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News pertaining to the state of Texas.

Keven Ellis defeated Mary Lou Bruner, who almost won the GOP nomination in March with 48 percent of the vote.
The Texas Tribune

By this time next week, the people of Texas Senate District 1 should have a new senator-elect. Runoff elections statewide are next Tuesday. In the KETR listening area, Senate District 1 includes Paris and Lamar County, as well as Red River, Franklin and Wood counties. Most of the District is in the Ark-La-Tex region. District 1 includes Texarkana as well as Tyler and Longview.

Texas Sheriffs, Jails On Immigration Front Line

Feb 16, 2016
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Texas A&M Apologizes After Black High Schoolers Harassed On Campus

Feb 16, 2016
Texas A&M President Michael Young and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp joined state Sen. Royce West to apologize for the incident.
tamu.edu

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Texas A&M University President Michael Young.

Members of Texas A&M University's leadership visited Dallas on Tuesday to personally apologize to the high school students who were harassed and subjected to racial slurs during their visit to campus last week.

Scalia Was Reliable Friend To Texas Conservatives

Feb 15, 2016
Justice Antonin Scalia died on the morning of February 13th on a ranch in West Texas.
NPR

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

For Republican Texas officeholders regularly straining against the leash of a strong federal government, Antonin Scalia has been a reliable and predictable conservative friend on the nation's highest court.

They counted on him over and over in winning and losing cases that involved redistricting, environmental regulation, same-sex marriage, college admissions — even the elevation of a Texas governor to the White House.

The Brief: Racial Incident At Texas A&M Sparks Outrage

Feb 12, 2016
tamu.edu

The Big Conversation

An incident earlier this week on the campus of Texas A&M University where students visiting from an inner-city Dallas charter school were harassed with racial slurs is spurring an investigation.

Analysis: Raising College Tuition, Deflecting The Blame

Feb 12, 2016
utexas.edu

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When it comes to self-preservation, politicians are pretty damn smart.

Hillary Clinton Picks Up Another Texas Superdelegate

Feb 12, 2016
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
NPR

With early voting in Texas just four days away, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign announced she'd picked up a handful of endorsements in the state ahead of its March 1 Democratic presidential primary.

The campaign listed about 50 Texas Democratic officials who are now backing her campaign. Many of those likely will be able to help her turn out the vote in their own backyards.

Rick Perry To Help Recruit Veterans For Ted Cruz

Feb 12, 2016
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry
wbur.org

* Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Former Gov. Rick Perry is joining a new group that plans to organize veterans in support of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign.

Texas A&M Investigating After Black High Schoolers Harassed On Campus

Feb 11, 2016
Texas A&M President Michael Young and A&M System Chancellor John Sharp joined state Sen. Royce West to apologize for the incident.
tamu.edu

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Texas A&M University is conducting an investigation after a group of students visiting campus from an inner-city Dallas high school were harassed Tuesday with racial slurs and a demand to "go back where you came from."

Texas Regulators Uncertain on Hunt Deal

Feb 11, 2016
Rififi_cz / Flickr

With a deadline looming, Texas regulators are struggling to make up their minds about the finer points of the Ray L. Hunt family’s $18 billion proposal to buy and reshape Oncor, the state’s biggest electric utility.

The biggest remaining sticking point is this question: Should the Dallas-based oil family allow Oncor, under a new corporate structure, to collect hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars — normally earmarked for federal taxes — that the company wouldn't actually have to pay?

With Clean Power Plan Ruling, Texas Dodges Climate Action

Feb 10, 2016
NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has helped state Republicans — at least temporarily — dodge major action on climate change.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton For Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Feb 10, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
NPR

The list of investigations into Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct just got a little bit longer. The Texas State Bar was ordered last week to launch a disciplinary probe into Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage — an investigation that could end with Paxton getting disbarred.

Texas Takes On Growing Role In 2016 Democratic Primary

Feb 9, 2016
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
NPR

On Saturday, as Hillary Clinton knocked on doors in New Hampshire days before the state’s primary, Amanda Renteria, her national political director, was doing the same 2,000 miles away.

After a rally at the campaign’s new San Antonio office with over 200 supporters, Renteria canvassed some of the same neighborhoods that Clinton worked in during George McGovern's presidential campaign in 1972.

Ted Cruz: Drafting Women Into Military Combat Is 'Nuts'

Feb 8, 2016
NPR

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.

"It was striking that three different people on that [debate] stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military. And I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was 'Are you guys nuts?'" he said.

Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, Is An Early Primary State

Feb 8, 2016
NPR

When you talk about early primary states, remember that you’re sitting in one of them. Texans start voting in the presidential election in eight days.

Iowa is out of the way. New Hampshire voters add their voices Tuesday. And two more states — South Carolina and Nevada — will vote later this month. But Texans start the early voting for the March 1 primaries next Tuesday, and many voters here will cast their ballots before the results in those states are known.

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