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Spreading good vibes on tax day
-Scholarship apps due April 15

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Mid-April draws a lot of scorn for its association with the April 15 federal income tax deadline. With the numerous tragedies that share an anniversary around that day, there's more than enough reason for the casually superstitious to want to stay indoors then. But for broadcast students and parents struggling to pay for college, April 15 is a day of hope when applications for $21,000 in college scholarships offered by the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation are due for evaluation.
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KCBD-TV scores partial win in open records fight
KCBD-TV
The attorney general has ruled in an open records case started by a KCBD-TV investigation. At issue were records from a tax-funded organization, the North and East Lubbock Community Development Corporation. It was created to help spur economic development in those areas of town. Expense information was first requested in October because executive director of this group, also a city employee, said the NELCDC was in financial trouble and its liabilities could become the burden of taxpayers.
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After 6-year fight, UT law professor gains access to federal border information previously withheld
The Daily Texan
Six years after her initial request for public records regarding federally built fences along the Texas-Mexico border, University of Texas law professor Denise Gilman has passed a significant barrier in receiving the documents. On March 14, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the government must disclose names and addresses of those affected by the border wall due to possible discrimination.
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Texas House of Representatives improves online video resource
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The Texas House of Representatives has significantly upgraded its online broadcasts of legislative activities. Under the improvements, an unlimited number of viewers will be able to see a higher-quality video feed of House and Senate floor activity, committee meetings and other happenings at the Texas Capitol.
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Public Service Project needs your help!
Dr. August Grant, Professor of Journalism at University of South Carolina
Broadcasters across Texas have been reporting their 2013 public service contributions for the past month, and the data illustrate how much impact broadcasters have on their communities. For example, in addition to airing hundreds of PSAs, KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth reported helping to raise $10 million for charities, including $3.6 million raised at the Cattle Baron's Ball for the American Cancer Society. TAB wants to remind you that we ask all stations to report their efforts so that everyone in Texas — and in Washington, D.C. — knows how significant these contributions are. Every contribution counts, but we can't count your efforts unless you complete the one-page form. For an extra copy, contact TAB's Teresa McAnally at teresa@tab.org.
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Now available: 2014 update of TAB Guide to Political Broadcasting
A 2014 update to the TAB Guide to Political Broadcasting is now available in the members section of the TAB website. Attorney David Oxenford of TAB Associate Member law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP is the primary author of the guide which he first penned for TAB in 2008.
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TAB hosts career expo at Texas State University
Teresa McAnally, Projects Coordinator
More than 200 students seeking positions as account executives, anchors and producers met last week with stations from across the state at TAB's career expo at Texas State University in San Marcos. TSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted the expo.
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FOR-A Corp. of America
FOR-A, a TAB Associate Member, is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional equipment such as HD/SD video switchers ranging from 1 to 4 M/E/. All of their HD switchers can operate in 3-D mode or in conjunction with their Virtual Set System. During the last three decades, FOR-A has become famous for its frame sync, multiviewer and color corrector technology.
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NVerzion
At TAB 2014, NVerzion will showcase the Component Level Automation System Solutions — a flexible, scalable automation platform providing broadcasters complete redundancy and guaranteed integration with existing technology. CLASS uses software applications and controls to integrate a station's legacy systems into a unified platform, offering increased efficiency and systemwide control and is interoperable with all manufacturers and common traffic systems.
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IRS ruling affects media businesses dabbling in Bitcoin use
CommLawCenter
While it has been around since 2009, Bitcoin has seen substantial media coverage in the past few months. Media outlets — as well as many other businesses — have been increasingly dabbling in the Bitcoin world, if for no other reason than to show they are up to date with the latest consumer fixations.
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New FCC application fees announced — increasing by 8 percent
CommLawBlog
If you're planning on filing any applications in the near future, you can save yourself a few bucks by getting them on file sooner rather than later. That's because the FCC's schedule of application fees has just been given its semi-regular overhaul, resulting in an across-the-board uptick of about 8 percent.
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Judge refuses to dismiss 'pink slime' suit against ABC
The Hollywood Reporter
Beef Products Inc. sued the network for defamation, seeking $1.2 billion in damages based on claims that ABC's coverage misleading consumers that the finely textured meat product was unsafe.
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TV's cold war conflict: Cable vs. Netflix
By Mitch Weinraub
It seems that U.S. cable is now mirroring geopolitics and having its own superpower conflict. The Netflix vs. cable cold war conflict started as threats of arming cord-cutters with the weapons of mass defection and escalated to bidding wars. Programmers had to choose between siding with the old-guard, traditional multichannel video programming distributors alliance or the new over-the-top content block. For a while there was a thawing, but now we're back to conflict.
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Emergencia: FCC might require Spanish version of broadcast weather alerts
The Hill
The Obama administration is considering whether to require that television broadcasts of emergency announcements be provided in different languages. The Federal Communications Commission said it is reconsidering a rule that would provide Spanish broadcasts of emergency alerts and other important announcements.
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Cornyn: Schumer doesn't have votes to pass federal media shield law
POLITICO
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., no longer has the votes to pass a proposed media shield law, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a recent interview. Speaking with Breitbart, Cornyn called the proposed shield law a "bad idea" that won't pass.
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Spreading good vibes on tax day
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Mid-April draws a lot of scorn for its association with the April 15 federal income tax deadline. With the numerous tragedies that share an anniversary around that day, there's more than enough reason for the casually superstitious to want to stay indoors then.

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The future of music licensing?
CommLawBlog
Congress could not have foreseen all of today's technologies and the myriad ways consumers and others engage with creative works in the digital environment. Perhaps nowhere has the landscape been as significantly altered as in the realm of music.

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Research: TV promos still more effective than social media
Broadcasting & Cable
A new study into the relationship of social media and television finds that social media is an increasingly important component of TV viewing, with about 1 in 6 viewers using social media during prime time and that half of that social media usage was related to TV, according to a new study from the Council for Research Excellence.

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Tribune names Betasso SVP of sales
TVNewsCheck
Tribune Broadcasting today announced the appointment of Angela Betasso to senior vice president, sales. Betasso will be responsible for the strategic management and leadership of all top line sales for Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated television stations.
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Rio Grande Valley PBS station sold for $8.5 million
Broadcasting & Cable
MB Revolution, fronted by Roberto Gonzalez, is acquiring KMBH-TV Harlingen for $8.5 million. RGV Educational Broadcasting is the seller; Robert Gutierrez is the president and CEO of RGV. RGV is an abbreviation of Rio Grande Valley.
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Schumann headed to KSCS-FM, KPLX-FM Dallas
All Access Music Group
As All Access Music Group previously reported, Cox Media Country WWKA-FM, Orlando, Fla., J.R. Schumann had officially announced plans to leave the station on March 28 and will take on operational management duties for Cumulus Country KSCS-FM and KPLX-FM in Dallas beginning April 7.
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Stephania Jimenez joins KZTV-TV anchor desk
The Laurel Club
Stephania Jimenez is leaving her current position at NBC Connecticut to be the evening anchor at KZTV-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining the NBC Connecticut news team in 2012, Stephania was the main anchor at KTSM-TV, the NBC-affiliate in El Paso, Texas.
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Nexstar promotes 2 to financial VP
TVNewsCheck
Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that the company's controller, Patrick J. Cusick, has been promoted to the position of vice president, controller. In addition, director of financial operations, D. Randall Bradford, CPA, has been promoted to vice president of financial operations.
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