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Archive for April 8th, 2009

NPT Juxtapose: Dueling press on payday lenders

Follow the jump for press releases from the office of state Rep. Marisa Marquez and from the Consumer Service Alliance of Texas regarding proposals to further regulate payday and/or short-term lenders.

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April 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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NPT Capitol: Chente weighs in on the gambling debate

State Rep. Chente Quintanilla, D-El Paso, spoke in favor of HJR 99 which would put the issue of gambling directly to Texas voters.

Today, a plethora of gambling bills are being heard at the Capitol. The Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures will hear from the various gaming interests – in particular Racinos, Casinos, and Tribal.

But so far those interests have yet to come to a consensus on how to move forward in expanding gambing in Texas. Quintanilla’s HJR 99 aims to simplify the debate and stop general support for gambling being diluted by competing bills. HJR 99, if approved by voters, would give Texas Counties a local option when it came to any form of gaming.

“My bill is one of nine bills which address some form of gaming in the state. My bill is very favorable to gaming in El Paso; that is very important to me,” Quintanilla said.

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April 8, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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NPT: Juarez burning

A note from NPT reader Sean Bruno, some photos (courtesy of Bruno), and a plug for ABC-7:

The note: Earlier this evening I noticed plumes of smoke arching over my lower valley front yard. There are some health hazards I try to avoid by eating right and exercising. There are some health hazards which are harder to avoid, such as racing cars while biking on Alameda or the lack of fresh and affordable produce… but I still manage to avoid those hazards fairly regularly. Unfortunately, I’m unable to avoid plumes of smoke and falling soot which are the result of a yet another burning Maquila. Is there a local board that is ensuring that local economic and environmental health issues — even those on the other side of the border — are not hurting my health and the health of my neighbors?

The plug: ABC-7 is working on trying to answer that question.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the Lower Valley.

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April 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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NPT County: Questions about proposed ethics legislation? Check in at the courthouse tomorrow at noon

From the county attorney’s office:

Tomorrow Thursday April 9 at noon, Precinct 1 Commissioner Anna Perez and attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office will make a presentation to County employees to inform them about the proposed legislation to create a new Ethics Commission.


Chavez gunning for El Paso County ethics bill; other delegation members stand by it, April 3

Chavez responds to public call for her support on County ethics bill, April 6

Rodriguez to Chavez: Problems with the ethics bill? Be specific., April 6

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April 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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