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Northside Independent School District (NISD) Board of Trustees Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve additional staff and budget cuts for the current school year and the next school year.

In February, the board had initially voted to cut $17 million from the 2010-11 budget and to reduce this school year’s staff through attrition by 268 positions in the wake of state budget cuts.

Last night, the board put another 705 positions and an additional $44.4 million on the chopping block for the 2011-2012 year, raising the planned cuts to 973 positions and $61.4 million from the budget.

But these cuts, says NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez, may not be enough.

“We will not know whether these cuts will be sufficient until the Legislature approves the state budget. That may not happen until the summer special session which ends in August,” Gonzalez says.

NISD’s current budget is about $1.2 billion. Total staff is about 13,000.

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MSNBC’s Chris O’Donnell Puts ‘Birther Queen’ in Her Place

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell (pictured left) had Birther Movement member Orly Taitz (pictured) on his “The Last Word” show to admit that she was wrong about President Barack Obama’s birth of origin and apologize for leading a dubious-yet-damaging campaign against the President with her false information.

Tornadoes devastate South, killing at least 251

A car lies overturns and buildings destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday; buildings across swaths of the university town were damaged or destroyed. (Dusty Compton, Associated Press/Tuscaloosa News)
By GREG BLUESTEIN and JAY REEVES, Associated Press

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. – Massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the South, killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Two of Alabama’s major cities were among the places devastated by the deadliest twister outbreak in nearly 40 years.

As day broke Thursday, people in hard-hit areas surveyed obliterated homes and debris-strewn streets. Some told of deadly winds whipping through within seconds of weather alerts broadcast during the storms Wednesday afternoon and evening

“It happened so fast it was unbelievable,” said Jerry Stewart, a 63-year-old retired firefighter who was picking through the remains of his son’s wrecked home in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Birmingham. “They said the storm was in Tuscaloosa and it would be here in 15 minutes. And before I knew it, it was here.”

He and his wife, along with their daughter and two grandchildren, survived by hiding under their front porch. Friends down the street who did the same weren’t so lucky — Stewart said he pulled out the bodies of two neighbors whose home was ripped off its foundation.


House committee approves ‘open carry’ of handguns


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety wants to take the concealed part out of concealed handgun licenses.

The committee voted 5-3 in favor of a bill that would remove the word concealed from the law that allows Texans to have a handgun license. The so-called “open carry” law would allow license holders to carry their weapons in plain view wherever they would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun. The rules for getting a license would not change.

Texarkana state Rep. George Lavender authored the bill that was approved Wednesday. In a committee hearing last week, advocates said the law would deter crime. Opponents warned it would create a dangerous and intimidating climate in densely populated cities.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.


Master P., No Limit Celebrate 20 Years With All-Star Concert In Houston

(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop mogul/pioneering independent label owner Master P. will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary No Limit Records imprint this Sunday (May 1st) in Houston, Texas.

No Limit Forever, The L.I.E. Group, AARJ Worldwide and Viranski will present the all-star, exclusive concert, which will take place at The House of Blues, in Houston, Texas.

In addition to Master P., the 20-year celebration will feature performances by Silkk The Shocker and Master P.’s son, Romeo Miller, who heads up the New No Limit digital record label.

New artists on the label include Black Don & D, Bengie B., Gangsta, T-Bo, Co-RUff, Southdown, Ms. Chee, Ace High, OakTree, Kay-I, Propain, Dallas Blocker and others.

In the late 1980’s Master P. launched the No Limit Record store in Richmond, California.

A few years later, the No Limit Record label would drop Master P.’s first album Get Away Clean, which was released in 1991.

Since then, the label has sold over 75 million records worldwide, while artists like Snoop Dogg, Mystikal, Soulja Slim, Romeo, C-Murder, Kane & Abel and others have released hit albums through No Limit Records.

A video shoot will also take place for the single “Rock Wit It” off the New No Limit’s upcoming album Family Business.

Tickets to the No Limit Records 20th Anniversary Concert start at $45 for general admission to $89.50 for a meet and greet with Master P. and other artists.

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