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We the Texans: Local news and democracy

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SUMMARY: The content discusses the importance of digital marketing for businesses in the modern age. It highlights the need for a strong online presence, the use of social media platforms, and the importance of SEO to drive traffic to websites. The article also emphasizes the role of content marketing in engaging with customers and building brand awareness. It concludes with the recommendation for businesses to invest in digital marketing strategies to stay competitive in today's market and reach a wider audience. Overall, the message is clear: digital marketing is crucial for businesses looking to succeed and grow in the digital world.

When local newspapers shrink or shutter, it leaves a gap in news access that other outlets struggle to fill, causing news deserts — communities without reliable local news sources. Texans in news deserts struggle to navigate misinformation and often grow to mistrust the media and other institutions.

On Thursday, May 9, The Texas Tribune hosted “We the Texans: Local news and democracy,” as part of our yearlong initiative examining the state of democracy in Texas. In this solutions-focused conversation, Nic Garcia, the Tribune's regions editor, talks with media experts and community leaders about the challenges local communities face and what can be done to ensure Texans across the state have access to reliable local news.

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Speakers include:
Mitch Borden, Permian Basin reporter, Marfa Public Radio
Patrick Canty, publisher, Odessa American
Benjamin Toff, assistant professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota

Sign up for the “We the Texans” newsletter at trib.it/HNA to get twice-monthly updates on our yearlong initiative dedicated to listening to Texans, boosting civic engagement and exploring how democracy is experienced in Texas. Delivered every other Wednesday.

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Matt Mackowiak running for Texas GOP chair

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by By Robert Downen, The – 2024-05-17 08:05:06

SUMMARY: Matt Mackowiak is running for chair of the Republican Party of Texas, challenging the current leadership ahead of the party's San Antonio convention. Mackowiak, the Travis County GOP leader since 2017 and a political consultant, criticizes the deepening divisions and poor fundraising under Chair Matt Rinaldi, advocating for unity and competent fundraising. The internal party conflict involves far-right and moderate conservatives, influenced by West Texas oil billionaires Dunn and Wilks, significant donors under Rinaldi. Other candidates include Abraham George, Dana Meyers, Ben Armenta, Mike Garcia, and Weston Martinez. Mackowiak aims to address neglect, dishonesty, and improve Republican chances in upcoming elections.

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New occupancy limits highlight A&M students’ housing woes

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by By Annie Xia, The – 2024-05-17 05:00:00

SUMMARY: In College Station, Texas, an ordinance will be enforced from June, limiting house rentals to four unrelated people, impacting students like Ethan Tan who lived affordably near Texas A&M University. Previously unenforced, tensions between students and homeowners prompted the rule's activation. Critics argue the restriction intensifies housing and financial challenges for students, with rent and living costs already burdening over half of the area's renters. Officials have responded by rezoning for denser housing development. Advocates for affordable housing suggest constructing more high-density, student-oriented housing to tackle the shortage and reduce rental prices.

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Left: The backyard door of Tan's home stands ajar. The door leads to a driveway where Tan and his roommates park their vehicles at the end of a cul-de-sac. Right: Mopeds line the outside of Tan's home. The proximity to campus allows Tan and his roommates to use the mopeds to get to campus.

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Homes in a college neighborhood off Park Place in College Station, Texas, on April 23, 2024.

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Severe storms kill 4 in Houston, cause widespread power outages, tornado risk

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by By Associated Press, The – 2024-05-16 22:36:05

SUMMARY: Severe thunderstorms struck southeastern Texas, causing four fatalities and widespread damage. The storms shattered windows in buildings, downed trees, and left about 900,000 homes and businesses in Houston without power. Officials confirmed the deaths, issued flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings, and advised residents to seek immediate shelter. Damaged infrastructure led to flooded streets and halted flights. The Houston Independent School District closed all campuses for a day. This was the second major storm to hit the area this month, with earlier storms prompting numerous rescues.

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