Tornillo Port of Entry to Remain Open for Commercial Truck Traffic, Boosting Trade and Growth in the Region

EL PASO, Texas – The commercial cargo lanes at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, will remain open for truck traffic indefinitely, according to El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. The decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to extend truck inspections beyond the March 31 deadline was communicated to local government officials and border industry stakeholders on Thursday. Samaniego shared this information with Border Report. Currently, only around 50 trucks cross the port each day, but the traffic volume is gradually increasing. The decision to keep the commercial lanes open was … Read more

Kentucky House Passes Controversial Bill Threatening Open Records Law in Just 9 Minutes

Frankfort, Kentucky – The House of Representatives engaged in a brief nine-minute floor debate on March 12, discussing House Bill 509. This legislation aims to introduce loopholes into open records law, potentially reversing years of established rights to public access. Despite the significant impact this bill could have on transparency and accountability, the opposition to HB 509 was surprisingly lackluster. Sponsored by Rep. John Hodgson, the bill was presented as an effort to address the challenges posed by the increased use of electronic communication in conducting public business. The proposed solution involves assigning public email … Read more

Elon Musk’s Groundbreaking Move: Grok AI Goes Open Source Amid OpenAI Lawsuit

In a surprising move, Elon Musk has made the artificial intelligence (AI) software platform Grok AI open source. This decision comes amidst an ongoing lawsuit involving Musk’s other AI company, OpenAI. Musk’s announcement regarding the open-sourcing of Grok AI was made on Twitter. Grok AI is a powerful tool designed to process vast amounts of data and identify useful patterns. The software has been used by OpenAI to improve the capabilities of its AI models. By making it available as open source, Musk aims to foster collaboration and advance AI research. This decision comes at … Read more

Iowa House Passes Bill to Strengthen Compliance with Open Meetings and Records Laws

Davenport, Iowa – The Iowa House has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at improving local government compliance with the state’s open meetings and open records laws. House File 2539, approved by 92 votes to 2 on February 22, would increase fines for members of a local government body who participated in an open meetings violation. The current range of fines, from $100 to $500, would be raised to a range of $500 to $2,500. Penalties would be even greater for those who “knowingly” participated in the violation, with fines between $5,000 and $12,500. In addition … Read more