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Friday Night Lights actor Kyle Chandler and his daughter led supporters Thursday in pitching legislation to protect sharks, exotic pets and shelter animals.
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As some states are tightening limits on guns after the Connecticut elementary school shootings, Texas is pushing back in the other direction.
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Senate Finance agrees to whopping 17% increase in mental health, addiction funding.
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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst filed a lawsuit Thursday against his one-time campaign manager seeking recovery of more than $2 million that Dewhurst claims was stolen from his state and federal political accounts over the past five years.
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Senate panel approved a measure Tuesday to create higher standards for abortion clinics.
Opponents called the proposal a “backdoor abortion ban” that would close more than 80 percent of Texas clinics.
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Legislators who  want to allow guns on college campuses clashed Thursday with a law officer who said doing so would only create confusion.
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Senate Finance Committee approves $195.5 billion budget Wednesday that begins a slow march back from education cuts and gives new attention to mentally ill
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Speaker Joe Straus said Thursday that Texas urgently needs to come up with a plan for overhauling Medicaid that it can propose to President Barack Obama’s administration.
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Nearly a dozen former House members who lost their re-election bids or opted not to run again roam the Capitol wielding a different kind of clout — as well-connected Texas lobbyists, often for big-money clients.
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Watchdog group finds ‘blatant bias’ in Bible courses at Texas schools
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The Texas Freedom Network says the state has failed to implement curriculum guidelines for the elective classes.

Clash over vouchers comes down to vastly different views on Texas schools
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State Republicans see widespread failure and the need for big change, while Democrats say the GOP is trying to dismantle schools.

Analysis: Many GOP state leaders hot to cut taxes, but will the budget s...
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Giving more than token relief would suppress spending on schools and health care, experts and initial calculations indicate.

Perry, Abbott draw donations from same donors, a challenge for possible ...
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If the Texas attorney general runs for governor, it could pose a problem for many GOP contributors.

Texas state parks may face closure in proposed budget cuts
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Initial proposals reduce funding, but advocates say maintenance is long overdue and more money is needed to avoid closures.

With politics in mind, Texas Republicans avoiding measures to crack down...
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Sanctuary cities bans and an Arizona-style measure are nowhere to be found so far among legislation in Austin.

Texas civil liberties advocates seek limits on law enforcement tracking ...
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They want warrants approved by judges to be required, but police say they are careful with the information.

5 things to watch for in the Texas Legislature this year
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Watch for Rick Perry and David Dewhurst to move to the right, fights over infrastructure, public education and economic development funds, a

Leticia Van de Putte, Texas Senate’s new president pro tem, urges compro...
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The colorful, forceful San Antonio Democrat also called on the Legislature to restore $5 billion cut from public school budgets.

House leader files bill to scale back high school testing
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Texas high school students would only have to pass five end-of-course tests – rather than the current 15 – to graduate, under legislation fi

UT Austin will try to use money to get students in and out in four years
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AUSTIN -- The University of Texas at Austin is using $5 million in financial aid funds to incentivize students to graduate on time. The one-

Democratic Govs target Perry over Medicaid expansion
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The Democratic Governor's Association has started running web ads that feature Gov. Rick Perry's refusal to accept federal money to expand M

Johnny Football visits the Lege
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House members lost their MINDS when Johnny Manziel, winner of the Heisman 2012, hit the House floor today for a congratulatory resolution. R

Straus says he won’t let House repeat 2007 voucher fiasco
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Speaker Joe Straus warned the Texas Senate on Wednesday that if it passes a divisive school vouchers bill, the measure might not reach a flo

Dr. Laughing Gas will help you locate your appendix, ma’am
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Former legislator Kyle Janek was schooling new House budget writers on who qualifies for the Texas Medicaid program Monday when he injected

School district lawyers hammer away at education funding system
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Attorneys for the more than 600 school districts suing the state over its school finance system Monday hammered away at the Legislature for

State judge rules for school districts in school finance case
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In a ruling that could signal a huge fiscal impact on Texas, a state judge ruled Monday that the Texas school finance system is not deliveri

Is Medicaid a ‘rich’ program? Topic roils House panel
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House budget writers are squabbling over whether the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor offers plush bennies and is gobbling up

Rick Perry urges businesses to flee California and come to Texas in new ...
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Gov. Rick Perry tweeted his Twitter followers today saying a radio spot bashing California and boasting about Texas began running today in t

Pitts cites troubled dreams as House opens budget hearings
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House budget chief Rep. Jim Pitts quipped Monday that he's troubled -- even at night -- by arcane features of Texas' two-year state budget.