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Sydnee Petty / Alex Terrell Russell Campaign

Alex Terrell Russell is challenging Councilman Bruce Kreitler for the Place 2 seat on Abilene's City Council.  She believes she can bring a new perspective to City Council and represent young professionals and others who may feel their voices aren't being heard.

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The City of Abilene wants to turn Kirby Lake into a destination for field trips, families and nature lovers.  The City Council's approved moving forward with the first phase of the project; and they're working with a local organization that believes the revitalized lakeside will enhance quality of life in the city.  KACU's Heather Claborn has more.

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A new housing project in Abilene aims to help patients receiving regular outpatient treatments who live too far away to drive back and forth from home to the hospital. The non-profit building the community on Hickory Street, just north of Hendrick Health System, offers extended stays in tiny houses to patients free-of-charge.  KACU’s Haley Remenar took a tour of Houses for Healing’s first cottage, which may serve as a model for communities around Texas and the nation.

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.

Wikipedia

Texas will host the first primary of the 2018 election season.  Texans have until Monday, February 5th to register to vote.  Freda Ragan, Taylor County Election Administrator, shares information on what people need in order to register and to vote.

  https://www.taylorcountytexas.org/212/Elections

Hendrick Home for Children

As Hendrick Home for Children lays out plans for a major renovation, Abilene's City Council is discussing whether it's time to reconsider the city's Historic Preservation Ordinance.  The ordinance, which was enacted in 1985, provides over $50,000 a year in property tax reductions to assist owners in the maintenance and rehabilitation of their historic properties.  But some City Council members are concerned that the ordinance gives Abilene too much power if a property owner does not want the designation.  KACU's Haley Remenar spoke with Assistant City Manager, Mindy Patterson.

Each January during the peak of duck and quail hunting season, dozens of falconers descend on central Texas to share hawking stories and meet other falconers from across Texas and other states as far as Oregon. The Texas Hawking Association annual field meet in Abilene is the third largest meeting of raptor owners in the country. KACU’s Haley Remenar has the story. 

Abilene is working on a plan to replace water meters in the city with smart meters that save money. On Thursday the city council approved a master plan for the city's water infrastructure. City manager Robert Hanna sat down with KACU's Haley Remenar to discuss the potential changes. 

Congressman Jodey Arrington On Obamacare, DACA

Sep 18, 2017

As Congress continues to debate issues like Obamacare, DACA and how to handle national debt, people in Abilene may be wondering how they will be represented. Congressman Jodey Arrington, representative for the Abilene area and District 19, joined Haley Remenar in the studio to talk about some of these issues. 

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