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Security beefed up at Capitol

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Muslim organizers of a rally at the Texas Capitol said they were taking extra security precautions Tuesday, including hiring private security guards, as hundreds arrived on buses amid growing discord over President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Although the “Texas Muslim Capitol Day” is a biennial event that was scheduled months before Trump won the presidency, the tenor and size of the rally was likely to drastically differ from previous years after Trump on Friday banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Merlin (Mark C. Wilson) looks to see what is in his cup as audience volunteer Della Ortego holds his magic hat during the Merlin the Wise show at Celtic Fest in San Marcos Activity Center. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY
 

Taylor Daniels and Bryndan Palmer ready their bows for target practice at the Soft Archery with Scott Keyes activity.

Sylvia Gunn helps her daughter Emrys Galloway punch holes in a strip of leather to make a wrist cuff at the crafts table.

18 students are affected by Trump’s ban

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Just how President Donald Trump’s ban on allowing people from seven “Muslim dominant” countries from entering the United States will play out concerning the majority of Americans is still unknown, but the executive order he signed on Friday has an immediate impact on 18 students at Texas State University.
Citizens of those countries, along with those of Libya, Somalia and Yemen, are on a Trump administration list banning entry for 90 days. All refugees are banned for 120 days and entry of anyone from Syria is banned indefinitely.

Surveyors going back into neighborhoods hit by 2015’s floods

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Residents in San Marcos neighborhoods that were affected by the disastrous flooding in May and October of 2015 might be seeing some unfamiliar people about.
Beginning this week, surveyors and engineers will be visiting some neighborhoods to do field work for possible flood recovery projects, the city says. It’s all part of the $25 million granted to the city by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development last year.

Police: Sneaker deal goes south for San Marcos man

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
It could have been handled much better.
Police say a San Marcos man was robbed, sprayed with pepper spray and threatened with a baseball bat and a gun during what was supposed to be a private sale that went wrong.
SMPD Sgt. Jehu Derrickson said the victim in the case was intending to buy a pair of Adidas Yeezy shoes and was prepared to pay $500 for them.

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