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Answer Line: Yep, they delivered an actual letter to governor

Jan. 24, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.

QUESTION: In December, I saw an article about the director of health and human services sending a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott concerning the Children's Health Insurance Program. In this day of electronic communication, was it an actual letter in the mail or was it an email or Instagram or whatever?

ANSWER: It was a combination of old and new. Christine Mann, press officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said the mail was delivered by mail courier with same-day delivery and by email.

Q: Can you provide me an address to write to TLC?

A: It's an interesting sign of the times that it's become a little bit of work to get actual mailing addresses. TLC is part of Discovery Communications, and a nice company representative there searched out a mailing address you can use. Here you go:

Discovery Communications; Viewer Relations; One Discovery Place; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Q: You had in the police section a Mr. Meador listed as hitting landscaping when it was a business that he backed through and left the scene. Why was it listed that way?

A: You're asking about an item that published Jan. 18 in the News-Journal's Police Beat column. Forrest Glenn Meador, 78, was charged with a third or more instance of driving while intoxicated. He also was charged with a second crime for which we could have done a better job of explaining.

The newspaper listed the charge as "striking a highway fixture or landscape." Under state statute, the crime officially is "Duty on striking structure, fixture or highway landscaping." The law basically says a driver who is in a wreck that involved damages solely to a structure, fixture or landscaping next to a highway should at least try to notify the property owner. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor.

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