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Perry Backs Storage Site For Texas Nuclear Waste

Gov. Rick Perry has asked lawmakers to explore establishing a location in Texas to store the state’s high-level radioactive waste.


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Texas Lawmakers Consider How To Attract Venture Capital

Texas lawmakers want to see what they can do to attract more venture capitalists to the state.


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$2 Billion Water Funding Bill Heads To Perry

The $2 billion for a new state water fund that Gov. Rick Perry prioritized this session has finally reached his desk for approval.


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State Lawmakers Get Map Of Highway Needs

Texas transportation officials are scheduled to give lawmakers a road map for the challenges the state faces in keeping up an aging highway system to move its growing population.


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Straus Suggests Raising Driver’s License Cost

House Speaker Joe Straus suggested possibly raising the cost of a driver’s license to help the state’s congested roads. Texas drivers currently pay a price of $25.


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Straus Says Texas Needs More Than Tax Cuts

House Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.


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State’s New Budget Gives Slight Increase For Public Education

Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.


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State House Will Take 6-Day MLK Break

The Texas House will adjourn next week and remain out of session for six days in observance of Marin Luther King Jr. Day and the U.S. presidential inauguration.


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Texas GOP Leaders Outline Priorities

Republican leaders in Texas are back to work at the Capitol with an agenda that includes tax relief, abortion restrictions and spending restraint.


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Simpson Running For Texas House Speaker

State Rep. David Simpson said that he’s running for Texas House speaker while another conservative favorite, state Rep. Bryan Hughes, is abandoning his bid for the post.


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Water Percolates Up Texas Legislature’s Agenda

After years of chatter, water appears to have finally percolated to the top of the Texas Legislature’s agenda.


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Tough Session Ahead For State Legislature

Texas voters chose more of the same in the Texas Legislature next year. They maintained the partisan balance in the Senate and added only a handful of Democrats to the House.