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Human attempts to control the weather go back millennia.

There was fire, of course, for keeping warm when winter's cold takes hold, but taming the sweltering heat of the summer is a much newer pursuit. 

U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock
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The legislation called the Goodlatte 2 bill failed spectacularly in the U-S House of Representatives Wednesday.  Republicans had formed a compromise bill hoping to find an agreement on immigration reform after a previous version failed to pass the House.  But even before the bill was called for a vote, observers predicted its demise.  Texas' 19th District Congressman, Jodey Arrington spoke with KACU's Heather Claborn shortly after casting his own "No" vote.

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2018, could be another banner year for Texas' $13 billion a year wine industry. Producers are optimistic that Texas vineyards will out-produce last year’s record 1.8 million cases of wine.  Wine America produced a state by state indepth report on the industry last year.  Texas' totals surprised industry observers.

In the 1980s there were just a couple dozen wineries in Texas. Now, the state is home to almost 350 of them.

Abilene: Storybook Capitol Of America

Jun 8, 2018
Hayden Baggett / KACU

Abilene is the Storybook Capital of Texas, and Storybook Capital of America.  The Children's Art and Literacy Festival unveiled a new statue and kicked off the 7th annual event with a downtown parade.  KACU's Hayden Baggett has more.

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Beto O’Rourke started his weekend with a run in Killeen, joined by about 50 supporters.  He then moved on to Temple and Waco where he and his U.S. Senate campaign volunteers knocked on doors.  KACU’s Heather Claborn caught up with him at a town hall meeting in Eastland Saturday afternoon.

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Shane Price wants to continue serving the residents of Abilene as it's Place One Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem.  His nine years in office give voters a track record to examine.  He says fixing the city's streets is just one of a number of issues that need attention in Abilene.

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Clinton Embry is a newcomer to Abilene's political scene.  He has a lot of questions about how and why the city collects and spends tax dollars and fees.  And he says he wants to serve on the city council to make sure Abilene is being fiscally responsible and accountable to residents.

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Bruce Kreitler is the incumbent running for reelection to Abilene's 2nd Place City Council seat.  Residents have been able to look at his record over his first three years in office.  And he says he wants to continue working on the issues that first prompted him to run for city council.  

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Jack Rentz is one of two challengers running for the Place 2 City Council seat in Abilene's  May 5th election.  Rentz says he'll bring his experience as a teambuilder to Abilene's City Council.

1876. It was a time of rebirth in Texas. Or maybe more precisely – time to get rid of those Reconstruction-era carpetbaggers.

"When the North sent folks down to Texas to govern as governors, Texans felt like these king-like people came down from the North and ran roughshod," says Sherri Greenberg, a clinical professor with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. "So when Texans wrote the Texas Constitution, this very populist document with as much power as possible vested in the people and at the lowest, most local level of government."

When I moved to Austin in 2002, one of the first things I did to acclimate myself to Texas was visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum

I remember standing on the second floor, staring at the statue of the man whose name was chiseled onto the side of the building. Then I started to read his history on the plaque at the base of the statue to see just how long he'd been governor or U.S. senator.

That's when I discovered Bob Bullock had only been lieutenant governor.

When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the state's attorney general, he had a memorable description for his old job.

"My job description has been simplified over the past four years," he said during a speech in 2013. "Because what I do is I go into the office, I sue the federal government and then I go home."

Abbott was purposely oversimplifying his daily work schedule, but defending the state's laws is a key element of the job.

The Texas Legislature writes the state budget. The governor signs it into law. But with a single action, the Texas comptroller can kill the entire appropriations process.

But before we get to that, let's start with the real burning issue: How do you pronounce comptroller? Do you pronounce it controller or comptroller?

The name, job description and spelling originally come from England. The full title there is Comptroller General of the Receipt and Issue of Her Majesty's Exchequer and Auditor General of Public Accounts.

Heather Claborn

The state of Texas has confirmed more than 19,000 cases of the flu this season.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared this the worst flu season in a decade.  KACU’s Heather Claborn reports local health officials say flu activity is higher than normal, and and are hoping a vaccine clinic this weekend will help lessen the virus’s impact.

When Texans – mostly farmers and ranchers – sat down to write the state Constitution in the 1800s, they didn’t see the need for an elected agriculture commissioner.

That oversight was quickly remedied.

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