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Texas Governor Releases 2014 Tax Return
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released his 2014 tax return Friday.
Texas Jobless Rate Drops; Local Rates Remain Low, Too
The statewide jobless rate dropped in March and local rates remained low, too, according to figures released Friday.
House OKs Bill Giving Barbers A Break
A bill that would relax rules on barbers and cosmetologists won preliminary approval Thursday in the Texas House.
Texas Senate OKs Faster “Parent Trigger” For Struggling Schools
The Texas Senate Wednesday approved a bill that would allow a majority of parents to petition to close struggling public schools sooner.
Local Lawmaker Refutes Claims Staff Snubbed Gay Rights Activist
A Central Texas lawmaker who has proposed prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages is refuting claims that members of her staff told a gay rights activist not to expect a meeting with her.
Two Years After West Explosion, Legislature Considers New Laws
Two years after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, the Texas Legislature is considering news laws intended to regulate the storage of ammonium nitrate.
Democrats Stall Open Carry, Fracking Bills At Texas Capitol
Texas House Democrats Tuesday temporarily stalled open carry and fracking bills.
State House Set To Debate Open Carry Measure
The Texas House was set Tuesday to debate and likely to approve an open carry measure.
Texas House OKs Bill Mandating EKGs For High School Athletes
The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require high school athletes to undergo EKG tests.
Proposed Suicide Prevention Bill Would Provide Teachers With Annual Training
A proposed bill would provide annual training for educators on how to detect the warning signs exhibited by students who are thinking about harming themselves.
Ex-Texas Judge Pleads Guilty In Corruption Case
A former Texas state district judge pleaded guilty Monday to charges in a federal corruption case.
Texas Soldiers Vote Via Email
Eight Texas soldiers have voted via email in a pilot program that’s touted as a success.
Bill Restricting Video Of Texas Police Dropped
A bill that would have barred anyone except for employees of traditional newsgathering organizations from recording video of police activity in Texas from within 25 feet or less has been dropped.
Texas House Passes Pre-K Plan, Sends Bill To Senate
The Texas House Thursday passed a limited pre-K makeover plan and sent the measure to the state senate.
Texas Senate OK’s Experimental Drugs Bill
The Texas Senate Thursday approved a bill intended to make it easier for terminally ill patients to get experimental drugs.
Central Texas Court At Law Judge Suspended
A Central Texas county court at law judge who earned his law degree from Baylor has been suspended after he was indicted on federal gun charges.
Texas House Passes Early Education Bill, But Critics Not Impressed
The Texas House passed an early education bill Wednesday, but critics aren’t impressed.
Republican Texas House Plan Calls For Sales Tax Cuts
A Republican plan in the Texas House calls for the first rate cuts in the history of the state’s sales tax.
Texas Senate Votes To Move Public Integrity Unit
The Texas Senate voted Wednesday to move the state’s Public Integrity Unit out of Austin.
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.
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