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Lawmakers Question Officials After Controversial Texas Jail Death
Members of a Texas House committee had questions for some state officials Thursday in the aftermath of the death of a black Illinois woman in a Waller County jail cell.
Planned Parenthood Under Attack In Austin, Washington, Cyberspace
Planned Parenthood, stung by the recent release of undercover videos recorded by an anti-abortion group, was drawing fire Wednesday in Austin, on Capitol Hill and in cyberspace, where hackers forced it to shut down its website.
Texas Land Office Mishandled Contracts, Auditor Says
The General Land Office has made mistakes in handling millions of dollars in contracts over the past few years, the Texas State Auditor’s Office says.
Court To Houston: Repeal Equal Rights Ordinance Or Put It To Voters
The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Houston must repeal its controversial equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot.
Appeals Court Tosses One Indictment Against Rick Perry
A state appeals court Friday tossed one of the two indictments against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Texas County Removes Confederate Plaques From Buildings
Crews have removed Confederate plaques from county buildings.
Lt. Gov. Wants Investigation Of Board Questioning Abbott’s Vetoes
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Wednesday called for an investigation of a non-partisan budget board after its director questioned Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes.
Texas Taxpayers Pay Millions For Facility Leased For $1 A Month
Texas taxpayers are still paying off a $16 million bond issue for a vacant youth lockup that’s now leased to a private company for $1 a month.
Texas Jobless Rate Drops, Local Rates Rise
The statewide jobless rate dropped slightly in June, but local rates rose, according to figures released Friday.
Perry Won’t Greet Obama; Wants Meeting On Immigration
Texas Gov. Rick Perry won’t be on hand to greet the president when he arrives in Austin Wednesday, but says he does want to meet with him about the immigration crisis.
Pat Green, Clay Walker Headline Texas Inaugural Celebration
Waco’s Pat Green, Clay Walker and the Eli Young Band are among the musicians who will perform during the Texas Inaugural celebration in Austin.
Bush 41 Endorses Perry
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara have endorsed Gov. Rick Perry.
Census: Hispanic Businesses Increase In Texas
Texas ranks third nationally in the number of Hispanic-owned businesses.
LBJ’s Daughter Remains Hospitalized
The youngest daughter of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson was still in the hospital Monday, but was doing better as doctors treat her for rare autoimmune disorder.
Hotly Contested GOP Race To Be Decided Tuesday
Central Texans head to the poles Tuesday to decide who will attempt to unseat District 17 incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards in the November election.
Students Throughout Texas Back Legalization Of High School Grads
Students throughout the state are rallying Wednesday in support of legislation that would allow high school graduates to join the military or to go on to higher education as a way to become legal immigrants.
Legislators File School Funding Bill
State legislators filed a bill Thursday that could change how school districts statewide receive funding.
Obama Rally Tickets Selling For $200
Tickets given way free for a Barack Obama rally in Texas were selling for as much as $200 online.
Craddick Optimistic About Prospects For Another Term
Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick says he’s optimistic about his prospects for another term despite a messy showdown at the end of the last session of the Legislature.
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