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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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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. 

Texting While Driving Is Now Illegal In Texas

Sep 6, 2017

 

It is now illegal to text while driving in the state of Texas.  A law banning texting while driving was one of hundreds of new state laws that went into effect on September first.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five car crashes in Texas is caused by distracted driving. TxDot Executive Director James Bass said the new law sends a clear message to Texans to put down their phones and focus on the road.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many people may be wondering how to be prepared for emergency situations. The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District is offering emergency preparedness kits with information about what to do in a crisis event. 

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