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Abbott Shifts Gubernatorial Run To Education

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is putting new emphasis on education in his campaign to replace Gov. Rick Perry.


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Education Board To Vote On New Textbooks

The Board of Education is casting critical votes Thursday on new science textbooks for use statewide, and on whether Algebra II should be a required high school course.



Voting Map Opponents Want To Be Reimbursed

Minority rights groups that sued over voting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 now want the state to pay back the roughly $6 million spent fighting in court.


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Pay Your Toll Bills Or Face The Consequences

The clock is ticking for some toll road violators to finally make amends with the North Texas Tollway Authority. It is time to pay up or face the consequences.


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Gun-Friendly Texas Getting Even Friendlier

Already a gun-friendly state, Texas is taking steps to be even cozier for concealed handgun license holders, through a slate of gun-related laws taking effect on Sunday.



Weary State Lawmakers Tackle Road Funding Again

An unusual eighth month of the Texas Legislature is starting with weary lawmakers still searching for compromise on new transportation funding.


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Texas Lawmakers Voting On New Road Funding

The clock is ticking and Texas lawmakers are facing a deadline of midnight Tuesday night to approve new highway funding or face a third special session.


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State Lawmakers To Pass Road Funding Measure

The Texas Legislature is expected to finally pass a proposed constitutional amendment to boost funding for roads and bridges.


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State Senate Considers Transportation Funding

The Texas Senate is scheduled to approve increased funding for roads and bridges — if they can reach a deal with the House.


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State Lawmakers Look To Finish Road Funding

The Texas Senate and House could wrap up the second special session by approving a proposed constitutional amendment increasing funding for road and bridge construction.


Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) looks over the Senate rules trying to figure how to end the Democrats' attempt to defeat the anti-abortion bill SB5 by a filibuster on the last day of the legislative special session June 25, 2013 in Austin. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Dewhurst Will Keep Abortion Vote On Track

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst blamed the Texas abortion bill’s defeat on an “unruly mob” of protestors. But that will not happen again, he promised.


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State Senate Approves Roads & Criminal Justice

The Texas Legislature has approved a mandatory sentence for 17-year-olds who commit capital crimes to life in prison with parole possible after 40 years.