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Lawmaker says schools should get alternative options to STAAR test

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two weeks into the new school year and students tell KXAN they have already taken STAAR practice tests.

“I never thought we were going to take a STAAR test at the beginning of the year,” said Mikayla Mitchell, a sixth-grader at Kealing Middle School. 437 more words

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Texas craft breweries claim victory against state

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Breweries in Texas are raising a pint after a judge ruled in favor of three breweries that teamed up to sue the state over a 2013 law that made it illegal for breweries to sell their distribution rights. 527 more words

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Texas families pushing for law to fight cyberbullying

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A San Antonio family is hoping their story will spur Texas lawmakers to pass a law that will prevent and combat online bullying. 260 more words

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Texas Facing Hurricane Season with Drained Disaster Fund (The Texas Tribune)

By Julian Aguilar

As Texas takes on another hurricane season, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has nearly committed all of the 2016-17 emergency funds reserved for state disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other natural disasters.

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Senators, activists decry cities' power over ballot (Houston Chronicle)

By Mike Ward and Matthew Adams

AUSTIN – Members of a state Senate committee called Monday for changes in Texas law to prevent cities from thwarting or blocking citizen petition drives, a key issue for conservative and tea party groups in Houston and other cities in recent years. 7 more words

Texas Cities Under Attack by State Senate

The Dallas Morning News reports that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Tea Party dominated Texas Senate are working diligently to restrict local governments from straying too far from his conservative vision – the will of the local voters be damned. 188 more words

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