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Today in History for Aug. 13, 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 am

From the archives of The Daily News for August 13:

• In 1914, gubernatorial candidate James E. Ferguson triumphed over John. H. Bailey at the Democratic convention in El Campo. Ferguson accepted the nomination with a rousing speech.  

• In 1964, architects for the medical branch expansion were working on plans for two new buildings.

• In 1989, Dorothy Archie saw her budget going down the drain when she received a $2,224.48 water bill from the city of Galveston. “I just knew that it couldn’t be right,” she said. “My water bill is usually $100 a month or less.”

    City Manager Doug Matthews said that perhaps Archie is correct.

    “Computers aren’t perfect,” he said, “and the city of Galveston has a program to take care of erroneous or misread water bills. It could be any number of things that happened to her water bill.”

• In 1989, a preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Agriculture implicated the Dickinson Independent School District violated some pesticide and herbicide laws in a 1988 accident that resulted in the chemical exposure of a district employee.