Author: East Texas Review

AG Paxton Leads 15-State Coalition in Support of Revised Immigration Order

Attorney General Ken Paxton today led a coalition of 15 states in filing an amicus brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Trump’s revised immigration order. The revised order provides for a temporary suspension of entry into the U.S. for refugees from six countries of national security concern while the vetting process is reviewed.   In the friend-of-the-court brief, Attorney General Paxton, 13 other state attorneys general and the governor of Mississippi lay out the constitutional and federal statutory provisions that provide the authority for the president’s lawful actions, as delegated to him by Congress. Last month, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit affirmed a ruling that blocked the original order.   “The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A temporary pause in the national refugee program will give the government time to review and determine how we can improve the screening process for foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. from six countries designated as ‘countries of concern.’ President Trump’s revised immigration order is necessary to protect the homeland from those who wish us harm.”   Texas is joined in the amicus brief by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Mississippi Governor...

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COLLINS TO HOST VIETNAM WAR FORUM FOR STUDENTS, PUBLIC

By GREG COLLINS PTHS Journalism Instructor The controversial time in American History which was the Vietnam War Era will be the subject of a student forum in the morning and a public forum in the evening at Pine Tree High School, Candee Collins, social studies instructor, announced.   The event is open to the public in the Pine Tree High School Theatre Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature three people who had varied roles in the Vietnam War era in America.    KLTV’s anchor, Anissa Centers, will moderate the evening session, while KLTV anchor Taylor Hemness will moderate a morning session – from 9:20 to 10:50 a.m. – where PTHS juniors will hear the presentations of the three principle speakers. The public is invited to attend these sessions.     Dr. David Stroud, a retired Kilgore College professor, along with Mary Beth Tinker and Richard Pena, will discuss various aspects of the Vietnam War era in America and how it affected them and their surroundings. The forum features a veteran of the war who had to come home to mixed emotions of ridicule and shame and adulation for service to his country, a woman who was suspended from school at the age of 13 for protesting the Vietnam War and an author whose book reliving experiences in Saigon during the last days of the war consists of real-time...

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The Many Woes of Wells Fargo Bank:

Part I by Dr. John E. Warren Intergovernmental Affairs Contributing Writer to NNPA On Tuesday March 28, 2017, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency downgraded Wells Fargo Bank’s rating from an “Outstanding” to a “Needs to Improve” rating which the bank had previously enjoyed under the Community Reinvestment Act. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is an independent government agency within the U.S. Treasury Department that supervises all banks and federal savings associations. Although action comes on the heels of an agreement by Wells Fargo Bank to pay $110 million to settle a lawsuit against it by customers who filed a class action suit for the opening of fake bank accounts in their names, this is just another one of many lawsuits against the bank in recent months and years. The amount might seem small compared to the revelation last September that the bank had opened over 2 million fake accounts in customer names and without their permission. In a separate lawsuit last September, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $185 million in fines and penalties to federal regulators and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for “unreasonable sales practices”. The two actions come to a total of $295 million dollars. This latest settlement covers at least 10 other lawsuits. The period covered by the $110 million settlement begins on January 1, 2009 and ends upon the execution of the...

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LRMC Set to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

It’s been said that many hands make light work – one of the many reasons that volunteers are a valued part of Longview Regional Medical Center. Volunteers are integral to Longview Regional’s commitment to the community, by supporting the hospital’s mission of providing comprehensive care – physical, emotional and spiritual – to the residents of the Longview community.  During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Longview Regional recognizes the many contributions that these important individuals make, year-round. This  year LRMC will celebrate their dedicated volunteers on Tuesday, April 11th at the Summit Club 11:30 A.M. with an appreciation luncheon. This year’s theme is “Whoooo Makes a Difference? Volunteers like Yoooou!” highlighting the ways that volunteers improve the lives of others around them through their incredible spirit of giving.   “A strong base of volunteers is essential to a community hospital. Longview Regional is fortunate to have the active involvement of more than 90 caring, generous individuals from our community who lend their time and talents to enrich the lives of others,” says Melinda Whitehurst, Manager of Senior Circle and Volunteer Services. Since the inception of the volunteer program in 1980, these wonderful individuals have provided over 514,000 hours of service.  Longview Regional volunteers provide service at numerous Information Desks, Breast Center, Same Day Surgery, Radiology, Emergency Room, Laboratory, Joint Restoration Center, Recovery, Skilled Nursing, Patient Comfort Visits, Senior Circle Center,...

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Longview Regional Medical Center to Host Free Event Recognizing National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month and Longview Regional Medical Center is pleased to partner with Southwest Transplant Alliance and Donate Life Texas to bring awareness of the importance of to all types of organ donation. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn and is free to the general public. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspiring testimonies from an organ donor’s parent and an organ recipient. “Longview Regional is honored to bring awareness to the East Texas community of the importance of becoming a registered organ donor. Through education and...

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