Bowser the cat is back on the job in the library at White Settlement, Texas.
Bowser the cat is back on the job in the library at White Settlement, Texas. (John L. Mone / Associated Press)

Texas city council votes to reinstate library cat

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — A North Texas city council has voted unanimously to reinstate Browser the cat to his job as live-in mascot of the city's public library.

KRLD-AM in Dallas-Fort Worth reports the governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 3-0 to let Browser stay at the library two weeks after voting 2-1 to give the tabby 30 days to check out.

Mayor Ron White had said the move against Browser was a response to officials' denial of permission to an employee to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. But he says he was overwhelmed with more than 1,000 messages on social media, all in support of keeping Browser on the job.

The vote was taken without hearing from Browser's supporters who jammed the council chamber.

Texas governor shuns a 'Texit' but buys U.K. ads after Brexit

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn't on board with a "Texit" but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit.

Abbott announced Saturday the state will run digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and relocate to Texas.

The campaign follows Britain's vote to leave the European Union and is funded through Texas One, the state's quasi-governmental marketing arm. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said he didn't have specifics on how much the ads cost.


The British vote reinvigorated Texas secessionist groups that in May nearly forced a floor vote on its fringe cause at the state Republican convention. But although Abbott has long accused the Obama administration of impeding on state sovereignty, the governor says Texas isn't going anywhere.

Associated Press