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Disease Response Bills After Dallas Ebola Case

Members of a top Texas Senate health panel are unveiling proposals to bolster the state’s infectious disease response in the wake of the first U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas last summer.

02/11/2015

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Bill Aims To Expand Access To DNA Testing

A Texas lawmaker is filing a bill intended to fix issues created by a 2011 law he authored that makes crime-scene DNA testing difficult for convicts.

02/09/2015

George P. Bush speaks on night two of the Republican National Convention August 31, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

George P. Bush Seizes Conservative Spotlight

George P. Bush’s new job has nothing to do with abortion or money for private schools. But after barely 30 days in office, he’s already headlined high-profile rallies on both issues.

02/05/2015

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Patrick Says ‘Open Carry’ Not Top Priority

After pledging in his campaign to fight for open carry of handguns in Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick now said that it is not a State Senate priority and he does not have the votes to pass it.

01/27/2015

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Texas Supreme Court To Hear School Finance Case

The Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear the state’s multiyear school finance case, and set a timetable that ensures no decision until after the legislative session ends in June.

01/23/2015

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Perry Set To Deliver Farewell Speech

Gov. Rick Perry is delivering a farewell address to the Texas Legislature in Austin on Thursday, capping his 14-year term with a final tribute to his own accomplishments.

01/15/2015

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Texas Legislature Opens New Era Without Perry

Without Gov. Rick Perry at the helm for the first time in 14 years, the Texas Legislature returned Tuesday under new Republican leadership that vows lower taxes and looser gun laws but is also confronting party infighting and plunging oil prices that threaten conservative promises.

01/14/2015

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GOP Ready As Texas Legislature Returns

The Texas Legislature is rumbling back with Republicans set to tackle tax cuts, gun rights, education and immigration, while watching collapsing oil prices that threaten the economy.

01/13/2015

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Plunging Oil Prices To Impact Texas Revenue

Plunging oil prices are expected to dampen how much money state lawmakers will have to spend when the Texas Legislature returns to work in Austin this week.

01/12/2015

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Patrick To Detail State Legislative Priorities

Incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is set to detail promises of tax cuts and other priorities for the legislative session during a media address scheduled for next week in Austin.

01/08/2015

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

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