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We’re just a couple of weeks away from the opening of dove seasons across Texas, and that is going to be followed up by the mid-September teal season, with the bow season on deer the first week of October. It’ll all be here before you know it, and right now is the right time to start getting ready for bird hunts. It all starts with getting your new hunting and fishing license, which is on sale right now.

All current Texas hunting and fishing licenses expire Aug. 31.

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If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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The Threatened American Worker

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Russian Blue? Maybe! Meet little Jazz. No, he’s not the newest drink, but we believe he may be a Russian Blue mix. Jazz was found wandering around the shelter entrance early one morning. Naturally, they took him in, and he is the friendliest, happiest, sweetest guy ever! He is so full of jazz, thus his name! Jazz is 4-6 months old, weighs 4 pounds and has been neutered. He’s ready to go to his new home! Adoption fee is $90, which covers his neuter, vaccines, worming and flea treatment. Jazz can be seen at Beaumont Animal Care, 1884 Pine St., ID No. 30840.

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Q. I was told that Texas now allows me to have a special type of deed that transfers title to my home after my death without probate. Is this true? What is it called?

A. As of September 1, 2015, Texas allows an owner of real property to transfer the property to his or her beneficiaries by executing what is called a Transfer On Death (TOD) deed. This type of deed effectively avoids the need for probate to transfer the title to real property after death. Homeowners can now transfer real property after death without incurring legal fees or court costs.

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(Author’s Note: This is selective history, rather than an exhaustive history of UT Health, told from my perspective. There are many founding faculty, students, alumni, administrators and staff whose stories are not acknowledged, but not as a diminution of their role in UT Health’s history. In an exhaustive history, it may be judged that the events related here in are not worthy of inclusion. That will be for others to judge. This document is intended to tell “a” story of UT Health as I experienced it and as I remember it.)

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After introducing the all-new fourth-generation RX 350 and RX 450h Hybrid luxury utility vehicles for 2016, Lexus continues the RX model’s second season with the same luxury style and craftsmanship.

Model of distinction

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As we look forward to fall and cooler temperatures, I’ve noticed that the colors of fall flowers for events and the colors of fashion we see in the stores seem to be very similar. That’s not an accident. Fashion often subtly dictates the colors that we use years before we even notice. Colors in our garden, in our “fancy” flower arrangements for weddings and special events, even the colors in our clothing and on the walls of our home, are set into motion years before they look “right” to our eye.

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Neches Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Port Neches will host Americana act Urban Pioneers on Monday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. From the small Texas town of Albany, the Urban Pioneers consists of Jared McGovern (banjo, vocals), Liz Sloan (fiddle, vocals) and Martin Sargent (bass). Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar, and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears.

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Southeast Texas band the Ruxpins will perform at the Rikenjak’s in Vidor on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Forming in 2011, the Ruxpins are Brandon St. John (vocals, guitar), Canaan Barborek (vocals, guitar), Cade McKay (bass), Chris Williamson (guitar) and Randall Garrett (drums). Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Tom Petty and Townes VanZandt, the band considers itself as Americana rock. Rikenjak’s Brewing Company South Street is at 18635 I-10 in Vidor. For show information, call (409) 233-2058 or the band’s or venue’s Facebook page.

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