Jan 26, 2021
DYESS GETS $1.8M GRANT FOR FLIGHT LINE SECURITY
Dyess Air Force Base is in line to receive a grant for more than $1.8 million.

Governor Greg Abbott announced the grant Monday from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s (TMPC) Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) program.

According to a news release issued by the governor’s office, the grant aims to assist military communities across the State of Texas that might be impacted by any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.

The $1,888,700 grant is earmarked for flight line security at Dyess, according to the release.

Abilene is one of six recipients of the grants announced Monday, which total $16.3 million.

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DYESS AIR FORCE BASE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW VISITORS CENTER
Military personnel and the City of Abilene broke ground Monday on the new visitors center at Dyess Air Force Base.

If you’ve ever had to drive onto Dyess Air Force Base, chances are you’ve either seen or walked through the visitors center.

“It may be their first impression of not just the Air Force base, but Abilene, Texas,” said Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams.

The building was constructed more than 50 years ago, and Major Michael Morriss says the Security Forces Squadron is outgrowing the building.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce took on the task of acquiring funding for the project. MAC officials applied for and won a Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG), administered by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, and a matching grant from the Development Corporation of Abilene. Under the terms of the DEAAG contract, the City of Abilene will serve as the project manager. Fletco Services of Abilene was the low bidder on the construction project.

HENDRICK MEDICAL TO COVER TAX LOSS
Hendrick Medical System will finalize an agreement with the City of Abilene this week to make three "community support payments" to offset the loss of tax revenues from Abilene Regional Medical Center. 

City Manager Robert Hanna says the payments will help cover gaps until new revenue sources can organically develop in the area. 

"I think it's just another example of the partnerships that we have with Hendrick. They've always been community-focused and I think this underscores that again. They are under no obligation to do this. It's just something they are trying to do to take care of the community." 

The purchase of Abilene Regional by Hendrick converts the hospital from a privately-held and publicly-traded entity to a not-for-profit status. The payments will total four hundred fifty thousand dollars from October of 2022 through 2024.(Source: KACU)
HEARING FOR POLITICAL REDISTRICTING BEGINS
Texas lawmakers are getting input on how to redraw political boundaries. The state is expected to gain three congressional seats based on the results of the 2020 US Census. Lloyd Potter heads the Texas Demographic Center. He told the state Senate Redistricting Committee today only 29 of 254 counties met or surpassed their census self-response rate from the last nationwide population count in 2010. "And then 283 of our 1221 places or cities met or surpassed their self-response rate." Potter said he's especially concerned communities of color were undercounted because Latino and Black residents tended to have lower self-response rates to the Census. He adds self-response to the survey is the most accurate way to count the population. (Source: KACU) 
NEXSTAR INC. TO HOST STATEWIDE LIVE TELECAST OF TEXAS GOVERNOR’S 2021 “STATE OF THE STATE” ADDRESS AND A DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE ON FEBRUARY 1ST AT 7 PM
Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that its television stations across the state of Texas will carry a multi-market live telecast of Governor Greg Abbott’s 2021 “State of the State” address on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The speech will air on 16 Nexstar television stations serving 14 Texas markets and be telecast throughout the state. As a public service, Nexstar will make the live feed of the telecast available to every broadcast company serving Texas.

The 2021 State of the State address is expected to be one of the most widely watched and scrutinized speeches in years. The live address will update viewers on Covid-19 vaccine distribution, reopening small businesses closed due to the pandemic, and managing funding for public school education. The Governor will also list the most important “emergency issues” he wants state lawmakers to address during the 2021 legislative session. Following Governor Abbott’s address, the Texas Democratic Party will respond by detailing its own agenda for the future of Texas.

The one-hour address will bring together potentially more than 21 million viewers across Texas and will air on 16 Nexstar television stations serving the state, including KTAB-TV (CBS) in Abilene. Local viewers may also access a livestream of the broadcast online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar station (see table below for more information).

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