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Ethan Couch, 16, has been sentenced to 10 years probation for a June 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and severely injured two others.  (credit: CBS 11 News)

Texas Legislators Aim To Ban ‘Affluenza’ Defense

Affluenza — it’s the one word that may have kept Ethan Couch out of jail. But now, several Texas lawmakers want to ban the controversial tactic from being used in court again.

12/10/2014

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Abbott’s Priorities Avoid Much Controversy

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says his administration’s top priorities will be bolstering early education, securing the Texas-Mexico border, cutting taxes and pumping $4 billion annually into a traffic-clogged state road network.

12/08/2014

Male undocumented immigrants sit in a holding cell at the U.S. Border Patrol detainee processing center on April 11, 2013 in McAllen, Texas.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

House Panel Examines Texas Border Surge Cost

A Texas House panel is again examining how much Gov. Rick Perry’s National Guard troop surge to the Texas-Mexico border will cost the state.

12/04/2014

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Governor-Elect Abbott Ready To Work

At a news conference on Wednesday, Greg Abbott ‎said that he’s done celebrating. “It is time to put the election behind us and to begin a process of going to work,” he said.

11/06/2014

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New State Senate Leader, But GOP Still Rules

The Texas Legislature will get a dose of new leadership after Tuesday’s election, while Republicans are poised to retain their firm grip as the party in charge of the nation’s second-most populous state.

11/04/2014

Gov. Rick Perry has called the Legislature back for a third special session to approve more money for roads, but the main sticking point centers on what is the most conservative way to fund them without raising taxes (credit: by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

Perry Says Schools Were Adequately Funded

Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission.

09/22/2014

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Big School Finance Questions Remain

Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn’t convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied up — isn’t likely to get sorted anytime soon.

08/29/2014

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Judge To Issue Final School Finance Ruling

The ongoing dispute over how Texas finances public education is about to reach a milestone. An order of more than 400 pages is expected to be filed in the case on Thursday.

08/28/2014

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Texas Election Maps Trial Begins

A federal trial over Texas election maps is giving the Obama administration a chance to argue that the Voting Rights Act should still apply to the Lone Star State.

07/14/2014

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Texas School Finance Judge Won’t Be Removed

A visiting judge ruled Monday that a colleague can keep presiding over the long-running Texas school finance trial, blocking state attempts to oust him because of perceived bias.

06/24/2014

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Lawmakers To Discuss Parker County Quakes

Hundreds of earthquakes rocked the same community since December. On Monday, legislators in Austin are taking a closer look at what is going on in the area near Azle and Reno.

05/12/2014

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Lawmakers At Capitol For West Anniversary

This week’s anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities.

04/14/2014

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