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State budget outlook robust
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislative leaders are breathing a sigh of relief as numbers recently released by the state comptroller indicate the Texas economy continues to improve, outpacing the rest of the country. The anticipated economic upswing allowed lawmakers last year to adopt a budget through August of 2015 that restores most of the funds cut from public education in 2012-13 and repeals several accounting maneuvers, including acceleration of some tax collections and a deferral of state funding to local schools.
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Open Government related interim charges issued in Texas Legislature
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Early February, House Speaker Joe Straus issued a series of interim charges to several House committees to examine government transparency and in one case, to review alleged abuses of existing laws. The latter move has upset some in the Texas Open Government community who say the emphasis should be on expanding access to records, not narrowing it.
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Attorney bill in UT regents/open records flap is $400,000 so far
The Dallas Morning News via Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Attorneys assisting the University of Texas System and a Legislative committee investigating embattled regent Wallace Hall billed the state upwards of $400,000 for 2013 work, pay stubs indicate. The legal costs are a portion of the toll of the ongoing debacle, which critics say has sullied UT's reputation and spurred the resignation of top leaders. However, per a recent update, some expenses recorded in the Hardin referenced invoices were lowered following a review by the Legislative Council, according to the office of House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
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KENS-TV's TPIA use leads to Bexar Co. 'dash cam' policy change
KENS-TV
Dash-camera video of a physical confrontation between a local deputy constable and another man led to a county-wide policy change on how the technology is used. The Bexar County Constable Precinct 3 Office released video of the January 2013 incident, following an open records request from the KENS-TV I-Team.
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FOI Foundation hosts Feb. 28 Texas Open Government Seminar
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is partnering once again with the Texas Attorney General's Office in offering Open Government Seminars throughout the state. The first stop is Feb. 28 in El Paso. The seminar welcomes government employees, journalists and members of the public who wish to learn more about the state's public records and public meetings laws.
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TAB honors George Marti with namesake award
-Bonner McLane Public Service Awards qualifications changed

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB is soliciting nominations for its prestigious leadership awards, including a new one honoring broadcast pioneer George Marti. The George Marti Award for Engineering Excellence will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in broadcast engineering for a Texas radio or television station or in development of new technology, leadership in education and contributions to broadcast engineering technical standards.
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Broadcast Education Foundation offers scholarships to Texas broadcasting students
-Inaugural Ann Arnold Scholarship to be awarded

The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation is offering $21,000 in scholarships to Texas college students pursuing a career in the industry, with applications due April 15. The first $5,000 Ann Arnold Scholarship for advanced broadcast journalism students is among those offered.
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Do you have pride in your stop sets?
Mark Margulies, BENMARadio
It seems like a silly question to ask. Of course you have pride in radio, in your product and in what you sound like. Don't you? Sometimes, the answer is not so clear. The answer is not so clear when an especially cringe-worthy spot airs, from featuring members of the client's family to the one's produced in someone's basement in about ten minutes. (TAB Members Only)
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Digital Resources Inc.
Digital Resources Inc., a TAB Associate Member, is a premier equipment provider and system integrator. We service a number of broadcast markets throughout Texas and the South Central Region of the United States. DRI is a full service company with expertise in sales, engineering, service and system integration.
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Lanco Technical Services
Lanco Technical Services, a TAB Associate Member, provides a full range of services to the Radio Broadcast industry, serving North, Central and South Texas.
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The TV political advertising efficiency revolution
Campaigns & Elections
Coming out of the 2012 presidential election, big data was the talk of the town. It has caused a wave of change, resulting in organizations building technology, acquiring data and learning the statistical software R — a free software for statistical computing and graphics. Caught up in this wave is how the biggest line item in any campaign budget is being scrutinized: television.
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$44,000 FCC fine for 11 missing sponsorship IDs
Broadcast Law Blog
In a recent decision, the FCC fined a Chicago radio station $44,000 for omitting sponsorship identification announcements on 11 on-air spots promoting the positions of the sponsoring organization on certain issues facing the local community. Finding that the purpose of the sponsorship identification rules (Section 317 of the Communications Act and Section 73.1212 of the FCC rules) is to allow the station's listeners to know who is trying to convince them of whatever is being broadcast, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau decided that each of the violations would be assessed the base fine of $4,000 — meaning that there was a total fine of $44,000.
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Aereo Supreme Court argument date set
CommLawBlog
It's official. The big day is April 22. That's when the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Aereo case. From the calendar released by the Court, it looks like the argument will be the second of two on the card — but that's subject to change. If you're planning on attending the argument, expect to get to the Court early in the morning, stand in line for a long time and probably sit through a case you know nothing about.
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OSHA to tower industry: 17 deaths in 14 months is unacceptable
CommLawBlog
A great many communications operations — broadcasters, telecom, cable and public safety — utilize towers in some capacities. So it caught our attention when those at Radio World reported on an open letter released by Dr. David Michaels, deputy secretary for Occupational Safety and Health in the Department of Labor at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, addressed to "Dear Communication Tower Industry Employer." The letter highlights an important area of regulation for anybody responsible for a tower. The gist of the letter: There has been a rash of fatal accidents involving tower workers. Thirteen deaths in 2013, four more already reported this year.
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FCC eyes TV shared service and joint sales agreements
Broadcast Law Blog
According to press reports, the exploration of FCC's consideration of TV Joint Sales and Shared Service Agreements has moved quickly. The rumors suggest that the FCC is ready to resolve many of the issues in the current Quadrennial Review of its multiple ownership rules at its March open meeting. According to these rumors, the FCC will prohibit Joint Sales Agreements for television stations in situations where the two stations involved cannot be commonly owned under the FCC's multiple ownership rules — and at the same time — do nothing to relax the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership restrictions.
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State budget outlook robust
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Legislative leaders are breathing a sigh of relief as numbers recently released by the state comptroller indicate the Texas economy continues to improve, outpacing the rest of the country. The anticipated economic upswing allowed lawmakers last year to adopt a budget through August of 2015 that restores most of the funds cut from public education in 2012-13 and repeals several accounting maneuvers.

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5 technical reasons big cable will get bigger
By Mitch Weinraub
While the industry goes back and forth on the details of Charter's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable and rumors of Comcast or Cox involvement, the opportunities for cost savings get discussed quite a bit.

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10 years after Super Bowl clothing malfunction, FCC indecency rules remain in limbo
Broadcast Law Blog
For the last decade, the Super Bowl half-time show offer some anxiety to the stations carrying the game. Ten years ago, Janet Jackson had her infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction incident, started a firestorm at the FCC for the next several years as it ignited many calls to more aggressively regulate indecency on the airwaves.

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KRLD-FM Dallas promotes Paul Mann to PD
Radio INK
Paul Mann is KRLD-FM's new program directors and will be responsible for all programming and talent, reporting to Gavin Spittle, vice president of News/Talk/Sports for CBS Radio Dallas-Fort Worth. Mann has served as news director for KRLD and the Texas State Networks since 2006. Prior to joining KRLD, he worked in newsrooms in Houston, Atlanta and Tampa, Fla.
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KDFW-TV's Ron Jackson signs off after 32 years
Uncle Barky's Bytes
The Dallas-Fort Worth market's second longest-standing weathercaster, Ron Jackson, announced his retirement from KDFW-Tv's Fox 4 on Sunday's 9 p.m. newscast after a 32-year stay.
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Grass Valley improves K2 Dymo S with Telestration
TVNewsCheck
Grass Valley has announced that its K2 Dyno S Replay Controller now includes an added optional feature — tOG-Sports telestration developed by RT Software. K2 Dyno's integration with tOG-Sports means replay operators have a telestration tool directly available to them on the K2 Dyno S touchscreen interface. With this capability, replay operators can provide content using split screens, key frame tracking zoom and spot zoom, as well as various other illustration tools such as traditional lines, circles and shaded regions.
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Siegler promoted to GM in Bryan-College Station
Radio INK
John Seigler moves up the ladder for Tommy Vascocu's Brazos Valley Communications in Bryan-College Station, Texas, where he'll oversee five stations: KORA-FM, KTAM-AM, KAPN-FM, KBXT-FM and KJXJ-FM. Seigler joined the company in 2004 and has been the sales manager since 2012.
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KTVT-TV's Williams heading to Philadelphia
Uncle Barky's Bytes
KTVT-TV CBS11's weekend anchor/weekday reporter Sharrie Williams is moving up a notch in TV market size, from No. 5 to No. 4. The station confirms that Williams will be joining Philadelphia's ABC-owned WPVI-TV as a 5 p.m. weekday anchor and reporter on 11 p.m. newscasts.
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KRGV-TVs Sandoval joins CNN Newsource as national correspondent
CNN
Polo Sandoval will join CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington, D.C., as announced by Paul Crum, vice president of news operations, administration and affiliate services for CNN/U.S.
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Little celebrates 1,000th broadcast
Longtime Texas broadcaster Gentry "Ace" Little recently celebrated his 1,000th radio broadcast. Little, currently at K101-FM in Woodward, Okla., has more than 33 years in the industry.
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KPRC-TV's Sargent off to Miami anchor job
KFOR-TV
Irika Sargent, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will join the KFOR-TV CBS4 team in May. She will partner with Rick Folbaum to co-anchor the station's weekday early evening and 11 p.m. newscasts.
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BFA to honor Sook
TVNewsCheck
The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced the recipients of the 2014 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards, to be presented at the foundation's annual breakfast on April 9 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during the National Association of Broadcasters Show.
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