Horses starting out of the gate at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
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Texas Racing Commission closed, tracks suspend races

The Texas Racing Commission ceased operations Tuesday and directed racetracks to stop all live and broadcast racing, according to the agency. The commission, which regulates dog and horse racing in the state, notified tracks Monday night that it had not received the money necessary to remain open. Texas House and Senate members of the Legislative Budget Board failed to reach an agreement Monday to avert a shutdown. "I hope and think any shutdown will be brief and temporary," commission...
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Texas Racing Commission closed, tracks suspend races

1 hour ago
Horses starting out of the gate at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
R. Hensley

The Texas Racing Commission ceased operations Tuesday and directed racetracks to stop all live and broadcast racing, according to the agency.

The commission, which regulates dog and horse racing in the state, notified tracks Monday night that it had not received the money necessary to remain open. Texas House and Senate members of the Legislative Budget Board failed to reach an agreement Monday to avert a shutdown.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab ambushed a base for African Union peacekeepers in southern Somalia early Tuesday.

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