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Texas Executes Its First Inmate Of 2016 After Late Appeals FailTexas is the nation's busiest death penalty state, having carried out 13 lethal injections in 2015, which accounted for nearly half of the 28 executions nationwide.
Senators Push For Bill Of Rights Display At Oklahoma CapitolThe effort is part of a national push by the group My Bill of Rights to install such displays around the country. A display already has been constructed in Arizona, and another is planned for Texas.
No Child Left Behind Law Up For Makeover In SenateThe Senate is set to vote Wednesday on legislation to rewrite the landmark 2002 No Child Left Behind law.
Watauga Cracks Down On Cell Phone Use While DrivingThe city of Watauga is cracking down on distracted driving by outlawing the use of cell phones behind the wheel unless you’re hands-free.
Medicaid Rate Cuts To Therapists On Hold: Parents Of Children With Disabilities Still WorryThe tough task of caring for children with disabilities is not getting any easier in Texas.
New Laws Take Effect In TexasA measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is one of nearly 700 new laws taking effect Tuesday.
Gov. Abbott Dedicates Billions To Elevate Higher EducationThanks to a new law set to kick in on September 1, Texas Colleges and Universities will have an additional $4 billion to elevate their national standing in research.
Ken Paxton Faces Contempt Hearing Over Same-Sex Marriage RightsA federal judge has ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to explain why he should not be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede gay marriage rights.
2 Gun Rights Bills Expected To Get Final Votes In TexasThe top two gun rights bills expected to shoot through the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature now need a final week push to become law.
Gov. Abbott Signs Law Banning Cities From Fracking, Drilling BansGov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.
Texas House Approves Licensed Open Carry Of HandgunsTexas is closer to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House.
Texas Lawmakers Work To Shield Suppliers Of Execution DrugsAlleged threats against execution drug suppliers have Texas lawmakers trying to conceal the identity of those manufacturers from both the public and death row inmates.

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