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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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Texas Government
4:16 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Law will enable drivers to show insurance on phones

"Hold on officer, it's downloading."
NPR

In a month and a half, drivers on Texas roads won’t have to dig through their glove compartments for their insurance cards when they are pulled over by police officers. They can just turn to their cell phones. 

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Texas Water
10:21 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Whooping Crane case could affect Texas water supplies

The deaths of the cranes in South Texas led to a case that has earned national attention.
NPR

As drought conditions and dry forecasts persist across Texas, lawyers will argue a case in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that could have major implications for water supplies in the state — and for natural resource planning nationally.

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Texas Health
3:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Texas hospital lifts ban on non-specialists delivering babies

Rural medical facilities have sometimes struggled with specialist-only policies.
KUT

The Wise Regional Health System will no longer require doctors at its hospitals to have a three-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology before letting them deliver babies, a shift that will give privileges back to certain family physicians practicing in the area.  

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Texas Legislature
1:07 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Perry signs abortion bill into law

Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with State. Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, one of the sponsors of House Bill 2.
Veronica Zaragovia

With a few dozen protesters chanting outside and a Capitol auditorium full of supporters on hand, Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 — the omnibus abortion legislation — into law Thursday morning.

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Texas Legislature
12:43 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Lawmakers again trying to award medal to Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy
wikimedia commons

The Texas House plans to consider a resolution Thursday afternoon urging Gov. Rick Perry to posthumously award a Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy, an iconic World War II hero.

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Texas Education
12:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Texas A&M Univ. President Loftin to resign

Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin
tamu.edu

Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin will step down from his position in January, he notified university leaders on Friday.

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