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A ballot box found weeks after Election Day has flipped a $569 million school bond vote in Midland

By Stacy Fernández

After much flip-flopping, a $569 million Midland ISD school bond election failed Friday by 26 votes now that county workers have taken into account ballots found in a missing box located weeks after Election Day.

The local election had drawn the attention of the Texas secretary of state's office and some lawmakers due to the numerous twists and turns. On election night, Midland voters watching the polls initially believed the bond passed by 18 votes because of the results posted on Midland County's election website. But a week after the posting, officials clarified to reporters that the election night tally didn't include mail-in votes. Once those numbers were taken into account, officials believed the bond failed by 25 votes, according to Deborah Land, elections administrator for the Midland County Elections Office.

We Choose Our Future, a specific-purpose political action committee in favor of the bond, quickly called for a recount. That recount, whic…

Democrats unveil their case against Trump

House Democrats on Saturday unveiled an extensive outline of their legal case heading into the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, lending a preview of the arguments — both substantial and procedural — underlying the central assertion that the president abused his office and should be removed.

In the 111-page brief, Democrats argue that Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors — charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — and lay out the evidence and legal analysis they intend to present.

And while they buckle down on their allegations that Trump is guilty of pressuring a foreign power to investigate a 2020 political rival, they say the only lingering question they have is whether the Senate will be a fair arbiter of justice.

“The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty of both. The only remaining question is whether the members of the Senate will accept and carry out the responsibility placed on them by the Framers of our Constitution an…

Godzilla to attack Texas and Louisiana this weekend

Editor's note: Sorry folks, I just had to use this headline. 
As Covid-19 coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida, Texas, and other Southern States, what would be a terrific thing to have right now? How about a “Godzilla” dust cloud?
Yep, 2020 is bringing to the Southeastern U.S. a massive dust cloud. This isn’t just the type of dust cloud that puffs up when you reach under your bed or open your copy of the book The Secret. It’s an unusually large cloud, nicknamed Godzilla because it’s potentially the largest such cloud in 50 years.
What’s unusually large? How about around 3,500 miles or 5,600 km long? That’s longer than a trip from Miami to Seattle, which is about 3,300 miles and a lot of vacuum cleaner bags placed end-to-end. Consider that the next time that you claim that something is unusually large.
Godzilla is not the cloud’s official name. It’s technically called the Saharan Air Layer because it’s a traveling layer of air with stuff originating from the Saharan Desert. W…