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Navarro College in Corsicana Closed Thursday (Bomb Threat)

Navarro College in Corsicana posted a notice on its website stating the campus closed early Wednesday and will remain closed on Thursday due to a possible bomb threat.

The notice below was posted on the college's website:


The Corsicana campus will be closed effective 5:30 p.m. today February 20th and all day Thursday February 21th due to a bomb threat. All students, faculty, and staff are asked to remain off campus until an all clear is given. Residence hall students are asked to remain in their dorms until an all clear is signaled. Meals will be served in the dining hall. Off campus classes will continue as scheduled. Please remain away from the main campus until the all clear is given.

More updates to follow.

Source: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Navarro-College-in-Corsicana-Closed--192152101.html

[font color=green]I guess that it's time for mid-terms?[/font]

Cruz defends political tactics since starting in Senate

DALLAS — Texas' new Republican U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz, visited Dallas Wednesday as part of his first multi-city tour since taking office and defended his recent questioning of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Speaking at a West Dallas tool shop, Cruz said he won't change how he's pressing his divisive personal stamp on U.S. Senate politics.

"My approach in Washington has been very simple. It was exactly the same approach as the approach I took for two years on the campaign," Cruz said. "I do not think I would be doing my job representing 26 million Texans if I didn't go to Washington and ask the hard questions."

But some Senate Democrats say he went over the line of civility when he questioned — without evidence — where Hagel got money for speaking.

More including video interview at http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Cruz-defends-tactics-since-starting-in-senate-says--192138871.html .

The Tea Party Doesn't Want You to Show Up

From Progress Texas

Rick Perry and the Tea Party run Texas Legislature are back in session, and that means it is time for progressives from across the state to come together, make some noise, and get the attention of our state leaders.

Over the next several weeks, many fantastic groups and coalitions will be organizing events, rallies, marches, and lobby days at the state Capitol. These important events provide an opportunity to show the strength of our community and promote progressive public policy ideas for our state.

Below we have highlighted four great upcoming events. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means - if you are interested about other rallies and lobby day opportunities on issues you don't see below, e-mail us at info@progresstexas.org and we will help you find an opportunity for advocacy that works for you. We hope to see you at some of these events!

Texans Demand Immigration Reform - Friday, February 22nd

What: Texans are once against leading the way on immigration reform. As the debate heats up nationwide, Texas communities are taking their demands to the streets.

Who: The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for comprehensive immigration reform. RITA’s goal is to present a common, pro-reform Texas voice and educate Texas elected officials about the need to fix America’s broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America’s strength, security and prosperity.

When: Friday, February 22nd. Events start at 11:00 AM.

Where: Meet at Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe for a march to the Capitol.

Click here for more information, directions, and a detailed schedule. http://reformimmigrationfortexas.org/1/2013/texans-to-march-in-austin-for-immigration-reform/

Save Texas Schools - Saturday, February 23rd

What: Public education in Texas is under threat like never before. Continuing budget cuts, private school vouchers and a broken testing system all threaten our children's future. Stand up with thousands of others from across the state and demand that outstanding public education be a top priority for Texas.

Who: Save Texas Schools is a nonpartisan statewide volunteer coalition of parents, students, educators, business leaders, concerned citizens, community groups and faith organizations.

When: Saturday, February 23rd. Events start at 10:45 AM.

Where: A march down Congress Avenue followed by a rally at the Texas Capitol.

Click here for more information, directions, and a detailed schedule. http://savetxschools.org/

Texas Medicaid Matters - Tuesday, March 5th

What: In the next few months, the Texas legislature will make decisions about health care for millions of Texas kids and families. This includes whether Texas will restore funding from the health care budget in 2011, and whether our state will opt for a Medicaid solution to cover an estimated 1.4 million uninsured, low-income Texans under health reform. Families across Texas need your energy, your voice, and your passion. Join the rally and call on the Texas Legislature and our state leaders to:

Protect Medicaid for children and other vulnerable Texans.
Extend Medicaid to low-income adults who qualify for it under the Affordable Care Act.

Who: Texas Well and Healthy is a grassroots, statewide campaign to ensure Texans have access to health coverage they need and have access to the benifits of a fully implemented Affordable Care Act.

When: Tuesday, March 5th. Events start at 10:45 AM.

Where: A march down Congress Avenue followed by a rally at the Texas Capitol.

Click here for more information, directions, and a detailed schedule. http://texaswellandhealthy.org/march-5/

Our Future, Our Texas! - Wednesday, April 10th

What: Our state leaders have the opportunity to undo the disastrous 2011 cuts and to prioritize education, health care, public safety, the environment, and economic opportunity for all Texas families. Investing in Texas now is the right thing to do and can ensure the future safety, health and strength of our state.

Who: Texas Forward is a coalition of organizations promoting a balanced approach to state budget decisions. The member organizations represent a broad spectrum of interests, but all believe that meeting the needs of Texans and moving our state forward to greater prosperity and opportunity will require more than just belt-tightening and cuts in education, healthcare and other vital public services.

When: Wednesday, April 10th. Events start at 11:00 AM.

Where: A march through downtown Austin followed by a rally at the Texas Capitol.

Click here for more information, directions, and a detailed schedule. http://txforward.org/ourfutureourtexas.html

Just because you can't make it to Austin for one of these events, doesn't mean your voice can't be heard on these issues. You can always find your legislator in the Texas House and Texas Senate to call them and tell them these issues are important. You can also click below to take action now and help us spread the word:

Education: Sign this petition and tell Rick Perry and David Dewhurst that our kids can't wait until 2014 to fix our schools.

Health Care: Sign this petition and tell your Texas legislator that Texas and its residents need Medicaid expansion!

Budget: Sign this petition and tell Susan Combs and state leadership that the problem is not Medicaid, public education, or any other essential public service; the problem is the priorities of state leadership. We need a real plan to meet the needs of Texans!

Thanks for everything that you do.


Phillip Martin
Progress Texas

New president at Southwestern University

The Southwestern University Board of Trustees enthusiastically and unanimously elected Dr. Edward B. Burger as the University’s 15th president.

One of 100 people named to the Huffington Post’s list of “Game Changers” in 2010, Dr. Burger is the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He will provide energetic, transparent, collaborative and visionary leadership that will unify our community, tell Southwestern’s story, and move the University forward. As one who embraces the University’s core purpose as a community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity, Dr. Burger is the perfect choice for Southwestern.

The future of Southwestern University will greatly benefit from Dr. Burger’s enthusiasm, creativity and innovation as we continue our storied traditions while creating new opportunities for transforming lives in the Southwestern community. Dr. Burger’s presidency will begin on July 1, 2013.

A committee comprised of trustees, faculty, students, alumni and other Southwestern stakeholders led the search for a new head administrator over the past four months, interviewing candidates and bringing two finalists to campus recently. In his visit to Georgetown, Mr. Burger said SU was on the cusp of becoming a nationally recognized liberal arts school and that better marketing was key to drawing more students and more revenue.

Sources: Bob Karr, Chair of Board of Trustees
Williamson County Sun

[font color=green]Go Bucs![/font]

Republicans offer deal on American Indian courts

Source: AP

WASHINGTON — Several House Republicans on Wednesday proposed legislation on Native American courts that could lay the groundwork for a compromise on the stalled Violence Against Women Act.

The legislation gives tribal courts the authority to prosecute non-Indians accused of abusing partners on tribal lands.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Tom Cole of Oklahoma, and six other Republicans, would also allow defendants to request that their case be moved to a federal court if they felt their constitutional rights were being violated.

The House and Senate have been trying for the past year to renew and expand the 1994 act, credited with reducing domestic violence in the country, but tribal authority over domestic violence cases has been a major point of contention.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/us_news/article_ab4421f6-7bb1-11e2-8b3f-001a4bcf6878.html

Scott of Florida becomes 7th GOP governor to OK Obamacare Medicaid expansion

Source: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan.

Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a bill that would expire in three years, after which it would require renewed legislative support. He's the seventh Republican governor so far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance program.

Scott said he would support the expansion as long as the federal government pays 100 percent of the increased costs, which is the deal offered to states by the Obama administration. After that, the federal government said it would pay 90 percent of the cost for the additional enrollees.

The governor said he gained new perspective after his mother's death last year, calling his decision to support a key provision of the Affordable Care Act a "compassionate, common sense step forward."

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2013-02-20/scott-florida-becomes-7th-gop-governor-ok-medicaid-expansion-obamacare

More to read at the link.

No missing person's report filed in Nuevo Laredo police chief's disappearance

Officials in the Tamaulipas Attorney General's office said there was no official missing person's report filed concerning the disappearance about one week ago of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico police chief Roberto Alejandro Garza Balmori.

A source in state government said nobody has filed such a report with the AG's office concerning his disappearance.

The source spoke under the condition of anonymity.

He said AG officials are investigating the Friday disappearance and subsequent deaths of Manuel Balmori Garza and José Alberto Balmori Garza, who are Roberto Alejandro's brothers.

More at http://www.lmtonline.com/articles/2013/02/20/front/news/doc512429abbdddb795764872.txt .

Class-action lawsuit filed in cruise ship fiasco

A Florida maritime law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers aboard the ill-fated Carnival Triumph.

The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 18 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims that Carnival Corp. was negligent for allowing Carnival Triumph to embark on the failed five-day cruise when the company was aware the ship was prone to mechanical and/or engine issues.

Three days after leaving Galveston on Feb. 7 for Mexico, a fire ignited in the Triumph's engine room, disabling the vessel's propulsion system and knocking out power. The ship drifted for days in the Gulf of Mexico before it was towed to Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 14.

Attorneys at Miami-based Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman filed the lawsuit on behalf of passengers Matt and Melissa Crusan of Oklahoma, and more than 100 other passengers aboard the vessel. Most of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are from Texas, according to attorney Mike Winkleman.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Class-action-lawsuit-filed-in-cruise-ship-fiasco-4293632.php .

Former first lady Laura Bush asks to be removed from newly launched pro-gay marriage ad campaign

Former first lady Laura Bush is asking a pro-gay marriage group to remove her from a national television, newspaper and online advertising campaign that launched this week.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition, co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign, kicked off a $1 million media campaign Wednesday with ads that use news clips of Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, President Barack Obama and others talking about gay marriage.

The advertising blitz, first reported by Politico, features a clip of Bush talking to Larry King on CNN in 2010 and saying, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

But Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a statement Wednesday that the former first lady “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.”

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/former-first-lady-laura-bush-asks-to-be-removed-from-newly-launched-pro-gay-marriage-ad-campaign.html/ .

Texas A&M evacuates area around Kyle Field after bomb threat

Texas A&M University evacuated Kyle Field and several surrounding buildings Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat.

The university issued a Code Maroon alert at 12:55 p.m. that said, "Bomb threat investigation at Kyle. Stadium and adjacent bldgs will be closed for remainder of day. Investigation ongoing."

Authorities said they were notified of the threat at 10:50 p.m. The threat was found on the wall of a non-academic facility on campus.

The evacuated building were the Reed Building, G. Rollie White, the Bright Athletics complex and Netum Steed. The university said about 700 people were evacuated from the buildings.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_78f16312-7b98-11e2-8404-0019bb2963f4.html .

[font color=maroon]I believe this is the third Code Maroon over the past year.[/font]
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