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Archive for May 14th, 2009

NPT Capitol: Border law school study sparked by Chavez bill

News release from the office of state Rep. Norma Chávez:

CHÁVEZ AND MARTINEZ PASS BORDER LAW SCHOOL AMENDMENT

Amendment requires the state to determine feasibility of establishing a law school in the Border Region

AUSTIN – Today, State Reps. Norma Chávez (D – El Paso) and Armando Martinez (D – Weslaco) passed an important amendment to Senate Bill 956 sponsored by State Rep. Dan Branch (R – Dallas). The Chávez/Martinez amendment would require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to conduct a feasibility study regarding establishing a law school in the Border Region.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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NPT DC: End the War on Drugs? But will the Drug War continue even so?

The Wall Street Journal article titled White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’ is making the rounds nationally. We’ll have to digest this a bit, but the first thought is that there’s no indication that the Drug War will lessen, even were there to be a greater emphasis on treatment over incarceration. Here’s an excerpt (click title above to go to the full article):

In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues.

“Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”

Mr. Kerlikowske’s comments are a signal that the Obama administration is set to follow a more moderate — and likely more controversial — stance on the nation’s drug problems. Prior administrations talked about pushing treatment and reducing demand while continuing to focus primarily on a tough criminal-justice approach.

The Obama administration is likely to deal with drugs as a matter of public health rather than criminal justice alone, with treatment’s role growing relative to incarceration, Mr. Kerlikowske said.

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May 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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NPT: Don’t forget: In two weeks, many of you cannot come back from Juarez. Fix that on Saturday.

From the El Paso County District clerk’s office:

Saturday Service for U.S. Passport Applicants

(El Paso, Texas) – The office of the District Clerk Passport Service Division will provide service for applicants of new passports and passport renewals at a Passport Fair on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the El Paso County Courthouse located at 500 E. San Antonio. No appointments will be taken; applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis and the doors will close at noon. Monday, June 1st, 2009 is the deadline by which people traveling by land or sea from the Mexico, Panama, Bermuda and the Carribbean must present a valid U.S. Passport before entering the United States as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Everyone, including newborn infants, is required to obtain a passport in his or her own name. For children under 16, the consent of both parents/guardians is required.

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May 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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NPT Biz: GM, Chrysler may drop dealers

UPDATE at 1:50 p.m. May 14, 2009: The Times is reporting this: Randy Massey of El Paso’s Mack Massey Chrysler Jeep Dodge said “Everybody in El Paso remained intact,” and won’t be among the dealerships closed as Chrysler tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. KFOX is reporting this: Sandoval Dodge is the only local dealership affected by Chrysler’s decision.

Earlier today, we got another note from a friend of NPT: There are six GM dealers here in El Paso, Rudolph Chevrolet, Viva Chevrolet, Mission Chevrolet, Bravo Cadillac Hummer, Crawford Buick Pontiac GMC, Shamaley Buick Pontiac GMC.

Why the rundown? Because of this Reuters story: General Motors Corp and Chrysler aim to drop as many as 3,000 U.S. dealers and are expected to begin sending notifications as early as Thursday, three people briefed on the still developing plans said.

GM, facing a U.S. government-imposed deadline of June 1 to restructure or file for bankruptcy, is expected to send termination notices to up to 2,000 dealers — a third of its roughly 6,000 U.S. dealers, the sources told Reuters.

Chrysler, which filed for bankruptcy on April 30, will also tell up to 1,000 of its 3,189 U.S. dealers it is terminating their franchise agreements, according to the sources who asked not to be identified because the controversial closure plans have not been yet announced.

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May 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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NPT Biz: Free drugs from the chamber?

Got you to click, right? Now read this news release (with a cute, catchy headline, but ours made you look):

CHAMBER OFFERS “PRESCRIPTION” FOR TOUGH TIMES>

Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce to distribute FREE Drug Cards

El Paso, TX – Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce is now distributing free discount prescription drug cards to the residents of El Paso and the surrounding area. The El Paso Drug Card is a free prescription assistance program that was recently launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program, which is free to everyone, provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs (average savings are roughly 30%). Anyone interested in obtaining a free card can visit http://www.elpaso.org.

Anyone can download a “FREE” card by visiting http://www.elpaso.org (click on FREE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD button). The El Paso Drug Card has no restrictions to membership, no income or age limitations, and El Paso residents are not required to fill out an application. The Card is accepted at over 50,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country. The El Paso Card has no restrictions or participation requirements and is open to everyone.

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May 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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