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Construction on nation’s first state-run gold depository set to begin in Leander

Texans can now store their precious metals in a publicly-backed secure vault close to home. The nation’s first state-run gold depository is open for business in a temporary location in Austin, and …

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High School Football

Longview outpaces Vandegrift in regional semifinals

WACO — As head coach Drew Sanders addressed his team Saturday night, a mixture of emotions filled the air.

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College & Pro Football

Why Jerry Jones turned down an offer to sell Cowboys and start a franchise in LA

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has always been prone to hyperbole when supporting something near and dear to him.

State & Region

Big states missing out on online sales taxes for the holidays

WASHINGTON – Big states such as California, New York and Texas will likely miss out on millions in sales tax revenue this holiday shopping season because they have failed to implement laws and …

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School News

LISD reviewing options for 2019-20 academic calendar

Planning for Leander ISD's 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic calendars is underway, with a proposal for next school year's calendar due to the Board of Trustees in January. The district says that …

Editorials
President George H.W. Bush's legacy: decency

As the nation mourns the death of President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at age 94, we should pause not only to celebrate his many contributions to the United States of America, but also to …

Anti-vaxxers want to expand vaccine exemptions to Texas day cares. We can't let that happen

Texas Republicans: You have the power; use it wisely

Trump and Congress have addressed the opioid crisis. Now it's Texas' turn.

Letters
LETTER: Mr. Hahn gets it wrong in his letter

Dear Editor,I read with interest the letter printed in last week’s paper by Mr. David Hahn, responding to a column by Carl Golden about President Trump’s treatment of the media. Here are my …

LETTER: Shriners should stop using animals in circuses

LETTER: Glad President Trump Calls the Media Out

Commentary
Faith Commentary
    • Let's just be kind to each other

      In 2006 we interviewed Dr. Huston Smith at the Crossings here in Austin. Dr. Smith, 87 at the time of our interview, had been the Chair and …

    • Shine the light

      “Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe, who has commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.” With these words of blessing, Jews …

    • Just what the doctor ordered

      Dr. Robert Emmons is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, who specializes in the “science of gratitude.” Yes, …

    • Boredom, lack of motivation, can lead to evil acts

      “Fact is, I had no reason to do it, and I just thought… (expletive deleted), life is boring so why not?”That’s what the Thousand Oaks …

    • Against the dying of the light

      The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas began his writing career while still a teenager. He dropped out of school, much to the chagrin of his father who was …