State News

2014 Election
8:48 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Abbott setting sights on education policy debate

Greg Abbott
KUT

Attorney General Greg Abbott will spend most of the next month talking about education, signaling that he won’t cede any ground on the issue to state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is making her support of public schools a calling card in the governor’s race. 

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Texas Government
8:41 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Perry misses deadline on Red River boundary issue

The lapsed deadline is the latest twist in the nearly two centuries of debate over the exact whereabouts of Texas’ 540-mile border with Oklahoma.
Shelly Kofler KERA

Gov. Rick Perry doesn't appear to be in a hurry to address the confusion swirling around Texas’ border with Oklahoma. 

He has missed a legislative deadline to assemble a commission tasked with solving the problem, though there is still time make appointments ahead of a deadline for the commission’s first meeting. 

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Texas Government
1:04 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Tyler native joins GOP gubernatorial hopefuls

Lisa Fritsch
lisafritsch.com

She is barely a blip in the polls, and the odds of her securing the Republican nomination for Texas governor are viewed as vanishingly small. 

But Lisa Fritsch, a conservative activist, author and former radio show host, suddenly has bragging rights among second-tier candidates trying to make a respectable showing against the overwhelming primary favorite, Attorney General Greg Abbott. 

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Texas Crime and Courts
12:36 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

One-third of criminal appeals court leaving office

The Texas Supreme Court Building in Austin. Three of the nine seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals will be contested in the 2104 election.
http://www.thc.state.tx.us/

All three Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judges whose terms expire in 2014 — one-third of the nine-member panel — have elected not to seek another term, setting the stage for unusually high turnover on the state's highest criminal court.

"This is a lot leaving," said Chuck Mallin, appellate chief in the Tarrant County district attorney's office. "It's always a scary proposition, because you don't know what you're going to get."

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Texas Environment
8:00 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Boater education courses target invasive species

Zebra mussels have cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars.
NPR

Every two months, Christopher Churchill, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist, scuba dives in Ray Roberts Lake, northwest of Dallas, to monitor the growth rates of zebra mussels, which have wreaked havoc on several Texas lakes and rivers. 

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Texas Military and Veterans
8:12 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Vets helping vets with mental health wellness

Military Veteran Peer Network

Bryan Escobedo's smile is proof that social gravity — a force that draws like-minded people together — can be particularly potent in the military.

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Texas Government
6:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Pauken attacks Abbott for opposing airline merger

Greg Abbott, the attorney general of Texas, announced this week that he had filed a complaint in federal court to block a merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways.
NPR

Tom Pauken, waging a longshot bid to be the GOP nominee for Texas governor, attacked frontrunner Greg Abbott Thursday for joining forces with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to block a proposed airline merger. 

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Texas Government
8:26 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Cruz staging events across Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
NPR

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, whose trips to early primary states have sparked speculation about a possible 2016 presidential run, is hitting the road in Texas next week.

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Texas Education
8:52 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Meningitis vaccine rules at colleges to be scaled back

Community colleges in particular struggled under the old rules.
NPR

With the Legislature reducing the number of college students required to receive meningitis vaccinations and making it easier for some to opt out, community college administrators say they are better equipped to ensure a smooth implementation of vaccination requirements.

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Texas Government
8:10 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Biggest ethics reforms died on Perry's desk

Gov. Rick Perry
NPR

Lawmakers took care of an ethics problem of concern to candidates this year: From now on, political consultants who also lobby the Legislature will have to list the names of their political clients in their lobby filings.

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