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Lt. Gov. hopefuls slated for TAB Convention
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Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The two leading candidates for Lt. Governor will address Texas broadcasters at TAB's Annual Convention Aug. 6-7 in Austin. State Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, will appear separately during the Annual Business Meeting and lay out their vision for the State of Texas as they battle for what has long been the most influential elected office in the state.
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A reporter conundrum for Texas Capitol gatekeepers
The Texas Tribune
Texas lawmakers are going to have to figure out what a reporter is. You have no reason to care about this unless you want to keep up with what is being done in your name at the Texas Capitol and you think having reporters on the floor of the House and Senate increases your chances of finding out. On the flip side, there is the legitimate concern that a news reporter who might also be a lobbyist and campaign activist could be prowling the floor next session with a media pass dangling from a lanyard, talking to lawmakers as they consider bills.
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Davis and Abbott camps agree to terms for Valley debate
The Monitor
Faced with the prospect of having no debate at all in the Rio Grande Valley, the Wendy Davis campaign agreed to a final condition laid out by the Greg Abbott campaign to hold a debate without a live audience.
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Media consortium plans more exit polling in Texas
The Texas Tribune
Two years ago, a consortium of news outlets that conducts nationwide exit polls during every November election, announced it was scaling back efforts in Texas and 18 other states. The move left political researchers with little data to study shifts in the Texas electorate.
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State technology fund under scrutiny for questionable grants
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.
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Change in sheriff's public information policy poses problems for after-hours access
The Monitor
When the story broke of an appeals court judge arrested after failing a sobriety test, local media ran with the only photo they had of her — a coiffed glamour shot that graced her 2012 campaign signs. Nora Lydia Longoria, who was elected in 2012 to the 13th Court of Appeals and where she serves a 20-county area with four other justices, looks much different in her mug shot — tired with bloodshot eyes.
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TAB2014: Free seminars
TAB's Annual Convention & Trade Show includes several seminars that are free to everyone, including Trade Show Only passes. The convention is set for Aug. 6-7 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Free seminars will all be held Aug. 7.
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TAB Convention app now available
TAB's mobile app for the 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show is now ready for downloading. Inergize Digital, a TAB Associate Member, helped develop the app and is the official sponsor. The app is available in the Apple Store and Android Market.
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Comrex is a TAB Associate Member and 2014 TAB Convention Sponsor and Exhibitor. They have designed and manufactured broadcast equipment since its incorporation in 1961. Their product line has consistently applied the best in current technology to the specific needs of broadcasters. From the time of their founder John Cheney's first products in the early 1960s, Comrex has had a long tradition of providing a very down-to-earth answer to a universal broadcast need — bringing high quality audio into the studio from virtually anywhere, economically, at a moment's notice.
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FCC looking for a way around a statute of limitations?
CommLawBlog
One thing you can say about the FCC is that if they think they've caught a licensee in a violation, they can be persistent in their efforts to impose penalties for that violation. Whether those efforts are entirely consistent with the law is another question entirely.
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Copyright Office requests further comments in its inquiry on music royalties, licensing
Broadcast Law Blog
As a follow up to its roundtables held across the country in June, the Copyright Office has requested further comments on its music licensing inquiry that began in the spring. A recent Federal Register notice is asking a series of questions about specific issues that were raised during the roundtables, which the office apparently finds to be of significance. Additional comments on these issues — and on any related issues affecting music licensing — are due on or before Aug. 22.
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Lawsuit secrets related to West, Texas, explosion keep public in dark
The Dallas Morning News
Secrets wrapped up in lawsuits over the 2013 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, could keep valuable health and safety information hidden from the public forever. This is because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements requested by attorneys in the case. As the lawyers prepare for trial, these agreements virtually allow both sides to label all uncovered information as confidential.
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Lt. Gov. hopefuls slated for TAB Convention
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
The two leading candidates for Lt. Governor will address Texas broadcasters at TAB’s Annual Convention Aug. 6-7 in Austin. State Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, will appear separately during the Annual Business Meetinge.

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FCC complaints filed against TV stations for not identifying true sponsor of political ads
Broadcast Law Blog
Public interest groups are actively watching broadcast political advertising, which could make this a very interesting year for broadcasters.

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FCC seeks preliminary comments on a new class of FM station
CommLawBlog
A proposal to shoehorn in another class of FM station between existing Classes A and C3 has taken a small but at least observable step ahead. Essentially, the idea is that the FM spectrum could be put to more efficient use if a new class of station.

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KLRN's Coan chosen as trustee for national Emmy post
San Antonio Express-News
In a first for San Antonio, Julie Coan, KLRN-TV's chief operating officer, has been elected to serve as a trustee to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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Loizaga leaves KWEX to become Univision weekend news co-anchor
Media Moves
Arantxa Loizaga has left her anchor job at KWEX-TV in San Antonio to become the new network co-anchor for Univision's weekend newscast. She replaces Lourdes Ramos, whose last day on the air was July 13.
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KLRU-TV, KRGV-TV win Texas State Bar Gavel Awards
State Bar of Texas
In-depth stories exploring questionable science in the courtroom, delays in immigration courts and potential gaps in the Texas mental health system are among the winners of the 2014 Texas Gavel Awards, the State Bar of Texas announced.
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Eli joins KPRC-TV as weekend sports anchor
MikeMcGuff.com
Sports director, anchor and reporter Simone Eli, who just left Fox 10 WALA-TV Mobile, Alabama, started at KPRC-TV July 23 as the station's new weekend sports anchor/reporter.
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