Author: East Texas Review

Blues Festival announces 2017 ticket availability, pricing

Organizers of the Big Pines Blues Festival announced today that advance sale tickets for the 2017 two-day event are currently available through the festival’s website at www.bigpinesbluesfestival.com. There will be no admission charge for the Friday night performances. Advance general admission tickets for the Saturday performances are priced at $20. A VIP package at $60 allows fans access to upgraded seating facilities on both Friday and Saturday nights. The outdoor celebration of blues music will be held June 2 and 3 at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview. Friday performances will feature a younger set of...

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Texas Veterans Urge Lawmakers to Support Legal Access to Medical Marijuana; New Poll Shows 83% of Texans Now in Favor

The group also re-delivered a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott — this time signed by 1,400+ Texas veterans — asking him to meet with veterans who use medical marijuana to treat PTSD, TBI, and other service-related conditions  Texas veterans gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday for a lobby day in support of comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.  The event comes on the heels of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll published Tuesday, which found 83% of Texans support making marijuana legal for medical purposes and 53% support making it legal for any purpose. The group held a news conference...

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Preserve Voter ID: AG Paxton Applauds Leadership

– Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Joan Huffman for their efforts in preserving Texas’ Voter ID law. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit identified two changes the law should include: free birth certificates to obtain Voter ID and a declaration for voters who do not have and cannot reasonably obtain acceptable photo identification. Last session, the Legislature unanimously approved Senate Bill 983 to remove any fee associated with birth certificates used to obtain photo identification. This session, the lieutenant governor reserved the priority designation of Senate Bill 5...

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Jane Roe, In Memoriam

By Star Parker I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion. That conversion set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe”, McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with a child she didn’t want, represented by two young women attorneys anxious to legalize abortion, sued the state of Texas, where abortion was illegal, and ultimately achieved victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. Subsequently, McCorvey and I found ourselves together on numerous occasions at pro-life events and rallies. We...

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LRMC checks on young hearts

contributing writer Kelly Bell This past Saturday Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) provided free heart screenings for local youth aged 14-18. Even at the closing time of noon parents and their youngsters were still arriving for a post-Valentine’s Day tribute to heart health. This is the fourth straight year LRMC has hosted this tribute to good health for young hearts, and more than 1500 East Texas adolescents have availed themselves of this vital resource which LRMC puts on in conjunction with the Championships Hearts Foundation, which is a Texas non-profit agency specializing in health screenings. All area teens involved...

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