hopes to bring graduate programs to McAllen, as well as to provide undergraduate courses in Weslaco, in conjunction with South Texas College. 


Next year, UT-Pan American is scheduled to open a $6 million upper-division (junior and senior courses) campus in Rio Grande City, said UT-Pan American President Dr. Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas. 


Cárdenas' remarks about UTPA's expansion goals came during a special work session at the Edinburg campus with the Edinburg City Council in early December. 


Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, "One of the things we will be doing is we are diversifying our locations for offering classes," she told the Edinburg city leadership. "If you are a teacher in San Juan, and you teach all day, No prescription Tindamax online, with three kids at home, and you want to get a Master's Degree, (at the end of the day,) traffic is so tight it is going to take you about an hour to get to UTPA." 


As part of that vision, UTPA wants to provide almost two dozen undergraduate and postgraduate programs in McAllen. 


"We are looking at offering 10 to 20 sections of master's and upper-division classes at some site in McAllen," Cárdenas said.   


She did not identify the site or the time frame for the graduate course program, but raise her concerns that if UTPA did not build a presence in other parts of Hidalgo County, much is at stake for the local university. 


"If don't offer the classes, somebody else will," she said. "That's where we are."   


The law by Flores and Zaffirin follows: 


SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 130, Education Code, is  amended by adding Section 130.0103 to read as follows: 


Sec. 130.0103.  DUAL USAGE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX.  (a)  The board of trustees of a junior college district may establish and operate a dual usage educational complex to provide a shared facility for the educational activities of the district and other participating entities.  The board of trustees may enter into a cooperative agreement governing the operation and use of the complex with the governing bodies of one or more of the following entities: 


(1)  a county, municipality, effects of Tindamax, or school district located in whole or in part in the service area of the junior college district; or 


(2)  another institution of higher education with a campus or other educational facility located in the same state uniform service region as adopted by the coordinating board. 


(b)  The junior college district shall coordinate and supervise the operation of the complex.  The use and the costs associated with the establishment and operation of the complex shall be shared by the district and the other participating entities under the terms of the cooperative agreement. 


SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this  Act takes effect September 1, 2005. 


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Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, South Texas native, becomes first Hispanic to serve as chancellor of UT System


The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Friday, January 9, named Francisco G, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Cigarroa, M.D., a highly-regarded transplant surgeon and president of the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, as chancellor of The University of Texas System. 


“Dr. Cigarroa’s impeccable credentials, superior administrative skills and unparalleled passion for medicine and academia make him an outstanding selection to lead our university system,” said Regents’ Chairman H. Where can i find Tindamax online, Scott Caven, Jr.  “As president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, he has time and again demonstrated great business acumen and unmatched leadership, and it is our belief that Dr. Cigarroa will apply those same traits to continue to guide this system on a successful path, setting new benchmarks for excellence along the way.” 


“He is, without doubt, the person most qualified and well suited to lead our 15 institutions to greater national and international prominence. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, We believe that the UT System and the people of Texas are fortunate to have him in this important position, and I know that all the members of this Board join me in congratulating him,” Caven said. 


Cigarroa, 51, will begin his duties as chancellor on February 2. His appointment was made official during a special called board meeting held in Austin. Regents last month named Cigarroa as the sole finalist for the position.


“I am honored and privileged to be taking on this important leadership role for The University of Texas System, which has 15 outstanding institutions and plays such a pivotal role in the intellectual and economic vibrancy of Texas and the everyday lives of its people,” Cigarroa said. “The UT System is a leader in higher education, health care, research and service, and is an immense resource for our state, purchase Tindamax, nation and world.  I look forward to working with the Board of Regents, System leadership, presidents, faculty, staff and students in promoting the goals and missions of the institutions, which includes advancing excellence on our campuses and ensuring that our universities continue to be affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds. The UT System makes lives better every day and gives sustainable hope to our future.”  


A Laredo native, Cigarroa has served as president of the UT Health Science Center – San Antonio since 2000.  He becomes the 10th chancellor since the Board of Regents created the position in 1950. 


More than 50 applicants and nominees were considered for the chancellor’s post.  Dr. Kenneth I, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Shine, the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for health affairs, has been serving as interim chancellor since Mark G. Yudof’s departure last June to serve in a similar role at the University of California system. 


“This board also owes its deepest gratitude to Dr. Shine for his outstanding leadership during this time of transition in the system,” Caven said. Tindamax gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, “His stewardship as executive vice chancellor for health affairs and as interim chancellor has served our system well and has set a fine example for future leaders. We are grateful that he will continue to serve in his role as executive vice chancellor overseeing our outstanding health institutions.”  


Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, A member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, Cigarroa is a recognized pediatric transplant surgeon and researcher whose articles on the principles of surgery in infants and children have appeared in several scientific publications.  During his tenure as president of the health science center, sponsored research expenditures increased from $86.1 million to $146.3 million.  


He joined the health science center faculty in 1995, where prior to his appointment as president he was director of pediatric surgery and director of abdominal transplant surgery.  He serves on the medical staffs at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital and University Hospital, among others. 


An accomplished fundraiser, Cigarroa was the first Hispanic appointed to lead a major academic health center in the United States, and his appointment as chancellor makes him the first Hispanic to head a major public university system in the country. He announced last October that he would be stepping down as president of the health science center. 


Cigarroa is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.  He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


Cigarroa received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  He was the chief resident at Harvard University’s teaching hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and he completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  


Cigarroa and his wife, Graciela, an attorney, have two daughters. 


The UT System will announce the appointment of an interim president for the UT Health Science Center – San Antonio within a few days.  An advisory committee was established in December to begin searching for Cigarroa’s successor at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.  


The chancellor of the UT System serves as the chief administrative officer of one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, Tindamax alternatives, overseeing nine universities and six health institutions.  The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state. 


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Edinburg’s retail economy in November 2008 up more than 15 percent over same month in 2007


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


Edinburg’s retail economy during November 2008, as measured by the amount of local and state sales taxes generated by a wide range of local businesses, was up more than 15 percent over the same month in 2007, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. 


The local sales tax is used to help pay for dozens of major city services, ranging from new streets to city personnel. 


The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. 


It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Joe Ochoa; former Mayor Richard García, Real brand Tindamax online, who serves as board president; Fred Palacios; Dr. Glenn A. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Martínez, Ph.D.; and Elias Longoria, Jr. 


For the month of November 2008, Edinburg generated $1,197,370.03 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,040,411.98 in November 2007 – an increase of 15.08 percent. 


From January through November 2008, Edinburg generated $15,412,734.51 in local sales taxes, compared with $$14,456,157.67. 


According to the comptroller’s office, Hidalgo County reported a drop of 1.4 percent in total local sales taxes collectively generated by the cities in the county during November 2008. The county itself does not collect a local sales tax. 


For the month of  November 2008, all cities in Hidalgo County generated more than $9.7 million in local sales taxes, down 1.4 percent compared with November 2007, which reached more than $9.9 million. 


Also showing a monthly downturn was Cameron County. 


In November 2008, all cities in Cameron County generated almost $4.6 million in local sales taxes, compared with almost $5.1 million during the same month in 2007, a decrease of almost 8.2 percent. 


Cameron County also does not collect a local sales tax. 


McAllen – the largest economic engine in South Texas – for the month of November – also showed a drop in the monthly sales tax figure: minus 5.62 percent. This represented the second consecutive monthly decrease for the City of Palms. The October 2008 sales tax figure was minus 1.55 percent from the same month in 2007. 


Brownsville, the largest city in the Valley, also reported a drop in local sales tax activities. In November 2008, Brownsville generated more than $2.4 million in local sales taxes, a decrease of 14.5 percent over the same month in 2007, where can i buy Tindamax online, which registered more than $2.8 million in local sales taxes. 


Harlingen showed a decrease, too.  In November 2008, Harlingen reported generating more than $1.4 million in local sales taxes, compared with almost $1.5 million in November 2007 – a decrease of almost 1.6 percent. 


The local sales taxes are generated by the city’s 1 1/2 cent local sales tax, and the 1/2 cent economic development sales tax that is administered by the EEDC. 


Retail businesses are required to collect both the local and state sales taxes and send them to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The state government then sends the local share of the sales taxes to the communities in which they originated. 


The November 2008 figure represents local sales taxes generated by monthly filers, and reported to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in December.  Then, in January, the state sent the November 2008 local sales tax revenue back to the city in the form of a rebate. 


Other major cities in Hidalgo County reported the following monthly sales tax figures. 


• Weslaco’s retail economy generated more than $705,000 in local sales taxes in November 2008, compared with almost $693,000 in November 2007, an increase of 1.75 percent; 


• Mission’s retail economy showed a drop of more than 1.7 percent in November 2008, when it generated $1 million in sales tax revenue, compared with $1.02 million in November 2007; 


• Pharr’s retail economy also showed a decrease.  In November 2008, Pharr reported almost $846,000 in local sales tax revenue, down almost 3.9 percent from November 2007, when it generated almost $881,000 in local sales tax revenue. 


According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs: 


The state collected $1.86 billion in sales tax revenue in December, up two percent compared to December 2007. 


December state sales tax collections and January allocations to local governments represent sales that occurred in November. 


“State sales tax collections have grown 3.9 percent for the first four months of state fiscal year 2009,” Combs said, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. “Growth in overall collections has slowed compared to recent years, while remittances from key sectors such as construction and retail trade have declined.” 


Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their first sales tax allocations of 2009 — $459.2 million, up 2.4 percent compared to January 2008. 


Combs sent January sales tax allocations of $309.9 million to Texas cities, up 2.2 percent compared to January 2008. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $29 million, up 8.2 percent compared to last January. 


In addition, $18.3 million went to 148 special purpose taxing districts around the state, Tindamax images, up 23.5 percent compared to last January. Ten local transit systems received $101.9 million in sales tax allocations, down 1.4 percent compared to a year ago. 


For details of January sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html


For details of December sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html


The next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, February 13. 


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What happens during legislative session, which begins on January 13 in Austin, is vast and varied 


By SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR


The 81st Legislative Session that runs from January 13 to June 1 will be full of excitement, long arduous hours of work and constant consensus-building. 


Lt. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Gov. David Dewhurst will continue to preside over the Senate, Tindamax steet value, while the House will have a new Speaker. By all accounts it appears likely that Rep. Joe Straus from San Antonio will be the nominee. 


I look forward to working with the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker, as well as my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle and in both Chambers. 


It is my opinion, as well as that of many in the public and private arenas, that the more we work in a cooperative fashion for the good of all Texans, the greater the likelihood that we will accomplish our goals. It is certainly my intent to do so. 


Just as we begin to gear up, South Texas will host its 2009 Legislators' Tour from January 22 to 25. The biannual event – the Legislature meets every odd-numbered year – is hosted by Bill Summers, president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, with many others providing assistance and input. 


This year the tour will focus on Cameron and Willacy counties, but regardless of whether the tour takes place in the Upper or Lower Valley, the needs of all of South Texas will be presented, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. It is also an excellent opportunity for us to do as the old cliché suggests, "put our best foot forward" and let the rest of the Texas Legislature see first-hand that we are a thriving, vibrant community of hard-working individuals wanting to improve our own lives, that of our families and communities, and of the entire state. Get Tindamax, And we can show them we have the population, willpower and determination to do so. The well-organized and highly informative tour is a classic example of how we can work together, and often do, for the good of the area. 


This part of the state will also be heavily impacted by what is approved in the state budget, which alternates each session as to its chamber of origin. The appropriations bill will be heavily debated in both the Finance Committee, on which I sit, and the House Appropriations Committee, before it is finalized. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Passing the state budget is really the only Texas Constitutional requirement for every legislative session. It is up to the State Comptroller to inform the Legislature every session of how much money we have to spend. 


As part of the budget decision, our state agencies, universities and other state-funded entities will give us an accounting of their spending and submit their appropriations requests for the next biennium. 


We will also be proposing, amending, voting on and passing or killing thousands of bills. Oftentimes a bill is amended onto another bill if it is germane, is Tindamax safe. As of Jan. 7, we have filed 884 bills, and this is just a drop in the legislative bucket. The 80th Legislature filed 6,190 bills, passed 1,481 of them and the governor vetoed 51 of those passed. 


To keep up with what we're doing in Austin, you can log onto the Legislature online at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/  and obtain extensive information on every bill filed, as well as on schedules for every committee, and for the full House and Senate, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Alternatively, the Texas Bill Status at 877/824-7038 (toll-free) or 512/463-2182 will be available January 13 at noon to coincide with the first day of session. 


I look forward to this session and what it promises for South Texas. In the Senate we will also be confirming gubernatorial appointees to state boards, commissions and councils. 


But my favorite part of this whole affair is welcoming our many groups and individuals to "their" Capitol, who come to either conduct business or just say hello and offer support. And I am always deeply touched and filled with pride when I honor constituents with memorial and congratulatory Senate Resolutions. 


Every odd-numbered year I am reminded that serving in the Legislature is northing short of a privilege and an honor. 


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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi administers oath of office to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa for his seventh term


Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Monday, January 5, Low dose Tindamax, was sworn into office for his seventh term by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, R-San Francisco, in a ceremony at the U.S. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Capitol, which marked the start of the 111th Congress.  


“We are beginning a new era of politics here in Washington, one where the needs of the American people will finally come first again,” Hinojosa said of the occasion. 


The new session marks Hinojosa’s 13th year as the U.S. Representative for the 15th Congressional District of Texas.  


“In the coming year, we face difficult challenges, but also enormous opportunities. Our first order of business is to work with President-elect Obama’s team to create a fiscally responsible stimulus plan that will generate and save millions of jobs in the next two years – and make our economy stronger in the long run. I look forward to working with the President-elect and my fellow Members of Congress on an agenda to get Americans and our economy back on track again,” Hinojosa stated. 


“While this is the worst financial crisis that our nation has seen in a generation, it provides us with the rare chance to build a foundation for a stronger, more competitive nation, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. By modernizing our infrastructure to create jobs and grow small businesses across America, we can better ensure that the turmoil we have seen in recent months does not happen again. We will strengthen the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs and special interests in Washington. We will work hard to ensure maximum return for every taxpayer dollar that we spend, Tindamax from canada,” continued Hinojosa. 


“As a senior member of the Education and Labor Committee, I will continue to fight to make a quality education available to every American student. This session we will work to make sure that we invest in and fully implement the new Higher Education Act. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, We will look closely at how to improve the No Child Left Behind law so that it results in real academic success for all our students. In the coming months, I will also spearhead efforts to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act to modernize our job training programs and expand adult education. The time has never been more critical to make sure that more students graduate prepared for a 21st century economy,” Hinojosa concluded. 


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Senate Finance Committee finishes interim work


By SENATE MEDIA SERVICES 


The Senate Finance Committee adopted recommendations on Wednesday, January 8, from interim studies conducted over the past 18 months. These will be considered by the committee during the upcoming 81st legislative session, and many will be rolled into prospective legislation. While the state economy has fared relatively well in recent months, lawmakers are still concerned about how the state spends its money as the national economy continues to cool. Approved recommendations covered all aspects of the state's budget, from transportation to health care. 


The committee adopted a recommendation to increase transparency in transportation funding and to make the Texas Department of Transportation more accountable to the legislature, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Should TxDOT wish to move money around in its budget, Where can i order Tindamax without prescription, from one line item to another, it would have to have approval from the Legislative Budget Board. It would also require the department's budget to reflect project costs beyond construction, including maintenance and other costs for future years. In an effort to decrease diversions of state money dedicated to transportation to other purposes, the committee adopted a recommendation to study ways to focus state highway fund dollars on highway construction and maintenance. 


A more controversial recommendation was one to allow cities and counties to raise the local sales tax rate by a quarter-cent in order to provide property tax relief. This increase is subject to approval by the local voters and is contingent on reducing the rollback rate from 8 to 5 percent. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Some committee members worried that increasing the sales tax increases the tax burden on lower-income individuals. " I really, truly don't believe that Texas families would see proportional property tax relief, compared to the financial impact of an increase in the sales tax," said Brownsville Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. "Furthermore, the increase in the sales tax would negatively impact local economies because of the increase in the cost of goods and services." Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, Tindamax canada, mexico, india, noted that this increase could only occur if the local voters approved. 


These recommendations may or may not become part of Texas law. They would be subject to approval by committee, then both chambers of the Legislature before the governor could sign them into law. Interim studies are intended to look at problems facing the state and to direct debate as the Legislature moves into the upcoming session. 


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Sen, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Cornyn delivers legislative update to Harlingen chamber, focuses on disaster, levee reimbursements


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Friday, January 9, met with area leaders in Harlingen and discussed a number of issues of importance to businesses and families in the Rio Grande Valley. In his legislative update to the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce, Cornyn stressed his efforts on the federal level to strengthen the local and national economy and updated the group on the status of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus proposal. 


“Getting our nation’s economy back on the right track is my top priority, Discount Tindamax, and I will continue to push for pro-growth, common-sense solutions, such as lower taxes on small business and families,” Cornyn said. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, “We need to put tax dollars back where they belong – in the pockets of the hard-working Americans who earned them. I will work to ensure that Texas families are the focus of any economic plan, and that Texas businesses have the tools they need to grow and create jobs. I also applaud the President-elect’s pledge to embrace transparency and his promise to reject earmarks and frivolous spending. Taxpayers deserve to know how the federal government is spending their hard-earned money. Given our economic challenges, we can no longer afford business-as-usual in Washington.” 


Cornyn also discussed his efforts to see that communities in the Valley receive needed federal assistance, including an 18-month waiver of the FEMA match requirement for hurricane-stricken Texas counties. On Tuesday, January 6,  Cornyn joined several of his colleagues in sending a letter to Peter Orszag, President-elect Obama’s nominee to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, urging him to include this assistance in the proposed economic stimulus package, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. This waiver would provide much-needed relief to counties in the Valley that did not receive the 100 percent match following the devastation brought by Hurricane Dolly. Cornyn also discussed the waiver request Thursday in a private meeting with Orszag. 


Finally, Cornyn discussed flood control, a vital issue for the region. He stated his intent to reintroduce in the 111th Congress his levee reimbursement bill, Tindamax dose, which would allow county governments in the lower Rio Grande Valley to make immediate repairs to their outdated levee system, and be reimbursed by the federal government at a later date. The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) reported five years ago that the levees along the Rio Grande River were inadequate to protect Texas communities in a 100-year flood event, and a number of levees would have to be raised to protect against flooding. 


“Hurricane assistance and flood control remain top concerns for the Rio Grande Valley, and ensuring the local communities get their fair share of federal assistance to address these issues is a responsibility I take very seriously,” Cornyn continued. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, “Several communities are still struggling to recover from the devastation brought by Hurricane Dolly, while the levees along the Rio Grande River have been deemed inadequate to protect against future flooding. Local leaders need assistance from the federal government now, and I will continue to be your strongest advocate on the federal level when it comes to these serious issues.” 


Cornyn was joined at the legislative updated by Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, Hidalgo County Judge JD Salinas, U.S. Border Patrol RGV Sector Chief Ronald Vitiello, and other local leaders.  


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San Juan, Australia, uk, us, usa, founded by one of Edinburg's pioneers,  working on centennial book about its own history


The City of San Juan will be celebrating its 100 year birthday in the year 2010.  The San Juan Economic Development Corporation is seeking local historians and volunteers to assist in authoring a book commemorating the centennial celebration of San Juan.  


“We need business, event and family photos of all decades in order to tell the true story of San Juan to the rest of the world.  So much has happened here,” said Myssie Cárdenas-Barajas, project specialist with the San Juan EDC. “A photographic history that accompanies the stories that each one of our families and friends share around the dining table is what we would like to showcase, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. We really encourage our community to tell their stories and share their photos with us. The entire city has the ability to become the author of this treasured book." 


The 100 year history of San Juan is expected to be published late summer of 2009 and will be available for purchase by the public. Arcadia Publishing will be printing the book and are no strangers to telling the history of small towns in the Rio Grande Valley.  They have already published histories of the County of Hidalgo, the City of Weslaco and the City of Donna. 


“Photos will be returned to you immediately after being scanned. We do not need for them to be donated. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, However, we do ask that you have them packaged in an envelope and labeled with your contact information and with as much information as possible about the photos that are being submitted,” Cárdenas-Barajas continued.   


She did not want to discourage participation in the book because of the fear of parting with precious heirloom photos of family members. 


“Photos can also be scanned from your home and emailed to me at myssie@sanjuan-edc.com or saved onto a CD and brought into the SJEDC office but they have to be scanned at a resolution of 300 dpi and saved in a grayscale TIFF format," Cárdenas-Barajas explained. 


Area residents who would like to become a volunteer committee member or would like to offer stories and photos are encouraged to contact the San Juan EDC at 783-3448.  


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Attorney General Abbott urges parents to protect young cell phone users from tech savvy predators


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is encouraging parents to utilize tools that can help protect young mobile telephone users from harmful content and child predators. Citing a recent increase in young cell phone users--and increasingly versatile wireless devices’ potential for exploitation by sexual predators--the Attorney General urged parents to protect their children in the wireless world. 


“With so many young Texans using mobile telephones, it is critically important for parents to protect their children from technology-savvy sexual predators,” Abbott said. “By implementing parental controls and learning more about the potential dangers facing young cell phone users, Tindamax cost, well-informed parents can help keep their children safe. As increasingly sophisticated criminals use new technology to communicate with potential victims, parents and law enforcement must harness all available resources to ensure children are protected.” 


According to a September 2008 study by Harris Interactive, an international research firm, approximately 79 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 19 have mobile devices. As a result, a steadily increasing percentage of children are using cell phones to communicate and access the Internet, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. By implementing parental controls on their child’s wireless communications device, parents can block young users’ access to potentially dangerous Web sites, such as chat rooms. 


The Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit routinely conducts sting operations in chat rooms, where highly-specialized investigators create online profiles falsely indicating that they are children. Frequently, sexual predators communicate with the undercover officers and ultimately attempt to establish a time and place where the predator intends to meet and sexually assault the “child.” Since Abbott established the Cyber Crimes Unit in 2003, more than 100 online predators have been arrested for soliciting or attempting to sexually assault children. 


Because of the dangers posed by online predators, Abbott recently urged the Legislature to update Texas’ sex offender registration laws. If enacted, Tindamax price, the Attorney General’s proposal would require that sex offenders register their e-mail addresses, mobile telephone numbers, social networking aliases and other electronic identification information. 


For tips parents can use to keep their children safe in a wireless environment, visit The Wireless Foundation’s Web site, www.wirelessfoundation.org


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El Paso businessmen plead guilty in PSJA school board bribery scheme involving public officials


Two El Paso businessmen have entered pleas of guilty to charges alleging conspiracy to commit mail fraud involving items of value given to public officials in exchange for help in obtaining Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District construction contracts, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced on Monday, January 5. 


Steven Sambrano, 49, and Ramiro Guzmán, 62, both of El Paso, entered guilty pleas on January 5 before U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo H. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Hinojosa in McAllen. They pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide public officials on the board of trustees at PSJA-ISD with items of value in exchange for help in getting contracts for a corporation headed by Sambrano to build two elementary schools and a maintenance building for PSJA.  


Sambrano admitted being an officer with the Sambrano Corporation (commonly referred to as SamCorp) while Guzmán admitted his role was as a consultant for SamCorp and that he aided in obtaining these contracts. During the process of obtaining these contracts and the time period when SamCorp constructed two schools and a maintenance facility, Tindamax use, Guzman admitted to providing items of value to PSJA officials. Sambrano admitted approving the reimbursement of corporate funds to Guzman for these items.  


Both men admitted the items included tickets to a San Antonio Spurs game for three board members, clothing purchased for two board members, tickets to Houston Astros games for a board member, tickets to an Oscar De la Hoya boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nev., at a cost of $6500 for various officials with PSJA and, a “Final Four” package (tickets and hotel rooms) to the NCAA basketball tournament in San Antonio provided at a cost of more than $14,000 for a board member, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Most of these acts were alleged to have occurred in 2003 and 2004. 


The conspiracy count to which both men entered pleas carries a potential maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. There is no parole in the  federal system. Hinojosa set the sentencing date for April 2009 and allowed both men to remain free on bond pending sentencing.  


The case was investigated by agents with the McAllen Office of the FBI, the McAllen office of Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations Division and the Dallas office of the Department of Education - Office of the Inspector General. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Eastepp of the Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  


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Four Valley residents sentenced for roles in firearms purchases which were transferred to drug cartels


Four people have been sentenced for their roles in the purchase of firearms that were transferred to drug cartels in Mexico, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced on Thursday, January 8.  


Ramón Lancet Mariscal-Orlandes, 32, Buy Tindamax online cod, a resident alien from Mexico residing in Pharr, received 87 months; Ramón Baltazar Peña, 24, of Mission, was sentenced to 24 months; Marc Anthony Arce, 25, of Pharr, received 57 months; and Apolonia Blanco, 21, of Pharr, was sentenced to four years probation with 12 months of electronic monitoring.  


United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa handed down the sentences late Wednesday, Jan, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. 7, 2009.  


Following an investigation by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Tindamax results, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April 2008, the defendants were charged in a second superseding indictment on June 4, 2008, with 13 counts relating to the purchase of firearms destined for Mexican drug cartels.  


On July 1, 2008, Mariscal pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing a machine gun he ordered from a cooperating federally licensed firearms dealer. Mariscal was taken into custody on April 21, 2008, after he had paid the dealer and took possession of the machine gun. Mariscal was also charged with aiding and abetting the making of false statements with regard to 17 other firearms. 


Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, On Sept. 3, 2008, Peña pleaded guilty to making a false statement on ATF Form 4473, stating he was the actual purchaser of a pistol when he was, Doses Tindamax work, in fact, not. Peña was also charged with making false statements regarding the purchase of eight other pistols. Also on that day, Arce and Blanco pleaded to knowingly making and aiding and abetting the making of a false statement on ATF Form 4473 when Blanco stated on the form she was the actual purchaser of two Colt AR-15s when she was not.  


Arce and Blanco were also charged with the making and aiding and abetting the making of false statements with regard to the purchase of six other Colt AR-15s. 


Evidence showed that Mariscal hired Peña, Arce and Blanco to purchase firearms that would then be taken into Mexico and delivered to drug cartels. Mariscal, with the assistance of Arce, would then direct the other defendants as to the types and quantities of weapons that were to be purchased, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Peña and Blanco would then complete ATF Form 4473, falsely stating Peña and Blanco were the actual purchasers when they knew Mariscal was the actual purchaser. 


At sentencing, the court found Mariscal responsible for more than 25 firearms taken into Mexico while the other defendants were held responsible for more than eight but less than 24 firearms. Evidence adduced at the sentencing hearing showed that Mariscal had inquired as to the purchase of 40 or more additional firearms, all of which would have been destined for Mexico.  


Additional evidence showed all defendants were aware the firearms were being trafficked to Mexico and that four of the AR-15s purchased by Blanco and Arce on March 18, 2008, and then transferred to Mariscal were recovered by Mexican officials when they raided a drug cartel stash house in Mexico. Officials recovered those firearms along with several other firearms and approximately 2000 rounds of ammunition and more than 7000 flash bang grenades. 


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Congressman Hinojosa announces Chemical Society scholarships available for minority students


Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, announced on Wednesday, January 7, that Hispanic, African American and Native Indian students in Congressional District 15 studying chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry or a chemically-related science are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the American Chemical Society Scholars Program.  


The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on college level and economic need. Applications are now being accepted through March 1, 2009, Buy Tindamax without a prescription, for the 2009-2010 school year. 


“These scholarships provide a wonderful opportunity for our area students who dream of pursuing a higher education and a career in chemistry,” Hinojosa said. “In turn, this opportunity will help prepare more students to answer the nation’s need for more scientists and engineers.” 


Applications and instructions are available online at www.acs.org/scholars.   


Applicants with questions can email scholars@acs.org or call toll free 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250. The ACS scholarship program is aimed at attracting Hispanic, African American and Native American students who are high school seniors, or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Community college students are also encouraged to apply. 


ACS, the world's largest scientific society, began this scholars program in 1995 in an attempt to attract underrepresented minorities to the chemistry field and to build awareness of the many opportunities for a career in chemistry. To date, the ACS Scholars Program has awarded more than $10.8 million in scholarships to nearly 2,000 undergraduate students. 


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Attorney General Abbott defends constitutionality of prayer during presidential inauguration


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General representing all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, January 8, took legal action to defend the constitutionality of prayer during President-elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. In an amicus brief that was authored by Abbott and filed with the U.S. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, District Court for the District of Columbia, the state Attorneys General also defended the President-elect’s right to say the words “so help me God” while reciting the presidential oath of office. 


“Since President George Washington uttered the words ‘so help me God’ at his first inauguration in 1789, American presidents have a longstanding, historic tradition of invoking the Almighty at their inaugural ceremonies,” said Abbott. “Despite more than two hundred years of established tradition – and no legal precedent for their challenge – a group of activists have asked the courts to interfere with President-elect Obama’s right to pray and invoke God during his inauguration as forty-fourth President of the United States, rx free Tindamax. Today’s legal action reflects a concerted bipartisan, fifty-state effort to defend a constitutional acknowledgement of faith during an inaugural celebration.” 


The states filed their amicus brief in an effort to defeat a legal challenge that activist Michael Newdow and several atheist organizations filed on December 31, 2008. Their lawsuit claims that the longstanding inaugural traditions — prayer and an oath of office that includes the words ‘so help me God’ — violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. 


Public acknowledgements of God at official functions have been customary since the nation’s founding. President George Washington began an unbroken, 200-year tradition when he inserted the phrase “so help me God” at the end of his oath of office in 1789. Today it is common for prayers and oaths invoking God to be incorporated into swearing-in ceremonies across the country, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. For example, Article XVI, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution provides that all appointed and elected officers shall take an oath of office – and that constitutional oath includes the phrase “so help me God.” 


At the federal level, members of the United States Congress are also sworn-in using an oath that invokes the Almighty. When the 111th Congress convened Tuesday, the House and Senate Chaplains delivered a prayer just before Senators and Representatives recited an oath of office that incorporated the phrase “so help me God.” 


The constitutionality of public acknowledgements of God by governmental institutions has been repeatedly affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. In Marsh v. Chambers, the high court upheld the constitutionality of opening every legislative session with a clergy-led prayer. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has noted, such religious observances are used for “solemnizing public occasions, expressing confidence in the future, and encouraging the recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in society.” 


Explaining the states’ legal position, Texas Solicitor General James Ho said: “From daily prayers during legislative sessions to monuments on public property displaying the Ten Commandments, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the constitutionality of official acknowledgments of faith. Despite those high court precedents, the plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenges the President-elect’s inaugural ceremonies--and in effect attacks 25 state constitutional oaths of office. The plaintiffs are unable to cite a single legal precedent to support their challenge, so we are confident it will meet the same fate as their previous, legally baseless lawsuits.” 


The states’ brief in Michael Newdow, et al. v. Hon. John Roberts, Jr, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. reflects Attorney General Abbott’s latest effort to lead a multi-state defense of public acknowledgments of God. In a 2003 amicus brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of all 50 states, Abbott successfully helped thwart Newdow’s attempt to remove the words “under God” from the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, In 2007, he defeated a separate lawsuit attempting to remove the words “under God” from the Texas Pledge of Allegiance. 


Abbott also personally appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he successfully defended a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Capitol grounds. In that case, Van Orden v. Perry, the plaintiff sought to remove a Ten Commandments from the Texas Capitol, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the monument was constitutional.

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Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, Thousands of Edinburg residents, including political, business, and community leaders featured in the background, showed up at the University of Texas-Pan American on Friday, February 22, to rally support for the presidential bid by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, featured center, shown greeting inspired UTPA students. Only a handful of Rio Grande Valley elected leaders showed up to support Obama, who was dueling with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, a South Texas favorite, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Mayor Joe Ochoa and Councilmember Gus García, Jr., Methotrexate treatment, along with Edinburg school board trustee Robert Peña, Jr., bucked conventional political wisdom and threw their public support behind Obama, who will be sworn into office on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. on Tuesday, January 20. 


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Dr. Beverly Fridie, Ph.D., and her husband, Dr. David Fridie, II, DPM, from Edinburg shared their joy and pride with a Chicago Tribune newspaper distributor in the Windy City on Wednesday, purchase Methotrexate online, November 5, following the historic election of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and the first black president in the nation's history. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, The Fridie family traveled to Illinois to be part of what they hoped would be a monumental transformation in U.S. politics. Mrs. Fridie, who along with her husband are longtime community and business leaders in Edinburg, recently reflected on their visit to Chicago to help rally support for Obama. "Weeks after David and I visited Grant Park in Chicago to see and hear Barack Obama’s victory speech, I still feel a since of elation, Online buying Methotrexate hcl, pride and joy to be present at the historical presidential announcement of the first African American president. Standing amongst millions of enthusiastic people of all ethnic backgrounds who were holding hangs, crying and chanting, "Yes we can” and “Change has come” was an experience, I will cherish for a lifetime, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Not a day has passed since that night, November 4, that I have not reflected on that event. As grand as Barack Obama’s victory rally was portrayed in the media, it was certainly an 'out of body' experience in person. As we share our history with our future generations, I can say, “I was there” when the first African American was elected as our president of the United States." 


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Texas Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, R-Midland, featured center in this file photo last year with Hollis Rutledge (left), the chairman of the  Hidalgo County Republican Party, and Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios, announced on Sunday, buy Methotrexate without prescription, January 4, that he will not seek a fourth two-year term as leader of the 150-member legislative chamber.  Instead, a relative newcomer, Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Monday, January 5, said he has more than enough votes to be elected Speaker when the Texas Legislature returns to Austin on January 13 for its five-month regular session. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, The Speaker of the House, who has the power of life and death over all legislation, is elected every two years if he or she can secure 76 votes from fellow lawmakers. If Straus is able to hold on to his support until the official vote is taken, he will owe his election to House Democrats, including all the Valley state representatives, Methotrexate for sale, who represented the majority of the votes needed to become Speaker. See story later in this posting. 


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Mayor Joe Ochoa, center, flanked by Gov. Rick Perry, right, and former Mayor Richard García left, addressed a July 2 gathering at the University of Texas-Pan American to announce that a South American textile company will build a $180 million denim-manufacturing plant in Edinburg, which, when completed, will create 800 new jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy. In December, the city continued to receive some more good news, according to the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, order Methotrexate from mexican pharmacy, when Standard and Poor's, one of the nation's top three credit rating firms, gave a positive report about the health of the city's economy, predicting it will continue to grow. See lead story in this posting. 


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Edinburg economy expected to grow, predicts Standard & Poor's, one of nation's top rating firms

 


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The city's strong economy and the prospects for more growth, coupled with how the local municipal government carefully handles taxpayer money, has earned Edinburg a positive review from one of the nation's most influential credit-rating agencies, according to the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. 


The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. 


It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Joe Ochoa; former Mayor Richard García, who serves as board president; Fred Palacios; Dr. Glenn A. Methotrexate trusted pharmacy reviews, Martínez, Ph.D.; and Elias Longoria, Jr. 


In a report published November 25 by Standard & Poor's, and released to the Edinburg City Council a few days later, the three-time All-America City's economic growth over the past decade was predicted to continue. 


"The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's expectation that the city's economic and property tax bases will continue to expand and provide sufficient revenues to meet the city's operational and capital expenses while allowing management to maintain its strong reserves," cited the report, written by Jim Tchou, the primary credit analyst for the agency on Edinburg rating. "Standard and Poor's also expects the city's limited additional capital needs will ensure debt levels remain manageable." 


Standard & Poor's, headquartered in New York City, publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, It is one of the top three companies in this business, along with Moody's and Fitch Ratings. 


The latest financial analysis was prompted by a recent review by Standard and Poor's of the general obligation debt currently being held by city taxpayers. 


A general obligation bond is a common type of debt in the United States that is secured by a state or local government's pledge to use legally available resources, including tax revenues, to repay bond holders. 


"Standard and Poor's Rating Services raised its underlying rating (SPUR) on Edinburg, Texas' general obligation (GO) debt one notch to 'AA' from "A+" based on the city's consistently strong financial position, supported by good financial practices," Tchou stated. "Standard and Poor's also assigned its "AA-" standard long-term rating, and stable outlook, to the city's series 2008 certificates of obligation." 


A credit rating by Moody's of "A", Methotrexate online cod, "AA", or "AAA" means that a government's debt, packaged through bonds, represents a great investment with the lowest risk for default. 


Various outstanding general obligation bonds previously taken out by the city, through action by the Edinburg City Council, were also upgraded in their credit ratings.  The agency noted that many of the issues were enhanced by bond insurance taken out by the city. 


The latest debt involves $5.98 million in certificates of obligation, Series 2008, dated December 1, 2008 and due on September 1, 2029. This debt will be used to fund street improvements, according to the report. 


A certificate of obligation is a lawful debt incurred by a government's elected leadership, Order Methotrexate online c.o.d, such as a city council or school board, but does not require a vote by the public.   


The city leadership does not plan to raise the property tax rate due to this latest issuance and plans to issue additional debt in the near future, Tchou reported. 


"Edinburg's performance has been very strong" 


"In our opinion, the ratings reflect: the city's stable and diversifying local economy, which is decreasing its dependency on agriculture; expanding property tax base; and moderate overall debt levels," Tchou noted.  


"Edinburg's financial performance has been, in our opinion, very strong. The city has reported operating surpluses for the past 10 consecutive years; and management maintains general fund reserves, by policy, in excess of 25 percent of annual expenditures."


The rating upgrade also provide some insight into the city's economic development, noting that  Edinburg is part of the nation's fourth fastest-growing metropolitan statistical area (MSA).           


Edinburg, McAllen and Mission are considered a metropolitan statistical area.    


An MSA is defined as a large population nucleus, Methotrexate dosage, together with adjacent communities, having a high degree of social and economic integration with that core, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Metropolitan areas comprise one or more entire counties, except in New England, where cities and towns are the basic geographic units. 


"The city's population estimate is 70,000," Tchou added. "A significant part of the local economy involves providing services and retail trade to adjacent agricultural areas in the Rio Grande Valley; even so, the economy is becoming less dependent on agriculture." 


UTPA, medical community key economic engines 


Higher education and medical resources also play important roles in the economic vitality of the community, the report emphasized. 


"The University of Texas-Pan American, Methotrexate dangers, with an enrollment of more than 17,000, stabilizes the area economy, Tchou stated. "The city's medical community is also growing with a new $67 million medical tower currently under construction; project completion is expected by the summer 2009. Edinburg, a gateway to Mexico, has many winter resort and retirement facilities." 


The city's unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in 2007 was considerably lower than Hidalgo County's combined 6.6 percent rate that year, the report noted. 


"In our view, median household effective buying income remains an adequate 74 percent of the national level while per capita effective buying power is a lower 59 percent, signifying large family sizes and considerable youth population" Tchou observed. "We believe the city's property tax base has experienced solid growth over the past five years." 


Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, According to the report, taxable assessed value of properties in Edinburg has increased by 48 percent to $2.9 billion for fiscal (year) 2009. Much of the growth is due to the addition to two power plants to the tax rolls, but residential and commercial development has also added to that growth.


FY 2009 covers the period from October 1, 2008 through September 30, where can i buy cheapest Methotrexate online, 2009. 


Other fiscal notes of interest 


Edinburg's municipal government ended fiscal (year) 2007 with another $497,000 surplus, after transfers, due to a combination of conservative budgeting and higher-than-expected property and sales tax revenue, the report found.  


Fiscal year 2007 ran from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. 


"The surplus increased the fund balance to $11.9 million, or 36.4 percent of expenditures, which we consider very strong," Tchou said. "Operating revenues exceeded expenditures by $986, Methotrexate coupon, 000 for unaudited fiscal (year) 2008; but officials used $1.7 million of the fund balance on one-time capital projects resulting in a net loss of $335,000 in the fund balance. Despite the drawdown, the estimated $11.6 million fund balance at fiscal year end 2008 continued to represent, in our opinion, a very strong 34.7 percent of expenditures."   


Fiscal year 2008 ran from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. 


The fund balance is the difference between the assets and liabilities reported in a governmental funds balance sheet.  


A drawdown is the act, process, or result of depleting of money from the city treasury.


The latest Edinburg city budget (FY 2009) is balanced, but the local government has budgeted for higher fuel and utility costs, which could positively contribute to the city's year-end result if they remain at current levels, the report stated. 


Ad valorum (52 percent of general revenue funds) and sales (31 percent) taxes and franchise fees (eight percent) were the key components of the 2007 general funds. 


The city's general fund accounts for the majority of revenue and expenditures for the Edinburg municipal government. 


Standard and Poor's deems Edinburg's financial management practices "good" under its Financial Management (FMA) methodology, indicating financial practices exist in most areas but that governance officials might not formalize or regularly monitor all of them, the report stated. 


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Area state representatives predict Speaker Straus, a San Antonio Republican, will be good for South Texas

 


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Texas Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, R-Midland, on Sunday, January 4, announced that he will not seek a fourth two-year term as leader of the 150-member legislative chamber. Instead, Methotrexate reviews, a relative newcomer, Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Monday, January 5, said he has more than enough votes to be elected Speaker when the Texas Legislature returns to Austin on January 13 for its five-month regular session.  


The Speaker of the House, who has the power of life and death over all legislation, is elected every two years if he or she can secure 76 votes from fellow lawmakers. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, If Straus is able to hold on to his support until the official vote is taken, he will owe his election to House Democrats, including all the Valley state representatives, who represented the majority of the votes needed to become Speaker.  


Reactions to the apparent victory by Straus were issued on Sunday and Monday by Rep. Aaron Peña, Buy cheap Methotrexate, D-Edinburg, Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, and Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco. All three lawmakers predicted good fortune for key Valley priorities with the pending election of Straus. 


Their insights, along with a biographical sketch of Straus, follow: 


Peña: 


The so called "Gang of 11", a Republican group opposed to Republican Speaker Tom Craddick, chose state Rep, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Joe Straus as their consensus candidate to take on the sitting speaker.  


I consider Rep. Straus to be a close friend and half-jokingly call him a South Texas legislator, because part of his district lies on the boundary of cultural South Texas. By his selection this race for speaker has sufficiently narrowed to allow uncommitted members to make their selection. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, I would look for the other candidates to drop off and consolidate soon. By the end of this weekend we will have a better idea of our speaker for the 81st session. 


Gonzáles 


When the Texas Legislature convenes next week for the 81st Legislative Session, the Texas House of Representatives will begin under new leadership, buy Methotrexate online no prescription. I am proud to have been an early supporter, along with many of my colleagues from both parties, of Representative Joe Straus as Speaker of the House. 


Joe and I began our career in the Legislature at the same time and I have always known him to be fair, a man of his word and someone who is willing to work with both sides.  It is refreshing that Joe is from San Antonio because he understands the needs of South Texas and areas with high Hispanic populations. 


Electing a new speaker marks a new era in the Texas House. I believe Joe Straus will lead the Texas House of Representatives in a new direction, focusing on improving our state rather than advancing political agendas.   


Both Republicans and Democrats have come together to do what is best for Texas.  I am hopeful we can continue that bipartisan collaboration as we tackle the challenges facing our state this year. I promise to keep fighting for our region, to ensure our families are safe and healthy and have many economic opportunities.   


Martínez 


I am proud to be one of Rep. Straus’ initial supporters, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. I have had the pleasure and good fortune to get to know Joe since the 79th Legislature. With his office directly across the hall from mine, I have been able to see Joe and his staff work the hours necessary to meet the needs of his constituents.  I am confident that Joe will do the same for all Texans after he is formally elected Speaker of the House. Joe will be a friend not only to the Rio Grande Valley, Where can i cheapest Methotrexate online, but he will also be a friend to every individual in our great state of Texas.”  


Straus biography  


Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election in February 2005, Straus represents District 121, which includes the communities of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills, Windcrest, and northeast San Antonio. During the most recent legislative session, he was appointed to the Committee on Economic Development, where he serves as vice-chairman, the Committee on Regulated Industries, and the Local and Consent Calendars Committee.  


Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, As a member of the Regulated Industries Committee, Straus chaired the Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Efficiency, which developed a major bill that puts Texas on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Straus has also been appointed to the Select Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects, which will study the state's energy demand and expected growth for the next 50 years in order to develop long-term energy plans for Texas. 


In the summer of 2007, taking Methotrexate, Straus was presented the Texas Public Power Association's Public Official Award for leadership and contributions to public power. He was also given the Legislative Service Award by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club for his work in the area of energy efficiency.  Additionally, Straus received the Defender of the American Dream Award in 2008 from Americans for Prosperity for his record of commitment for protecting taxpayers. 


As an active Republican, Straus has previously served on the Management Committee of the Bexar County Republican Party, as a precinct chairman, and on numerous campaign committees for federal, state, and local candidates. He served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 through 1991 as Deputy Director of Business Liaison at the U.S, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Department of Commerce and also in the Reagan administration as Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Customs. In 1986, Methotrexate australia, uk, us, usa, he was U.S. Representative Lamar Smith's campaign manager in Smith's first race for Congress. In the Texas House, Straus serves as a member of the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee. 


Straus was selected by the Speaker of the House Tom Craddick to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' 2006 Leadership Institute for legislators who show outstanding leadership promise and the ability to effect change. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, In 2008, Texas Monthly selected Straus as one of the 35 Texans who will shape the future of the state. 


Straus is a principal in the insurance and executive benefits firm of Watson, Mazur, Bennett & Straus, L.L.C. He is affiliated with National Financial Partners, a leading financial services company in the insurance, investments, and benefits industry. 


A lifelong San Antonian, Straus currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center as well as on the Texas Cord Blood Bank. Previously Mr. Straus served on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Zoological Society, the Texas Nature Conservancy, the Southwest School of Art and Craft, and the Winston School. 


Straus is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A, Methotrexate over the counter. in Political Science. He is an avid sportsman with a lifelong passion for Thoroughbred horseracing and breeding, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. He is married to Julie Brink Straus. They have two daughters, Sara and Robyn. 


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McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host free seminar for minority-, women-owned businesses

 


Want to do business with the state of Texas, the federal government or Corporate America. Join the thousands of minority and women owned business owners who have taken the time to get 8-A and HUB certified and now hold contracts worth millions.   


The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, SBA and the University of Texas-Pan American's HUB Program will host a free seminar for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), 8-A and Minority Business enterprise certifications from 9 to 11:00am on Thursday, January 15th at the MHCC Offices located at 24 N.12th  Street, McAllen.  


The 8-A Business Development Program assists socially or economically disadvantaged firms that are interested in federal government contracting. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, Federal government agencies award a percentage of their contracts to certified 8-A firms and participants are eligible to receive sole-source contracts and allowed to form joint ventures to bid on contracts. Cheap Methotrexate, In addition, the HUB Program and benefits of being HUB certified, will also be discussed at the seminar.   


“Becoming a certified HUB business provides businesses with increased exposure to buyers across the state” said Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, president and CEO of the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


Representatives from state and federal agencies, along with Corporate America, will be attending the Texas Association of Mexican American Association (TAMACC) Convention that the McAllen Hispanic Chamber is hosting  from July 29 through August 1, 2009. They will be looking to do business with certified HUB and 8-A companies.   


“We recommend that companies start taking steps to become certified and become eligible to bid on million-dollar contracts that are available to Minority Owned businesses.  Attending this workshop will definitely be your first step," Sakulenzki added.   


To register for the seminar and/or for more information call the MHCC office at 928-0060.  Limited seating is available.  


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Former Comptroller Sharp files for Democratic nomination for post now held by Sen. Hutchison

 


Making good on his pledge to get into the race, John Sharp on Wednesday, January 1, filed the official papers to run for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat held by Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Sharp also  launched a streamlined campaign website that features a survey on his innovative plan to stop bailing out Wall Street and instead use existing emergency funds to provide nationwide mortgage relief for current and future homeowners. 


"The challenges we face at home and abroad demand innovative solutions, not politics as usual," Sharp said, cheap Methotrexate no rx. "Texans are looking for that kind of leadership." 


Sharp filed his campaign papers with the Federal Elections Commission and took his campaign website live. 


Visitors to the site can sign up for regular campaign updates, make financial contributions, and complete a brief survey on Sharp's plan to allow every current U.S. homeowner to refinance his or her mortgage at a fixed rate of 4.5 percent during the next year. Homebuyers would also qualify for the fixed rate during the same period. 


"All Americans should have the right to participate in our economic recovery, and that means no more bailing out of the speculators who caused this crisis in the first place," Sharp said. "The real problem is residential mortgages so let's solve it there with a plan that benefits all homeowners and creates a housing demand that will not only solve the foreclosure problem but lower monthly payments for virtually every homeowner in America." 


Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, The mortgage buy-down plan would cost less than $100 billion while helping as many as 2.5 million households, according to an analysis by the respected Barron’s. In November, Congress appropriated $700 billion for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) to bolster the nation's financial system. About half that amount went to financial institutions and insurance corporations with little accountability. Meanwhile, credit markets remain frozen, Methotrexate from mexico, confidence in the banking system is at record lows, and home foreclosures and plunging home values continue to threaten families and communities across the country. 


Sharp said he will expand his website and add new features and detailed information about his campaign in the weeks and months ahead. 


A former Texas Comptroller, Sharp earned a national reputation for innovative solutions that saved taxpayers more than $8.5 billion, helped divert a proposed state income tax, and safeguarded vital public services. His efforts served as the model for Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review, which Sharp set up and directed. 


Sharp is a native of the South Texas farming community of Placedo, near Victoria. He graduated from Texas A University, where he was elected student body president and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Army Reserves. He earned his master's in public administration from Texas State University in San Marcos while working full-time as a fiscal analyst at the Legislative Budget Board in Austin. 


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Houston Mayor White says he intends to seek election to the U.S. Senate post being sought by former Comptroller Sharp

 


Houston Mayor Bill White on Tuesday, December 16, announced that he intends to seek election to the U.S. Senate from Texas, buying Methotrexate online over the counter.  


Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, "Working for my neighbors as mayor has been a great honor," said White. He was re-elected as mayor of the nation’s fourth largest city with 91 percent and 86 percent of the vote. 


"Texas needs a new voice in decisions that will be made in Washington, and my business experience and administrative expertise will ensure utilizing fiscally responsible means to get our economy moving," White added. During White’s five years as mayor, Houston added more jobs than any other city in the United States. 


"Representing Texans in the Senate will allow me to work for energy policy which is more secure and affordable," said White, who has decades of experience in energy business and policy, including service as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy. 


Under White’s leadership, the City of Houston expanded parks, libraries and health clinics, while cutting the property tax rate and raising the property tax exemption for our senior citizens every year. Buy generic Methotrexate, The FBI presented Mayor White with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, noting that "Mayor White made public safety one of his highest priorities, as evidenced by Houston’s decreasing crime rate." 


White is known for his work in promoting energy efficiency, fighting pollution, and redeveloping blighted neighborhoods. 


White received the prestigious Profile in Courage Award after Hurricane Katrina "in recognition of his political courage in leading a compassionate and effective government response to the disaster." 


Before serving as mayor, White led businesses in the energy, real estate, and engineering and construction industries. 


Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has told other senators and many constituents that she does not intend to seek re-election or serve out her current term, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. White has filed a statement of organization, designating a campaign treasurer. 


White will make a formal announcement tour around the state in early 2009. 


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Pulitzer Prizes broadened to include online-only publications primarily devoted to original news reporting

 


The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers appearing in print, have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet, the Pulitzer Prize Board has announced. 


The board also has decided to allow entries made up entirely of online content to be submitted in all 14 Pulitzer journalism categories. 


While broadening the competition, the board stressed that all entered material – whether online or in print – should come from United States newspapers or news organizations that publish at least weekly, online buy Methotrexate without a prescription, that are "primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories," and that "adhere to the highest journalistic principles.” 


Consistent with its historic focus on daily and weekly newspapers, the board will continue to exclude entries from printed magazines and broadcast media and their respective Web sites. 


"This is an important step forward, reflecting our continued commitment to American newspapers as well as our willingness to adapt to the remarkable growth of online journalism," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes. "The new rules enlarge the Pulitzer tent and recognize more fully the role of the Web, while underscoring the enduring value of words and of serious reporting.” 


The board will continue to monitor the impact of the Internet, Gissler said. 


Beginning in 2006, online content from newspaper Web sites was permitted in all Pulitzer journalism categories, but online-only newspapers were not allowed to submit entries, and entirely-online entries were permitted in only two categories, About Methotrexate, breaking news coverage and breaking-news photography. 


In addition to text stories, the competition will continue to allow a full range of online content, such as interactive graphics and video, in nearly all categories. Two photography categories will continue to restrict entries to still images. 


The board adopted the changes at its November meeting at Columbia University after a lengthy study by a committee. 


The board also refined the definition for its prize on Local Reporting of Breaking News. To emphasize immediacy, the new definition states that "special emphasis" will be given to "the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage." 


The board, Gissler said, hopes that this will encourage the submission of more online material in the category.  


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Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, Internet overtakes newspapers as main source for national, international, and campaign news, gaining on television, according to Pew Research Center

 


The Internet, which emerged in 2008 as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. 


Currently, 40 percent say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the Internet, up from just 24 percent in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the Internet for news than cite newspapers (35 percent). Television continues to be cited most frequently as a main source for national and international news, at 70 percent. 


For young people, however, Methotrexate mg, the Internet now rivals television as a main source of national and international news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (59 percent) say they get most of their national and international news online; an identical percentage cites television. In September 2007, twice as many young people said they relied mostly on television for news than mentioned the internet (68 percent vs. 34 percent). 


The percentage of people younger than 30 citing television as a main news source has declined from 68 percent in September 2007 to 59 percent currently, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. This mirrors a trend seen earlier this year in campaign news consumption. (See "Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News," News Interest Index, Oct. 31, 2008.) 


The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted December 3 – 7 among 1,489 adults, Canada, mexico, india, finds there has been little change in the individual TV news outlets that people rely on for national and international news. Nearly a quarter of the public (23 percent) says they get most of their news from CNN, while 17 percent cite Fox News; smaller shares mention other cable and broadcast outlets. 


The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, We are sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts and are one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. 


The Center's purpose is to serve as a forum for ideas on the media and public policy through public opinion research. In this role it serves as an important information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars, and public interest organizations. All of the Pew Research Center's current survey results are made available free of charge. 


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Ten major drug defendants, including two with ties to South Texas, extradited from Mexico to the U.S.

 


On Wednesday, December 31, the Mexican government extradited 10 major drug defendants to the United States.  Those defendants, whose charges are listed separately below, Methotrexate photos, are accused of being associated with some of the most notorious Mexican drug trafficking organizations, including the Gulf Cartel, the Arellano Félix Organization and the Sinaloa Cartel.  The defendants arrived on December 31 in Texas and will face criminal proceedings in the Southern District of Texas, the Southern District of California, the Central District of California and the Northern District of Georgia. 


In announcing the extraditions, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said, “The courageous action of the Mexican government in extraditing these 10 defendants – each of whom is accused of major drug offenses or other serious federal felonies – shows the unrelenting commitment of Mexican President Calderón to break the power of the Mexican drug cartels. We stand with him, with Mexican Attorney General Medina Mora, and with all our Mexican law enforcement colleagues, in this fight. Today's extraditions demonstrate that the cartels cannot operate with impunity, and that Mexico and the United States will work together ceaselessly to defeat them.” 


The extradition of these 10 defendants brings the total number of extraditions from Mexico to the United States to 95 for 2008, the highest yearly number of extraditions from Mexico to date, surpassing last year’s record number of 83, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. Is Methotrexate addictive,  


DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart stated, “Extradition is one of the most powerful weapons we have to battle drug cartels. The cartels fear not only the U.S. justice system, but the strength of our partnership with President Calderon and the Mexican government in this fight.” 


The extradited defendants, and the charges they face, are listed below:  


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS 


1) Rubén Saucedo Rivera, a Mexican citizen, is an alleged member of the Osiel Cardenas Guillen Gulf Cartel drug trafficking organization. He was charged by superseding indictment on April 9, 2002, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and marijuana; conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and conspiracy to launder money. Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, He is alleged to be the leader of a drug distribution cell of the Gulf Cartel that imported at least 250 kilograms of cocaine and 1,500 pounds of marijuana from Mexico to the United States from 1998 to 2002. 


2) Juan Carlos De La Cruz Reyna, a Mexican citizen, is an alleged member of the Osiel Cárdenas Guillen Gulf Cartel drug trafficking organization. He was charged by superseding indictment on April 9, 2002, order Methotrexate from United States pharmacy, with two counts of threatening to assault and murder federal agents. Those charges were based on allegations that De La Cruz Reyna, Cárdenas Guillen and others threatened a DEA agent and an FBI agent with firearms in Matamoros, Mexico, in November 1999. 


NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA 


3) José Manuel Barrientos, a Mexican citizen, is alleged to be a leader of a distribution cell in the Atlanta area. Barrientos was charged by indictment on June 26, 2001, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and assault of a federal agent. According to the indictment, in June 2001, Where to buy Methotrexate, DEA agents seized a 250 kilogram shipment of cocaine near Atlanta from a van. Prior to the discovery of the cocaine in the van, Barrientos allegedly rammed the car of a DEA agent in an effort to prevent the agents from stopping the van. 


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 


4) Armando Martínez Duarte, a Mexican citizen, is a former Procuraduría General de la República (Mexican attorney general’s office) official who was the alleged chief of security for the Arellano Felix Organization, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. He was charged by a seventh superseding indictment on December 4, 2003, with substantive racketeering based on drug and money laundering crimes; conspiracy to commit racketeering; and other drug trafficking and money laundering crimes. He allegedly protected the Arellano Félix Organization's activities from interference by Mexican law enforcement, and is alleged to have “policed” the Mexicali area by kidnapping, torturing and murdering the organization's enemies. 


5) Jesus “Chuy” Labra Avilés, a Mexican citizen, was charged by a seventh superseding indictment on December 4, 2003, with substantive racketeering based on drug and money laundering crimes; conspiracy to commit racketeering; and other drug trafficking and money laundering crimes.  He is an alleged member of the Arellano Félix Organization and was allegedly responsible for shipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico to the United States from 1986 to 2001. 


6) Efraín Pérez Arciniega, a Mexican citizen, was charged by a seventh superseding indictment on Dec. 4, Methotrexate without a prescription, 2003, with substantive racketeering based on drug and money laundering crimes; conspiracy to commit racketeering; and other drug trafficking and money laundering crimes. He is alleged to be a lieutenant in the Arellano Félix Organization, responsible for handling logistics relating to the receipt of large cocaine and marijuana shipments. 


7) Jorge Aureliano Félix, a Mexican citizen, was charged by a seventh superseding indictment on December 4, 2003, with substantive racketeering based on drug and money laundering crimes; conspiracy to commit racketeering; and other drug trafficking and money laundering crimes.  He is a former Mexican state judicial police officer who allegedly acted as a top lieutenant for the Arellano Félix Organization. He was allegedly responsible for safeguarding the storage of drugs and for taking delivery and keeping account of drug proceeds. 


Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription, 8) Fidel Chan Amador, a Mexican citizen, was charged by a third superseding indictment filed on Sept. 26, 2000, with marijuana distribution and importation conspiracies. He is alleged to be a large scale broker of marijuana, Methotrexate natural, responsible for the importation of approximately 11,500 pounds of marijuana seized in the United States between 1996 and 1999, and for approximately eight tons of marijuana destined for the United States but seized by Mexican authorities. 


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORID


9) Juan Diego Espinosa, a Colombian citizen, is an alleged member of the Sinaloa cartel along with Sandra Ávila Beltrán, a.k.a. “The Queen of the Pacific.” He was charged by superseding indictment on June 7, 2002, with conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; distributing cocaine knowing it would be imported into the U.S.; and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel subject to U.S. jurisdiction. He was allegedly involved in coordinating large shipments of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the U.S, Buy Methotrexate Without Prescription. in 2001. In November 2001, Espinosa, Beltrán and others allegedly arranged the shipment of cocaine from Colombia to the United States by ship. The ship was boarded by U.S. agents near Mexico with permission of Mexico, and the agents seized 9,291 kilograms of cocaine. 


CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (with the Los Angeles County Office of the District of Attorney) 


10) Luis Octavio Arellano Enciso, a Mexican citizen, was charged by indictment on July 6, 2001, with conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.  Arellano and his organization allegedly discussed selling cocaine and marijuana to an undercover officer, which led to the delivery of 1,400 pounds of marijuana in July 2000 by Arellano and his organization. In 1994, Arellano allegedly sold one kilogram of cocaine to a cooperating individual. A subsequent search of Arellano’s home led to the discovery of more cocaine, $436,000 and weapons. In March 1995, Arellano failed to appear for sentencing in state court in Los Angeles following his guilty plea in another matter, and was sentenced to 36 years in prison. 

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An American soldier bravely stands at his post during this holiday season, protecting America from the forces of tyranny while bringing closer the dream of freedom to oppressed people throughout the rest of the world. A poem, featured later in this posting, captures the courage and sacrifice of tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans overseas, who have volunteered to put themselves in harm's way, which ensured a safe Christmas 2008 for millions of Americans here at home.

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Flagship newspaper of Freedom Communications, owner of McAllen Monitor, Valley Morning Star, and Brownsville Herald, agrees to pay as much as $42 million in a settlement with newspaper carriers and carriers' attorneys over employment lawsuit


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A lawsuit closely watched by hundreds of thousands of American newspaper delivery professionals, and involving the flagship newspaper of Freedom Newspapers, Inc., owners of the McAllen Monitor, Valley Morning Star, and Brownsville Herald, was recently settled for up to $42 million, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

The lawsuit, originally filed on July 7, 2003, is styled as González v, Wellbutrin SR maximum dosage. Freedom Communications, Inc., 03CC0756. It involves 5,000 current and former carriers for The Register who worked anytime from July 7, 1999 through June 2000.

The settlement was reached with The Orange County Register, located in Santa Clara, California, which is the premier newspaper in Freedom Communications, Inc.'s media empire. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, The legal dispute involved the common practice of the majority of the nation's newspapers, which classify newspaper delivery workers – also known as carriers – as independent contractors, freeing the publications from providing financial and legal benefits that most American workers take for granted.

Classifying carriers as independent contractors also shields the newspaper industry from paying payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, and providing workers compensation insurance.

According to the Newspaper Association of American, newspapers in the U.S. represent a $55 billion industry.

Daniel J. Callahan, of the Santa Clara-based law firm, Callahan and Blaine, represented 6,000 current and former Orange County Register carriers, against Freedom Communications, Inc.’s premier newspaper, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

On Monday, September 30, Wellbutrin SR wiki, the issue of whether newspaper carriers should be treated, under California law, as employees of The Orange County Register in Santa Ana, California finally went to trial.

In a statement he released last year, when he filed the lawsuit, Callahan contended that the level of control that the newspaper had over the carriers’ activities means they were employees of the newspaper, not independent contractors.

Dueling press releases

According to a news release on Monday, November 24, from Callahan, said The Register has agreed to pay $36 million in past damages and attorneys’ fees and an estimated $6 million worth of benefits going forward to existing and future carriers.

However, some of those figures are tentative, according to Freedom Communications, Inc. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, leaders.

In their own news release, also issued on November 24, The Orange County Register said that the newspaper "will pay to the class members not more than $22 million through a claims-made settlement process. The ultimate amount paid will be based on the number of claims submitted and validated through this process.

"No amount has been set for plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees," newspaper officials added, Wellbutrin SR class, contending that "it is up to the sound discretion of the trial court to determine the reasonable amount of such fees. Although plaintiffs’ counsel is seeking $12 million in fees, it is by no means certain that the court will award that amount, and it can award less."

Freedom Communications, Inc., the national media conglomerate which owns the McAllen Monitor, Valley Morning Star, and Brownsville Herald, recently issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a settlement in the class action lawsuit by newspaper carriers:

Settlement "first of its kind"

According to Callahan:

This settlement is the first of its kind in the United States as many newspapers treat their newspaper delivery personnel as independent contractors rather than employees. The key determining factor is whether the company controls the manner and means employed by the carriers to deliver the newspaper, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. In The Register’s case, The Register gave detailed routes for the carriers to follow, instructions for delivery, and penalties for non-compliance. The Register also trained and supervised the carriers in the performance of their duties.

In the class action lawsuit brought by delivery persons for The Orange County Register newspaper almost five years ago, a settlement was reached in court today. The Register has agreed to pay $36 Million in past damages and attorneys’ fees and an estimated $6 million worth of benefits going forward to existing and future carriers. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, The carriers are represented by Daniel J. Callahan of Callahan & Blaine, a Santa Ana,California law firm and Timothy Cohelan of Cohelan & Khoury, Wellbutrin SR pharmacy, a San Diego, California law firm.

This settlement is the first of its kind in the United States as many newspapers treat their newspaper delivery personnel as independent contractors rather than employees. The key determining factor is whether the company controls the manner and means employed by the carriers to deliver the newspaper. In The Register’s case, The Register gave detailed routes for the carriers to follow, instructions for delivery, and penalties for non-compliance. The Register also trained and supervised the carriers in the performance of their duties, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

“These are the hallmarks of an employment relationship and The Register engaged in this practice in an apparent attempt to avoid providing benefits otherwise required by California law," said Callahan.

The trial commenced on September 22, 2008 and settled during the middle of trial after Callahan presented conclusive evidence that The Register exerted dominance and control over every aspect of the delivery system throughout all of its eight warehouses in Orange County. This was made clear in the testimony Callahan elicited during the cross-examination of The Register’s management team.

The case awaits final court approval but both sides believe that it will be granted. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, In order to achieve this settlement, The Register’s parent, Freedom Communications of Irvine, California, needed to secure the consent of its shareholders and lenders due to the failing or decreasing newspaper subscriptions and advertising revenue caused by subscribers’ move to the Internet media and poor economic conditions.

Callahan states that many newspapers are set up this way and are in direct and knowing violation of the California Labor Code and he intends to pursue other newspapers who engage in the same illegal practice.

Freedom Communications, which owns The Orange County Register also owns over 100 newspapers and television stations. The Hoiles family in 2004 sold approximately 50 percent of its ownership in Freedom Communications for approximately $2 billion to Blackstone Communications Partners and Providence Equity Partners. The Register also delivers other papers such as the New York Times, the OC Post, Investors’ Business Daily, Wall Street Journal and several other local newspapers and tabloids, Wellbutrin SR without prescription.

Freedom Communications also claims victories

In its November 24 news releases, Freedom Communications, Inc, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. put its own spin on the lawsuit and its implications:

In the settlement, the parties agree that in the future the carriers will continue to be deemed to be independent contractors, not employees. The Register has maintained throughout the lawsuit that the carriers are independent contractors and that status remains unchanged with this settlement. In addition, The Register retains full and complete flexibility to determine how to deliver its newspapers in the future.

Scott Flanders, CEO of The Register’s parent company, Freedom Communications, said, “I am pleased that the five-year protracted litigation has been resolved through a settlement that is fair to both sides. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, With this resolution, we bring certainty and finality to this issue, and we can move forward to address other challenges and to strengthen our business.”

The Register also has agreed to make certain modifications to the contract signed by the carriers that support, clarify and enhance the carriers’ status as independent contractors. Plaintiffs’ counsel has referred to these changes as “benefits going forward to existing and future carriers” and has stated that these changes have an “estimated” value of “$6,000,000.” The Register disagrees strongly with that calculation and has approximated the value at a much lower figure.

The trial commenced on September 22, 2008 and was expected to last until perhaps mid-January, 2009. During the trial, the jury heard evidence about the contract signed by each carrier confirming that the carriers are independent contractors, not employees. Wellbutrin SR forum, Todd Theodora, serving as trial counsel for The Register, stated, “There was abundant trial testimony that the carriers have the freedom and flexibility of the type enjoyed only by independent contractors, not employees. The jury heard evidence concerning the carriers’ widespread use of substitutes and helpers to perform all or some of the work covered under their contract.”

There was also much evidence presented concerning the carriers’ ability to deliver competitors’ products, to perform their route unsupervised and in any order they wanted, to take breaks whenever and wherever they wanted, and to determine their own vacation schedule, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

The settlement incorporates the terms included in this statement, despite the premature and inaccurate statement released by plaintiffs’ counsel.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS POEM

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

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A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

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For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

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"Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

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Former Texas Comptroller John Sharp will join an impressive group of business and government leaders at the upcoming economic summit, Putting America Back to Work, scheduled for January 15 through 16, 2009 in Austin and hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Sharp will open the second day of the conference as the breakfast keynote speaker. Lt. Gov. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, David Dewhurst will present opening remarks at the economic summit,

Top experts will gather to address critical regional and national economic challenges facing our nation today.

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UT program offering Valley children suffering from leukemia access to cutting-edge trials and therapies


By SHEILA HOTCHKIN

A new program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeks to bring more Hispanic children from the Lower Rio Grande Valley into clinical trials for leukemia, helping this under-served population get cutting-edge therapies.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow.

Funded by a $100,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute, the program will place a “patient navigator” at the Health Science Center’s Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen starting in 2009.

The navigator will make patients’ families and physicians aware of clinical trials and help overcome barriers to participating in them, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

Amelie G. What is Wellbutrin SR, Ramírez, Dr.P.H., the study’s principal investigator and director of the Health Science Center’s Institute for Health Promotion Research, anticipates the effort could increase recruitment rates by 20 percent.

The importance of having children from this medically underserved population represented in clinical trials is twofold. First, clinical trials often use cutting-edge therapies, and it’s important that all children have access to them. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Also, researchers need to evaluate how these treatments affect different populations.

Hispanic children are at slightly higher risk of developing leukemia than non-Hispanics, and previous research by Ramírez indicates that children in South Texas are at greater risk of developing leukemia than their peers statewide or nationally.

“There is little knowledge about the risk factors for childhood and adolescent leukemia, and participation in clinical trials by disadvantaged populations and groups with higher incidence is critical,” Ramírez said. “The Latino population is being underrepresented in a number of research studies.”

Ramírez was approached about the grant due to her leadership role in a larger National Cancer Institute-funded project called “Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network.” Redes En Acción, which translates to “Networks in Action,” takes a multifaceted approach to combating cancer in the Hispanic population.

The new grant, a one-year project administered through Redes, could be extended if results appear promising. Luis Vélez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research, and Anne-Marie Langevin, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Health Science Center, also are heavily involved in the project, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

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Bronc Alert, a new emergency notification system, implemented for UT-Pan American community


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Signing up is free and everyone can join. To log in, a person must enter their UTPA ID and password, and complete the information at: www.utpa.edu/emergency. The information includes personal e-mail, a cell phone number and a phone number where one wants the alerts to be sent. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Campus notifications are for emergencies only and the information provided will only be used for those purposes.

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Hidalgo County, Edinburg Fire Department, others helping Valley become DTV ready for public safety


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Are you DTV ready. If you aren’t, Hidalgo County fire marshals and emergency management officials are waiting in the wings to help.

The Hidalgo County Judge’s Office Emergency Services Division has joined the fire departments of Mission, Edinburg, Raymondville, McAllen and Harlingen for a DTV technical assistance project.

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The problem is that some Valley residents, especially the elderly or disabled, will need help installing DTV converter boxes or adjusting antenna reception to make sure they are ready for the conversion.

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The program is being publicized via on-air Public Service Announcements on News Channel 5 and other local television stations. People are encouraged to call 2-1-1 if they need help installing a DTV converter box. After 2-1-1 screens the calls and determines if the caller cannot be helped over the phone, the service will forward the call to one of the participating agencies. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, A fire fighter/fire marshal/emergency management official will go to the home of the individual to troubleshoot the problem.

“We are so pleased that Fire Fighters and Emergency Management officials are willing to help our local residents make the DTV switch“ said John Kittleman, General Manager of KRGV News Channel 5 in Weslaco. “With digital television, there are more free, over the air channels than ever before. And the picture quality and the sound is excellent. But we have over 100,000 homes that have to make the switch to digital with less than two months remaining. So as a community, we need all the help we can get, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. We encourage other cities and county representatives to contact the station to join the program. Wellbutrin SR no rx, It is critical that every home in the Valley is prepared to receive emergency messages from our local television stations.”

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UT-Pan American Alumni Association organizing February 21 book sale to raise scholarship funds


Alumni of the University of Texas-Pan American have probably developed a greater appreciation for books during their time at the university. And most probably have stacks of books in their closets that they have read several times. Instead of constantly leaping over those stacks or throwing them out, hold on to them for a little while longer because the UTPA Alumni Association will be holding a region-wide used book sale on Saturday, February 21, 2009, in conjunction with the annual Homecoming events. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Currently, a steering committee is being formed to coordinate the entire event.

“This is going to be a big event and we need a lot of volunteers to get involved,” Arnoldo Mata (B.A. ’80) said. “We need volunteers who can help us promote the event and get the word out. We will also need volunteers to help collect and sort books. Then, we will also need them during the sale, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. You don’t have to be an Alumni Association member or even an alumni to get involved.”

“We would like to form a few committees to help us. We would like to get a couple in the Upper Valley (McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Pharr) and at least one in the Mid-Valley (Donna, Weslaco, Mercedes) and one in the Cameron County area. So, fast shipping Wellbutrin SR, I really would like to ask for volunteers from those areas,” Mata said.

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UT-San Antonio receives approval from regents to launch $84 million program for college football


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The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday, December 18, approved UTSA’s Athletic Initiative Business Plan granting the university permission to expand athletics and add a football program

The plan calls for UTSA to develop an $84 million competitive athletic complex over the next several years and add an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS / formerly Division I-AA) football program with the intent to advance the athletics department’s existing 16 intercollegiate sports programs plus football to an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS / formerly Division I-A) conference. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, The Athletic Initiative directly supports the University's academic mission as outlined in its strategic plan, A Shared Vision UTSA 2016.

“Athletics at UTSA has been the subject of much discussion for many months,” said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. “We are grateful to the Board of Regents for their support today to enhance our entire sports program and bring UTSA football to San Antonio” said Romo.

“Additionally, UTSA would not be here today without the support of the leadership and citizens of San Antonio and Bexar County who approved $22 million in funding towards building the new Athletic Complex.”

UTSA will fund the Athletic Initiative through student fees, corporate and private support and other revenue streams that do not draw from the institutional academic budget. In September 2007, UTSA students overwhelmingly supported a referendum to expand the athletics program and double the Athletic Fee over the next five to seven years from $10/semester credit hour up to $20/semester hour, capped at 12 semester credit hours.

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2009: Launch $15 million fundraising campaign

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2011: Expand team and play independent football schedule

2012: Play Southland Conference football schedule

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A: Until money is raised to construct football fields at the Athletics Complex, the team will practice either on the 1604 Campus or on surrounding high school facilities.

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2011: Completion of Phase One in October 2011

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A: Phase One will include NCAA Division I quality facilities for soccer and track, roadway, surface parking and other related infrastructure. After that, depending on successful fundraising, we will add practice football fields.

Q: How is all of this going to be paid for? Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, A: The Athletic Complex will be paid with $22 million in funding approved by City and County Voters and the remaining funds will be sought through donations, sponsorships and partnerships. The cost to add football and advance the existing intercollegiate sports programs, will be paid in part from the increased student athletic fees. However, we will need to raise $15 million in donations and sponsorships and investigate the availability of other revenue streams that do not draw from the institutional academic budget.

Q: Will the football program include a marching band and cheerleading squad.

A: UTSA already sponsors a pep band and spirit program, which consists of a cheerleading squad and dance team. With the addition of football, we hope to expand these programs but it will involve additional fundraising, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

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A: UTSA has long been a university of first choice and provides access to excellence for more than 28,400 graduate and undergraduate students. Wellbutrin SR from canadian pharmacy, Football will not change this. UTSA is still on target to become a national research university. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, That means an increase in the number of academic programs, more contributions to the economic success of San Antonio and the region and an enhanced student life. Now we simply add a championship-driven Division I football program to the list.

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Former Border Patrol agent Reynaldo Zuñiga, 34, of Harlingen, sentenced in drug smuggling conspiracy


Former Border Patrol (BP) agent Reynaldo Zuñiga, 34, has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced on Monday, December 22. Zuñiga and two others were sentenced on December 22 by United States District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen.

Zuñiga, of Harlingen, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on June 6, 2008, for conspiring to distribute cocaine in the U.S. along with two civilian co-conspirators, Luis Alfredo Cruz, 29, and José Luis Arteaga, 25, both from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. On that date, surveillance by law enforcement of Zuñiga, Cruz and Arteaga revealed an illegal smuggling venture crossing the Rio Grande River west of the Hidalgo Port of Entry.

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During an interview, Zuñiga stated he received $1,200, which was found in his shirt pocket, to transport an illegal alien from the Rio Grande River to Hidalgo. Cruz admitted he received $400 to transport Arteaga to Pharr though he was unsure of the contents of the backpack. However, he admitted that he thought it probably contained drugs.

Agents recovered 11 bricks of suspected cocaine, of which at least one kilogram tested positive for cocaine.

All three defendants entered pleas of guilty to the indictment on September 3, 2008, before Hinojosa in McAllen, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription.

The defendants were given an opportunity to make a statement to the court during the sentencing hearing and each apologized for their conduct. Zuñiga received 87 months in the Bureau of Prisons, while Cruz and Arteaga received 18 and 46 months, respectively. The three will also serve three-year-terms of supervised release following completion of their sentences and will each pay a $100 special assessment.

The prosecution is the result of a continuing investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE Office of Professional Responsibility and the Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General with the full cooperation of the United States Border Patrol. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Assistant United States Attorney James McAlister prosecuted the case.

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Valley, Ordering Wellbutrin SR online, coastal courts land on "Watch List" for uneven justice, according to Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse


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Civil courts in the Rio Grande Valley and the Texas Gulf Coast – long considered "judicial Hellholes" – are inching out of infamy as the nation’s worst judicial jurisdictions with a slight improvement to “Watch List” status, according to an annual report released by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). The move to “Watch List” was made with “extreme caution,” according to the report because of “historic unpredictability of decisions in the Rio Grande Valley and the Gulf Coast could easily result in backsliding.”

“Indeed Texas has made great strides to curb rogue jurisdictions where jackpot justice is commonplace,” said Bill Summers, president and founder of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of the Rio Grande Valley. “However, continued efforts by some personal injury lawyers to undo progress make our continued vigilance more important than ever. Rolling back civil justice reforms will land us back on the hellhole list in a hurry.”

The report, released on Tuesday, December 16, indicates improvements to the Texas litigation climate have been spurred by comprehensive legislative reforms and appellate courts that have reined in lower court decisions that fly in the face of evidence and/or yield excessive awards.

However, trouble brews elsewhere in Texas where several developments could spawn future judicial Hellholes, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. Although the state’s medical liability reforms are benefiting Texans statewide, the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear a case to settle the constitutionality of the medical liability limits. According to the report, “this puts the reforms in a precarious and uncertain position, which could quickly reverse many of the hard-fought gains should a lower, plaintiff-biased court declare them unconstitutional.”

Excessive awards and outrageous attorneys’ fees continue to plague parts of Texas. A record $688 million from the Enron settlement went into lawyers’ pockets, according to the report. A single law firm is poised to collect about $400 million while an incarcerated class action kingpin is slated to pocket $50 million for his early role in the case, comprar en línea Wellbutrin SR, comprar Wellbutrin SR baratos. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, “Justice is intended to serve the truly injured, not line the pockets of the lawyers,” said Chip Hough, a board member of Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. “Clearly, the Texas legal landscape is a long way from genuine balance.”

The now infamous quote from personal injury lawyer Dickie Scruggs sums up the personal injury lawyer view of some Texas jurisdictions where “cases are not won in the courtroom. They're won on the back roads long before the case goes to trial. Any lawyer fresh out of law school can walk in there and win the case, so it doesn't matter what the evidence or law is.”

“Personal injury lawyers are not through with Texas,” said Summers. “Even now, as the climate improves, some are looking for loopholes, inventing new ways to sue, and generally making a mockery of our communities. Our steadfast intolerance to peddlers of lawsuit abuse is the only way to protect the proud landscape of Texas.”

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Attorney General Abbott, Sen, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. Estes propose bill to protect Texans from foreclosure rescue scams


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, recently announced a legislative initiative that will help protect Texas homeowners from foreclosure rescue scams. If enacted, the proposal would enhance the Attorney General’s enforcement authority, provide new protections for homeowners, and place new restrictions on foreclosure prevention consultants.

“At a time when regulators, Wellbutrin SR samples, policy makers and stakeholders are working to help struggling families, unscrupulous operators are scheming to profiteer at homeowners’ expense,” Abbott said. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, “Too many scam artists attempt to target homeowners with large fees and the false promise that they could help Texans avoid foreclosure on their homes. The legislation that Sen. Estes and I encourage the Legislature to pass would give the Office of the Attorney General increased authority to crack down on these unlawful foreclosure rescue scams.”

The Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act would require foreclosure prevention consultants to provide customers a written, plain language contract memorializing their services agreement. It would also require that these consultants obtain their customers’ written consent, in the form of a signature, before beginning any services or accepting any fees. An additional requirement mandates a written disclosure statement instructing homeowners to contact an attorney or a housing counselor before signing mortgage rescue agreements.

“While most homeowners may never feel the threat of home foreclosure, it is an issue that can impact all of us when it strikes our neighbors, friends, and family,” Estes said, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. “This issue has impacted constituents in my district and across the state, we are here today to send a very clear signal that these actions by unscrupulous mortgage foreclosure consultants will not be tolerated.”

The written agreements mandated by the proposed law would apply to both foreclosure prevention consulting and equity purchase contracts. Both types of agreements would have to include plain language cancellation procedures.

In addition to new disclosure requirements, the proposal would place new limits on equity purchase agreements. To protect Texans’ interest in their homes, the law would require equity purchase agreement buyers to pay at least 82 percent of the property’s fair market value. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, The Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act would give the Attorney General's Office expanded authority to crack down on mortgage rescue fraud scams under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Foreclosure rescue scams prey upon people who have fallen behind on their mortgages and face foreclosure. Using notices that mortgage lenders publish before foreclosing on homes, the scam identifies potential victims who are promised help avoiding foreclosure. These scams are often marketed as “foreclosure consultants” or “mortgage consultants,” and their businesses as a “foreclosure service” or “foreclosure rescue agency.” But, generic Wellbutrin SR, instead of providing the services promised, the scams take homeowners’ money, ruin their credit record, and wipe out the hard-earned equity victims built up in their homes.

When announcing the legislative proposal, Abbott revealed the results of a recent enforcement action against a mortgage rescue fraud scheme.

Arizona-based Abell Mediation, Inc., and its president and vice-president, Elizabeth Cory and Michael Cory, respectively, were charged with fraudulently claiming that their company could save homeowners from imminent foreclosure, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. Homeowners who were delinquent on mortgage payments responded to the defendants’ solicitation cards and Web site. The defendants’ cards claimed that “Abell Mediation, Inc. has saved over 7,000 homes from foreclosure,” boasted about a “staff of highly trained loss mitigation specialists” with established relationships with mortgage lenders and banks nationwide and promised to “achieve results that no one else can.”

Under an agreement secured by the Attorney General, the defendants are permanently enjoined from conducting a foreclosure mitigation business in the future. The defendant is also required to pay a total of $1.55 million in fines, restitution and attorneys’ fees. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Texas homeowners who believe they have been targeted by a mortgage-related scam should contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.

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Federal Reserve approves rules that will better protect credit card users from certain interest fees


The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday, December 18, approved final rules that would better protect credit card users by prohibiting certain unfair acts or practices and improving the disclosures consumers receive in connection with credit card accounts and other revolving credit plans.

The final rules prohibiting certain credit card practices were adopted under the Federal Trade Commission Act, and are being issued concurrently with substantially similar final rules by the Office of Thrift Supervision and the National Credit Union Administration. Wellbutrin SR schedule, Among other things, the rules will:


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In finalizing the rules on unfair credit card practices, the board carefully considered information obtained through consumer testing and more than 60,000 comment letters received during the comment period.

"The revised rules represent the most comprehensive and sweeping reforms ever adopted by the board for credit card accounts," said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. "These protections will allow consumers to access credit on terms that are fair and more easily understood."

The board is also adopting final rules to revise the disclosures consumers receive in connection with credit card accounts and other revolving credit plans to ensure that information is provided in a timely manner and in a form that is readily understandable.

These rules amend Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and conclude a comprehensive review of the open-end credit rules.

The final rules under Regulation Z require changes to the format, timing, and content requirements for credit card applications and solicitations and for the disclosures that consumers receive throughout the life of an open-end account. Many of the changes reflect the result of consumer testing conducted on behalf of the board during its review. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, "Our intent is to increase transparency and fairness in how credit card and deposit accounts operate, thereby enhancing competition and empowering consumers to better manage their accounts and avoid unnecessary costs," said Federal Reserve Governor Randall S. Kroszner. "The rules represent a significant step forward in consumer protection. By ensuring fairness and making credit terms easier to understand, these safeguards should allow more consumers to benefit from using credit."

Both of the final rules addressing credit card accounts take effect on July 1, 2010.

The board is separately proposing rules to protect consumers that use overdraft services offered by their bank. The rule solicits public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfers) intended to provide consumers a choice regarding their institution's payment of overdrafts for automated teller machine withdrawals and one-time debit card transactions, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. The Board is proposing two alternative approaches to providing consumer choice, including a proposed requirement that would require institutions to obtain consumers' affirmative consent (or opt-in) before any overdraft fees or charges may be imposed on consumers' accounts. The comment period for the Regulation E proposal ends 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, Wellbutrin SR street price.

In a related move, the board is adopting final amendments to Regulation DD (Truth in Savings) to address depository institutions' disclosure practices related to overdraft services. The effective date for the final rules adopted under Regulation DD is January 1, 2010.

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Tribune Company on Monday, December 8, announced that it is voluntarily restructuring its debt obligations under the protection of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company will continue to operate its media businesses during the restructuring, including publishing its newspapers and running its television stations and interactive properties without interruption, and has sufficient cash to do so.

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The Chicago Cubs franchise, including Wrigley Field, is not included in the Chapter 11 filing. Efforts to monetize the Cubs and its related assets will continue.

"Over the last year, we have made significant progress internally on transitioning Tribune into an entrepreneurial company that pursues innovation and stronger ways of serving our customers," said Sam Zell, chairman and CEO of Tribune, Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription. "Unfortunately, at the same time, factors beyond our control have created a perfect storm -- a precipitous decline in revenue and a tough economy coupled with a credit crisis that makes it extremely difficult to support our debt.

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While the company has sufficient cash to continue operations, to supplement its cash availability in the event of even more significant declines in its operating results, the company has negotiated an agreement with Barclays to maintain post-filing its existing securitization facility. Barclays has also agreed to provide a letter of credit facility. Buy Wellbutrin SR Without Prescription, Since going private last year, Tribune has re-paid approximately $1 billion of its senior credit facility. During this time, the company has been rewriting the business model for its media assets with the goal of building a sustainable, innovative, competitive company that provides relevant products for its customers and communities.

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Hispanic journalists support open media policies, Internet access proposed by Obama Administration


The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has signed on with a movement spearheaded by the nonprofit Free Press urging President-Elect Obama and the new Administration to fulfill its promises of an open media system where the Internet is open to all, connectivity is available to all and where media ownership and coverage is diverse and open to all.

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December 18, 2008

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Spiriva For Sale, Hidalgo County leaders have joined forces recently on several projects of mutual concern, including pushing for environmental planning for the eastern portion of the Hidalgo County loop project and urging President Bush to wave any associated costs local governments incurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly. In this photograph, taken during the December 6 meeting at Mission City Hall of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner Sylvia S. Handy, and Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas, III, successfully encouraged the RMA Board of Directors to speed up plans for the eastern portion of the proposed county roadway loop. See stories on Hurricane Dolly recovery requests and on a successful prescription discount card that recently went into effect in Hidalgo County.

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South Texas College has been selected to participate in the Community Colleges CAN Mentoring Program, which is a national program to link community colleges across the country in unique ways for the betterment and continued pervasiveness of higher education. Through the program, STC will work closely with El Paso Community College to develop an outreach program tying together all higher education institutions and school districts across Hidalgo and Starr counties to address the college readiness needs of all current and future students in the counties, Spiriva For Sale. Ultimately, STC hopes to facilitate increased college-going rates, increased college readiness rates, and increased degree attainment rates by creating a seamless system to transition students from high school to college. Featured in this shot, taken during the fall 2008 orientation at STC's Pecan Campus in McAllen, are high school students from McAllen who are part of the South Texas College McAllen I.S.D. Achieve Early College High School program, one of the many initiatives the college has created with Valley school districts to create a seamless path to college. See story later in this posting.

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“I heard my song while I was watching Fox News the other day,” said Christopher Holloway, buy Spiriva from canada, South Texas College history instructor. Spiriva For Sale, “Who would have known that more than 20 years later it would still be a hit. I think you can say it’s become a Christmas classic!” Holloway, a man of many talents, has not only taught history for more than half a century, but also had a prosperous career in singing and songwriting. A natural vocal talent and composer, he was signed by Playback Records. He wrote several songs, including Man From Galilee, which caught the attention of Christian singer Cristy Lane. Eight years after the song’s birth, Lane released a Christmas CD in 1985 featuring her version of the song, which sold 250,000 copies in the first year. Holloway poses with a record of his songs and the songs of Cristy Lane, Spiriva For Sale. See story later in this posting.

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This year will mark the 40th Christmas that Dolia González of Edinburg has spent without her only child, American war hero Freddy González. But instead of sitting alone with her memories, she reaches out and is like a star shining for those around her. That is her sense of decency, honor, and civic duty, says John Flores, Spiriva brand name, author of a book about the Edinburg family. Last February, Dolia González and her son were the center of attention in Edinburg, when Gov. Spiriva For Sale, Rick Perry, to her left, came to the three-time All-America City to bestow Texas' highest honor in memory on her son's courage in battle. From left, are: Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg; Edinburg City Councilmember Noé Garza (back row); Dolia González; Edinburg City Councilmember Alma Garza (back row); Gov. Perry; and Edinburg school board president Omar Palacios. See lead story later in this posting.

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Christmas inspires precious memories, divine hope for Dolia González, others who have lost loved ones


BY JOHN W. FLORES

In February 1995, Spiriva For Sale. I began working on stories about the building of a billion-dollar U.S. Navy warship at Bath Iron Works, in Maine, named for a 21-year-old Marine Corps platoon sergeant killed saving his men on the morning of February 4, 1968, during the Tet Offensive in Hue City, Vietnam.

His name was Freddy González, the only child of Dolia González – who is 78 year old and still lives and works every day in the family hometown of Edinburg. She had to raise her boy alone, on the wages of a farm worker and waitress. Spiriva For Sale, I was a reporter at the old Edinburg Bureau of the McAllen Monitor, the biggest newspaper covering the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Along with other duties, buy no prescription Spiriva online, I kept with the González story, and a year later after leaving the newspaper, the Navy sent me alone by helicopter from Key West NAS to the ship as it headed for commissioning ceremonies in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The October 1996 commissioning drew thousands of people, including former Marine buddies who served with Freddy up to the time he was killed by an enemy rocket propelled grenade.

On our trip from Florida, across to Cuba and the across the wide expanse of ocean toward Corpus Christi, the ship accidentally caught the edge of Hurricane Josephine, and for two days the new crew of about 300 sailors endured 40-foot seas. There was some damage to the ship, but we made it in time to clean up and repair for the ceremony.

Dolia González stood on an upper deck to wave at the large crowd, standing beside Secretary of the Navy John Dalton, Spiriva For Sale. She was a mere waitress, and former farm worker, but she was a star that day. And though she is financially poor, Dolia does not complain. She is proud of her boy's heritage as the only American to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic last stand in Hue City–at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Spiriva For Sale, It was there he gathered a dozen or so anti-armor rockets, climbed to the second floor of a school complex, and fired at enemy positions before getting hit.

In 1997, Dolia González told me she had been cut off from receiving monthly benefits from her son's death many years before, and then had received a letter from the V.A. Order Spiriva no prescription, stating not only was she being cut off, but she owed the V.A. about $8,000 for "overpayment of benefits" over a period of decades.

I got on the phone with friends in the media, and wrote a story myself that was carried on AP, and soon Albertson's Corporation–a grocery store chain about to open a new store in Edinburg–read my story and contacted me, saying they were going to present a check for $8,000 to Dolia González to cover her "bill" from the V.A. I faxed over all the stories to the V.A, Spiriva For Sale. secretary's office, and he personally cancelled the bill. But the still has to work because she can't get any benefits, even though she is her son's only surviving family member.

She still works, part-time as a greeter at the local grocery store, and part-time as a waitress at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center–an old, historic meeting site for locals–just to survive.

I wrote a book, When The River Dreams, about this whole story, published in 2006. Spiriva For Sale, After the book came out I was honored by the Texas Senate with Senate Resolution 168, sponsored and signed by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Lt, after Spiriva. Gov. David Dewhurst. Then, on February 4, 2008, Texas Gov. Rick Perry finally honored Dolia by awarding the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, received by Dolia at Bobcat Stadium, where Freddy played football in the 1960s, Spiriva For Sale.

Freddy was the sixth recipient of the medal since it was established in the 1950s. Another recipient was one of Audie Murphy's commanding officers during World War II.

Freddy's high school football coach, Fred Akers, was also there. He went on to be a legendary coach of the Texas Longhorns. Spiriva For Sale, To top it all off, the Navy flew three jets over the field from nearby NAS Corpus Christi prior to the ceremony.

Also, in 2006, Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, and now President-Elect Obama' selection for U.S. Secretary of Commerce, sent me a citation for my work, similar to the Senate Resolution.

This story started for me in 1995, Online Spiriva without a prescription, and it will always be a part of me.

I had the book self-published after being turned down by many established publishers, and am hoping to get a good publisher or agent for this book to be republished, so I can include much more information, especially from the Texas Medal of Honor ceremony, Spiriva For Sale.

I have also received many more photos from the warship USS González.

On Dolia's 78th birthday last August, she was sent by the Navy from Edinburg to Norfolk, VA, for the homecoming of the USS González. The crew on deck as it was docking all together sang happy birthday to her as she stood on the dock. That was captured on local media. Spiriva For Sale, I spoke to the ship's captain and the media person on the ship about it, and have photos of that from them.

This is a great American story of hope from a great woman who, though very poor, raised her only child well. He could easily have gone into gangs, drug abuse, criminal activities. But that was all reprehensible to him and Freddy's innate sense of human decency. His sense of honor. His sense of civic duty, instilled in him in no small part by his mother, Spiriva For Sale.

With no husband to support her, working on paltry wages at dead-end, menial jobs, she did the best she could, and it was more than good enough.

This year will mark the 40th Christmas she has spent alone, without her only child. But instead of sitting alone with her memories, about Spiriva, she reaches out and is like a star shining for those around her. That is her sense of decency, honor, and civic duty. Spiriva For Sale, John Flores, author of When The River Dreams: The Life of Marine Sgt. Freddy González, is a freelance writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He may be reached via e-mail at Flores@navyseal.com

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Public service should reflect teachings of Mother Teresa


By SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

As we continue to forge ahead through another holiday season during economically fragile times, I can't help but think of that wonderful woman who impacted millions of lives and left mankind an unsurpassed legacy of perseverance and love.

Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion of the poor, once said during her lifetime that spanned 87 years, "To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."

Perseverance and love should form the foundation of public service. It is often said that elected officials must love what they do or they wouldn't keep doing it, Spiriva For Sale. True, but public servants must also love the people they represent during good times and bad. It is the people we serve who are the oil that keeps our lamps burning.

Soon after the New Year, I will make the biannual trek to Austin for the 81st Legislative Session where we'll be faced with possibly more needs than the state's budget can meet. Instead of feeling discouraged, Spiriva long term, I feel more determined to persevere. Spiriva For Sale, Mother Teresa never ran for public office, yet her burning lamp kept her working under austerity to serve the most destitute in India with almost perfect love and undying perseverance. She is the finest example of public service, no matter the circumstances.

While most of us may never reach the level of humanitarianism that Mother Teresa did, we can surely apply her principles to our daily lives. This is my intent as I am called again to represent the interests of the people of Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties.

In the meantime, my family and I wish South Texans safe and blessed holidays, and the love that Mother Teresa encouraged we extend to each and everyone.

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Man From Galilee, written by South Texas College professor Christopher Holloway, has become a Christmas song classic


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“I heard my song while I was watching Fox News the other day,” said Christopher Holloway, South Texas College history instructor. “Who would have known that more than 20 years later it would still be a hit. I think you can say it’s become a Christmas classic!”

Holloway, a man of many talents, has not only taught history for more than half a century, but also had a prosperous career in singing and songwriting. A natural vocal talent and composer, he was signed by Playback Records. Spiriva For Sale, He wrote several songs, including Man From Galilee, which caught the attention of Christian singer Cristy Lane. Eight years after the song’s birth, Lane released a Christmas CD in 1985 featuring her version of the song, Spiriva from mexico, which sold 250,000 copies in the first year.

“It was such an honor for an established, well-known singer to choose my song as a feature on her album and she even named the album Christmas is the Man From Galilee, said Holloway. “I remember the day she called me and told me the news. I was amazed and humbled. I had written so many songs and even released my own CD, but this was the biggest development in my music career, and is still the most memorable.”

Since the release of Lane’s record in 1985, Holloway’s song has earned international acclaim, including gold records in the U.S., Canada and Australia, Spiriva For Sale.

“Lane catapulted me to a whole new level and gave me a new voice,” said Holloway. “I even performed with her at a couple of concerts, the most memorable being in Pueblo, California. I can remember joining her on stage and the applause of the people. It feels really good to know that so many people have been positively impacted by my music.”

Man From Galilee is getting a new wave of fans in the 2008 Christmas season, as Lane recently began hyping a new CD of Christmas classics. Spiriva For Sale, Commercials for the CD can be seen across broadcast and cable channels, with Holloway’s song as a feature. Also, the Internet has given birth to a new wave of fans and fan outreach.

“I get a real boost out of hearing it on radio and TV,” said Holloway. “Some of my friends and students have begun to notice. Thankfully I do get some residuals from the song, so it has helped fund my retirement. I also like to search for information on the Internet and see what people have to say.”

Although the Lane recording is his most popular musical success, it is far from his only important musical accomplishment, Spiriva For Sale. Spiriva maximum dosage, The start of his career began more than 60 years ago.

In October 1941, Holloway joined the U.S. Navy and found himself as a naval gunner on the USS Cushing DD-376. On Nov. Spiriva For Sale, 13, 1942, the ship was sunk by Japanese fire and Holloway was severely injured. After the war he decided to write a song In memory of his fallen comrades, resulting in Iron Bottom Bay.

“I wanted to write a song for each of my shipmates, so I created a composite name from the first letter of each of their names and came up with the name ‘Eddie Malone’,” he said. “The song begins, ‘Whatever happened to Eddie Malone. Does he still lie asleep beneath the foam off Tulagi; the price he had to pay, to sleep in iron bottom bay.’”

Later he moved to Colorado where he taught and pursued his passion in music. He wrote the song Angel of another Kind in tribute to his sixth grade teacher, Spiriva For Sale. He also composed The Ribbon theme for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is still sung at Veteran’s Day ceremonies. During his lifetime he has written and composed more than 60 songs.

“Music is a part of my soul and I know that I am blessed with a God-given talent so I have always tried to make the most of it to benefit others,” said Holloway. “I hope that I my legacy is one of beautiful music and service to others.”

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Renowned South Texas surgeon Francisco Cigarroa chosen to become first Hispanic leader of UT System

Spiriva For Sale, The governing board of The University of Texas System on Thursday, December 18, unanimously named Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., 51, president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and a pediatric transplant surgeon, as the sole finalist for chancellor of The University of Texas System after being interviewed by regents for the top post at a special called meeting of the board.

The chancellor of the UT System serves as the chief administrative officer of one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, overseeing nine universities and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, buy Spiriva from mexico, state, local and private sources.

Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state, Spiriva For Sale.

“We are extremely pleased Dr. Cigarroa has agreed to be considered for the position of UT System chancellor,” Regents’ Chairman H. Scott Caven, Jr. said. Spiriva For Sale, “The UT System is a national leader in higher education and health care, therefore the selection of a chancellor is one of the most important decisions this governing board will ever make. Dr. Cigarroa is an accomplished administrator, scientist and faculty member with the experience and proven track record that would be invaluable in advancing the interests of the System and our nine academic and six health institutions. The Board selected him from among an extraordinary group of candidates, and on behalf of the board I would like to thank all the candidates who have taken part in this very important process.”

Cigarroa has served as president of the UT Health Science Center–San Antonio since 2000.
A member of the Institute of Medicine, he is a recognized pediatric transplant surgeon and researcher whose articles on the principles of surgery in infants and children have appeared in several scientific publications. During his tenure as president of the health science center, sponsored research expenditures increased from $86.1 million to $146.3 million, Spiriva For Sale.

He joined the health science center faculty in 1995, where prior to his appointment as president he was director of pediatric surgery and director of abdominal transplant surgery. He serves on the medical staffs at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital and University Hospital, Online buying Spiriva, among others.

An accomplished fundraiser, Cigarroa was the first Hispanic appointed to lead a major academic health center in the United States. He announced last October that he would be stepping down as president of the health science center. Spiriva For Sale, Cigarroa received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He was the chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Cigarroa is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the board of several organizations, including the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Cigarroa and his wife, Graciela, an attorney, have two daughters. Cigarroa is a native of Laredo, Spiriva For Sale.

The selection of Cigarroa as the finalist for the chief administrative position within the UT System is the result of a search for the successor to Mark G. Yudof, who assumed the presidency of The University of California system last June. More than 50 nominations and applications were considered for the position.

Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for chancellor at least 21 days before making an appointment. Spiriva For Sale, Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for health affairs, has been serving as interim chancellor.

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Prescription discount card created by Hidalgo County saving residents money during tough economic times


By CARI LAMBRECHT

Since the Hidalgo County Prescription Discount Card was launched, Hidalgo County residents have saved nearly $40, no prescription Spiriva online,000 collectively on their medications in about the first three weeks of the program.

Data Rx, the discount card management firm, reported on December 9 that residents have filled 1,066 prescriptions in participating pharmacies while using the card. Savings to Hidalgo County residents has totaled $37,256.86, or 46 percent. That’s an average savings of $34.95 per prescription, Spiriva For Sale.

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If any business, school or organization would like to order bulk cards, they can contact the County Judge’s Office at (956) 318-2600. Individuals can visit their local independent pharmacy. A list of participating pharmacies and more information is online at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/pharmacy.

For more information, visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us

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Edinburg’s retail economy in October 2008 up almost 24 percent over same month in 2007


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Edinburg’s retail economy during October 2008, as measured by the amount of local and state sales taxes generated by a wide range of local businesses, was up almost 24 percent over the same month in 2007, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

Also, from January through October, the local sales taxes generated were almost six percent higher than during the same period in 2007, Spiriva For Sale.

The local sales tax is used to help pay for dozens of major city services, Spiriva interactions, ranging from new streets to city personnel.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Joe Ochoa; former Mayor Richard García, who serves as board president; Fred Palacios; Dr. Glenn A. Spiriva For Sale, Martínez, Ph.D.; and Elias Longoria, Jr.

The local sales taxes are generated by the city’s 1 1/2 cent local sales tax, and the 1/2 cent economic development sales tax that is administered by the EEDC.

Retail businesses are required to collect both the local and state sales taxes and send them to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The state government then sends the local share of the sales taxes to the communities in which they originated.

The October 2008 figure represent local sales generated by monthly filers, and reported to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November. Then, in December, the state sent the October 2008 local sales tax revenue back to the city in the form of a rebate, Spiriva For Sale.

For the month of October 2008, Edinburg generated $1,242,450.90 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,002,977.19 in October 2007 – an increase of 23.87 percent.

From January through October 2008, Edinburg has generated $14,215,364.48 in local sales taxes, Spiriva photos, compared with $13,415,745.69 during the same period in 2007 – an increase of 5.96 percent.

McAllen – the largest economic engine in South Texas – for the month of October – showed a drop in the monthly sales tax figure for October 2008: minus 1.55 percent.

McAllen’s economy generated more than $4.2 million in local sales taxes in October 2008, compared with almost $4.3 million during the same month in 2007. Spiriva For Sale, From January through October, McAllen has shown an increase of 2.32 percent in local sales taxes generated over the same period in 2007.

During that 10-month period, McAllen generated more than $58.8 million in local sales taxes, compared with more than $57.5 million during the same period in 2007.

According to the comptroller’s office, Hidalgo County reported an almost 6.8 percent increase in total local sales taxes collectively generated by the cities in the county. The county itself does not collect a local sales tax.

For the month of October 2008, all cities in Hidalgo County generated more than $9.7 million in local sales taxes, up 6.76 percent compared with October 2007, which reached more than $9.1 million.

Year-to-date, all cities in Hidalgo County have generated more than $125 million in local sales taxes, up more than 4.1 percent over the same period in 2007, when total local sales taxes were more than almost $120.2 million, Spiriva For Sale.

For the month of October 2008, all cities in Cameron County generated almost $5.2 million in local sales taxes, compared with more than $4.5 million during the same month in 2007, an increase of more than 13.5 percent.

Cameron County also does not collect a local sales tax.

Year-to-date, Spiriva natural, all cities in Cameron County collected more than $63.9 million in local sales taxes, compared with more than $60.5 million during the same period in 2007.

Other major cities in Hidalgo and Cameron counties reported the following monthly sales tax figures.


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  • Brownsville’s retail economy generated more than $2.6 million in October 2008 – 4.2 percent better than the October 2007 level of more than $2,5 million.

  • Harlingen’s retail economy generated more than $1.6 million in local sales taxes in October 2008, compared with almost $1.4 million in October 2007 – an improvement of more than 21 percent.

  • Mission’s retail economy showed an almost 11 percent increase in its monthly sales tax revenue during October 2008, generating more than $1 million, compared with more than $964,000 in October 2007.

  • Pharr’s retail economy generated more than $1 million in local sales taxes in October 2008, compared with almost $918,000 during the same month in 2007, an increase of more than 12.3 percent.


According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs:

The state collected $1.98 billion in sales tax in November, up 4.7 percent compared to November 2007.

The November 2008 figure represents local sales taxes generated by monthly filers, and reported to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November. Then, in December, the state sent the October 2008 local sales tax revenue back to the city in the form of a rebate.

“For the first three months of the state’s 2009 fiscal year, state sales tax collections have continued to grow,” Combs said. “However, the increase is less than in the past three years, and collections from important sectors such as retail trade and construction have declined slightly.”

The comptroller sent cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit systems their final sales tax allocations of 2008 — $488 million, up 9.2 percent compared to last December. Despite the economic slowdown, Combs said local governments collected $5.9 billion in sales tax this year, 6.3 percent more than in 2007, Spiriva For Sale.

Combs sent Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $328.5 million, up 9.5 percent compared to December 2007. City sales tax allocations during calendar year 2008 totaled $4 billion, up 5.6 percent compared to 2007. Counties’ December sales tax allocations totaled $30.8 million, up 11.8 percent compared to December 2007. Counties received $365.8 million in sales tax during calendar year 2008, buying Spiriva online over the counter, up 7.9 percent compared to last year. Spiriva For Sale, Ten local transit systems received December sales tax allocations of $109.7 million, a 5.1 percent increase over December 2007. Sales tax allocations to transit systems this year totaled $1.3 billion, up 6.2 percent compared to the 2007 total. December sales tax allocations of $19.2 million went to 150 special purpose taxing districts, an increase of 26.4 percent compared to last December. Special purpose districts received $215.1 million during 2008, up 19.1 percent compared to 2007.

For details of December sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, January 9, Spiriva For Sale.

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Edinburg’s unemployment rate in November increases slightly to 5.5 percent, best in the Valley, better than Texas, U.S. unemployment rates


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Edinburg posted a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in November 2008, up slightly from the previous month, but still a better showing than any other major city in the Valley, and lower than the Texas and U.S. unemployment rates, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. Spiriva For Sale, The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. Buy cheap Spiriva, The EEDC’s five-member governing board includes Mayor Joe Ochoa; former Mayor Richard García, who is president of the EEDC board of directors; and Fred Palacios, Elias Longoria, Jr., and Dr. Glenn A. Martínez, Ph.D.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent in November, up from 5.6 percent in October and 4.2 percent in November 2007. The U.S, Spiriva For Sale. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 6.7 percent in November, up from 6.5 percent in October and 4.7 percent a year ago.

The latest figure for Edinburg compares with a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in October, which also was the best showing among the major Valley cities that month. Edinburg's unemployment rate in October was also better than the state’s 5.6 percent rate and the nation’s 6.5 percent rate for the same month.

The unemployment rate is a key indicator of the strength of the local economy. Spiriva For Sale, The unemployment rate is the number of persons unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the civilian labor force.

The civilian labor force is that portion of the population age 16 and older employed or unemployed.

To be considered unemployed, a person has to be not working but willing and able to work and actively seeking work.

In October 2008, Edinburg's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. In September, Edinburg’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, cheap Spiriva, the same as in August. In July, Edinburg’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, 5.3 percent in June, 4.6 percent in May, 4.1 percent in April, 4.5 percent in March, 4.4 percent in February, and 4.9 percent in January, Spiriva For Sale.

In November 2008, there were 28,676 persons employed in the three-time All-America City, while 1,654 were actively looking for work.

The November 2008 unemployment rate in Edinburg represents a growth of 2,763 jobs since November 2005, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

So far this year, the city unemployment rate has averaged slightly more than five percent.

In 2007, the city’s unemployment rate averaged 4.8 percent. Spiriva For Sale, In 2006, the city’s unemployment rate averaged 5.3 percent, while in 2005, Edinburg’s unemployment rate averaged 4.9 percent.

The best showing in history for Edinburg came in November 2007, when the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent.

For all of 2007, the unemployment rate in Edinburg averaged 4.8 percent, according to the latest state figures compiled by the Texas Workforce Commission.

In November 2007, there were 27,813 people with jobs in the three-time All-America City. In November 2007, Where can i find Spiriva online, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent.

In November 2006, there were 27,591 people employed in Edinburg, Spiriva For Sale. In November 2006, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent.

In November 2005, there were 25,913 people employed in Edinburg. In November 2005, the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

Those levels represent some of the lowest unemployment rates and the largest numbers of people employed in the city’s history. Spiriva For Sale, All cities in Hidalgo County for November 2008 had a combined 8.2 percent unemployment rate, compared with 7.7 percent in October, 7.9 percent in September, 7.8 percent in August, 7.7 percent in July, 7.2 percent in June, 6.1 percent in May, 5.7 percent in April, 6.4 percent in March, 6.6 percent in February, and 7.3 percent in January.

In November, there were 263,134 persons employed in Hidalgo County, with 23,589 actively looking for work.

For November 2008, all cities in Cameron County had a combined 7.8 percent unemployment rate, compared with 7.4 percent in October, 7.5 percent in September, 7.4 percent in August, seven percent in July, 6.8 percent in June, 5.9 percent in May, 5.4 percent in April, 5.8 percent in March, online buying Spiriva hcl, 5.9 percent in February, and 6.5 percent in January.

In November, there were 135,284 persons employed in Cameron County, with 11,378 actively looking for work.

McAllen, which usually has the lowest monthly unemployment rates in the Valley, had the second-best showing among major Valley cities in November 2008 with a 5.7 percent unemployment rate, compared with 5.4 percent in October, 5.3 percent in September, 5.3 percent in August, 5.1 percent in July, 4.8 percent in June, 4.3 percent in May, 3.9 percent in April 4.3 percent in March, 4.5 percent in February, and 4.8 percent in January.

Harlingen had the third-lowest jobless rate among Valley cities in November at 6.7 percent, up from 6.3 percent in October, 6.4 percent in September, 6.2 percent in August, six percent in July, 5.9 percent in June, 5.3 percent in May, 4.8 percent in April, five percent in March, 5.1 percent in February, and 5.4 percent in January, Spiriva For Sale.

Among the Valley’s largest cities in November 2008:


  • Mission posted a 7.2 percent unemployment rate, compared with seven percent in October,
    seven percent in September, What is Spiriva, 6.8 percent in August, 6.7 percent in July, and 5.9 percent in June.

  • Pharr reported a seven percent unemployment rate, up from 6.8 percent in October, down from 7.2 percent in September, the same as the seven percent rate in August, and worse than than 6.8 percent level in July and the 6.4 percent level in June.

  • Brownsville posted a 7.5 percent unemployment rate, an improvement from October's 7.6 percent unemployment rate and September's 7.6 percent, the same as the 7.5 percent level in August, but worse than the 7.2 percent rate in July and seven percent rate in June.

  • Weslaco reported an 8.3 percent unemployment rate, the highest level since June. In October, the city's unemployment rate was 7.6 level, 8.2 percent in September, 8.1 percent in August, 7.9 percent in July, and 7.4 percent in June.


The breakdown of Edinburg’s unemployment rate for the past 23 months follows:

  • November 2008: 5.5 percent

  • October 2008: 5.3 percent

  • September 2008: 5.4 percent

  • August 2008: 5.4 percent

  • July 2008: 5.3 percent

  • June 2008: 5.3 percent.

  • May 2008: 4.6 percent.

  • April 2008: 4.1 percent.

  • March 2008: 4.5 percent.

  • February 2008: 4.4 percent.

  • January 2008: 4.9 percent.

  • December 2007: 4.7 percent.

  • November 2007: 3.7 percent.

  • October 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • September 2007: 5 percent.

  • August 2007: 4.9 percent.

  • July 2007: 5.8 percent.

  • June 2007: 5.5 percent.

  • May 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • April 2007: 4.3 percent.

  • March 2007: 4.4 percent.

  • February 2007: 4.8 percent.

  • January 2007: 4.9 percent.


Also according to the Texas Workforce Commission:

Texas’ seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment grew by 7,300 jobs in November.

Texas employers now have added 221,200 jobs in the past 12 months, for an annual job growth rate of 2.1 percent. The United States recorded 1.9 million job losses during the same period, for a negative annual job growth rate of 1.4 percent. Spiriva For Sale, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent in November, up from 5.6 percent in October and 4.2 percent in November 2007. The U.S, discount Spiriva. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 6.7 percent in November, up from 6.5 percent in October and 4.7 percent a year ago.

“Despite a slight increase in the unemployment rate statewide, the falling unemployment rates in Southeast Texas reflect that those adversely affected by the impact of Hurricane Ike are getting back to work,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken.

“While Texas is holding our own compared to the national trends, we continue to feel the impact of the U.S. and international economic downturn," said Pauken, Spiriva For Sale.

The Midland MSA experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The Odessa MSA was second at 3.9 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA at 4.0 percent.

Leisure and Hospitality gained 4,300 positions in November, for an industry gain of 38,000 jobs in the past year. Education and Health Services grew by 2,100 jobs this month, adding 31,700 jobs in the past 12 months. Spiriva For Sale, “The Texas unemployment rate climbed slightly to 5.7 percent this month, so we know many Texans are searching for work, despite reported job growth,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Workforce centers across the state are ready to assist Texas workers with employment services such as résumé preparation, as well as with WorkInTexas.com, TWC’s online job-matching system.”

Natural Resources and Mining employment increased for the 14 th consecutive month, adding 1, Spiriva dangers, 900 jobs in November, with 17,400 positions added over the year. The industry’s annual job growth rate is now at 8.2 percent.

“Our Texas employers still are adding jobs and continue to outperform the United States over the year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcántara. “Although we recorded a slight rise in the unemployment rate in November, it is encouraging that a number of industries have been able to sustain job growth throughout the year.”

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Gov. Perry meets with industry and labor leaders to assess impact of national economy on Texas


Gov, Spiriva For Sale. Rick Perry on Wednesday, December 17, met with leaders of key trade associations and labor unions to hear first-hand how the current national economic situation is impacting Texas’ industries and workers. This is the fourth meeting Gov. Perry has held with industry and state leaders to discuss the future of the Texas economy.

“Texas has created and maintained a business-friendly environment that continues to attract companies and support innovation and competitiveness,” Gov. Spiriva For Sale, Perry said. “As we continue to weather the turbulent national economy, maintaining our private and public collaboration is essential to ensuring future prosperity for all Texans.”

The governor was joined by representatives from several trade associations and worker’s unions, including the Texas Apartment Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Oil and Gas Association, Texas Travel Industry Association, Air Line Pilots Association, Associated General Contractors, and Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union, Spiriva from canada.

The diversity of Texas’ economy has prepared the state to withstand the current instability in the national economy, and stronger guidelines for home equity borrowing and lending have resulted in Texas retaining some of the lowest levels of mortgage defaults among the nation’s top 10 most populous states.

Thanks to disciplined, principled policies of limited growth in spending, low taxes and a reasonable regulatory climate, Texas continues to be a leader in job creation. From October 2007 to October 2008, the U.S. lost over 1.1 million net jobs while Texas created more than a quarter of a million net new jobs, Spiriva For Sale. Texas’ unemployment rate is nearly a full percentage below the national average, and the Lone Star State is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other state in the nation.

While Texas remains in a substantially better economic position than other states in the turbulent national economy, Perry continues to work with the public and private sectors to identify opportunities to maintain and enhance Texas’ economic edge and competitive position in the global marketplace.

For more information about the meeting, please visit http://www.governor.state.tx.us

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Hidalgo County requests fairness in distribution of federal aid to help pay for recovery efforts following Hurricane Dolly


By CARI LAMBRECHT

At a public hearing in Harlingen on Monday, December 15, the director of the Office of Rural Community Affair's Disaster Recovery Division heard from Rio Grande Valley county judges and Councils of Government asking the state to reconsider the allocations of disaster recovery funds. The unanimous feeling was that South Texas would not receive an adequate share of recovery money compared to the damage sustained during Hurricane Dolly, based on the current proposed plan. Spiriva For Sale, "It is not our intention to compete with East Texas. The Houston-Galveston area sustained plenty of damage from Hurricane Ike, and we are not arguing that. It is a matter of parity," explained Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Spiriva use, Salinas. "We feel strongly that $15 million out of $1.3 billion for the four counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr is completely inadequate."

The state plans to use $197 million alone for planning and other $65 million for administration -- 17 times more than the Lower Rio Grande Development Council's proposed share.

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In Hidalgo County, 16,831 individual applications for housing assistance were sent to FEMA; however, only 5,970 were approved, proof that the need for housing repair money in Hidalgo County is extreme.

The ORCA plan states: "The development of the Proposed Action Plan considers a locally driven process with priorities established at the local level and then working with the Office of the Governor, community leaders, advisory groups, Councils of Government (COGs), and others to maximize the funds and place funding where the highest needs exist. This approach allows for local communities to take ownership and pride in rebuilding their communities in a way that will rebuild the coastal region to a level that will not only allow them to rebound for these disasters, but to help grow Texas stronger."

In order to rebound, Hidalgo County's funding should be increased and based on true numbers: $231 million in overall damages. Spiriva For Sale, "We cannot even begin to address areas of highest need with the amount of funding proposed for Hidalgo County," Salinas said. "We are asking for the state to reconsider how the money is distributed."

Hidalgo County leaders will also be including in their written request $415 million in proactive projects meant to increase the drainage capacity of Hidalgo County so flooding on the scale of Hurricane Dolly never happens again.

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South Texas congressional delegation urges waiver of costs incurred during Hurricane Dolly relieve efforts


By ELIZABETH ESFAHANI

Congressmen Solomon P, Spiriva For Sale. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Henry Cuellar D-Laredo/McAllen, on Tuesday, December 16, sent the following letter urging President Bush to waive any associated costs local governments incurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly.

This is the second letter the South Texas delegation has sent to FEMA seeking a waiver for the cost share of federal public assistance for South Texas counties.

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

On August 25, 2008, Texas Governor Rick Perry formally requested that you waive the 25 percent cost share for Hurricane Dolly federal public assistance under Category A (Debris Removal) and Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) for Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties and the incorporated cities within each county for 30 days. Spiriva For Sale, On September 19, 2008, we wrote to you expressing support for Governor Perry’s request and seeking your expedited approval of the waiver request. However, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, almost three months after the initial correspondence, we understand that the request is still under “review” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Failure to provide increased cost share assistance is already having a detrimental effect on the economy of these counties and their ability to provide basic social services to their local communities. Additionally, it has recently come to our attention that federal cost estimates for damage incurred during Hurricane Dolly are far lower than local cost estimates, thus potentially placing even more disaster recovery financial burdens on local governments as they rebuild after the storm.

As you are aware, Congress appropriated approximately $21 billion to your Administration for disaster recovery efforts. The intent of the appropriations was to provide federal disaster assistance to communities thus alleviating local and state financial burdens from those communities impacted by the 2008 storm season, Spiriva For Sale.

Therefore, as requested in our previous letter, we call on you to approve the cost share waiver for Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties as requested by Governor Perry, and inclusion of Starr county, in light of the extreme circumstances that have caused a state and local financial hardship. Additionally, we request that FEMA review initial damage estimates in conjunction with local community leaders so that recovery from Hurricane Dolly is adequately addressed by the Administration.

We look forward to your response.

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State housing agency makes $300,000 investment in
Hidalgo County through home buyer assistance funds


By JILL McFARREN

Knowing that homeownership is the catalyst that creates stable families, communities and local economies, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced a funding award to a local nonprofit housing organization serving Hidalgo County to assist eligible residents with the purchase of their first home and provide financial benefits to both the local construction industry and government coffers. Spiriva For Sale, TDHCA awarded $300,000 in homebuyer assistance funds to Affordable Homes of South Texas, which will provide 30 households with down payment and closing cost assistance.

"These funds will definitely improve the lives of many hard-working families who might otherwise miss out on their chance of achieving the American Dream," said State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa. "The work of TDHCA and Affordable Homes of South Texas is commendable, Spiriva recreational. It is through these efforts that we improve the standard of living for area residents and offer a brighter future for them and their children."

"Promoting homeownership is a critical mission of the Department, as it brings stability both to families and entire neighborhoods," said Michael Gerber, TDHCA Executive Director. "TDHCA is confident that our homebuyer funds will have a profound and lasting impact on these 30 families, and we're proud to help contribute to an improved quality of life for area residents. In addition, the economy will also benefit from the infusion of construction payroll funds and increased taxes and other fees to local governments."

TDHCA awards homebuyer assistance funds to eligible applicants through the Department's HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, which helps provide down payment and closing cost assistance to qualifying first time homebuyers, Spiriva For Sale. Assistance is limited to 6 percent of the home purchase price or $10,000, whichever is greater.

Eligible applicants include qualifying units of local government, public housing authorities, Community Housing Development Organizations and other nonprofit groups, and qualifying for-profit organizations.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is the funding source for the HOME Program. Spiriva For Sale, The program serves households earning no more than 80 percent of the area median family income, which for Hidalgo County equals an annual income of $34,900 for a family for four.

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Rep. Callegari bill would protect homeowners from abuses of eminent domain actions by government


By JEREMY MAZUR

On Tuesday, December 16, Rep. Bill Callegari, R-Houston, filed a measure to reform how local governments may condemn run-down, deteriorating properties, known as eminent domain, Spiriva For Sale.

In general, eminent domain is the power of a government to acquire private property for public purposes. It is used frequently to obtain real property that cannot be purchased from owners in a voluntary transaction.

The measure, House Bill 417, protects homeowners by limiting governments' authority to condemn property on grounds that it is blighted.

"Local governments have too much power to label people's homes as blighted," said Callegari. Spiriva For Sale, "As the law reads today, practically any material defect on a homeowner's property could render it eligible for condemnation. If a homeowner has anything on their property that could be construed as a health hazard, or if their home is deteriorated or obsolete in any way, then their home could be condemned. This leaves very little protection in place for Texas homeowners."

Unlike current law, where any single factor could cause a home to be condemned on grounds of blight, Callegari's bill raises the bar for governments to be able to condemn homes for blight. As introduced, HB 417 requires that a property meet several specific, measurable criteria before it may be condemned on grounds that it is blighted.

The bill also prohibits local governments from condemning homes for aesthetic reasons. In addition, HB 417 requires that blighted properties be condemned on a property-by-property basis, Spiriva For Sale.

"As it stands now, one bad apple can ruin a whole block, buy Spiriva online cod. If one or two properties in an area have characteristics of blight, then all of the homes in that area could be condemned for being blighted. This is patently unfair to those homeowners who maintained their property in good condition," he contended. "My bill removes the authority of local government to condemn wide swaths of land, and requires them to consider condemnation on a property-by-property basis."

HB 417 also reforms the procedures for compensating homeowners displaced by having their property condemned. Spiriva For Sale, In addition to requiring that displaced homeowners be compensated for their relocation costs, the bill ensures that homeowners be compensated for their property in an amount that allows them to maintain their standard of living before their property was condemned.

"Private citizens should not be forced to endure financial hardships resulting from a government's decision to condemn their property," said Callegari. "I have heard too many stories of families that went broke, or were forced into impoverished conditions, because they had to relocate after having their property condemned. If government is going to condemn private property for a public use, it has an obligation to ensure that the families affected by that action are not hurt."

In 2007, Callegari introduced a similar measure in the Texas House of Representatives. Despite widespread support, that measure was stalled during the final days of the session.

Another, related bill authored by Callegari, the Landowner's Bill of Rights Act, did pass, Spiriva For Sale. That bill requires that landowners affected by a proposed condemnation receive information regarding their rights and options during the condemnation proves. The Landowner's Bill of Rights Act went into effect in early 2008.

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Gov. Perry endorses bill to create Choose Life specialty motor vehicle license plate, which would raise money to encourage adoption over abortion


Gov. Spiriva For Sale, Rick Perry on Thursday, December 18, announced his support of House Bill 109, which would create a Choose Life specialty license plate to raise funds to assist pregnant women who are considering adoption as an alternative to abortion for their unborn children.

“I am here today to endorse an effort that will allow Texans to support the humane choice of adoption, Spiriva cost, ” Perry said. “The majority of Texans believe in the sanctity of life, and this license plate will give them a means to tell the world in a subtle but meaningful way, while providing support to pregnant women making the decision to choose adoption.”

The governor was joined at the December 18 news conference by Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, who will sponsor the bill in the Texas House of Representatives and Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life.

“The Choose Life license plate will help to create a win-win situation for all those involved—the birth mother, the adoptive parents, the baby, and the pro-life organizations that assist them,” said Pojman. “It’s time Texas joined the 19 other states that already have a Choose Life license plate to promote adoption.”

Initially introduced in Florida, the Choose Life license plate is currently available in 19 states, Spiriva For Sale. To date, more than $9 million has been distributed through the Choose Life license plate program to nonprofit charitable organizations around the nation that assist women who are considering adoption.

HB 109 would create the optional Choose Life license plate costing $30, of which $8 would go to the Texas Department of Transportation for the production of the plate. The Office of the Attorney General will distribute $22 from the sale of each plate as grants to nonprofit charitable organizations that provide counseling and cover material and healthcare costs for pregnant women considering adoption.

Perry remains committed to family values and the defense of unborn children. Spiriva For Sale, In 2005, the governor signed Senate Bill 419, which requires physicians to obtain written permission from the parent or legal guardian of a minor child before performing an abortion on that child. The statute gives the Texas Medical Board the authority to enforce this requirement by imposing license violations on physicians who violate it. This law is the most stringent protection of parental rights passed in the state to date.

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Attorney General Abbott reaches agreement with Mattel, Fisher-Price to resolve lead content in toys


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and 37 other state attorneys general on Monday, December 15, Spiriva without a prescription, reached an agreement with two major toy manufacturers that will reduce the lead content in children’s toys as of today.

Texas laws do not establish lead limits for children’s products.

Under the December 15 agreement, Mattel, Inc, Spiriva For Sale. and Fisher Price, Inc. will comply with future federally-mandated lead content limit reductions ahead of schedule. To ensure compliance with the agreement, both toy manufactures agreed to test their products' lead content levels and keep records indicating their products were subjected to testing.

“Today’s agreement protects young Texans by helping to ensure that popular children’s toys do not contain excessive, unlawful amounts of lead,” Attorney General Abbott said. Spiriva For Sale, “Exposure to excessive levels of lead can cause serious health problems, particularly among children. The agreement reached today requires two of the nation’s most popular toy manufacturers to strictly comply with federal regulations that limit lead in toys.”

In 2007, Mattel and Fisher-Price voluntarily recalled thousands of toys that contained unlawful amounts of lead. The lead levels in the surface paints in the recalled toys exceeded 600 parts per million (ppm), which is the maximum lead content allowed under federal law. Some of the surface coatings on the toys had lead levels over 1,000 ppm, several samples tested at over 10,000 ppm, and some even tested over 50,000 ppm.

Small amounts of lead can impair brain development in children younger than 12 and high lead levels can lead to serious health problems, including seizures, Spiriva no prescription, comas or death.

Abbott called upon Congress to pass the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which lowered the allowable lead levels in children’s products, Spiriva For Sale. Though maximum amount of lead allowed in paint is currently 600 ppm, and the new law lowers the permissible level to 90 ppm in August 2009. The law requires further lead content reductions over the course of the next three years. These limits are as follows: 600 ppm by February 2009, 300 ppm by August 2009, and 100 ppm by August 2011, unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission concludes that it is not feasible to lower the amount to 100 ppm.

Under the December 15 agreement, the defendants must keep records indicating each product’s manufacturer, manufacturing location and the results of tests performed on those products. Spiriva For Sale, The companies must proactively inform the state attorneys general if their testing confirms that their products contain excessive lead under the new standards. The companies will pay the 38 states $12 million to resolve the states’ investigations, and Texas receives $379,879 under the settlement.

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Program strengthens South Texas College's ties with Valley school districts, creates seamless path to college


By HELEN J. ESCOBAR

South Texas College has been selected to participate in the Community Colleges CAN Mentoring Program, which is a national program to link community colleges across the country in unique ways for the betterment and continued pervasiveness of higher education.

Through the program, STC will work closely with El Paso Community College to develop an outreach program tying together all higher education institutions and school districts across Hidalgo and Starr counties to address the college readiness needs of all current and future students in the counties. Ultimately, STC hopes to facilitate increased college-going rates, increased college readiness rates, and increased degree attainment rates by creating a seamless system to transition students from high school to college, Spiriva For Sale.

“We have seen the success EPCC has realized in their work with The University of Texas-El Paso and local public school districts, and we know that they will be a terrific mentor to guide us through the process,” said Luzelma Canales, interim associate dean for community engagement and corporate training for STC, doses Spiriva work. “STC is a very aggressive college and we believe that higher education is an opportunity for everyone, not just a dream for a few.

“To date we have successfully worked with all the schools systems in our district on a variety of exciting initiatives, but we know that there is always more we can do. More than 48 percent of high school graduates are still not making the choice to attend college. Spiriva For Sale, We know that the challenges faced by today’s students extend well beyond simply affording college. But we believe that if we build a solid coalition of all colleges and school districts, together we can come up with a system that ensures no student falls through the cracks and can attend and be successful in college. Attaining a college education has never been more important in these challenging economic times.”

Community Colleges CAN, is an initiative funded through June 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The initiative, which is administered by JBL Associates, is designed to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to meet students’ academic needs and support their success in college and the workforce.

STC was one of 18 community colleges selected from across the nation in a national competition for the program, Spiriva For Sale. Teams of faculty, staff, and administrators from STC, UTPA, and local public school districts will begin their collaborative program work in January 2009.

For more information about the Community Colleges CAN Mentoring Program visit:

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McAllen man sentenced for paying bribe to help drug trafficker García-Heredia escape from U.S. custody


Antonio Castillo, 30, of McAllen, convicted for paying a bribe to help a convicted drug trafficker escape from federal custody, has been sentenced to prison, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced on Wednesday, December 17. Spiriva For Sale, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentence Castillo to 70 months in federal prison at a hearing held late Tuesday, December 16. Castillo entered a guilty plea in August 2008 and was convicted for being an accessory after the fact in his effort to help Ricardo García-Heredia escape from federal custody.

In June 2008, Castillo met with an individual at several locations in Harlingen to discuss the escape of García-Heredia, a federal prisoner convicted in May 2008 of money laundering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance facing a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life imprisonment.

García-Heredia was awaiting sentencing in United States District Court–Corpus Christi Division before Chief U.S. District Judge Hayden Head, Spiriva For Sale. During those meetings, Castillo told the individual he and others were prepared to pay $500,000 for the escape of García-Heredia. Castillo agreed to pay $300,000 down, $100,000 after the escape and $100,000 one month later. On June 27, 2008, Castillo met the individual in Harlingen and delivered the $300,000 and a change of clothes for García-Heredia. The individual was an undercover agent. Spiriva For Sale, Following the delivery of the money, Castillo was arrested by the FBI.

On July 28, 2008, García-Heredia was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison without parole for the drug and money laundering convictions.

In addition to the prison sentence, Tagle also fined Castillo $3,300 due immediately and further ordered Castillo serve a three-year-term of supervised release upon completing his prison term. Castillo has been in federal custody since his conviction and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.

This case was investigated by the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Óscar Ponce.

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As she prepares in January to enter her 18th term as a state lawmaker, she has served longer in the Legislature than any other woman or African-American in the proud history of the Lone Star State. 


With legislative achievements that include leading a major House committee for a dozen years and authoring more than 200 bills that became state laws, the renowned attorney – who represents northeast Houston and Humble – is a major player in the race for Texas Speaker of the House. 


If elected by her fellow House members in mid-January, she would make history again, as the first woman and first minority to serve as the leader of the 150-member House of Representatives. 


The Speaker of the House, who is chosen in a public vote by a simple majority of fellow state representatives at the beginning of each regular session, has the power of life or death over the thousands of bills that are filed in the Texas Legislature. 


She brings an impressive resume (www.senfroniaforspeaker.com) that complements her campaign for the top spot in the House, arguably one of the most powerful positions in state politics. 


In addition to her own legislative achievements on behalf of education, protecting crime victims, economic development, and other major initiatives, her voting record over the years has included support for small businesses, Order Alesse (Ovral L) no prescription, transportation, and workforce development. 


Her body of work has consistently earned public recognition from divergent and independent sources, ranging from top rankings from the Associated Press and Texas Monthly magazine to receiving the first biennial Matt García Award from the Mexican American Legislative Caucus for her service to Hispanic state lawmakers and to the Hispanic community in Texas. 


Thompson has been in the forefront of every campaign against discrimination for the last four decades.    She also has among the highest ratings of any legislator for her voting record on issues of concern to women, minorities, labor, consumers, reform advocates, domestic violence victims, the elderly, teachers and civil libertarians.   


Her views have been honed by her personal and political experiences, which have included challenging the status quo in order to ensure justice at many levels for millions of Texans from all walks of life. 


A former public school teacher, Thompson firmly believes in the value of public education. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a Master's degree in Education, a law degree, and a Masters of Law in international law. 


Defending democracy in the House 


In filing for Speaker of the House, Thompson is taking on a power structure, led by Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, R-Midland, who many contend runs the House with an iron fist, punishing divergent views instead of allowing the lower chamber to operate as a marketplace of ideas. 


Thompson said her willingness to take on an entrenched political establishment in order to bring back democratic principles to the House of Representatives reflects Texas ideals. 


"Often, one has to take a stand and speak truth to power," Thompson said. "And when we are privileged to serve in public office, we have to be the champions for those who have no one to speak for them, to level the playing field,  to do what is right and just." 


At last count, there were 10 candidates challenging  Craddick, including Thompson, and even Craddick's former right-hand man, Rep. Sylvester Turner, Alesse (Ovral L) blogs, D-Houston, who had been appointed in 2007 by Craddick as  Speaker Pro Tempore. 


Under Craddick's administration, lawmakers who disagree with his opinions risk having him kill their legislation, Thompson said. 


Such intimidation hurts all Texans, not just lawmakers who often find they must choose between voting for their constituents back home on proposed state laws and policies that are opposed by Craddick. 


That is a major reason she is working to replace him. 


"In order for the democratic process to work, there must be room for differing opinions to be heard. It is imperative, especially in these tempestuous times, to have an open mind and a strong sense of what is right and wrong," Thompson said. "I do not fear a thought that is different from mine; and, instead, cherish that thought as an opportunity for further enlightenment. In the end, if I am elected speaker, I know with complete certainty that all shall be heard and that I have fulfilled my oath to the office of speaker and to all of the people of Texas." 


The Speaker of the House also selects the chairs of the most powerful House committees, and the speaker serves, along with the Lt, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Governor, as joint-chair of the Legislative Budget Board, an elite group of 10 influential lawmakers which shapes the recommended budget for all agencies of state government. 


"It is the responsibility of the speaker to set the tone of the Legislature through good leadership," Thompson explained. "Good leadership, at the most basic level, Alesse (Ovral L) reviews, requires that the speaker be committed to fair enforcement of the rules, opportunities for members on committees, and passage of legislation that benefits and does not punish the people of this state. It is of the utmost importance that any speaker be mindful of whom (s)he represents: the people across the state of Texas." 


The Texas Legislature begins its 81st regular session on January 13. 


Other notable achievements 


In addition to serving as longtime chair of the House Judicial Affairs Committee, one of the Legislature's busiest panels, she authored and passed, according to her official biography: 



  • Texas' first alimony law;

  • Laws prohibiting racial profiling;

  • The state  minimum wage;

  • The Durable Power of Attorney Act;

  • The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act;

  • The Sexual Assault Program Fund;

  • The Model School Records Flagging Act;

  • The Uniform Child  Custody & Jurisdiction Enforcement Act;

  • Contraceptive Parity; and

  • Scores of other reforms  benefiting women, children and the elderly. 


Thompson also pushed through major reforms in child support enforcement, simplified probate proceedings, and complete overhauls of statutes dealing with statutory county courts and municipal courts. In 2005, she passed legislation requiring free testing for the human papilloma virus (HPV), an early indicator of cervical cancer, for women who have health insurance. 


Thompson currently chairs the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Women's Health  Caucus.  


Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, She is also a member of the Democratic National Committee, a state director of Women  in Government, and a member of the Energy Council. She serves on the House Committees on  Insurance and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. 


Among many other honors, in 2005, Thompson was presented with the Matt García Award by the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus; PinkDome.com named her one of the Top 2  House members. 


In 2001, Thompson was one of Texas Monthly magazine's Top 10 Legislators; the Associated Press named her one of six lawmakers "Who Rocked the Legislature." 


In 2003, she was selected one of  the Top 5 House members by Gallery Watch; Nation magazine named her one of 8 legislators in the country "who could teach Congressional Democrats." 


She was selected as an Eleanor  Roosevelt Fellow by the Center for Policy Alternatives and named one of the Top 3 Legislators in family law four sessions in a row. 


She is the only recipient of the Legislative Black Caucus' Rosa Parks Award. 


For many years, she has served on the advisory board of the United Negro College Fund. 


Thompson has two adult children and one grandson.   


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Sen. Hinojosa criticizes decision by UT System regents to shut down UTMB clinic in McAllen


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


Add Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, to the growing list of area residents who are criticizing a decision by the UT System Board of Regents to shut down a medical health program that has served thousands of poor women since 1992. 


In a statement issued Thursday, December 11, the McAllen lawmaker denounced the closure of a University of Texas Medical Branch service, known as the UTMB Cancer Shop/Dysplasia Clinic, which had been housed in El Milagro Clinic, 901 E. Vermont Avenue. 


"The sudden and disappointing decision to shut down a cancer clinic that has served so many uninsured women in a major setback not only for those women who will no longer have health care services, but for the community as a whole," Hinojosa said, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. "Frankly, I am skeptical that the University of Texas (System) exhausted every possible option before making this decision." 


Hinojosa's comments were contained in a December 11 letter sent to Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs for the UT System. Effects of Alesse (Ovral L), Shine is also currently serving as the interim chancellor for the UT System. 


"As you know, the Rio Grande Valley has consistently faced profound challenges in ensuring that the community has adequate health care services," the state senator continued.  "Your decision compounds these challenges and leaves the uninsured women who are waging their own personal struggles with cancer without any place to get life-saving care." 


Hinojosa asked Shine to meet with him in the coming days, and asked for key information about the clinic, including data documenting the number of patients who had been served by the clinic on an annual basis, along with a breakdown of the types of cancers diagnosed and treated at the now-closed medical facility. 


The lawmaker's statement was issued on the same day that dozens of former employees, patients, and supporters of a UTMB clinic showed up to protest the UT System Board of Regents' decision to shutter the operation. 


The move to shut down the UTMB Cancer Stop/Dysplasia Clinic was made by the UT System Board of Regents on November 12, as part of a controversial move to eliminate almost 4,000 jobs from the Galveston-based health science center, which was hard hit by Hurricane Ike. 


UT System leaders contend UTMB Galveston losses were staggering, and had to put in place the massive layoffs in order to continue operations. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, The decision also evidently resulted in the December 4 closure of the UTMB Clinic, which had a dozen employees. 


According to its website, which is still on the Internet, the UTMB Clinic in McAllen had provided the following services to the region since its creation more than 15 years ago: 


In February 1992, UTMB established its own Dysplasia clinic at the South Texas Hospital to meet the increased need for these services. Colposcopy services had been provided on a daily basis by the nurse practitioner.  


Gynecologic and surgical services were also added in October 1994 in conjunction with the TDH South Texas Hospital. UTMB faculty had staffed this clinic along with resident doctors. It had been open five days a week.  


In April 1994, the Vannie E, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Cook, Jr. Cancer Foundation joined forces with UTMB by providing funding and clinic space in McAllen, thus making cancer prevention and detection services more accessible to Hidalgo and Starr county residents.  


The Regional Maternal & Child Health Center managed the Dysplasia and cancer stop services, buy Alesse (Ovral L) from canada, which had provided breast and cervical cancer screening, colposcopy evaluations, and cervical Dysplasia treatments on a daily basis.  


Follow-up care of local women with gynecologic cancer, who have completed their treatments in Galveston, had been provided by a UTMB gynecologist/oncologist at the Harlingen and McAllen clinics on a bimonthly basis. 


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Alonzo Cantú lone Valleyite on panel which will recommend nominees for president of UT Health Science Center, which controls RAHC in Edinburg


By DAVID A. DÍAZ 


Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, McAllen construction magnate Alonzo Cantú on Friday, December 12, was named by the University of Texas Board of Regents to a presidential search advisory committee that will recommend nominees for the next president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. 


The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio operates the UT Regional Academic Health Center in Edinburg and the UT Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. 


In addition to his sprawling construction and development interests, Cantú serves on the board of directors of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. 


Cantú is the only Valley resident named to the presidential search advisory committee.  The formation of that panel was announced by Regents’ Chairman H. Scott Caven, Jr. 


The committee will make recommendations on possible successors to President Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., who announced last October his decision to step down as the institution’s president.  


The advisory committee will be asked to present the names of no more than 10 candidates – unranked – to the board, which will make the final decision. 


Cantú was appointed as an  external community representatives to the panel, which also includes: 



  • William “Bill” Greehey of San Antonio

  • George B. Hernández, Jr., of San Antonio

  • Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., dean, Alesse (Ovral L) price, coupon, Dental School, UT Health Science Center – San Antonio

  • The Honorable Cyndi Taylor Krier of San Antonio

  • Teresa “Terry” Lozano Long, Ph.D., of Austin

  • Kenneth L. Wilson of San Antonio 


“The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is a world-class, comprehensive academic health center and a tremendous catalyst for economic development in the San Antonio region. Selecting the next leader of this institution is of utmost importance to the Board of Regents,” Caven said, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. “The men and women who have agreed to serve on this search committee bring experience, a broad perspective and sound judgment to the selection process. We are grateful to all of them for agreeing to serve and we look forward to receiving their recommendations.” 


Committee members were selected in accordance with the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, which includes a provision for representation on such committees by various constituencies of the institution.  


Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., interim chancellor and executive vice chancellor for health affairs in the UT System, will chair the search committee. 


Representing the board of regents on the committee will be Vice Chairman James R. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Huffines of Austin, Printice Gary of Dallas, and Colleen McHugh of Corpus Christi. 


Representing presidents of other UT System institutions are Ricardo Romo, Ph.D., president of UT San Antonio and Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., president of UT Health Science Center – Houston. 


Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., R.N., Alesse (Ovral L) from canadian pharmacy, dean of the School of Nursing and the Dr. Patty L. Hawken Endowed Professor of Nursing, will serve on the committee. 


Representing the UT Health Science Center – San Antonio staff, as selected by the institution’s Staff Advisory Council, is Patrick Lazenby, an administrator in the Family Nursing Care department. 


Neal Jackson, a second-year medical student, will represent the students on the committee. 


James L. “Larry” Holly, M.D., of Beaumont, will serve on the committee by virtue of his leadership of the School of Medicine’s alumni organization. 


The UT Health Science Center – San Antonio faculty representatives, as selected by the Faculty Senate, are: 



  • George B, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Kudolo, Ph.D., professor, Department of Clinical Lab Sciences, School of Health Professions

  • Margaret Brackley, Ph.D., R.N., professor and coordinator, nurse practitioner majors and director, Center for Violence Prevention, Alesse (Ovral L) street price, School of Nursing

  • Keith A. Krolick, Ph.D., professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences. 


Spencer Stuart, an executive search firm, is assisting the UT System in the national search and advertisements for the position will be placed in various publications so the committee can carry out its search as expeditiously as possible.   


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg.  


(Matt Flores contributed to this article.) 


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Legislative measures to deal with hurricanes among issues to be dealt with by Texas lawmakers in 2009


Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, By SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR. 


Not long after we take down the Christmas trees and lights, I'll be at my desk in the Senate Chamber in Austin as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gavels in the 81st Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 13. 


Thirty-one senators and 150 representatives in the House Chamber will address issues affecting residents from rural Texas to the metropolitan areas and from the border to the coastal regions. 


As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will play an instrumental role in determining our state's budget for a population estimated by our state demographer to be 24,105, Alesse (Ovral L) coupon,417 as of January 1, 2008, indicating a growth of more than three million, or 13 percent, since 2000. 


Depending on who's doing the counting, Texas may have a surplus of about $2 billion or so, but with the population increase and the nation's economic downturn, it will be incumbent upon us to meet our urgent needs while avoiding a deficit. The work is numerically cut out for us. 


Many of those still in need are victims of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, and those still waiting for assistance after Rita, the 2005 storm and the fourth most intensive to strike the Atlantic region. While we've almost mastered the art of hurricane evacuations and evacuee shelters, we fall short of a comprehensive rebuilding plan for the individuals, families and business owners who lose all or most of their properties when natural disasters strike. 


One solution would be providing our county officials the necessary tools to better plan for development and growth, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. In South Texas, this effort can work in conjunction with the goal of addressing our drainage problems, since flooding was the most devastating aftermath in Cameron and Hidalgo counties from Dolly. 


The state as a whole should establish a system that encourages FEMA to approve adequate aid to those whose homes are severely damaged, even if their values are lower than other homes equally ruined by the storm. The state can coordinate efforts with all involved agencies so that the distribution of FEMA funds for rebuilding residential and business communities occurs more efficiently. 


We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of developing a building code specific to coastal properties that will mitigate hurricane damage. The emphasis must be on avoiding catastrophic property losses from major storms, something Texas greatly lacks. 


Additionally, we must create ways to make homeowners insurance more affordable along the coastal area.  One possible consideration is making changes to how the state uses and spends on reinsurance following a natural disaster in Texas. 


Reinsurance allows an insurance company to protect itself with other insurance companies against the risk of losses. Alesse (Ovral L) treatment, While homeowners and businesses obtain insurance policies to provide protection for various risks that include hurricanes, earthquakes, lawsuits, etc., reinsurers, in turn, provide insurance to insurance companies.  


Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Damages from natural disasters are resulting in a very costly "insurance on our insurance," and so we are considering ways to reduce this cost. 


It is also highly likely that the restructuring of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) will be addressed.  Because of the huge losses caused by hurricanes on the coast this year, the fund is nearly depleted. There may be some restructuring of the fund. I will make sure that any changes are fair to those living on the coast, especially since we already have some of the highest premiums in the state. 


And storms aren't the only challenges to providing livable conditions for the residents of impoverished regions. An initiative that will require our utmost attention is the Texas Bootstrap Program, created through a bill I first passed in 1999 to improve the border's lack of affordable housing. 


As part of a comprehensive rural housing initiative, my goal is to strengthen the Bootstrap Program that requires sweat equity by the homeowner, and the Texas Housing Trust Fund, so that we are better able to comprehensively address the needs of distressed communities. 


I am also preparing to tackle the issues of funding public education equitably and sufficiently, as well as reopening the debate on the deregulation of higher education tuition. Storm rebuilding is essential to a prospering economy, but so is education. 


Our economy is directly tied to educational levels, so giving every child the opportunity to succeed begins with the money needed to offer programs in well-equipped, modern facilities. For college students, the more degree programs we offer, including those a medical school can provide, the more we will revitalize not only health care, but our area's economic vitality, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription.  


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Congressman Hinojosa explains his vote supporting loan package to U.S, buy Alesse (Ovral L) no prescription. automakers


Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Thursday, December 11, issued the following statement regarding his vote in support of the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act. 


“Our economy is facing immense challenges and pressures not seen in several decades. The reality of the situation is that we cannot afford to see our automakers fail and further push our economy down a precarious slope. These manufacturers are an integral part of our economy and national security, and it is critical that Congress pass legislation that will protect taxpayer dollars while providing short-term assistance to the American automotive industry. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, The failure of any of the Big Three automakers will not only affect Detroit, it will affect thousands of hardworking employees in the 15th District tied to the auto industry through maquiladoras, parts suppliers, and dealerships.         


“The bill the House passed last night is a responsible piece of legislation that requires a restructuring of the auto industry to make it viable, competitive and fully accountable.  The bill also makes sure that the President designates a ‘Car Czar’ to hold the car companies accountable for developing and implementing viable long-term restructuring plans and ensure compliance on financing efforts.    


“This is not a free ride for the auto industry. This bill offers automakers one choice – the opportunity to restructure and reform their business that has lagged behind the competition for more than a decade. The bridge loans will make sure that our automakers have the opportunity to reform and become a part of our nation’s economic revitalization, rather than facilitating its decline.  


“With one in 10 American jobs tied to the auto industry and unemployment reaching record levels, inaction is not an option. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly on an assistance package that will enable our auto industry to begin the process of retooling.” 


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Representative Gonzáles elected legal counsel for Mexican American Legislative Caucus

 

By RICARDO LÓPEZ-GUERRA 

Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, was unanimously elected Tuesday, December 9, to serve as Legal Counsel for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) for the 81st Legislative Session. 


MALC consists of 44 members of the Texas House of Representatives who are dedicated to the issues facing Latinos in Texas, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Gonzáles has served as MALC Secretary since taking office in January 2005.  


"I am very excited to receive the continued support of my colleagues in MALC and look forward to serving as Legal Counsel," she said. "There will be many issues with legal implications that will arise during the upcoming session, such as immigration and preparing for redistricting, Alesse (Ovral L) overnight, and it is important that MALC continue to advocate for the Hispanic community and the best interests of our state." 


Gonzáles, a name partner with the McAllen law firm Kittleman, Thomas & Gonzáles, LLP,  brings more than 18 years of legal experience to MALC. She was recently named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of Texas' Super Lawyers. Texas Lawyer named her as one of 30 "Extraordinary Women in Texas Law"  as a female lawyer who made a significant impact in the state's legal field in the past five years. 


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Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Highways, increased border security, guest-worker programs part of state, federal legislative agendas for McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) on Tuesday, December 9, released its legislative agenda for the upcoming regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. Some of those priorities also include legislation at the federal level in Congress.


The MHCC's legislation priorities, and their rationale, follow:


• Strengthen, expand, and develop the Rio Grande Valley's transportation arteries. 


Central to the region's continued business success is the immediate completion of both routes Highway 281 and Highway 77 into U.S. Interstate 69 at the same time. Any delay in this objective or advancement of one route over the other would jeopardize the manufacturing, trade, and foreign export/import industries, and serve as a cooling effect on Hidalgo County's thriving economy.


• Support legislation that will increase college affordability and lending opportunities so that more students will be able to realize their dream of securing a college education.  The MHCC also supports passage of the DREAM ACT, which will allow undocumented students that graduated from a local high school to attend colleges and universities at the in-state tuition cost.  Furthermore, MHCC supports the enhancement and expansion of new degree programs and research opportunities at all levels in our local universities.  The organization especially seeks programs that take into account our present and future needs in the manufacturing, health care, education, science, online Alesse (Ovral L) without a prescription, technology and entrepreneurship fields of study.


• Support legislation that explores new ways to make the goals of business profitability and environmental sustainability one-in-the-same. With climate shifts becoming increasingly evident, the Valley's central position in a hurricane strike zone, and its bi-national, border community functionality, the MHCC supports incentives for environmentally sound programs for the business community.


• Reform the current healthcare system in order to create new programs for residents to secure affordable health care services and that leads to individuals seeking medical attention in a preventative form, rather than in response to a post-traumatic event.   


The MHCC also supports an expansion of healthcare services in South Texas in the areas of: diabetes treatment and prevention, geriatrics, and mental health care.  The productive and efficient execution of business and commerce relies solely on the wellness of employees.  The current state of our healthcare system leaves all of our businesses vulnerable to illness and inefficiency.  However, the MHCC strongly advocates for reforms that yield stronger healthcare offerings without placing undue burdens on employers and helps small businesses offer coverage to its employees at a reasonable cost. This will be critically important as the "Baby Boomer Generation" begins to enter into retirement. (Baby boomer is a term used to describe a person who was born during the demographic Post-World War II baby boom (1946-1964).) 


• Support the creation of a reasonable, equitable, and efficient system of taxation, a system that rewards increased employment, business expansion, and new revenue creation.  The MHCC strongly supports the elimination of the Estate Tax, reforms to the Alternative Minimum Tax, a suspension of the employer's share of payroll tax on new hires, and accelerated depreciation of new construction and equipment purchases. The MHCC strongly supports a tax-cut for working families that will lead to an increase in domestic spending and overall savings for the American family, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription.


• Support the preservation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The MHCC also encourages the creation of new trade agreements that will further open markets to area vendors and expand businesses opportunities at home, while providing for an economic stimulus abroad.    


•  To help ensure the continuation of South Texas' growing tourism and provide security to border businesses, the MHCC supports legislation that will help address the growing issue of border violence and kidnapping.  If this issue is not addressed, it could lead to unstable border economy.  The MHCC supports legislative reforms that allow for bi-national cooperation and coordination among area law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.  However, the MHCC does not support the creation of a border wall that could create a possible divide between Texas and Mexico, the state's largest trading partner.  The MHCC contends the Border Wall sends a mixed message to the international community in relation to America's goal of crafting international cooperation efforts.


The MHCC understands the positive contribution immigrants have on the local, state, and national economies. Therefore, the MHCC strongly supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes the following: (1) supports a guest worker program with a path to citizenship; (2) allows for undocumented residents to come forward, Alesse (Ovral L) alternatives, pay a fine, and get in back of the line; (3) supports border security measures, while maintaining human rights and discouraging divisiveness; (4) promotes free trade and travel; and (5) promotes fair and equitable processes regarding employer hiring practices.  


The MHCC supports the passage of Temporary Government Assistance programs to help ease the stress on our credit markets, allow for the continuation of business activity, and reduce unemployment.  However, as any business must do, we ask that these programs be well regulated and accountable to the American tax payer and not produce an insurmountable debt burden on our future economy. 


The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development and assists businesses to access the Hispanic market through networking, promoting education and nurturing leadership. 


More information on the organization is available on the Internet at www.mhcc.net


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Hidalgo County District Clerk Office partners with Target to promote professionalism in the workplace


By RICARDO CONTRERAS 


The Office of Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa recently partnered with Target to promote professionalism in the workplace as part of their office training series. The workshops, held monthly and proposed through employee feedback, consist of professional and technical development for staff throughout the year. 


“Part of our mission is to provide educational opportunities for all employees. This specific workshop was phase II of professionalism in the workplace, which focused more on dress rather than decorum. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, We hope it will help to foster a more professional image and culture in the office,” said Hinojosa. “We’re extremely excited to partner with Target to convey our vision for classic taste at an affordable price, an attribute crucial to families everywhere during a harsh economic situation.” 


Through their partnership, the district clerk’s office was able to borrow store apparel at no cost. During the session, staff volunteers modeled select ensembles for their peers during the “fashion show” portion.  A power point presentation played in the background highlighting the do’s and don’ts of office attire. Before the presentation concluded, a handout titled “Professional Dress Checklist,” was distributed outlining what is deemed appropriate in suits, Alesse (Ovral L) used for, shirts/blouses, ties, belts, shoes, jewelry, makeup, perfume/cologne, undergarments, hosiery and personal grooming. 


“Having this workshop was a really good experience for me and my coworkers,” said Roxanne De La Cruz, Deputy Clerk. “I am sure that our office will benefit from this and it will help us to be more cautious about the image we portray as public servants.” 


Staff will review expunctions and sealed adoption procedures during the next workshop tentatively scheduled for this month. 


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Two Valley firms among three companies accused by Texas Attorney General Abbott of improperly disposing of records, exposing private information


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday, December 11, filed an enforcement action against one Rio Grande Valley company and reached agreements with two others that will help protect Texans from identity theft. All three companies were charged with failing to protect and properly discard records containing customers’ sensitive personal information. 


The December 11 agreements require the two companies to enhance their information-security procedures and training programs, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. They will also pay a combined total of $145,000 in penalties and attorneys’ fees. 


“Identity theft is one of the nation’s fastest growing and costly criminal enterprises,” Abbott said. “These cases all involve companies that failed to properly dispose of materials containing their customers’ sensitive personal information. Order Alesse (Ovral L) from mexican pharmacy, The Office of the Attorney General is committed to enforcing laws that help prevent identity theft.” 


To resolve the state’s investigation, GAB Robins, which provides services to insurance carriers, agreed to pay $125,000 in penalties and attorneys’ fees, and improve its information security protocols and employee training program. Under the settlement, $100,000 will fund future identity theft investigations. 


The state launched its investigation after a Corpus Christi reporter discovered company records in a dumpster that was not protected by security measures. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Documents obtained by OAG investigators contained customers’ personal information, including name, driver’s license number and date of birth. 


The second settlement involved B&F Finance McAllen, L.L.C., a loan company managed by Victory Management Services (“VMS”). In that case, B&F improperly disposed of customers’ personal identifying information in a publicly accessible trash receptacle behind its McAllen offices. Despite the unlawful disposal, VMS assured its customers through the company’s privacy notices that it keeps customers’ private personal information in a secure environment and that security procedures are used to protect customer data. 


VMS agreed to improve its information security procedures, implement an employee training program, and pay the state $20,000 in civil penalties and attorney's fees. 


The Attorney General also is filing a separate enforcement action against a third company, Niño Tax of Brownsville. The state launched its investigation after the Brownsville Police Department turned over to the OAG five boxes of records that were next to a dumpster behind the defendant’s office. The business records contained approximately 200 customers’ personal identifying information. 


Although the investigations have revealed no confirmed incidents of victims’ personal information being obtained or misused by identity thieves, customers whose records may have been contained at the affected locations should carefully monitor bank, credit card and similar financial statements for evidence of suspicious activity, Alesse (Ovral L) description. Texas also should obtain free annual copies of their credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com to guard against this growing crime. 


Consumers who wish to file a complaint may contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252–8011 or do so online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov, where they also can obtain information on identity theft detection and prevention. 


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UT System regents to meet in Austin on December 18, set to review possible plan to bring football program to UT-San Antonio


By MATT FLORES 


The University of Texas System Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, December 18, in Austin, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. The meeting will be held on the ninth floor of Ashbel Smith Hall, 201 W. 7th Street. 


The public may view the open sessions of the meeting via a live webcast. 


The agenda book for the meeting is available online at:


www.utsystem.edu/bor/AgendaBook/Dec08/12-18&19-08Meetingpage.html 


The board will convene in open session at 8:30 a.m. to hear remarks from Interim Chancellor Kenneth I. Shine and to discuss duties and responsibilities of the chancellor. 


The board will then recess into executive session, which includes the following agenda item: 


• Candidate interviews and discussion, and appropriate action regarding individual personnel matters related to the chancellor search, including possible naming of finalists 


Any action will be taken in open session. 


The board will reconvene in open session at approximately 12:30 p.m, and action on agenda items, including: 


• Discussion and appropriate action regarding the Athletic Initiative Business Plan at UT San Antonio; and


• Request to rename the Helen Greathouse Hall as the Rea-Greathouse Hall at UT Permian Basin 


The meeting will recess at approximately 1:00 p.m.  


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The chancellor ad interim, the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, the  executive vice chancellor for business affairs, the vice chancellor for external  relations, and UTSA President Ricarod Romo concur in the recommendation that UT-San Antonio be authorized to proceed with the proposed Athletic Initiative Business Plan.          


Major strategic initiatives are underway at UT-San Antonio. A strategic plan,  A Shared Vision UTSA 2016, was recently published, and its supporting  implementation plan is in the final stages. Consultants and senior staff are planning  the launch of the university's first capital campaign. Community visibility and support  is at an all-time high with voters approving both city and county tax initiatives totaling more than $22 million for Phase I for construction of the new Competitive Athletic  Complex, approved by the Board of Regents on November 13, 2008.  


Enrollment  continues to climb to more than 28, Buy cheap Alesse (Ovral L) no rx, 500 and students express a strong desire for an  enhanced campus life program. Research expenditures have grown by 125% in the  past five years to more than $30 million per year, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. These are only a few elements of  the rapidly changing U. T. San Antonio campus and surrounding community.      


While there is tremendous enthusiasm and optimism about the strategic  initiatives mentioned above, the university recognizes that it must address its well-documented strategic challenges to capitalize fully on new and growing  opportunities. Challenges include a growing space deficit and infrastructure needs (classrooms, research facilities, and faculty and staff offices). Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, The faculty-to-student ratio must be reduced with additional research and teaching faculty. There must be  continued improvement in student success and graduation rates. A comprehensive  marketing plan and a strong fundraising program must be developed and  implemented to capture heretofore unrecognized or untapped sources of funding  and support.   


The university's Athletic Initiative, with its three strategies discussed below, is one of many key elements of the University's 2016 Implementation Plan (the Plan). The Athletics Initiative is directly connected to and supportive of the university's  academic mission and is consistent with other elements of the strategic plan. The  strategies outlined in the Plan will be strong forces for change to rally supporters for  both the university's academic and athletic programs. The intent of this initiative is to engage current students at new levels by providing them an enhanced and more  complete university experience, and draw former students and the San Antonio  community closer to the University and its continued development.      


The UT-San Antonio administration is committed to funding the Athletic Initiative through student fees (which students have already approved), corporate and private support, and other revenue streams that do not draw from the institutional academic budget, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Moreover, experiences within the UT System as well as throughout the  country support the notion that athletic fundraising can stimulate rather than divert  resources from other institutional developmental efforts by creating excitement and  momentum, furthering the engagement and connectivity of alumni and community  leaders.      


The Plan is organized in the following incremental phases, and UT-San Antonio  will only move forward with each when funds are raised and appropriate approvals  are obtained, thus reducing the financial risk of the Plan:        


Strategy 1: Develop a 60-acre, $84 million Competitive Athletic Complex, including NCAA Division I quality facilities for track, Alesse (Ovral L) steet value, soccer, baseball, softball,  tennis, multiuse practice fields, a multipurpose team building, and related  infrastructure, which will be located at the 1604 Campus expansion site on  the Hausman Road property.        


Strategy 2: Add a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football  program.       


Strategy 3: Advance the university's existing 16 intercollegiate sports  programs to a conference in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).     


Finally, the UT-San Antonio Athletic Initiative is designed to create an  intercollegiate athletics program that is a key element in university-wide efforts to  develop a comprehensive campus life program that benefits UT-San Antonio  students, employees, and alumni and supports the entire San Antonio community.   


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On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa sentenced each of the four defendants for their respective roles in an operation which smuggled Mexican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Salvadorian and Nicaraguan nationals illegally into the United States from Mexico and transported and harbored them in squalid conditions to shield them from detection by law enforcement. The four Mexican nationals, all of whom have been in federal custody without bond since their arrest in May 2007 and subject to deportation, were convicted earlier this year when each of the four defendants entered guilty pleas. 


On May 23, 2007, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to a ranch located one-quarter mile north of 3 Mile Line Road on Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission to investigate a report of stolen F-250 Ford pick-up trucks. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, At the ranch, law enforcement officers found 81 illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.  


Méndez-Cruz and Pérez-Fuentes, identified as the caretakers of the illegal aliens, were taken into custody. Torres-Pérez was arrested upon arriving at the ranch with 12 illegal aliens in the bed of the pick-up truck he was driving.   


Torres-Cuevas was initially taken into administrative custody along with the remaining undocumented aliens, but was later identified through further investigation by special agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as one of the persons involved in transporting the aliens, order Alesse (Ovral L) from United States pharmacy.  


The illegal aliens were held in a squalid barn-like structure designed to house animals enclosed with aluminum and plywood without air conditioning. The structure contained an open latrine, reeked of the foul odor of human and animal excrement and was infested with flies. 


Méndez-Cruz and Pérez-Fuentes were the care-takers of the illegal aliens while they were held at the ranch.  


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Torres-Cuevas transported the aliens to locations south of the border patrol checkpoint were the illegal aliens circumvented the checkpoint on foot. 


Méndez-Cruz and Pérez Fuentez were each sentenced to 57 months in prison, while Torres-Cuevas was sentenced to 63 months.  


Torres-Pérez was sentenced to 575 days in prison.  


Hinojosa further ordered each of the four defendants to serve a two-year-term of supervised release, which becomes effective upon their release from prison and during anytime the defendant should be in the United States. Failure to abide by the conditions imposed by the court can result in a revocation of the term and an additional prison sentence.  


Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, The investigation leading to the federal charges against all four defendants was conducted by ICE with the invaluable assistant of the Hildago County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aníbal  J. Alaniz.  


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Illinois Gov, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested on Tuesday, December 9, by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: 



  • Conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; 

  • Threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and 

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Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday, December 7, and unsealed Tuesday, December 9, following their arrests, which occurred without incident, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both men appeared during the afternoon of December 9 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 


A 76-page FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps during the last month conspiring to sell or trade Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife. At various times, in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining: 



  • A substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;

  • Placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;

  • Promises of campaign funds – including cash up front; and

  • A cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself. 


A week earlier, on December 4, Blagojevich allegedly told an advisor that he might “get some (money) up front, maybe” from Senate Candidate 5, if he named Senate Candidate 5 to the Senate seat, to insure that Senate Candidate 5 kept a promise about raising money for Blagojevich if he ran for re-election, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription.  


In a recorded conversation on October 31, where to buy Alesse (Ovral L), Blagojevich described an earlier approach by an associate of Senate Candidate 5 as follows: “We were approached ‘pay to play.’ That, you know, he’d raise 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator.” 


On November 7, Blagojevich said he needed to consider his family and that he is “financially” hurting while talking on the phone about the Senate seat with Harris and an advisor, the affidavit states. Harris allegedly said that they were considering what would help the “financial security” of the Blagojevich family and what will keep Blagojevich “politically viable.” Blagojevich stated, “I want to make money,” adding later that he is interested in making $250,000 to $300,000 a year, the complaint alleges. 


On November 10, in a lengthy telephone call with numerous advisors that included discussion about Blagojevich obtaining a lucrative job with a union-affiliated organization in exchange for appointing a particular Senate Candidate whom he believed was favored by the President-elect and which is described in more detail below, Blagojevich and others discussed various ways Blagojevich could “monetize” the relationships he has made as governor to make money after leaving that office. 


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Grant said: “Many, including myself, thought that the recent conviction of former governor would usher in a new era of honesty and reform in Illinois politics. Clearly, the charges announced today reveal that the office of the Governor has become nothing more than a vehicle for self-enrichment, unrestricted by party affiliation and taking Illinois politics to a new low.” 


Fitzgerald and Grant thanked the Chicago offices of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General for assisting in the ongoing investigation. The probe is part of Operation Board Games, a five-year-old public corruption investigation of pay-to-play schemes, including insider-dealing, influence-peddling and kickbacks involving private interests and public duties. 


Federal agents on December 9 also executed search warrants at the offices of Friends of Blagojevich located at 4147 North Ravenswood, Suite 300, and at the Thompson Center office of Deputy Governor A. 


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The charges include historical allegations that Blagojevich and Harris schemed with others – including previously convicted defendants Antoin Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ali Ata and others – since becoming governor in 2002 to obtain and attempt to obtain financial benefits for himself, his family and third parties, including his campaign committee, Friends of Blagojevich, in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state employment, state contracts and access to state funds, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. A portion of the affidavit recounts the testimony of various witnesses at Rezko’s trial earlier this year. 


The charges focus, however, on events since October when the government obtained information that Blagojevich and Fundraiser A, who is chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, were accelerating Blagojevich’s allegedly corrupt fund-raising activities to accumulate as much money as possible this year before a new state ethics law would severely curtail Blagojevich’s ability to raise money from individuals and entities that have existing contracts worth more than $50,000 with the State of Illinois.  


Agents learned that Blagojevich was seeking approximately $2.5 million in campaign contributions by the end of the year, principally from or through individuals or entities – many of which have received state contacts or appointments – identified on a list maintained by Friends of Blagojevich, which the FBI has obtained. 


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  • Also on October 6, Blagojevich told Individual A that he expected Highway Contractor 1 to raise $500,000 in contributions and that he was willing to commit additional state money to a Tollway project – beyond $1.8 billion that Blagojevich announced on October15 – but was waiting to see how much money the contractor raised for Friends of Blagojevich; and

  • On October 8, Blagojevich told Individual A that he wanted to obtain a $50,000 contribution from Hospital Executive 1, the chief executive officer of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, which had recently received a commitment of $8 million in state funds. When the contribution was not forthcoming, Blagojevich discussed with Deputy Governor A the feasibility of rescinding the funding. 


On October 21, the government obtained a court order authorizing the interception of conversations in both a personal office and a conference room used by Blagojevich at the offices of Friends of Blagojevich. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, The FBI began intercepting conversations in those rooms on the morning of October 22. A second court order was obtained last month allowing those interceptions to continue. On October 29, a court order was signed authorizing the interception of conversations on a hardline telephone used by Blagojevich at his home. That wiretap was extended for 30 days on November 26, according to the affidavit. 


Another alleged example of a pay-to-play scheme was captured in separate telephone conversations that Blagojevich had with Fundraiser A on November 13 and Lobbyist 1 on December 3. Lobbyist 1 was reporting to Blagojevich about his efforts to collect a contribution from Contributor 1 and related that he “got in his face” to make it clear to Contributor 1 that a commitment to make a campaign contribution had to be done now, before there could be some skittishness over the timing of the contribution and Blagojevich signing a bill that would benefit Contributor 1. Blagojevich commented to Lobbyist 1 “good” and “good job.” The bill in question, which is awaiting Blagojevich ’s signature, is believed to be legislation that directs a percentage of casino revenue to the horse racing industry. 


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Regarding the Senate seat, the charges allege that Blagojevich, Harris and others have engaged and are engaging in efforts to obtain personal gain, including financial gain, to benefit Blagojevich and his family through corruptly using Blagojevich’s sole authority to appoint a successor to the unexpired term of the President-elect’s former Senate seat, which he resigned effective November 16. The affidavit details numerous conversations about the Senate seat between November 3 and December 5. In these conversations, Blagojevich repeatedly discussed the attributes of potential candidates, including their abilities to benefit the people of Illinois, and the financial and political benefits he and his wife could receive if he appointed various of the possible candidates. 


Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office. 


In the earliest intercepted conversation about the Senate seat described in the affidavit, Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A on November 3 that if he is not going to get anything of value for the open seat, then he will take it for himself: “if . . . they’re not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it.” Later that day, speaking to Advisor A, Blagojevich said: “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, purchase Alesse (Ovral L) online no prescription, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain.” He added later that the seat “is a [expletive] valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.” 


Over the next couple of days – Election Day and the day after – Blagojevich was captured discussing with Deputy Governor A whether he could obtain a cabinet position, such as Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Department of Energy or various ambassadorships. In a conversation with Harris on November 4, Blagojevich analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to the highest bidder. The day after the election, Harris allegedly suggested to Blagojevich that the President-elect could make him the head of a private foundation. 


Later on November 5, Blagojevich said to Advisor A, “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. I can parachute me there,” the affidavit states. 


Two days later, in a three-way call with Harris and Advisor B, a consultant in Washington, Blagojevich and the others allegedly discussed the prospect of a three-way deal for the Senate appointment involving an organization called “Change to Win, Alesse (Ovral L) brand name, ” which is affiliated with various unions including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). 


On November 10, Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel, Advisor B and other Washington-based advisors participated at different times in a two-hour phone call in which they allegedly discussed, among other things, a deal involving the SEIU. Harris said they could work out a deal with the union and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Blagojevich’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1, while Blagojevich would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future. Also during that call, Blagojevich agreed it was unlikely that the President-elect would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services or give him an ambassadorship because of all of the negative publicity surrounding him. 


In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.” Earlier in that conversation, Blagojevich suggested starting a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, which he could head and engage in political activity and lobbying. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, In that conversation with Harris and other discussions with him and others over the next couple of days, Blagojevich suggested by name several well-known, wealthy individuals who could be prevailed upon to seed such an organization with $10-$15 million, and suggesting that he could take the organization’s reins when he is no longer governor, according to the affidavit. 


On November 12, Blagojevich spoke with SEIU Official who was in Washington. This conversation occurred about a week after Blagojevich had met with SEIU Official to discuss the Senate seat, with the understanding that the union official was an emissary to discuss Senate Candidate 1's interest in the Senate seat. During the November 12 conversation, Blagojevich allegedly explained the non-profit organization idea to SEIU Official and said that it could help Senate Candidate 1, fast shipping Alesse (Ovral L). The union official agreed to “put that flag up and see where it goes,” although the official also had said he wasn’t certain if Senate Candidate 1 wanted the official to keep pushing her candidacy. Senate Candidate 1 eventually removed herself from consideration for the open seat. 


Also on November 12, in a conversation with Harris, the complaint affidavit states, Blagojevich said his decision about the open Senate seat will be based on three criteria in the following order of importance: “our legal situation, our personal situation, my political situation. This decision, like every other one, needs to be based upon that, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Legal. Personal. Political.” Harris said: “legal is the hardest one to satisfy.” Blagojevich said that his legal problems could be solved by naming himself to the Senate seat. 


As recently as December 4, in separate conversations with Advisor B and Fundraiser A, Blagojevich said that he was “elevating” Senate Candidate 5 on the list of candidates because, among other reasons, if Blagojevich ran for re-election, Senate Candidate 5 would “raise [] money” for him. Blagojevich said that he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provided Blagojevich with something “tangible up front.” Noting that he was going to meet with Senate Candidate 5 in the next few days, Blagojevich told Fundraiser A to reach out to an intermediary (Individual D), from whom Blagojevich is attempting to obtain campaign contributions and who Blagojevich believes is close to Senate Candidate 5. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, Blagojevich told Fundraiser A to tell Individual D that Senate Candidate 5 was a very realistic candidate but Blagojevich was getting a lot of pressure not to appoint Senate Candidate 5, according to the affidavit. 


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Blagojevich spoke to Fundraiser A again the next day, December 5, and discussed that day’s Chicago Tribune front page article stating that Blagojevich had recently been surreptitiously recorded as part of the ongoing criminal investigation. Blagojevich instructed Fundraiser A to “undo your [Individual D] thing,” and Fundraiser A confirmed it would be undone, the complaint alleges. 


Also on December 5, Blagojevich and three others allegedly discussed whether to move money out of the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund to avoid having the money frozen by federal authorities and also considered the possibility of prepaying the money to Blagojevich’s criminal defense attorney with an understanding that the attorney would donate the money back at a later time if it was not needed. They also discussed opening a new fund raising account named Citizens for Blagojevich with new contributions. 


Misuse of State Funding To Induce Firing of Chicago Tribune Editorial Writers 


According to the affidavit, intercepted phone calls revealed that the Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs, has explored the possibility of obtaining assistance from the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) relating to the Tribune Company’s efforts to sell the Cubs and the financing or sale of Wrigley Field. Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription, In a November 6 phone call, Harris explained to Blagojevich that the deal the Tribune Company was trying to get through the IFA was basically a tax mitigation scheme in which the IFA would own title to Wrigley Field and the Tribune would not have to pay capital gains tax, which Harris estimated would save the company approximately $100 million. 


Intercepted calls allegedly show that Blagojevich directed Harris to inform Tribune Owner and an associate, identified as Tribune Financial Advisor, that state financial assistance would be withheld unless members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board were fired, primarily because Blagojevich viewed them as driving discussion of his possible impeachment. In a November 4 phone call, Blagojevich allegedly told Harris that he should say to Tribune Financial Advisor, Cubs Chairman and Tribune Owner, “our recommendation is fire all those [expletive] people, get ‘em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support.” 


On November 6, the day of a Tribune editorial critical of Blagojevich, Harris told Blagojevich that he told Tribune Financial Advisor the previous day that things “look like they could move ahead fine but, you know, there is a risk that all of this is going to get derailed by your own editorial page.” Harris also told Blagojevich that he was meeting with Tribune Financial Advisor on November 10. 


In a November 11 intercepted call, Harris allegedly told Blagojevich that Tribune Financial Advisor talked to Tribune Owner and Tribune Owner “got the message and is very sensitive to the issue.” Harris told Blagojevich that according to Tribune Financial Advisor, there would be “certain corporate reorganizations and budget cuts coming and, reading between the lines, he’s going after that section.” Blagojevich allegedly responded. “Oh. That’s fantastic.” After further discussion, Blagojevich said, “Wow. Okay, keep our fingers crossed. You’re the man, Buy Alesse (Ovral L) Without Prescription. Good job, John.” 


In a further conversation on November 21, Harris told Blagojevich that he had singled out to Tribune Financial Advisor the Tribune’s deputy editorial page editor, John McCormick, “as somebody who was the most biased and unfair.” After hearing that Tribune Financial Advisor had assured Harris that the Tribune would be making changes affecting the editorial board, Blagojevich allegedly had a series of conversations with Chicago Cubs representatives regarding efforts to provide state financing for Wrigley Field. On November 30, Blagojevich spoke with the president of a Chicago-area sports consulting firm, who indicated that he was working with the Cubs on matters involving Wrigley Field. Blagojevich and Sports Consultant discussed the importance of getting the IFA transaction approved at the agency’s December or January meeting because Blagojevich was contemplating leaving office in early January and his IFA appointees would still be in place to approve the deal, the charges allege. 


The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Reid Schar, Carrie Hamilton, and Christopher Niewoehner. 


If convicted, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while solicitation of bribery carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, and each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000. The court, however, would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

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Once again, South Texas College’s Business Office has gone above and beyond, this time earning the college accolades from the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas, Topamax price. The organization awarded STC its Certificate of Distinction for the college’s investment strategy.

The GTOT conducts an elective Investment Policy Certification Program, which is designed to provide professional guidance in developing an investment policy and to recognize outstanding examples of written investment policies. Topamax For Sale, The program’s Certificate of Distinction is awarded by GTOT to entities that have developed an investment policy which meets established criteria. The certificate is awarded for two years and then may be renewed upon review. STC’s investing team poses with GTOT certificate. Featured, from left, is STC's investing team: Myriam López, STC senior account; Mary Elizondo, STC comptroller; and Alma Church, STC senior accountant. See story later in this posting.

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Gov. Perry to offer $1.5 million economic incentive to help land Verizon Wireless facility for Edinburg


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Gov. Rick Perry has authorized the use of $1.5 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to help the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation recruit Verizon Wireless to the three-time All-America City, legislative sources confirmed on Wednesday, December 3.

The EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Topamax wiki, for months has been working behind-the-scenes to land a Verizon Wireless component in Edinburg.

The efforts have been dubbed the "Las Palmas Project" by Ramiro Garza, Jr., executive director of the EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. Topamax For Sale, Earlier this year, City Councilmember Noé Garza told reporters that the EEDC was pursuing a Verizon Wireless call center.

Details about what type of facility, its projected employment and annual payroll, and its location in Edinburg were not revealed by the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to publicly speak about the ongoing legislative negotiations with the governor's office.

However, the sources reported the Perry's office would soon be drafting a commitment letter with those details, and that Perry would tap the Texas Enterprise Fund for the state's contribution to the local effort.

It would be the Republican governor's second major infusion of Texas Enterprise Fund money into Edinburg within the last few months.

On Wednesday, July 2, Perry was in Edinburg at the University of Texas-Pan American to announce that he authorized the use of $1.6 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund as an economic incentive to lure the planned construction of a $180 million denim-manufacturing plant in north Edinburg.

Santana Textiles Corporation of Ceara, Brazil, one of the world’s largest denim manufacturers, plans to construct – on a 23-acre site located in Edinburg’s North Industrial Park – a 300,000-square-foot complex, Topamax For Sale. The first phase of the sprawling facility, which will be built in three stages, is slated to open in 2010, is Topamax addictive. When the three phases are completed in 2014, the foreign-owned enterprise, which will include a treatment plant, will eventually encompass about 400,000-square-feet of manufacturing space.

EEDC officials predict that about 800 new jobs, averaging about $26,000 apiece annually, will be created by the Santana Textiles Corporation plant when completed.

The denim manufacturing plant was the first project in South Texas to receive money from the Texas Enterprise Fund. Topamax For Sale, The Santana Textiles Corporation manufacturing plant will built on land which is part of the North Industrial Park, which is owned by the EEDC.

The EEDC donated the land to the Brazilian firm, and worked on making key infrastructure improvements in order to ready the site.

According to its web site, Verizon Wireless built and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network.

Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless has the largest number of retail customers in the industry and is the most profitable wireless company in the U.S. Australia, uk, us, usa, The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).

The company has 71,000 employees and generates annual revenues of almost $44 billion, Topamax For Sale.

Created in 2003 at Perry's request, the Texas Enterprise Fund, which had an initial investment of $295 million in state money, has been used as a competitive tool to help close the deal on the recruitment of new businesses to Texas, as well as to boost existing businesses.

According to Perry's office, the Texas Enterprise Fund has helped bring projects to the state that have created almost 52,000 new jobs and $13.7 billion in capital investment.

The EEDC is governed by a five-member board of directors which includes former Mayor Richard García, Mayor Joe Ochoa, Fred Palacios, Elias Longoria, Jr., and Dr. Glenn E. Topamax For Sale, Martínez, Ph.D.

The EEDC sits on a treasury of millions of dollars generated annually, mostly from the collection of a one-half cent economic development sales tax, for jobs-creation projects, Topamax images.

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Airport, UT-RAHC, public safety, voting lists could highlight legislative issues for Edinburg


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Adding regional crisis management capabilities at the South Texas International Airport in Edinburg, plus securing $10 million for the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Center (UT-RAHC) are among the top legislative priorities being considered by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the Edinburg City Council.

Local leaders also want key Valley lawmakers to encourage the Texas Department of Transportation to release $850,000 for a runway extension and other upgrades at the airport.  City officials contend that money had been previously approved, but its release has been delayed because of bureaucratic and/or political red-tape.

Another proposed initiative involves  protecting the EEDC from any legislation that could stop it from existing, as well as supporting state financial support for several major state programs from which the EEDC can apply for grants, also are part of the municipal government's developing legislative wish-list, Topamax For Sale.

The EEDC, a public entity, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The EEDC controls a public treasury of millions of dollars generated annually, mostly from the collection of a one-half cent economic development sales tax, for jobs-creation projects.

About a dozen proposals are part of a draft of the 2009 Edinburg Legislative Agenda, which was unveiled before the city's state legislative delegation at Edinburg City Hall during a noon working luncheon on Thursday, Taking Topamax, December 5.

The document was written by Austin-based legislative consultant Elvia Cabellero-López, formerly of Weslaco, in conjunction with the city's elected leadership and top municipal government staff members. Topamax For Sale, The wish list, if finalized, would go before the Texas Legislature, which returns to work at the Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, January 13, for its five-month regular session.

The preliminary legislative agenda, which has not yet been formally adopted by the city council or the EEDC, was presented by a majority of the Edinburg City Council to Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Rep. Aaron Peña, Jr., D-Edinburg, and Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen.

In addition to Ochoa, Councilmember Alma Garza and Councilmember Noé Garza (no relation) attended the legislative workshop, Topamax For Sale.

Mayor Pro Tem Gene Espinoza and Councilmember Gus García, Jr. were excused on important business, Topamax schedule.

Ochoa was the only member of the EEDC board of directors to participate in the work session, which was open to the public.

The EEDC is governed by a five-member board of directors which includes former Mayor Richard García (no relation to Councilmember García), Ochoa, Fred Palacios, Elias Longoria, Jr., and Dr. Topamax For Sale, Glenn E. Martínez, Ph.D.

Ramiro Garza, Jr., EEDC executive director, laid out the EEDC's portion of the legislative agenda during the December 5 meeting.

Edinburg "homeland security"

Strategies dealing with the city airport received top billing at the legislative work session.

Edinburg wants the 490-acre facility to be enhanced so it can also protect the public safety while it promotes international trade and commerce.

The rationale for that transformation was detailed in a packet distributed to the legislative delegation during the December 5 work session, Topamax For Sale.

In a letter outlining the city's goals for the airport, Topamax results, which is located along U.S. Expressway 281 about nine miles north of downtown, Ochoa suggested that the transportation complex – which is being developed as a regional air cargo center– should also be strengthened as a crisis response center to handle state and national emergencies, such as a direct hit on South Texas by a hurricane.

"Within the past five years, the Rio Grande Valley has been threatened four times by major hurricanes, and this year, Hurricane Dolly, a Category 2 hurricane, hit the Rio Grande Valley," he noted.

Hurricane Dolly hit South Padre Island on July 23, with sustained winds of 100 mph, and as the intense storm system cut west through the rest of the Valley, is cut power to more than 212,000 Valley home, and dumped more than 16 inches of rain, causing flooding misery. Topamax For Sale, It also caused more than $1 billion in estimated damages.

Ideal location for crisis management

The local airport's location is a major advantage to South Texans, Topamax without prescription, he noted, and the airport already has a proven track record, the mayor believes.

"Various agencies already have utilized the airport to coordinate pre- and post-incident management, he reported. "Further, the state will be utilizing the airport as a staging area for buses and ambulances in the event that evacuation of the population in the region is ordered by the governor due to a major catastrophe," Ochoa said.

As Hurricane Dolly approached South Texas, Gov. Rick Perry activated more than 1,000 members from Texas' military forces, and ordered 250 buses stationed in San Antonio to come down for evacuation purposes, Topamax For Sale.

But had HurricaneDolly increased in intensity before landfall – or other catastrophic events unfolded – the Edinburg airport would have been pressed into even more serious service, the mayor revealed.

"If Hurricane Dolly had been classified as a Category 3 hurricane, the airport would be been the staging point for 2,000 buses (to transport evacuees) and 300 ambulances," Ochoa said.

Municipal leaders believe that, Topamax forum, with legislative support, they can tap into state and federal revenue sources to add the emergency response capability to the city-owned airport.

"In light of recent natural disasters in the United States, we wish to pursue additional funding options," Ochoa explained. Topamax For Sale, "The money could come from "the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would allow the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg to become a regional staging area for state and emergency response."

UT-RAHC, EEDC

The EEDC and city council are also supporting a $10 million request from the UT System for the UT-RAHC component, located next to UT-Pan American, which serves as a sophisticated medical research facility.

The UT-RAHC is a $20 million medical research and education facility located immediately north of the University of Texas-Pan American campus.

The UT-RAHC in Edinburg is part of a three-city, upper-division medical school system that includes an educational component in Harlingen and a postgraduate school of public health in Brownsville.

The UT-RAHC in Edinburg is the medical research component of the three-city South Texas system.

The $10 million in funding is important for ongoing crucial research at the facility, whose scientists are researching ways to more effectively identify and treat illnesses that hurt border residents, including diabetes.

In a defensive move, the EEDC, through its executive director, urged the state lawmakers to oppose any legislative efforts that would restrict the public entity's abilities to fund economic development projects, Topamax For Sale.

The EEDC executive director noted that although there has been no such legislation pre-filed, local legislators must remain on alert.

Thousands of legislative measures, including amendments which can pass undetected, will be introduced in the upcoming regular session.

The EEDC also supports continued funding of the Texas Enterprise Fund, the Texas Skills Development Fund, Topamax duration, and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, which represent sources of revenue from which the EEDC can seek state financial assistance for local jobs-creation projects.

Public safety, mental health, parks funding

Highlights of other preliminary legislative issues for Edinburg include the following requests:

• Introduce legislation to require the state to reimburse local governments for the costs of transporting certain mentally-ill patients to the nearest Mental Health and Mental Rehabilitation facilities. Topamax For Sale, In many cases, the city police department reported, most of those patients must be transferred, at city expense, to MHMR facilities in San Antonio;

• Support legislation to allow volunteer firefighters to get free college tuition;

• Support legislation to exempt volunteer fire departments in Texas from paying sales taxes on diesel fuel for fire apparatus;

• Introduce legislation to require county election departments to provide current and updated voter registration listings to city secretary offices, many which handle local municipal elections. Edinburg claims that the Hidalgo County Elections Department is failing to update voter registrations in a timely and continuous basis, thereby creating conflict and confusion when residents go to vote.

It has been more than a year since the Hidalgo County Elections Department provide the Edinburg City Secretary's Office with updated information, which results in the number of provisional voters whose ballots are vulnerable to legal challenges.

• Introduce legislation that would bring City Secretary Offices under a law passed in 2007.

According to the Texas Department of Health Care Services, House Bill 1739, which mandates electronic death registration for funeral homes and medical certifiers, was signed by the governor on June 15, 2007, and took effect on September 1, 2007.

Section 193.002 of the Texas Health & Safety Code will now require the person in charge of interment or in charge of removal of a body from a registration district for disposition to file death certificates electronically as specified by the State Registrar, Topamax For Sale. Where can i order Topamax without prescription, According to the city, funeral directors are now required to use this new system to file and acquire a death certificate for a cost of $24 for the first certificate, and $4 for more than one.  This new system bypasses the city.

• Support state funding for the Texas Recreation Parks Account Grant Program, a source of grant revenue for local efforts to build public park systems, and support legislation that would creating a state constitutional amendment to sporting goods sales tax revenue for use for state and local parks;

• Introduce legislation to create a state low-cost spay/neuter program, through the Texas Department of Health, or require the state to help pay for local efforts associated with animal control.  Currently, Edinburg is spending $170,000 a year to send stray animals to the local Humane Society, which provides care for unwanted animals and lost pets in the hopes of returning them to the homes of loving owners; and

• Introduce legislation that would amend Section 852.108 of the Texas Municipal Retirement Act to allow retired city employees to return to work with the former public employer without the penalty of having their monthly benefits suspended.

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Sen. Hinojosa, Rep. Gonzáles request action by Texas Attorney General to stop unlawful towing companies


By ARTURO BALLESTEROS Topamax For Sale, Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, Topamax no rx, have asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to investigate two towing companies in Hidalgo County that are believed to be illegally towing vehicles.

(Editor's Note: The two lawmakers did not identify the towing companies.)

In a letter sent to the Attorney General's Office, Hinojosa asked the state agency to begin strict enforcement of laws designed to protect consumers from rogue towing companies.

South Texas news outlets have run stories on fraudulent towing practices, including posting signs where none are authorized and charging exorbitant fees to release vehicles.

"Illegal towing has been a problem in Hidalgo County for some time, Topamax For Sale. News outlets have reported on towing companies that post their own 'No Parking' signs without any authorization, and then tow cars away," Hinojosa said. "With the fees charged by these towing companies, these towing companies are basically holding people's vehicles hostage. These astronomical fees are like ransoms."

Gonzáles said towing abuses in Hidalgo County "have gone on for far too long. I am hopeful that with General Abbott's assistance we can put an end to illegal towing practices."

Hinojosa's letter specifically asks the Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against towing companies engaging in deceptive practices. Topamax For Sale, The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has regulatory oversight of the towing industry and together with the McAllen Police Department, is investigating claims of illegal towing practice in Hidalgo County.

Hinojosa cited the holiday shopping season as a perfect time to ramp up efforts to stop unlawful towing.

"The economy, as anyone can tell, is not in the best shape. During the next several weeks, Buy generic Topamax, when Hidalgo County families are doing their holiday shopping, losing a few hundred dollars to an unscrupulous towing company can mean fewer gifts under the Christmas tree," he said. "This is an issue of consumer protection, of protecting our pockets from thieves who are out to exploit hard-working Texans. I will be working with the attorney general to make sure we stay focused on this issue until we eliminate illegal towing."

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Hidalgo County Judge J.D, Topamax For Sale. Salinas recognized with McAllen chamber’s Teddy Roosevelt Award


By CARI LAMBRECHT

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, December 4, presented Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas III with its prestigious TR, or Teddy Roosevelt Award, given to individuals who, in the face of adversity, “do the right thing.”

The chamber chose Salinas for his stance against the Border Wall and for his success in working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to rethink the wall and instead rebuild portions of the county’s levees, said Steve Ahlenius, president and CEO of the chamber.

The levee-barrier alternative, which Salinas fought for in Washington D.C., will save residences and businesses from having to purchase mandatory flood insurance and will protect southern Hidalgo County’s bustling industrial parks from flooding, Topamax pics. Topamax For Sale, Not one piece of private land was seized.

This is a compromise we can all live with and appreciate, Ahlenius said at the luncheon.

Salinas’ dedication to the economic prosperity of the region — the work on the Rio South Texas Economic Council and the lobbying efforts to bring U.S. Highway 281 up to interstate standards — was also noted.

The award, a beautifully drawn graphite portrait of the 26th president captioned and framed with one of President Roosevelt’s most famous quotes, was designed by McAllen artist Joe Taylor. The quote reads:

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better, Topamax For Sale. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, Buy Topamax without a prescription, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

Salinas accepted the award on behalf of the Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court and his staff, acknowledging those who stood beside him in the fight against the border wall. He then imparted another famous Teddy Roosevelt quote to the crowd, pertinent to the situation:

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Salinas explained to the crowd that it was hard to have to explain to his five children why he appeared in the newspaper, his face plastered on a sign during an anti-border wall rally. Those were some dark days, he recounted, but hard decisions must be made and not left up to chance.

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Sen. Lucio condemns alleged human rights violations by Texas' 12 schools which are supposed to help, protect 5,000 people with mental retardation


By SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

In June 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a formal investigation of Lubbock State School triggered by multiple allegations that the constitutional rights of residents were being denied. Earlier this year, on the heels of the Lubbock investigation, the DOJ announced it had reason to suspect similar violations were occurring at the 11 remaining state schools and centers, Topamax For Sale. The results of these investigations, released this week, document widespread abuse and neglect throughout the system.

In direct response to the DOJ findings, I plan to file legislation creating a Bill of Rights for residents of state schools.

This is not the first report to indicate instances of abuse and neglect in our state schools, but the DOJ's findings show the frequency and severity of these violations are worse than any of us could have imagined. I am horrified and outraged by the blatant violations of basic human rights occurring at our state schools. Topamax For Sale, The DOJ findings are an embarrassment to the State of Texas and prove the need for immediate reform. Herbal Topamax, The 12 Texas state schools and centers house over 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The DOJ investigations indicated numerous violations at each of the facilities, ranging from failure to provide appropriate health care and improper use of restraints, to neglect, maltreatment and failure to prevent physical and sexual abuse.

I am especially disheartened to hear reports of a growing number of children in these large institutions which often house thousands of adults at a single facility. Children at state schools show the desperation of parents longing for better alternatives that do not come.

The DOJ report follows a Legislative Budget Board (LBB) report issued only a week ago addressing the expense of state schools and recommending a shift in spending by providing funding for more community-based options, Topamax For Sale.

We want to create as many options as possible for Texas families, but we know that for the most part, individuals with developmental delays function better and prefer to live in community and/or family settings rather than in large institutions.  In the past, we have failed to present these individuals with an adequate number of viable options, and many have been forced into state schools for the complete lack of an alternative.

In addition to the Bill of Rights, I will also file legislation to address systematic reform for children and young people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. I don't want to waste time assigning blame, but I am adamant that we create a new system that is person-centered and assures accountability for those who serve as stewards for vulnerable populations.

The DOJ report indicates a crisis every bit as serious as has been documented at the Texas Youth Commission and Child Protective Services, and should therefore be handled with the utmost urgency and commitment, my Topamax experience.

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Topamax For Sale, South Texas College, Women's Business Center, Wells Fargo, N.A., and Southwest Community Investment Corporation partner to teach students financial skills


By HELEN J. ESCOBAR

South Texas College’s Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE), in conjunction with partners Women's Business center, Wells Fargo N.A., and Southwest Community Investment Corporation, recently helped more than 40 STC students prepare for a bright financial future.

Financing Strategies for your Small Business and Managing your Personal Credit, by Brent Smith, business banking manager for Wells Fargo, taught students about a variety of financial matters ranging from the importance of credit scores, to creating a budget, to managing a bank account, to types of credit, among many covered topics.

“You hear horror stories about college students lured into taking on credit cards and loans they simply can’t afford,” said José Alemán, STC SIFE Team president and Business Administration major. “Our goal was to give students an opportunity to get some basic information, Is Topamax safe, ask questions in an open environment and be armed with the tools and knowledge they need to protect themselves from bad financial situations. We also hope that participants walked away with a clear idea about saving for the future; your retirement savings can never begin too early in life.”

STC’s SIFE team is building on a long track record of developing and implementing fun and innovative financial education programs for the college community, Topamax For Sale. The group’s goal is to use the lessons from their coursework to help others in the community learn and grow as business professionals, as well as learn new skills and methods for saving, spending, credit use, credit repair, shopping effectiveness, making ends meet, and more. The college students develop and implement projects in the community as action learning projects to enhance and develop success in the Rio Grande Valley.

For more information about South Texas College’s SIFE team contact Brad Altmeyer, business administration instructor, at 872-2723.

In South Texas, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) – headquartered on the third floor of the Wells Fargo Bank, 2852 W. Topamax For Sale, Trenton Road, on the corner of Trenton and McColl roads in Edinburg – is playing a major role in helping ensure that all Rio Grande Valley residents have access to key information on how to succeed in business.

“The Women’s Business Center is focused on providing services to area women who want to learn more about how to start or expand their companies,” said María “Charo” Mann, the WBC’s chief executive officer, Topamax trusted pharmacy reviews.

“We feature, free-of-charge, a dedicated staff which can help guide people from all walks of life to their goals,” she noted. “Plus, we offer seminars, presentations, and other special events – often at no charge  – that provide South Texans with direct contact to other professionals who are experts in what it takes to start and expand a successful business.”

The local Women’s Business Center has launched an Internet website at www.wbc-rgv.org to provide more information to South Texans, or may also be contacted at 618-2828.

The Women’s Business Center is one of 98 WBCs nationwide, located through 44 states and two territories which are governed by the Office of Women’s Business Ownership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Topamax For Sale.

The SBA’s goal is for the women’s business centers to promote the growth of women-owned businesses by providing business training and technical assistance, helping with access to credit and capital, and identifying federal contract and international trade opportunities. Last year, more than 129,000 clients received assistance through the 98 women’s business centers. Where can i buy Topamax online, “We provide a general overview of what is involved to be in business, such as marketing, financial projections, product research, and successfully obtaining loans from banks,” said Mann. “We are seeing women who want to start up home-based businesses, who want to go into franchising of restaurants, and who want to get enter the environmental fields. Topamax For Sale, Their goals vary, from starting small, home-based businesses, to expanding very sophisticated companies.”

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McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to unveil its legislative agendas on Tuesday, December 9


Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, President/CEO of the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the organization will hold a press conference on Tuesday, December 9, to present its Legislative Priorities for the upcoming regular session of the Texas Legislature.

The news conference will begin at 2 p.m. in the MHCC office, located at 24 North 12th Street in McAllen.

“This year we will be unveiling 10 Legislative Priorities that will serve as our compass to crafting a more comprehensive legislative strategy for the South Texas community," Sakulenzki said, Topamax over the counter. "These 10 goals are a starting point that will be followed up by a 'Community Policy Forum' in the weeks ahead, Topamax For Sale. We will invite members from every sector of the community to come in and present their views on needed policy reforms at the local, state and federal level.”

Upon completion of the forum, the MHCC will forward its’ findings and final policy recommendations to the area's elected officials.  MHCC's Board of Directors and members will also formally present these findings at the State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, January 27, and in Washington, D.C. before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on March 9 and 10. Topamax For Sale, “I’m really excited about this new way of formulating our policy recommendations," added Sakulenzki. "Given the state of the economy and this critical moment in our history, we thought it prudent to try this bold approach that is comprehensive, inclusive and personal."

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South Texas College continues gaining accolades for fiscal responsibility, investment strategy


By HELEN J. ESCOBAR

Once again, South Texas College’s Business Office has gone above and beyond, this time earning the college accolades from the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas. The organization awarded STC its Certificate of Distinction for the college’s investment strategy. Topamax dose, The GTOT conducts an elective Investment Policy Certification Program, which is designed to provide professional guidance in developing an investment policy and to recognize outstanding examples of written investment policies. The program’s Certificate of Distinction is awarded by GTOT to entities that have developed an investment policy which meets established criteria, Topamax For Sale. The certificate is awarded for two years and then may be renewed upon review.

“We are honored to receive this award because the group vigorously reviewed our investment policy, and have independently affirmed that STC has developed and implemented an investment policy that meets the requirements of the Public Funds Investment Act and the standards for prudent public investing established by the Government Treasurer’s Organization of Texas,” said Mary Elizondo, STC comptroller.

STC is one of only 77 Texas agencies to apply for and earn the certification and is the only college in the Rio Grande Valley to receive the distinction.

“STC is committed to excellence in all facets of our operations and we are especially focused on fiscal responsibility because we are charged with managing public funds. Topamax For Sale, We continue to implement stringent controls that are audited regularly," said Diana Peña, STC vice president of finance and administrative services. "STC is one of thousands of state agencies and one of a few that signed up for an elective review of our financial investment procedures to ensure we are implementing best practices. The distinction is not only an honor, but helps us ensure that our procedures and philosophy are sound. I am extremely proud of our Business Office team.”

Earlier this year, STC was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. An elective review process, 2008 marks the fifth consecutive year the college has earned the award.

For more information about the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas visit www.gtot.net

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NCO Financial Systems, Inc., self-proclaimed "world's largest" debt collector, hit with financial  penalties for violating Texas Debt Collection Act


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday, December 5, resolved the state’s enforcement action against debt collection firm NCO Financial Systems Inc., which was charged with violating the Texas Debt Collection Act, Topamax For Sale. According to state investigators, NCO unlawfully made harassing and threatening phone calls to purported debtors. Under the settlement, Topamax dosage, NCO must implement policies that ensure its debt collection efforts fully comply with this law.

NCO Financial Systems, which claims to be the “world’s largest” debt collector, operates call centers in 28 states and eight foreign countries, according to its Web site

“Today’s agreement protects Texans from unlawful debt collection practices,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Texas law prohibits collection agencies from using unlawful threats and coercion to collect debts. Topamax For Sale, With today’s agreement, the world’s largest debt collector agreed to implement safeguards that will protect debtors and ensure full compliance with the law.”

NCO Financial Systems, Inc. handled debt collection for its affiliate, NCO Portfolio Management Inc., which manages credit card, telecommunications, and medical-related debts. According to consumer complaints, NCO Financial Systems representatives made harassing and sometimes profanity-laden telephone calls to Texans, some of whom had never incurred the debt at all. NCO Financial Systems also improperly claimed that certain individuals owed debts when, in fact, Buy Topamax without prescription, the actual debtors had different middle initials or Social Security numbers.

Many Texans also complained that NCO Financial Systems failed to verify that debts were actually owed. Thus, the defendant continued its billing process even after frustrated recipients disputed their bills or sent cease-and-desist letters, Topamax For Sale. NCO Financial Systems also threatened to report debts to credit reporting agencies that were more than seven years old.

The December 5 settlement agreement requires NCO Financial Systems to properly validate the debts that it attempts to collect when appropriately challenged by consumers. Moreover, NCO has agreed to spend $300,000 over the next three years to monitor its collection practices so that it complies with protections offered to consumers by the Texas Debt Collection Act.

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A U.S. Border Patrol (BP) agent has been indicted for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for escorting narcotic loads, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced on Thursday, December 4.

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The four-count indictment returned under seal by a Houston grand jury on Monday, December 1, was unsealed by the court at Ruiz’s initial appearance.

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“Border Patrol agents are entrusted with tremendous authority and the enormous responsibility of securing our nation’s borders, making it a world-class law enforcement agency,” said Ronald D. Vitiello, Chief Patrol Agent, Rio Grande Valley Sector. “Isolated incidents by Border Patrol agents who violate the trust of the citizens they swore to protect will be held accountable.”

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UT System's Interim Chancellor Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., testifies on impact of Hurricane Ike


The following testimony by University of Texas System Interim Chancellor Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., was submitted on Wednesday, December 3, to the joint Texas House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike Destruction and the Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee-Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations.

Shine and UT Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) President David Callender, M.D., testified before the joint committee on the impact of Hurricane Ike and what efforts are underway to mitigte future damages from similar catastrophic weather events. Topamax For Sale, In his testimony, Shine reiterated the UT System's and the Board of Regents' committment to and support for UTMB. Copies of both Shine's and Callender's testimony are available online.

Testimony of Chancellor ad interim Kenneth I. Shine, M.D.

The University of Texas System

Texas House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike Destruction

Texas Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee-Subcommittee on Flooding and Evacuations

League City, Texas

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Thank you for the opportunity to comment on behalf of The University of Texas System in regard to the impact of Hurricane Ike on our campuses and the short and long term efforts of the UT System to cope with this catastrophic event and mitigate against future damage.

Looking Back

After Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, which inflicted $166 million of damages on The University of Texas M.D, Topamax For Sale. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, we undertook a reconstruction program which moved to higher floors heavy equipment and the animal colony which had been completely destroyed at Health Science Center Houston.  This required significant reconstruction and strengthening of the facility.  In addition, flood gates that could be closed in the face of potential rising waters were constructed and buildings were reconstructed to be water tight at lower levels.

As a consequence of these efforts, the effect of Hurricane Ike on these two campuses was limited to $23 million at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and $7.41 million at Health Science Center Houston, with much of those losses resulting from business interruption.  M.D. Anderson’s hospital was able to pull up its flood gates and continue to care for 450 patients throughout the disaster.  Power was available through the Texas Medical Center even though power was seriously limited in the remainder of Harris County. Topamax For Sale, Tropical Storm Allison also taught us lessons about the value of insurance.  Following Allison, hurricane and flood insurance coverage was largely unavailable until approximately one year ago, when the UT System was able to purchase a $100 million policy with a $50 million deductible provision funded by contributions from all our campuses.  We were very fortunate to obtain even this amount of insurance coverage and, given the losses in Hurricane Ike, the availability of similar insurance in the future is uncertain.

Hurricane Ike to Today

Let me emphasize that The University of Texas System and its Regents are firmly and absolutely committed to a vibrant and productive University of Texas Medical Branch campus on Galveston Island.

We have 100 buildings, $160 million in annual research money, the new National Lab, and important educational programs in medicine, nursing, allied health professions and graduate studies.  We are also committed to the presence of a hospital and emergency room on the island, the final size and shape of which is currently being examined.  We hope to restore a Level I Trauma Center at the hospital when facilities such as a blood bank are restored and adequate funding is available. Get Topamax, We are very proud of the efforts of the faculty and staff at UT Medical Branch, who coped with extraordinary conditions during and immediately after Hurricane Ike, during which they sought to preserve as much of the campus as possible.  It is an understatement to say that their efforts were heroic in the face of limited emergency power, loss of potable water, and the inability to use 117 elevators.  The absence of elevators alone greatly complicated the ability to care for the animal colony which was located on upper floors and to which supplies and water had to be delivered regularly.  Among the most devastating damage was that to the first floor of the John Sealy Hospital, where many service areas were destroyed, including the pharmacy, the kitchen, and sterilizing areas.

Under the Systemwide disaster mitigation plan, we were able to engage contractors within 12-18 hours of the disaster.  At the time of my first visit to the campus shortly after the storm there were already over 1000 contract workers on site to restore access to the 60-70 buildings impacted by water and wind.  We were also able to establish computer operations for UT Medical Branch at our UT Arlington computer center so that there was no interruption in payroll payments to employees and clinical appointments for patients receiving care at mainland clinics could be continued.  It is noteworthy that the newly constructed National Laboratory and newer research buildings had been built in a manner to minimize damage and mitigate the effects of the hurricane.  This is an important lesson as we look ahead to long-term mitigation efforts.

The faculty and staff at the campus also deserve the highest praise for their efforts to reopen the 16 bed maternity ward within 30 days of the hurricane and are in the first stages of opening a 200 bed hospital, Topamax For Sale.

In the end, however, Hurricane Ike has had a disastrous impact on The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, producing approximately $400 million in capital losses and $300 million in business interruption costs.  The latter are the result of the loss of revenue from patient care and other services for an extended period of time.  Unfortunately these losses resulted in the painful reduction in force of approximately some 3800 full-time equivalent positions at UTMB.  The reductions took place only after careful program by program assessment of those activities which could be sustained.  The lack of monies to pay salaries due to the absence of patients, coupled with the realities that reopening a larger hospital on Galveston Island, if undertaken, will require several years to accomplish, and can only be done with financial support from a regional or county hospital or health care district, after Topamax, compelled this action in order to assure the ongoing fiscal viability of the remainder of the medical education, research and health care enterprise.

Looking Ahead

I do wish to make some comments regarding the needs of UTMB and the UT System as we look ahead to the upcoming 81st Legislative Session, as well as offer some suggestions with regard to mitigation of the effects of these disasters in the future.  In order to do so, however, I must first briefly review the funding sources available to respond to such a disaster.

For all our campuses, including UTMB, state appropriations for operations are made directly to the campus rather than through UT System administration.  The UT System does not receive from the state and does not maintain a pool of operating monies for the various campuses.

Although The University of Texas System benefits from the Permanent University Fund and the Available University Fund, those funds are limited in how they may be used.  For example, under the Texas Constitution the Available University Fund may only be used for operations at The University of Texas at Austin and for UT System administration.  The Available University Fund cannot be used for operations at any of our other campuses.  Proceeds of Permanent University Fund bonds are available under the constitution for all but two of our campuses, but those proceeds may not be used for business operations, including salaries.  In addition, as the value of the Permanent University Fund has declined in the current economic conditions the Fund’s constitutionally-limited debt capacity for capital expenditures has also declined, making this financing mechanism unavailable. Topamax For Sale, For these reasons, the UT System’s response to the Hurricane Ike disaster is largely dependent upon cash reserves at the UT Medical Branch and the borrowing capacity of that campus.  Both of these sources of funds are extremely limited and declining.

UTMB does receive payment for the provision of correctional managed care (CMC) services under a contract with the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee, Where can i cheapest Topamax online, but does not receive any direct State appropriations for this purpose.  UTMB wishes to continue providing these services in the immediate future and is reviewing its ability and the effects on the institution of continuing to provide them for the long term.  No reduction in force has been undertaken in relation to employees in the correctional managed care health program.  A small number of CMC beds have been reopened on the Island and will be expanded in number over the next weeks and months.  The money UTMB receives under the CMC contract may be used only for correctional managed care services and support.

The federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be another source of funds for reconstruction at UT Medical Branch.  Within days of the hurricane, The University of Texas System and UTMB engaged James Lee Witt Associates to advise us on the roles and responsibilities of FEMA in responding to the disaster.

FEMA is responsible for 100 percent of the acute response costs for up to 45 days and thereafter for 75-90 percent of capital losses.  Under Section 406 of the federal law, FEMA will also consider funding for mitigation against future losses.  However, reimbursement for construction is a painfully slow process.  Each project has to be carefully planned, approved by FEMA, and then largely reimbursed only upon completion.  In the case of Tropical Storm Allison, it was five years before the FEMA reimbursement was fully accomplished, so you can see that going forward arrangements with FEMA will be complex and time-consuming.  And most notably, FEMA does not provide any funds for business interruption losses, which were the driving forces in the need for the reduction in force at UTMB.

Given all these internal and external limitations and conditions, I expect UTMB and the UT System will ask the Legislature in its upcoming session for financial help to cope with the depletion of the cash reserves at UTMB and the expenditures required to meet the costs of recovery.  Cash reserves will be exhausted by February or March and so an emergency appropriation will be critical to sustaining the ongoing operations of UTMB.  And a part of this assistance will need to come in the form of an advance of state funds in order to pay the current and ongoing costs of reconstruction, which would be repaid out of funds received from FEMA as projects are completed, noting that there will undoubtedly be some portion of these capital costs that will not be reimbursed by FEMA and must be borne exclusively by the state.

At the same time, it is essential that repairs take place in a manner that will mitigate against further damage.  For example, the hospital support facilities, including the kitchen, pharmacy, and sterilization areas, must be moved to higher levels to avoid damage in future floods.  This is not only essential to maintain business operations, but FEMA will not reimburse if a structure is damaged a second time in the absence of serious mitigation efforts.  At the same time that the first floors are reconstructed, we must look closely for opportunities to use technology and engineering to help protect other key buildings on the campus.  All of this will be expensive and time consuming, Topamax For Sale.

From the broader and more long-term perspective, it would be useful if State policy-makers give consideration to the establishment or identification of a disaster response fund to provide the ability for institutions such as UTMB, if they confront a major disaster in the future, to proceed expeditiously with reconstruction.  It is also imperative that such funds be available for operating as well as capital purposes, as often it is the business interruption and associated depletion of cash reserves that is the largest loss in such situations.  For example, a portion of the Economic Stabilization or “Rainy Day” Fund -- as much as $1 billion -- could be set aside for this purpose.  Such an initiative would require careful coordination with FEMA to ensure that projects funded through this mechanism would be FEMA-eligible in order to preserve the ability to be subsequently reimbursed by FEMA.  A body such as the Legislative Budget Board (perhaps with executive approval such as is provided for in budget execution under existing state law) could approve monies for this purpose in incremental amounts, with additional funds made available only as the campus or other agency demonstrates that it is making substantial progress in its planning and execution of reconstruction.  To the extent that FEMA would pay for the costs of mitigation, this would also be paid from this disaster response fund and subsequently reimbursed; but mitigation projects may be so important to the future of an institution or facility that they might be funded in this way without the certainty that such expenditures would be reimbursed.  Providing a secure and stable source for such investment in the long term viability of public facilities would be very valuable for the state’s future.

This proposal would in no way diminish the need, as with UTMB, for state appropriations to help in the response to a disaster, but a well-defined program, with carefully defined criteria and an emphasis on expeditious implementation, might provide a model for accelerated responses to disasters.  Unfortunately, we know with certainty that future disasters will occur.  When they do, having a rapid, responsive, and flexible source of funding would be beneficial.

Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to comment on behalf of The University of Texas System and for your service to the State as we assess the lessons to be learned from the devastation of Hurricane Ike.  In closing I will reiterate our commitment to a comprehensive research, education, and patient care program at The University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island.  Kurt Salmon Associates, our consultants, will be reporting early next year on the further development of this program and specifically the approaches to the hospital on Galveston Island, as well as options for additional clinical and hospital facilities in Galveston County, that would minimize the likelihood that hurricanes such as Ike would so completely incapacitate our ability to provide patient care.

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Councilmember García, Mayor Ochoa support plan for trailblazing medical conference center by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance


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A cutting-edge medical conference center under consideration for Edinburg may involve the construction of a specialized facility that would feature world-class medical professionals who would provide unprecedented seminars, including onsite surgeries, as part of a developing plan involving city leaders and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR).

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His company is responsible for the construction of the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance complexes, which are located along McColl Road in southwest Edinburg.

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The EEDC sits on a treasury of millions of dollars generated annually, mostly from the collection of a one-half cent economic development sales tax, for jobs-creation projects.

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"Edinburg Medical Conference Center"

Edinburg City Councilmember Agustín "Gus" García, Jr. has been a key player in promoting Edinburg's participation in the discussions about DHR's medical conference center.

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Ochoa added that the medical conference center "would be a great compliment to the UT-Regional Academic Health Center and the cooperative pharmacy program, adding great medical education and quality healthcare to Edinburg and the Valley. I would definitely support all efforts to bring this medical conference center to Edinburg."

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The potential benefits to the region could have far-reaching effects, Councilmember García added.

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Ochoa said that the ongoing plan for the DHR medical conference center also reflects the wisdom of decisions by his administration in the mid-1990s to bring that area of southwest Edinburg into the city limits through a process known as annexation. Viagra For Sale, Soon after, Ochoa's administration rallied public support to invest local and state funds to improve key infrastructure that led to an explosion of economic growth in the then-newly-annexed region.

"Back then, the area where Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is now located was dominated by agricultural fields, and McColl Road and Trenton Road, which were rural streets, are now major roadways which have powered the great economic growth in the region," Ochoa said. "Now we have a major medical corridor anchored by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, cheap Viagra no rx, and the proposed medical conference center would be the latest result of our vision."

Ochoa led city strategies in the 1990s to improve medical care and education, spearheading successful efforts to bring the Edinburg Regional Medical Center to Edinburg, land the University of Texas-Pan American Regional Academic Health Center, and support a cooperative pharmacy program at UT-Pan American in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin.

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The plan for the medical conference center is consistent with the stated goals of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, which promotes itself as being "dedicated to continually expanding our programs and services to include the latest medical procedures, treatments, and technologies to help ensure we meet the health care needs of the communities we serve today and in the future."

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"Basically, they have been working and talking with EEDC for (help) on infrastructure, things for which the EEDC usually participates," former Mayor García said.

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The 5th Annual State of Real Estate Forum addressed the mortgage and lending issues, interest rates, inflation, energy costs and the declining value of the dollar.  The Real Estate Forum was held on Friday, November 14 at the McAllen Country Club, Viagra For Sale. More than 250 of the area's real estate industry leaders attended the event.

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Viagra For Sale, G&C Avanti Trucking LLC in Edinburg partners with STC students to manufacture experimental parts to aid relief workers around U.S., world


By MICHELLE A. BALANI

When a disaster involving flooding strikes, relief vehicles often have a difficult time getting to those in need because water deeper than three feet can get into engines and render them useless. G&C Avanti Trucking LLC in Edinburg is partnering with South Texas College on an experimental project for students in the college’s Precision Manufacturing Technology Program to help fabricate several parts that will enable these vehicles to travel without problem in up to five feet of water.

“The parts can be installed in large commercial trucks, allowing vehicles to tread through deeper water levels. The innovation can be used on any large vehicle, and will benefit a number of U.S. industries, as well as relief workers around the world,” says G&C Avanti Trucking LLC spokesperson Chente Aguilar, Viagra For Sale. “We have seen the recovery work in our own backyard after a hurricane and how high water levels slow the process. We firmly believe that the retrofit engine parts package we are working to develop with make it much easier for workers to get to a scene much faster.”

G&C Avanti Trucking LLC came up with the new innovation and STC students will be responsible for cutting and fabricating prototypes of the parts. This collaboration will help prepare students for careers in a variety of manufacturing occupations, including machining, effects of Viagra, precision measurement, tool and die machining, industrial maintenance and quality assurance.

“This project offers students real world experience in problem solving and creativity, and in using advanced skills, which will help them tremendously once they get into the workforce,” said Mario Reyna, STC division dean of business and technology. Viagra For Sale, “At STC, we believe in providing students with hands-on training and skills to help them thrive in their chosen career field. And we hope that participation in this project significantly contributes to their professional success and to the local economy.”

Students in STC’s Precision Manufacturing Technology Program are trained to specialize in the machining, precision measurement, Online buying Viagra, tool and die and manufacturing processes. Upon earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree from the program, students are prepared to secure positions in a variety of industries around the world.

For more information about STC’s PMT Program, visit http://bt.southtexascollege.edu/manufacturing/index.html or contact Pedro Garza at 956-872-6610.

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Brooklyn-based Broadway Photo, Starlight Camera & Video cited for deceiving purchasers via Internet


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday, November 25, charged two online digital camera and electronics retailers with conducting an unlawful bait-and-switch sales scheme. The November 25 enforcement action seeks restitution for Texans who suffered financially because of the defendants’ unlawful conduct, Viagra For Sale.

According to state investigators, Broadway Photo, L.L.C, buy cheap Viagra no rx. and Starlight Camera & Video Inc., both of Brooklyn, N.Y., attempted to attract customers by offering the lowest retail prices on price-comparison Web sites. Once customers selected merchandise and made credit card purchases via the defendants’ Web sites, customers were notified that their orders had been processed. Despite the order-processing notice, customers were subsequently asked to call a specified telephone number to confirm their orders. Viagra For Sale, However, rather than use the calls to confirm customers orders, the defendants instead initiated aggressive, high-pressure sales pitches promoting over-priced accessories, including memory cards and batteries. The defendants’ telemarketers insisted these upgraded accessories were needed in order for the customers’ confirmed merchandise to function normally.

When customers refused these offers, Viagra treatment, the defendants told the customers the confirmed merchandise was substandard and lacked warranties. The defendants’ telemarketers encouraged customers to purchase different, more expensive products. If customers refused, the defendants canceled the orders, claiming the products were indefinitely back-ordered. When the defendants actually did ship orders, customers who intended to purchase new merchandise often received used or refurbished products, Viagra For Sale.

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking injunctions halting this conduct and civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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Gov. Perry: Proposed EPA rules on greenhouse gas emissions would cripple Texas economy


Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday, November 25, where can i find Viagra online, strongly urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against passing a proposed framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions due to its devastating implications for Texas’ economy and energy industry. Viagra For Sale, “The EPA is making plans to re-interpret the Federal Clean Air Act in ways that were never contemplated when this law was passed and will cripple the Texas economy,” said Perry. “The methods under consideration by the EPA will punish innovation, cost jobs and drive investment out of Texas and overseas.”

The EPA’s proposed regulations would for the first time subject large swaths of the economy to costly and time consuming regulation and permitting, including commercial buildings, churches, small farms, hotels, hospitals, and even large residential homes while having a negligible effect on worldwide concentrations of greenhouse gases.

As the nation’s leading energy producer, Viagra price, coupon, implementing such regulations would cripple the Texas’ energy sector, irreparably damaging both the state and national economies, and severely impacting national oil and gas supplies. Further, the governor noted that imposing a large tax burden on energy producing companies would drive them out of the U.S. to countries that do not have burdensome restrictions, counteracting the regulations’ desired effects.

Rather than adopting the EPA’s suggestion to make traditional energy sources more expensive, the governor proposed making alternative energy technologies less expensive, thereby encouraging widespread commercial use and removing barriers to innovation and competition, Viagra For Sale. Modernizing the national energy grid to support wind and solar energy transmission, facilitating investments in the development of carbon capture and sequestration technologies, and removing barriers to investment in nuclear generation would reduce carbon emissions while encouraging competitiveness, innovation and growth in alternative energy sources.

Texas’ energy industry fuels the nation, where can i buy Viagra online, supplying 20 percent of the nation’s oil production, one-third of the nation’s natural gas production, a quarter of the nation’s refining capacity, and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s chemical manufacturing.

Diversifying the state’s energy portfolio remains a priority for Perry. Texas has already installed more wind power than any other state and all but three countries, and provided new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state- more than all other states current capacity combined. Viagra For Sale, Texas has also attracted more than 9,000 megawatts of energy from the development of next generation nuclear power plants.  The state is also looking to add new clean coal plants which will capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions.

The governor’s comments to the EPA are based on findings by the Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations, which was created earlier this month to study the economic impact to Texas of the EPA’s proposed rules. Viagra no rx, Members of the panel include Bryan Shaw, commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, and Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams.

“I am calling on the EPA to suppress the urge to regulate and include greenhouse gases in the Clean Air Act and find ways to unleash our economy, not strangle it,” Perry said.

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Federal jury in Dallas convicts Holy Land Foundation for supporting Hamas terrorist group


Following approximately six weeks of testimony and seven days of deliberation, a federal jury in Dallas on Tuesday, November 25, returned guilty verdicts this afternoon convicting the Holy Land Foundation of Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders on charges of providing material support to Hamas, Viagra results, a designated foreign terrorist organization, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B, Viagra For Sale. Roper of the Northern District of Texas, and Patrick Rowan, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

“Money is the lifeblood of terrorism. The jury’s decision demonstrates that U.S. citizens will not tolerate those who provide financial support to terrorist organizations,” said Roper. Viagra For Sale, “Today's verdicts are important milestones in America's efforts against financiers of terrorism. For many years, Viagra images, the Holy Land Foundation used the guise of charity to raise and funnel millions of dollars to the infrastructure of the Hamas terror organization. This prosecution demonstrates our resolve to ensure that humanitarian relief efforts are not used as a mechanism to disguise and enable support for terrorist groups,” said Rowan.

HLF was incorporated by Shukri Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain, and Ghassan Elashi. Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulrahman Odeh worked as fund raisers. Together, with others, they provided material support to the Hamas movement, Viagra For Sale. From its inception, HLF was linked to radical groups promoting jihad. Before it was designed as a Specially Designated Terrorist by the Treasury Department and shut down in December 2001, it was the largest U.S. Muslim charity, buy cheap Viagra. It was based in Richardson, Texas, a Dallas suburb. Viagra For Sale, The “material support statute,” as it is commonly referred to, was enacted in 1996 as part of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. That statute recognizes that money is fungible, and that money in the hands of a terrorist organization — even if for so called charitable purposes — supports that organization’s overall terrorist objectives.

The jury convicted all defendants on the conspiracy charges — conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization; conspiracy to provide funds, goods and services to a specially designated terrorist; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In addition, Abu Baker and Elashi were convicted of conspiring to impede and impair the IRS.

HLF, Where can i cheapest Viagra online, Abu Baker and Elashi were also convicted on all of the substantive charges of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, providing funds, goods and services to a specially designated terrorist and money laundering. Abu Baker was convicted on one count of filing a false tax return and Elashi was convicted on two counts of filing a false tax return, Viagra For Sale.

The government presented evidence at trial that, as the U.S. began to scrutinize individuals and entities in the U.S. who were raising funds for terrorist groups in the mid-1990s, the HLF intentionally hid its financial support for Hamas behind the guise of charitable donations. HLF and these five defendants provided approximately $12.4 million in support to Hamas and its goal of creating an Islamic Palestinian state by eliminating the State of Israel through violent jihad. Viagra For Sale, The government’s case included testimony that in the early 1990's, Hamas’ parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, planned to establish a network of organizations in the U.S. to spread a militant Islamist message and raise money for Hamas. The government’s case also included testimony about Hamas material found in zakat committees. The defendants sent HLF-raised funds to Hamas- controlled zakat committees and charitable societies in the West Bank and Gaza, australia, uk, us, usa. Zakat is an Arabic word meaning the religious obligation to give alms.

HLF became the chief fundraising arm for the Palestine Committee in the U.S, Viagra For Sale. created by the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas. According to a wiretap of a 1993 Palestine Committee meeting in Philadelphia, former HLF President and CEO Shukri Abu Baker, spoke about playing down Hamas ties in order to keep raising money in the U.S. Another wiretapped phone call included Abdulrahman Odeh, HLF’s New Jersey representative, referring to a suicide bombing as “a beautiful operation.”

The government also presented evidence that several HLF defendants have family members who are Hamas leaders, including Hamas’s political chief, Mousa Abu Marzook, Buy Viagra no prescription, who is married to a cousin of Ghassan Elashi, HLF’s former Chairman of the Board. Ghassan Elashi, who also served as the vice-president of marketing for Infocom Corporation, is currently serving an 80-month sentence following his conviction on several charges related to export violations. Viagra For Sale, Mohammed El-Mezain was HLF’s Director of Endowments and Mufid Abdulqater was HLF’s projects and grants director. Two named defendants, Akram Mishal and Haitham Maghawri are fugitives.

The defendants provided financial support to the families of Hamas martyrs, detainees, and activists knowing and intending that such assistance would support the Hamas terrorist organization. Since 1995, when it first became illegal to provide financial support to Hamas, Viagra alternatives, HLF provided approximately $12.4 million in funding to Hamas through various Hamas-affiliated committees and organizations located in Palestinian-controlled areas and elsewhere.

During trial, the government also presented evidence that HLF was so concerned about investigators uncovering the group’s intentions that they kept a manual entitled “The Foundations Policies and Procedures.” HLF followed various security procedures outlined in the manual to include, hiring a security company to search the HLF for listening devices, ordering defendant Haitham Maghawri, (a fugitive) to take training on advanced methods in detecting wiretaps, shredding documents after board meetings, and maintaining incriminating documents in off-site locations.

All defendants were detained pending sentencing; a sentencing date is forthcoming, Viagra For Sale. All defendants face substantial prison sentences.

Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas FBI, expressed appreciation for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Viagra For Sale, Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, the team of FBI Agents and staff, along with the Agents and staff of the Internal Revenue Service, Army Criminal Investigations Division, Dallas Police Department and Richardson Police Department for their efforts in this investigation.

Casey said, “These men and women followed the evidence in this case even as it led them across the globe. Their personal sacrifices and dedication to preserve the security of the U.S. and ensure justice should be admired by citizens everywhere. The FBI will continue to keep the country safe by actively investigating all forms of terrorist threats, whether that threat manifests itself in the planning or execution of a violent terrorist act or other crimes that provide support to terrorist organizations.”

“Terrorist networks need money to be effective,” said Special Agent in Charge, Michael P. Lahey, Dallas Field Office, Viagra For Sale. “IRS Criminal Investigation will not allow exempt organizations to be misused for raising money that is ultimately used for terrorism financing.”

The case was investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, involving agents from federal, state, and local agencies including: FBI, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas, Plano, Garland and Richardson, Texas, Police Departments. Viagra For Sale, The case was prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas; Barry Jonas, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice Counter-terrorism Section; and Elizabeth J. Shapiro, Deputy Director, Federal Programs Branch, Department of Justice, serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

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