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State of Texas: In-Depth - Words of Unity and Division

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Donald Trump set the tone for his presidency just moments after taking the oath of office. The vision he laid out in his inaugural address brought both cheers and condemnation, with the difference falling largely along political lines. 380 more words


Democrats Again To Lead Just 2 Texas Senate Committees

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AUSTIN (AP) – Democrats will again head just two Texas Senate committees, the same number that the minority party ran last session in 2015. 127 more words


State Rep. Dawnna Dukes turns herself in on felony charges

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Embattled State Rep. Dawnna Dukes is officially facing criminal charges, accused of tampering with government records and abuse of official capacity.

The Travis County District Attorney and Texas Rangers presented the evidence before a grand jury on Tuesday; the indictments on three counts were returned later that day. 794 more words


Report: No school choice measures in Texas without accountability

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas legislature this session will decide if taxpayer funds should help families pay for private school and home school supplies. Between the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions, a select group of House members looked into the issue and highlighted what could be the key issue in the debate: accountability. 439 more words


Texas Lawmakers Try Again To Raise Minimum Smoking Age

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This may be the year that lawmakers in the state of Texas pass a measure raising the smoking age from 19 to 21 years old. 275 more words


Listen: Previewing housing issues at the Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature kicked off its 2017 session on January 10, with plenty of housing-related bills already filed, proposed or in discussion. To get a preview of the housing issues likely to stand out at this year’s session, I spoke with our fair housing planner and point person at the Legislature, … 98 more words

Lawmaker aims to lower the cost for churches that want security officers

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Each week, Austin Christian Fellowship opens their doors for families to worship. When they do, Scott Newman is always ready to serve. 533 more words