The Western Publishing Association held its banquet on Friday and announced the winners for its annual Maggie Awards, which go to work deemed "The Best in the West." With all five finalists in the overall Tabloids/Consumer category being Village Voice Media papers, we knew an alt-weekly would win, but which would it be? OC Weekly ended up taking home the first-place prize in that category, and the Houston Press finished first for Best Public Service Series or Article/Trade & Consumer for staff writer Chris Vogel's December 2009 story on toxic polluters and lax enforcement at the Houston Ship Channel.

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The Village Voice's Elizabeth Dwoskin, Jaclyn Galluci of the Long Island Press, and Chris Vogel of the Houston Press are among the finalists for this year's Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, an all-media, general reporting contest that awards three $10,000 prizes for Local, National, and International Reporting to journalists under the age of 35. It's Dwoskin's second nomination in a row; last year's local reporting winner was Phoenix New Times' John Dickerson. Winners will be announced on June 2.

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The Fort Worth Weekly, Houston Press and San Antonio Current took home a total of 10 first-place awards in the SPJ Fort Worth First Amendment Awards. Fort Worth Weekly took home leading honors for Defending the Disadvantaged, Green News, Reporting on Open Government, Opening the Books and Student Work, while the Press, competing in the higher-circulation division, won firsts for Defending the Disadvantaged, Green News and Opening the Books. The Current, which like the Weekly was competing in the small-circ division, took home first-place honors in the Investigative and Opinion or Commentary categories.

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While the Press didn't take home the top award for "Local Circulation Weeklies" in this year's Investigative Reporters and Editors contest, three of the paper's pieces by two staff writers were finalists. Chris Vogel was recognized for his work on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the juvenile justice system, while Paul Knight's ahead-of-the-curve story on problems with the Toyota Prius was also honored.

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