Politics

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Report: UT President OK’d Applicants Over Objections

The investigation into influence peddling in admissions at the University of Texas System’s flagship campus found applicants approved by outgoing President Bill Powers typically were recommended by state lawmakers, university donors, alumni and at times by regents themselves.

02/12/2015

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Abbott Defends Texas Parents’ Right To Opt Out Of Vaccines

A spokeswoman for Gov. Greg Abbott says he encourages all parents to have their children vaccinated but supports Texas law allowing families to opt out of them.

02/12/2015

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Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting Up Veto

The Republican-controlled Congress approved a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.

02/11/2015

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Lt. Gov. Patrick: National Guard Not Leaving Texas Border

The Lieutenant Governor says state leaders no longer want the Texas National Guard off the border with Mexico next month as originally planned.

02/10/2015

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Open Carry Gun Rights Activist’s Video Alarms Texas Lawmakers

In an online video Wednesday, a gun rights activist pushing for legislation allowing Texans to openly carry handguns tells state legislators that ‘treason is punishable by death.’

02/04/2015

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Proposal Would Tap Texas Vehicle Sales Tax For Road Building

If passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, Nichols’ plan wouldn’t touch the first $2.5 billion generated annually, but would divert the rest for transportation infrastructure beginning in the 2018-2019 state budgetary cycle.

02/04/2015

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Rep Shares Request For Muslims To Renounce Terrorists On Facebook

Freshman state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, has some very specific instructions for staff in Austin on how to deal with Texas Muslim Capital Day – and she shared them on Facebook.

01/29/2015

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Lt. Gov. Patrick Names Senate Committees, Further Punishes Democrats

Democrats in the Texas Senate were shoved further aside by the Republican majority Friday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments with the minority party in charge of only two panels.

01/23/2015

A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL Lage (credit: YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Texans Hope Cuban Relations Boost Business

As American tourists rejoice in easier rules for traveling to Cuba, some business owners are hoping to benefit as well.

01/16/2015

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Transportation Official: Gridlock, Growth Overwhelming Texas Highways

While Texas has bragging rights to a network that includes the most highway lanes in the nation, everything is not rosy.

01/15/2015

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‘Citizen’ Board Of Wealthy Texas Donors Will Help Lawmakers

Billionaire political donors and other special interest heavyweights are among ‘citizen advisory’ members named by incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to help Texas lawmakers write bills over the next five months.

01/15/2015

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Governor-Elect Abbott Goes One-On-One With CBS 11 News

Governor-elect Greg Abbott raised a lot of eyebrows when he criticized locally-approved ordinances such as Denton’s ban on fracking and Dallas’ ban on plastic bags — calling it the “Californication” of Texas.

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