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Abbott announces gubernatorial candidacy
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made it official on Sunday and announced his campaign for governor. He will prove to be a formidable candidate with more than $20 million on hand to stage a statewide campaign. Abbott is the longest serving Texas Attorney General in Texas history. So far, former GOP state chairman Tom Pauken is Abbott's only serious challenger in the Republican primary.
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Stations may face a Patrick predicament
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas radio stations may face an interesting predicament in the 2014 race for Lt. Gov. in the Republican primary. That's because Houston broadcaster Sen. Dan Patrick is running for the job. If Patrick follows through on his announcement for the Lt. Gov.'s race, files the necessary paperwork later this year and becomes a legally qualified candidate for the job, it could raise the "equal access" FCC issue for those stations airing his program. He appears on a number of Texas radio outlets in the state, not just in markets where he owns stations. The FCC equal access rule only applies to legally qualified candidates, those individuals who have satisfied all the necessary legal requirements to appear on the ballot. (TAB Members Only)
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Mark "Sparky" Levy is coming to your TAB Convention
- Lock up the good china and let the dogs out!

Mark "Sparky" Levy, Revenue Development Resources
TAB is bringing nationally known sales trainer Mark Levy to the TAB Convention in August for two great sessions on holding better meetings and generating more revenue and ratings. But don't take it from us! Here's Mark's take on why you should attend.
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TAB2013: Free seminars
TAB Staff
TAB's Annual Convention & Trade Show includes several seminars that are free to everyone. The convention is set for Aug. 7-8 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. The free seminars will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8 in the San Saba and AJA Video Rooms.
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TAB elections reminder
- Cast your vote today!

TAB Staff
Make your voice heard and cast your vote for the broadcasters who will serve on TAB's Board of Directors next year. Ballots are due by COB July 26. Winners will be announced at the Business Meeting at 2:45 p.m., Aug. 8. The meeting is held as part of TAB's 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
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Convention Focus: Haynes and Boone, LLP
Haynes and Boone, LLP is a longtime TAB Silver Star Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Sponsor. They are an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, providing a full spectrum of legal services.
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KTRK-TV Houston wins appeal of anti-SLAPP motion in school superintendent defamation suit
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
The First District Court of Appeals in Houston has dismissed a defamation suit filed against a Houston TV station under the Texas anti-SLAPP statute that TAB and other groups helped pass in 2011. The court said a former charter school superintendent's defamation claim against KTRK-TV lacked sufficient proof and did not qualify as "defamation per se" under the Texas Citizens Participation Act. Theaola Robinson sued the station over a broadcast which she said implied she embezzled $3 million from Benji's Special Education Academy.
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FCC opens door for new kids on the H Block?
CommLawBlog
In December, the FCC proposed to "unleash" H Block spectrum for commercial licensing, and six months later, it's a done deal … almost. The folks at FCC have decided that the H Block kids can indeed play nice with their PCS neighbors. Of course, the parental units at the FCC also have adopted a set of rules, including appropriate power and out-of-band emission limits, for the H Block kids to help ensure that they don't cause any trouble. According to the FCC, the rules are intended to prevent only "harmful interference" but not necessarily all "detectable interference."
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Using music in radio, TV productions: Why ASCAP, BMI, SESAC licenses usually not enough
Broadcast Law Blog
Using music in commercials and other broadcast station productions can be treacherous. Contrary to what some stations might think, a station's ASCAP, BMI and SESAC royalties do not give them the right to use popular music in their station productions — or in their commercials.
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FCC extends deadline for comment on indecency regime change
Multichannel News
The FCC has again extended its deadline for final comment on its indecency enforcement regime, this time from July 18 to Aug. 2. It released the date change, saying it was in response to a petition from College Broadcasters Inc. That group, which represents college TV and radio stations, had asked for the extra 15 days, saying it needed the time given the "scope and complexity" of the notice given and its potential impact on "their limited budgets, the nature of their staffing and potential for their parent institution holding the license to sell or abandon a license due to an indecency complaint."
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Abbott announces gubernatorial candidacy
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made it official on Sunday and announced his campaign for governor. He will prove to be a formidable candidate with more than $20 million on hand to stage a statewide campaign.

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FCC flooded with objections to more swearing, nudity on TV
The Hill
Opponents of easing restrictions on cursing and "nonsexual nudity" over public airwaves have flooded the Federal Communications Commission with more than 100,000 public comments.

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In tale of these two cities, spotlight is on Austin, not DC
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
State legislators are rarely found working in Austin mid-summer, but instead are typically tending to whatever personal business sustains them and taking families on a few outings before school starts again. (TAB Members Only)

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FOIFT annual conference set for Aug. 9
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Registration for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas' 2013 Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference on Aug. 9 is underway. The event takes place at the Sheraton Capitol in Austin from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early registration is $100. Conference panels will examine the 83rd legislative session and explore current open government issues in higher education.
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Gray Television restructures leadership
TVNewsCheck
In the wake of the resignation of Bob Prather as president-COO of Gray Television on June 21, the company announced what it called a "streamlined management structure" consisting of a management team of five individuals who report to Gray Television President-CEO Hilton Howell. These five individuals, Gray said, "will be given responsibilities, some traditional and some new, that best elevate the talents of each."
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Swift retiring from KXAN-TV Austin after 36 years
Austin360
Folksy KXAN reporter Jim Swift has announced to viewers that he's hanging up his hat this September. In a city where TV reporters come and go at a dizzying pace, Swift is an Austin veteran. In fact, the station says he's been working here longer than any other Austin reporter still on the air. Swift joined KXAN in 1977 and has, over the years, filed hundreds of his quirky "On the Porch" reports.
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NAB announces Marconi finalists
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters announced the finalists for the 2013 NAB Marconi Radio Awards honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced on Sept. 19 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, held during the 2013 Radio Show at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
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