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Chief Oscola Clayton Sylestine, the principal chief of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas, succumbed to illness and passed away Thursday, Jan. 31. He will lie in state at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, 17 miles east of Livingston, when all arrangements have been completed. He was 80 years old.

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In his 21 years at Lamar University, Oney Fitzpatrick Jr., 55, has witnessed prestige and growth as well as prejudice and intolerance. He has watched thousands of students graduate, many his own, and said that helping them reach that goal has been his greatest accomplishment.

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The announcement in late January that Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska has given his approval to a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline has put the issue squarely back on the White House’s plate.

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Dire financial circumstances or perhaps alluring television commercials promising “Why wait for your structured settlement” have driven some people to look for huge paydays by cashing in their settlements early. But the evidence shows the only ones making big bucks in the deals are the companies offering them by taking advantage of the desperate or impatient.

Investing in the future

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Mayor Bobbie Prince and District 6 City Councilman Robert Williamson walked out of a Feb.

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