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Climate change debate moves to State Capitol

AUSTIN (KXAN)- On Monday, a retired three-star General from the U.S. Air Force and a retired Rear Admiral from the British Navy will be talking to Texas lawmakers about the national security threats posed by climate change. 58 more words


What to Watch: Pre-K, tax cuts, road funding, tuition repeal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott made expanding pre-kindergarten programs an “emergency item,” fast-tracking bills on the topic through the Legislature.

Lawmakers have wasted little time filing major bills to expand early education, but there’s disagreement on how best to do so. 476 more words


'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act filed

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas lawmaker wants “American Sniper” Chris Kyle to receive the nation’s top military award. Congressman Roger Williams on Friday filed the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act. 53 more words


Texas lawmakers paying special attention to pre-K programs

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas lawmakers are pushing to restore funding for pre-kindergarten programs. On Thursday, Rep. Dan Huberty filed House Bill 4, a measure outlining a high-quality pre-K program that would impact the entire state.  374 more words


Conservatives taking aim at UT System regents appointments

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s first three appointees to the University of Texas System Board of Regents found their road to confirmation facing some tough obstacles Thursday from Senate Republicans. 415 more words


Special committee on police issues meets for the first time

AUSTIN (KXAN) – In an ever changing state, Texas authorities need to stay up to date on everything from drones to human trafficking.

This session, House Speaker Joe Straus created the Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement. 400 more words


Tennis star Andy Roddick rallying for after-school funding

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One of America’s most popular tennis players, Andy Roddick, is now using his tennis fame for a good cause off the court. On Thursday, he spoke to lawmakers — speaking on behalf of the… 385 more words