The News

It’s not Black Friday, but the Texas sales tax holiday has retailers and shoppers alike gearing up for a weekend purchasing extravaganza. This year’s holiday is Aug. 17-19, and Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts Susan Combs estimates shoppers across the state will drop $810 million tax-free on goods gearing up for back-to-school. The three-day weekend exempting taxes on allowable back-to-school purchases is forecasted to save Texans roughly $64.8 million on items such as backpacks, socks, uniforms and pens.

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Thomas Nelson Publishing has decided to cease publication of David Barton’s controversial book, “The Jefferson Lies.”

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In the last few months, hundreds of elderly and disabled Southeast Texans have been scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars, an investigation by The Examiner has revealed. The victims thought they were claiming a portion of federal stimulus funds set aside to assist low-income Social Security recipients, when in fact no such provision exists.

Instead, false tax returns were submitted to the IRS in their names, with roughly half of the ill-gotten refund going to a third party. Once discovered, the victims are on the hook for the entire sum.

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First Nico Pearson Memorial Scholarship awarded

 

The Ben Rogers/Lamar University/BISD “I Have A Dream” Program announced the creation and awarding of six new $1,000 scholarships to Lamar University for graduating BISD seniors.

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Jefferson County prosecutor gears up for capital murder trial in Galveston

 

The trial of Jefferson County Courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger was pushed back to April 2 of next year in light of the capital murder indictment last week by a grand jury, and veteran prosecutor Ed Shettle said the death penalty will be on the table.


The trial was slated to begin on Aug. 20.

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