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Texas and the U.S. are currently enjoying the lowest unemployment rates in five decades as interest rates remain low and the Federal Reserve has announced it will keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in coming months. Despite risks from slower overseas growth and trade tensi…

This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and tablets. Small Business Saturday also smashed records with $3.6 billion in online sales, according to Adobe Analyt…

A NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll last week found "the overwhelming majority of Americans across parties say nothing they hear in the (impeachment) inquiry (of President Donald Trump) will change their minds on impeachment." The poll found that half of Americans approve of the inquiry, and res…

Republican Rep. Gary VanDeaver of New Boston has announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House, and he has received endorsement from Gov. Greg Abbott. VanDeaver represents District 1, which includes Bowie, Lamar, Franklin and Red River counties. He is a retired school superintendent …

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Who would have guessed that sharing political confidences with a political foe — a conversation that upended the speaker of the Texas House — would have real competition for the biggest blunder a House member might make this year?

Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of teens and young adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Federal labor data shows a wide e…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a speech last month at Georgetown University said free expression is the foundation for Facebook's refusal to take down factually incorrect political advertisements. Those who agree say Facebook shouldn't be a free-speech moderator, regardless of how true an a…

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now saying some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery. The guidance is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several…

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. Nearly 80% of consumers surveyed for the NRF in September were concerned that prices could …

Developing an area or managing a city's growth takes an all-around approach — it takes a thriving business sector to offer jobs to attract and retain people, who also need homes in which to live. It can be a frustrating process as work is prioritized. If you were in charge of Paris' growth a…

I’ve been overwhelmed lately with this “cancel culture” business. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all sinned, and we all will again. One of the great glories of life is that we can begin again. Our sorrow for our sins and awareness of our weaknesses keeps helping us get better and be better. …

Payless ShoeSource. GameStop. Family Dollar. With Forever 21 now joining the growing list of closing brick-and-mortar retail stores, global research firm Coresight Research warns the nation is on course to see 12,000 store closures by the end of 2019 as a result of changing consumer tastes, …

The availability of gainful employment is a major factor for area growth, and industrial diversity can help a community weather economic ups and downs. Although pay, stability and company size differ from industry to industry, it takes a mixture to service the needs of an area's population. …

As vaping falls under a federal spotlight while health authorities look into hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, states have or are considering enacting statewide bans of flavored vaping products. Do you support bans, such a…

Tucked against the river to the north of old Big D, Sits a jewel of a city that the world abroad should see, The heritage is endless and the history so grand, They call her Paris, Texas. She’s the finest in the land.

Lamar County commissioners last week considered a $200,000 proposal by Paris Fire Chief Mike Vogel to have four Paris Fire Department firefighters ready to assist Lamar County’s volunteer fire departments in fighting structure fires. County Judge Brandon Bell said “I think it’s too expensive…

This is the second year that Texas has awarded letter grades to school districts and the first year for schools, replacing a previous pass/fail system. (Schools last year received numeric scores that could easily be translated into grades.) The grades are intended to represent students’ acad…

It's never been easier getting your food delivered or groceries prepared. Among local services are DoorDash for food delivery, Instacart for grocery delivery, and Walmart's and Kroger's grocery pickup services. The services are meant to free up time otherwise spent waiting in lines or shoppi…

In reviving the rarely used federal death penalty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it would use the same lethal drug Texas uses in its executions. Ordering five executions in December and January, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told the federal prisons bureau to adopt a…