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Texas House OKs Plan To Let Some Students Bypass Test Rules

Texas lawmakers could let thousands of Texas high school students graduate this year even if they fail some of the standardized tests normally required for a diploma.

04/21/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Propose Separate Bills To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Could medical marijuana soon be legal in Texas?

03/13/2015

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Texas Legislature Opens With More Ceremony Than Substance

Texas’ 140-day legislative session is underway, with both the state Senate and House gaveling in around noon.

01/13/2015

The West Fertilizer Company, shown from the air, lies in ruins on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Getty Images)

New Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.

08/05/2014

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Texas Drivers Could See Gas Tax Increases At Federal & State Levels

Lawmakers both in Washington and Austin are considering possible gas tax increases to pay for much needed road improvements. Last week federal lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan plan to raise the federal gasoline tax by 12-cents.

CBS 11–06/24/2014

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Lawmakers: New Texas Curriculum May Be Too Complicated

Some Texas lawmakers complained Wednesday that sweeping new high school curriculum and standardized testing rules were too complicated for even those who approved them to understand — much less students, parents or academic counselors.

03/26/2014

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Ruby Cole Session, Fierce Criminal Justice Reformer, Dies

Ruby Cole Session, who championed the cause of the wrongfully convicted in Texas after her son was sent to prison for a rape he didn’t commit, has died. She was 77.

10/13/2013

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The Texas Giant Reopens Nearly 2 Months After Tragedy

It was designed to provide a scare for fun, not scare someone to death. The Texas Giant roller coaster reopened at Six Flags in Arlington nearly two months after a woman was flung from it to her death.

09/14/2013

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New State Law Bans Tanning For Texas Minors

Among the many new laws taking affect this month is one designed to prevent teens from getting skin cancer.

KRLD–09/02/2013

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Texas Legislature Debates Road Funding

The Texas Legislature has convened to debate new funding for roads and bridges by diverting money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

08/05/2013

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Months Before Six Flags Death Industry Oversight Questioned

The I-Team has learned there were questions about amusement ride safety, and how to monitor the industry, long before a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster on July 19.

CBS 11–07/30/2013

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Gov. Perry Calls Special Session To End Controversy Over Voting Districts

Governor Perry wants lawmakers to approve the voting maps drawn by a federal court in Washington, DC that were already used for Congressional and state legislative districts last year.

05/27/2013

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