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Calvin is Noah's Ark Animal Shelter Pet of the Week! Calvin has a way of grabbing your attention with his sparkling personality. He is a happy boy and is always excited to see and meet new people. Calvin loves getting to play and enjoys when he gets to go outside with you to play some ball. …

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The Texas Press Association honored the Gainesville Daily Register with eleven awards in its 2019-2020 Texas Better Newspaper Contest, the state newspaper organization announced Saturday, June 12.

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Tonight’s planned Gainesville Independent School District Facilities Steering Committee meeting has been moved to later this week, district spokeswoman Leslie Crutsinger said Monday, June 14.

Gainesville Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Tamara Grimes-Sieger said smoke alarms save lives and property and two recent fires prove just that.

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Texas’ main power grid struggled to keep up with the demand for electricity Monday, prompting the operator to ask Texans to conserve power until Friday.

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The highest rank in Boy Scouts is Eagle and three young men have recently achieved that status, according to Gainesville-based Troop 668 Scoutmaster Mark Tackett.

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GAINESVILLE — Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said he doesn’t know if there is another political office in his future — for now, his focus is on voting rights and democracy.

Martin Phillips is the newest member of the community to join the Gainesville City Council.

The city of Gainesville could be selected for a $1.1 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to establish a sidewalk from Gainesville High School to downtown.

The Mountain Springs Community Club will be having a market day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 5.

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If you have a child between the ages of 1-18 then you’re in luck. Gainesville Independent School District is offering free meals throughout the summer.

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Headliner John Fullbright kicks off the 12th year of Summer Sounds Friday, May 28. The Oklahoman, who received a GRAMMY nomination for his album “From The Ground Up,” drew a crowd to the event’s new venue at the Gainesville Farmers Market. Summer Sounds is the last Friday of May, June and July.

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The sweeping overhaul of Texas elections and voter access was poised from the beginning of the session to pass into law. It had the backing of Republican leaders in both chambers of the Legislature. It had support from the governor.

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Summer Sounds organizers are moving ahead with their first outdoor concert of the season. However, it will not be on the brick road by the historic Cooke County Courthouse that everyone is used to.

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By failing to hear a critical bill before a Senate deadline to pass certain legislation, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick may force lawmakers to come back for a special legislative session this summer.

Only Gov. Greg Abbott can call a special session, but by neglecting to pass a bill that extends the life of state agencies, Patrick essentially signed a death warrant for the regulating agency for Texas law enforcement. That is, unless Abbott finds a creative way to push back the agency’s abolition date on his own or calls lawmakers back to fix it.

If they get Patrick’s blessing, legislators could also tweak another bill this week to allow for the agency’s survival.

Patrick and Abbott, who are both Republicans, have made bills to “back the blue” priorities this year. On Wednesday, Patrick had asked Abbott to call a June special session so the Legislature could reconsider three conservative measures that failed after missing a House deadline. The regular five-month session ends Monday.

And if Abbott is forced to bring lawmakers back to Austin to save a state agency, it would be easier to ask them also to hear again Patrick’s priorities to ban transgender students from playing on sports teams based on their gender identity, prohibit local governments from using taxpayer funds to pay for lobbyists and punish social media companies for "censoring" Texans based on their political viewpoints.

Abbott’s spokesperson did not respond to questions about a special session related to TCOLE Wednesday night. Patrick’s spokespeople did not respond to questions Wednesday night about why he had yet to bring House Bill 1600 to the floor.

The high-stakes legislation was a “safety net” bill for statewide agencies that are soon set to be abolished. Under what’s called a sunset review process, lawmakers periodically make assessments on how efficiently state agencies are being run and whether they should continue to exist. Though agencies are individually considered, there is also a safety net bill each session to extend the life by two years of any agency that did not get individually renewed.

This year, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, or TCOLE, which sets minimum licensing and training standards for police, did not get separate clearance. A scathing report from the typically subdued Texas Sunset Advisory Commission called TCOLE toothless, allowing poor accountability and inadequate training for police. Suggested changes — or even extending the regulatory agency’s life by two years while reviewing suggested changes — however, failed in the House.

Although lawmakers are already expected to come back this fall to redraw the state’s political maps, it would be too late to combine the resuscitation of TCOLE with that session. Without the safety net bill, TCOLE is set to be dissolved on Sept. 1.

But a summer session is not guaranteed under the bill’s failure. In 2019, Abbott issued an executive order extending the life of the state plumbing board after a similar move. The governor said he was able to overstep the Legislature because plumbers were still needed to address destruction from Hurricane Harvey. It's possible the governor could employ similar political maneuvering this year.

There is also another bill related to scheduling sunset reviews that is currently in closed-door negotiations between the House and Senate. In theory, that bill could be amended to keep the state agency alive before the legislation is due in the chambers Saturday, though Patrick could also block that.

When Patrick asked for a special session before tanking the sunset bill, Abbott responded by urging lawmakers to instead "work together to get important conservative legislation to my desk" in the remaining days of the regular session.

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A measure long sought by conservative activists allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license is on the cusp of becoming law after the Texas Senate approved a compromise on the bill Monday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Medal of Honor recipient Charles “Chuck” Chris Hagemeister may be gone, but he will always be remembered in Gainesville.

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Effective June 1, Gainesville Independent School District students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks.

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