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In 2018, Texas prosecutors filed about 5,900 new misdemeanor marijuana possession cases a month, according to the state. The first five months of 2019 had an average of more than 5,600 per month, but the number of cases has fallen by more than half since June.

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The city currently limits livestock to two animals on one acre of land, and requires another half acre per animal after that. The law does allow for ag students or FFA students to have temporary projects in the city limits.

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First thought to be in operation by the end of summer 2019, the shelter hit a snag when The Salvation Army leaders learned a sprinkler system would be needed before the organization can re-open the shelter.

Police Chief Donald Blasingame resigned a fortnight ago after being on the job less than a year, and city secretary Tammy Walker resigned in mid-December. Patrolman Colton Gilbert is serving as interim police chief, according to Mayor Ann Rushing.

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The City of Paris has received a contract for housing rehabilitation assistance. The city will be offering applications for qualifying households beginning Jan. 27 at City Hall.

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“As first responders, a lot of people don’t realize we’re the first ones there because we’re taking the calls, we’re the ones waiting until the physical help can arrive,” dispatcher Anita Travis said.