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Abbott buy first glimpse of fall political spending
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for Texas Governor, has reserved $10 million in TV air time in the state's four largest markets this October, the last full month before the Nov. 4 general election. It's the first chunk of an expected $40 million Abbott is expected to spend in his battle against State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and was characterized as a "base buy" from which the campaign will build upon between now and Election Day.
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Senators introduce bipartisan FOIA amendment
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Two senators crossed party lines in support of legislation that would strengthen the current Freedom of Information Act and diminish agencies' excuses for withholding documents. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Tex., introduced the bill June 24 after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a meeting in March to discuss changes to the FOIA. "The Freedom of Information Act is one of our nation's most important laws, established to give Americans greater access to their government and to hold government accountable," Leahy said in a press release.
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SCOTUSblog denied Senate press credentials because of ties to law firm
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The U.S. Senate Press Gallery denied the popular Supreme Court website SCOTUSblog Senate press credentials, finding that the site does not exercise enough editorial independence from the publisher's law firm. The Gallery's Standing Committee of Correspondents, consisting of five journalists credentialed to cover the Senate, posted a letter to SCOTUSblog's publisher Tom Goldstein one month after its May 23 meeting discussing the site's relation to Goldstein's firm, Goldstein & Russell LLP.
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FCC moves to caption Internet content
The Hill
The Federal Communications Commission is taking another step to make the Internet more accessible, voting on rules for closed captioning online video clips. The vote, planned for the FCC's July meeting, is the result of a years-long push — and Chairman Tom Wheeler's personal interest — to increase accessibility online.
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Online Political File and other July FCC regulatory dates for broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog
July brings a number of new regulatory dates for broadcasters, including the effective dates of two new compliance obligations for small-market TV stations as well as numerous routine regulatory filing dates. July 10 brings one deadline for all broadcast stations — it is the date by which your Quarterly Issues Programs lists, setting out the most important issues that faced your community in the last quarter and the programs that you broadcast to address those issues — need to be placed in the physical public inspection file of radio stations and the online public file of TV broadcasters.
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TAB board voting underway
- Balloting by email

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB Board elections are underway with votes due by July 25 for 10 of the 37 seats on the board. Of those 10 seats, eight are held by directors eligible for re-election. Members vote only in their market or membership categories. Station members also vote in the Associate Member election. Elections are conducted electronically as set forth in the TAB bylaws. Nominations were solicited from the general membership. The top two nominees (three in the event of a tie) in each category made the final ballot.
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TAB Convention focuses on broadcast sales strategies
Whether you're a manager or AE, get ready for some fast-paced, relevant sales training at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Convention, Aug. 6-7, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Managers can send their entire sales department for a day and a half of training for only $45 per person ($65 with Thursday lunch). That's a bargain for great sales training.
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Supreme Court finds that Aereo's major innovation is copyright infringement
CommLawCenter
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court didn't just rain on Aereo's parade, but drenched it. For a case involving fairly convoluted points of law, the Supreme Court's decision is surprisingly straightforward: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, no amount of technology will change the fact that it is a duck.
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Appeals court hears arguments on closure of juvenile hearings
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Arguing that it was not only within the court's power, but also its obligation, attorneys for the state and local media outlets asked the Court of Appeals to help prevent the arbitrary closure of juvenile proceedings.
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Supreme Court says police must obtain warrants before searching cellphones
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in favor of digital privacy that says police generally need a search warrant to examine an arrested person's cellphone. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a sweeping opinion stating that digital devices contain collections of potentially sensitive information. The Court rejected arguments that searching a cellphone is akin to examining anything else officers might find on someone they arrest.
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Former licensee of KBPO-AM Port Neches resolves $40,000 FCC public file fine, receives admonishment
CommLawCenter
Earlier in June, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued an order against the former licensee of a Texas radio station admonishing the licensee but declining to impose $40,000 in previously proposed fines relating to public inspection file violations.
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Abbott buy first glimpse of fall political spending
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for Texas Governor, has reserved $10 million in TV air time in the state's four largest markets this October, the last full month before the Nov. 4 general election.

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A client you can never close
Paul Weyland, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies
So, you had a great meeting with a local direct client. The last words you heard from her were, "That sounds great. I think we can do this. Just let me take care of a couple of things first and I'll get back to you within the week." The week comes and goes … still no call back..

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More stations producing local news — 1st increase in 9 years, RTDNA says
Radio Television Digital News Association
The number of TV stations originating local news actually went up by two this year to 719 stations. However weak the number, that reverses an eight-year trend of fewer newsrooms.

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KEYE-TV brings back 'We Are Austin'
Austin Business Journal
Austin CBS affiliate KEYE-TV will relaunch its "We Are Austin" one-hour lifestyle program on June 30, slotting it at 9 a.m. to replace syndicated airings of "The 700 Club."
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Ortiz leaving WOAI-TV
San Antonio Express-News
After 16 years of anchoring and reporting at WOAI-TV, Jacqueline Ortiz is leaving to concentrate more on kids and family.
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