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Wednesday is here again, and we've had a full week of great stories. We've heard from the Victoria Police Department report that crime dropped 7.5 percent overall in 2013. On top of that, the Victoria school district is exploring options to improve traffic at the high schools. We've also seen controversy about barricade use, land annexation and more. We've got a lot to discuss, and we hope you will join us.

Come join the Victoria Advocate Editorial Board in the Victoria Advocate newsroom conference room at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday to discuss the events of the previous week. If you can't come to the meeting in person, feel free to log on and watch our live webcast and comment in the online chat box. We look forward to seeing you there.

This week's headlines:

· Small businesses eligible for loans because of drought

· Mid-Coast needs donations, help for homeless during cold weather

· Schools prepare for changes after UIL releases realignment

· Wear red in February to honor women and heart disease

· Commissioners move forward on river study

· Victoria Main Street program earns national recognition

· Victoria adds signs pointing to top spots

· School districts grapple with explicit Twitter accounts

· City explores reduced speed limit, second entrance at Victoria West

· UHV's spring enrollment sets new record at 4,303 students

· Citizens HealthPlex plans expansion

· Car burglaries up 28 percent in Victoria

· Victoria County business owners weigh in on forced annexation