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Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."
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Sounding a deeply populist note, former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday launched an offensive against banks that are too big to fail, making a pitch for Wall Street reform while tying the 2008 financial crisis to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Warning that the "next crash is on the horizon," Perry used a New York speech to position himself as the only candidate with the economic record to to reverse an era of Wall Street run amok, enabled by complicit politicians.

Paxton: Texas Planned Parenthood video 'consistent' with others

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testified before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday in regards to the Planned Parenthood program.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video obtained by his office as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group of the organization’s executives discussing fetal tissue donations.

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The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Heat Advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Counties included are: Grayson, Fannin, Lamar and Delta including the cities of Sherman, Denison, Bonham, Paris and Cooper.

Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits and heat index values near 105 degrees.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s officials were alerted by family members of 79-year old Lee A. Jones at approximately 3:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon, July 11 of his disappearance from his home on County Road 1180.

Texas lawmakers set to scrutinize Planned Parenthood

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Today a Texas Senate panel meets in the aftermath of several undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing seemingly questionable practices.
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A Texas Senate panel will meet Wednesday to scrutinize Planned Parenthood practices in the aftermath of the release of undercover videos of the abortion provider's executives discussing fetal tissue donation.

Bland arrest, death prompt legislative hearing

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Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.
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Following the controversial arrest and death of Sandra Bland in Waller County, a Houston lawmaker will convene a Texas House committee hearing Thursday to look at trooper arrest procedures and state jail standards.

"This isn't to beat up on somebody," said state Rep. Garnet Coleman, chairman of the Texas House Committee on County Affairs. "We want to solve problems."

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the permitting process is underway for retail stores wanting to sell beer and wine in Delta County, after voters approved such sales in May.  And Delta Hope House, the county's food pantry, is raising money to support its growing services.  The organization served about 1,800 families in Delta County last year.

Audit finds 'significant weaknesses' in GLO contracting

Jul 28, 2015
'Significant weaknesses' were found in the General Land Office's contracting procedures that threaten the agency's ability ensure wise spending.
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The General Land Office’s contracting procedures are riddled with “significant weaknesses” that threaten the agency’s ability to ensure it is wisely spending its dollars, State Auditor John Keel said in a report made public Tuesday.

Cruz taps Fleming as campaign's Texas Tea Party chair

Jul 28, 2015
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has picked Tea Party activist JoAnn Fleming to serve as the party chairwoman of his run for the White House.
NPR

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has recruited one of his home state's most prolific Tea Party activists, JoAnn Fleming.

Fleming, a longtime Cruz ally who backed his underdog bid for the U.S. Senate, will serve as the Texas Tea Party chairwoman of his White House run, according to a campaign source. A formal announcement was expected Tuesday afternoon.

Highway funding showdown is latest budget scramble at TxDOT

Jul 28, 2015
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As Congress barrels toward a Friday deadline to fund the nation’s highway system, transportation experts across the country are responding to ever-tighter budgets with simple but significant cost-saving changes.

In Texas, federal funding makes up about a third of the Texas Department of Transportation's $23 billion two-year budget. While TxDOT has shouldered criticism for recent spending decisions, the agency touts a few examples of successful moves to pinch pennies.

Texas facing major climate change impacts, study finds

Jul 28, 2015
The Brazos River in Knox County during the summer of 2011.
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Texas probably will see a sharp increase in heat-related deaths and coastal storm-related losses in the coming decades if nothing is done to mitigate a changing climate, according to a new study commissioned by a bipartisan group of prominent policymakers and company executives aiming to spawn concern – and action – in the business community over the much-debated warming trend.

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Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

More Texans seeking treatment for meth abuse

Jul 27, 2015
Over 6,000 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, last year.
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A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.

Last year 6,219 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, up 590 from the previous year, according to the Treatment Episode Survey data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Anti-abortion group visited Planned Parenthood in Houston

Jul 27, 2015
Members of an anti-abortion group responsible for two undercover videos recently released featuring Planned Parenthood executives, made an appearance at a Houston Planned Parenthood center this weekend.
NPR

Editor's note: This story has been updated with response from the Texas Attorney General's office.

The anti-abortion group behind two undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue donation visited one of the organization’s clinics in Houston, Planned Parenthood officials said Sunday.

Sandra Bland DA appoints team to review evidence

Jul 27, 2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13th.
WBUR

The prosecutor in the Sandra Bland death investigation said Monday he has appointed an outside group of lawyers to review the evidence in the case to ensure that Waller County remains "an open book."

Mathis also released the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences' toxicology report on Bland without commenting on it. The report showed that Bland had marijuana in her bloodstream at the time of her death.

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