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AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — The Texas Senate will bar news reporters from the chamber floor in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Tuesday, continuing a measure introduced two years ago as a COVID-19 precaution even as state officials publicly rail against other requirements to reduce the spread of the virus.The news was ...
AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — The Texas Senate will bar news reporters from the chamber floor in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Tuesday, continuing a measure introduced two years ago as a COVID-19 precaution even as state officials publicly rail against other requirements to reduce the spread of the virus.
The news was first reported by The Dallas Morning News. In an email to the newspaper, Patsy Spaw, the Senate secretary, said press access in the chamber has not changed since last session.
“There is no floor seating for the press,” she wrote. “The reserved area for the press was moved to the Senate gallery in the southwest corner.”
Spaw did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Texas Tribune. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the chamber, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Donnis Baggett, executive vice president of the Texas Press Association said the decision was “unfortunate.”
“Ready access is essential not only for reporters, but for senators who need information be to disseminated to Texans accurately and quickly,” he said in an email statement. “I hope leadership will reconsider this.”
The move means news reporters will have less access to senators. Under the rules implemented in 2021 — ostensibly as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — reporters were moved to the Senate gallery on the third floor. The senators conduct their business on the second floor.
An Austin American-Statesman columnist at the time labeled the changes “unprecedented restrictions on journalists for an unprecedented legislative session” and wrote that he hoped the restrictions would be lifted as the pandemic subsided.
Patrick has railed against local and federal leaders’ attempts to require COVID-19 precautions, like vaccine requirements. But the Senate is continuing its restrictions on reporters on the chamber floor more than two years after the COVID-19 vaccine first became available to the public.
Reporters are still expected to have floor access in the Legislature’s other chamber, the House of Representatives.
“The Texas House has historically allowed credentialed media in designated areas on the chamber floor,” said Cassi Pollock, a spokesperson for House Speaker Dade Phelan. “The temporary exception to this practice during COVID was repealed in April 2021, and the chamber will continue to follow the long-standing practice of allowing credentialed media in designated areas on the House floor.”
Reporters will be allowed at the press table on the House floor for the chamber’s opening ceremony Tuesday. After that, the 150 members of the House will vote on the chamber’s rules, including press access.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at www.texastribune.org. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans – and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
January 6, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Press ReleaseGovernor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Marshall, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities.“Music is a big part of the Texas brand and is deeply...
January 6, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Press Release
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Marshall, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities.
“Music is a big part of the Texas brand and is deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of our great state,” said Governor Abbott. “Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are serious about attracting and developing the local music industry to boost local job creation and economic growth. I congratulate the City of Marshall on earning the Music Friendly Community designation, and I look forward to working together on their continued success.”
“Marshall is rich in history and culture and music,” said Senator Bryan Hughes. “As the birthplace of boogie-woogie and home to countless gifted musicians and a vibrant music scene today, Marshall is well-deserving of this designation. Thank you, Governor Abbott and the Texas Music Office, for giving Marshall this recognition.”
“Becoming certified as a Texas Music Friendly Community is yet another step the City of Marshall is taking in showing the world the rich cultural heritage that Marshall has,” said Marshall Regional Arts Council Executive Director Fran Hurley. “The State of Texas has many programs for communities like ours to plug directly into the state-level tourism efforts. Additionally, this provides great opportunities for musicians. These certified communities work together to share knowledge and understanding in a manner that is driven from within the communities. It's a great way for Marshall to provide opportunities for our own local musicians to be known across Texas."
“Marshall is a truly historic town, and this includes music,” said The Ginocchio restaurant and bar owner Alan Loudermilk. “The boogie-woogie style of music that historians attribute to Marshall continues to influence music throughout the world. The future of music in Marshall is bright indeed, and I am grateful to be able to support musical arts here in Marshall.”
TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will present the Music Friendly Community designation at a community celebration featuring live performances and cohosted by the City of Marshall and Visit Marshall on Friday, January 13.
Marshall Music Friendly Community Certification Ceremony
Friday, January 13
Marshall Convention Center
2501 E End Blvd S, Marshall, TX 75672
5:45 pm: Doors open
6:00 pm: Ceremony with the Texas Music Office
6:30 pm: Jake Williams
7:15 pm: Wes Jeans Band with Pepper Holt
8:30 pm: Trace Ellington
For ticket prices and more information, visit: Facebook.com/events/681820280183212
Media inquiries may be directed to:
LeAnne White, Economic Development Manager, City of Marshall
[email protected], 903.934.7971
Marshall joins more than 35 other Texas cities that have received the official Music Friendly Community designation, including Abilene, Alpine, Arlington, Austin, Bastrop, Brenham, Bryan, Conroe, Dallas, Denison, Denton, Dripping Springs, Edinburg, El Paso, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Harker Heights, Houston, Lindale, Lubbock, McAllen, McKinney, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Port Aransas, Round Rock, Salado, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, Selma, Stephenville, Victoria, Vidor, Waco, Waxahachie, and Wimberley.
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ROUND TOP, Texas - The Austin Home and Garden Show is back this weekend featuring innovative products and experts under one roof.This year, guests will hear from the ever-popular sisters from HGTV's Junk Gypsies.These vintage design darlings opened their doors to us this morning at Junk Gypsy headquarters in Round Top.Amie and Jolie Sikes say the Wander Inn is about the land, the road, and the experience of Round Top. They ...
ROUND TOP, Texas - The Austin Home and Garden Show is back this weekend featuring innovative products and experts under one roof.
This year, guests will hear from the ever-popular sisters from HGTV's Junk Gypsies.
These vintage design darlings opened their doors to us this morning at Junk Gypsy headquarters in Round Top.
Amie and Jolie Sikes say the Wander Inn is about the land, the road, and the experience of Round Top. They say, "It's a place where you can dream. A place where you can explore. A place where you can meet kindred spirits and rejuvenate your creative soul."
Wander Inn, located at 1215 Texas 237 in Round Top, Texas is a hotel on the property where Amie and Jolie Sikes have filmed 3 seasons of their show for HGTV.
The Sikes sisters say their inn isn't about luxury, "it's about the simple things—decked out with a few velvet sofas and a bit of glittery wall decor."
It's a chance to experience all that Round Top has to offer.
After graduating from Texas A&M, sisters, Amie and Jolie Sikes, and their mom, Janie, started the Junk Gypsy Company with big dreams, a love of the open road and a slight flea market addiction. Staying true to themselves, the Sikes family has built a successful business that beckons to the free spirit and dreamer in everyone.
In addition to designing everything from apparel to jewelry to custom furniture, the gypsies have also been called upon to create spaces for country music artists and Hollywood stars such as Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Marcus Luttrell and Sadie Robertson to name a few.
You may have seen their hit series, "Junk Gypsies", on Great American Country and HGTV, followed by their HGTV web series titled "The Find & The Fix" on Facebook as well as "That Junk Gypsy Life" on HGTV's digital.
The pair's most recent projects include their wholesale line "Road Collection by Junk Gypsy" along with exclusive lines for QVC, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, Junk Gypsy boot line, their own boutique hotel - The Wander Inn and their first Junk Gypsy book with Simon & Schuster that quickly became a New York Times bestseller.
For more information about The Junk Gypsy Company and the Junk Gypsy store in Round Top, Texas visit www.gypsyville.com.
The Austin Home + Garden Show will return this year to the Austin Convention Center on January 6 through January 8 offering innovative products and hundreds of experts under one roof.
New this year, the Austin Home + Garden show will host the ever-popular sisters Amie and Jolie Sikes, known as the "Thelma & Louise of the Design World" and their hit series on HGTV, Junk Gypsies. The duo will take the stage on Saturday, January 7.
The Austin Home + Garden Show is a vibrant marketplace where guests are able to shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire home projects, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.
With activities for kids, unique workshops, entertaining TV personalities, and much more, the show is vibrantly designed with fun in mind.
The Austin Home + Garden Show
For tickets and more information, please visit austinhomeandgardenshow.com
STORRS, Conn (AP) — The Big East game between No. 5 UConn and DePaul on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, has been postponed because the Huskies don’t have enough healthy players available to suit up, the conference said Friday.The conference requires schools to suit up seven scholarship players for any game, and injuries have left the Huskies with just six active players, the school said.UConn also was expected to be without head coach Geno Auriemma, who announced Thursday that he is taking some tim...
STORRS, Conn (AP) — The Big East game between No. 5 UConn and DePaul on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, has been postponed because the Huskies don’t have enough healthy players available to suit up, the conference said Friday.
The conference requires schools to suit up seven scholarship players for any game, and injuries have left the Huskies with just six active players, the school said.
UConn also was expected to be without head coach Geno Auriemma, who announced Thursday that he is taking some time off to recover from an illness.
Junior Aaliyah Edwards and freshman Ayanna Patterson were injured in UConn’s win at Xavier on Thursday. They join sophomore Caroline Ducharme, sophomore Azzi Fudd, junior Paige Bueckers and freshman Ice Brady on the inactive list.
Edwards sustained what was described alternately as a right foot or ankle injury in the first half of the Huskies 73-37 victory, diving over some courtside seats for a loose ball. It was not immediately clear when or how Patterson was hurt.
The school said it would not release any further details Friday night.
“At UConn, the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes will always be our top priority,” David Benedict, the school’s athletic director, said in a statement. “Our women’s basketball program has unfortunately been affected by an unprecedented number of injuries this season. While it’s unfortunate that we need to postpone Sunday’s game, it’s the right call to protect the safety of our student-athletes. We will work with the Big East and DePaul on options to reschedule the game.”
Bueckers and Brady are out for the season with knee injuries.
Fudd, the Huskies’ leading scorer, is expected to return shortly from a knee injury that has kept her on the bench since she was injured in a collision with Edwards during a Dec. 4 loss to Notre Dame. She has participated in warmups during the last three games as part of her rehab.
Guard Caroline Ducharme has missed two games while in concussion protocol after suffering an injury in practice.
The Huskies currently available to play include guards Nika Mühl, Lou Lopez Sénéchal, Inês Bettencourt and forwards Aubrey Griffin, Dorka Juhász and Amari DeBerry.
Auriemma has missed four games this season due to illness, and it is not clear when he might return.
“It’s been an extremely difficult month for me, and I’ve been feeling under the weather and run down,” Auriemma said in a statement Thursday. “I thought I was ready to return, but I need a little more time. I’m going to take a step back to focus on my health and will return when I feel ready.”
Despite the injuries, the Huskies have won six straight.
The school says those with tickets to Sunday’s game will be able to use them when the game is rescheduled.
UConn is next scheduled to play at St. John’s on Wednesday, while DePaul is scheduled to host Villanova that evening.
AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Ashe juniper pollen has been blowing around the Austin area. AustinPollen.com, which averages pollen counts among several meters, has had the cedar count in the high range since last Monday.We're officially in ced...
Ashe juniper pollen has been blowing around the Austin area. AustinPollen.com, which averages pollen counts among several meters, has had the cedar count in the high range since last Monday.
Here's the good news: We're not seeing the 20,000 pollen grains per cubic meter that we saw last year. This year, the averages have been as high as 6,864 grains per cubic meter.
Cedar fever is an allergy to a pollen. It isn't really cedar-related and doesn’t typically come with a fever. It’s triggered when the male Ashe juniper trees get excited to spread their pollen to the female Ashe juniper trees. They let the wind spread their pollen to all their female Ashe juniper friends far and wide. (How do you tell a male Ashe juniper from a female? The female has berries on the branches. The male will be coated with yellowish brown pollen.)
Anyone who has been exposed to Ashe juniper pollen over time might start feeling its effects.
What makes cedar fever so difficult compared with other allergies is the number of allergens in the air. Cedar pollen counts can be in the 10,000 to 12,000 range on a bad day. A bad oak day would be 800, meaning 800 pollen grains landing in a defined area compared with 12,000 pollen grains for cedar.
People with allergies typically have itchy or watery eyes, puffy eyes, an itchy throat, sneezing, a runny nose or congestion and a sinus headache. Allergies can also worsen asthma symptoms.
Some of these symptoms also occur with COVID-19, flu or respiratory syncytial virus, all of which have been going around this fall and winter.
If you're not sure what you have and you have a COVID-19 test at home, take it. If you think it might be flu, see a doctor to get it confirmed. Both COVID-19 and flu have antiviral medications that, when given early, can lessen symptoms.
If you are having trouble breathing, which could be a sign of these viruses, seek medical care at an emergency room.
Rainy days help because they wash away the pollen rather than spread it. Less windy days also help. Windy and dry days are a cedar fever sufferer's nemesis.
The juniper trees will be done with their mating dance typically by the end of January, though it sometimes continues into February.
Take allergy medications. Choose either a nasal spray, such as Flonase, or an antihistamine, such as Claritin or Zyrtec. These can take about two weeks to have the maximum effect. Once you start taking these medications, don't stop until at least the end of January or after the daily pollen charts no longer list cedar or juniper.
Choose the medication that works for you. They can come with side effects such as being sedating or drying out the nose and mouth too much. Sometimes you might have to try a medication for a few weeks before you know whether it is working, said Dr. Haley Overstreet of Aspire Allergy & Sinus. Check with your doctor if you don't know what to try or are concerned about side effects or interactions with other medications.
Plan around the pollen. Watch the allergy counts and plan outdoor activities for days when the pollen counts are lower.
Rinse and repeat. Do a daily nasal rinse using distilled water in a neti pot or a squeeze bottle. This helps flush the pollen from the nose.
Dress the part. Wear long sleeves, long pants and hats to keep pollen off the skin and out of the eyes when working or playing outside. Then remove the clothes and hat when you come inside and put on fresh clothes.
Shower after an outdoor activity and at night. This helps keep any pollen that was in your hair and on your skin off your pillow when you sleep.
Wear a mask outside. It's great for keeping out viruses as well as pollen.
Keep pollen outside. Keep windows and doors closed during cedar fever season.
Change air filters in your home if they haven't been changed recently.