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Texas Republicans Spar with White House Over Latest Disaster Aid Request

AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – Texas Republicans on Friday panned the White House’s latest disaster aid request, with Gov. Greg Abbott calling it “completely inadequate” for the state’s needs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. President Donald Trump’s administration was quick to respond, calling on the state to pony up its own dollars to help with […]

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At least 26 dead after worst mass shooting in Texas history at San Antonio-area church

7:30 p.m. Officials didn’t identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night but numerous media outlets identify him as Devin Kelley.  According to KTRK the Pentagon has confirmed the suspect identified in the mass shooting at a Texas church previously served in the Air Force. Updated at 6:22 p.m. SUTHERLAND SPRING, Texas (Texas Tribune) […]

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Katy/Richmond Rep. John Zerwas to Run For Texas House Speaker – Joe Straus will not seek Re-Election

  AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2018, a decision that has the potential to upend the political balance of power in the state. Straus, who has lately been the most powerful moderate Republican in the Texas Capitol, […]

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Hurricane Harvey Slams Texas

  Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful storm to strike Texas since 1961, slammed the Texas coastline late Friday and early Saturday, leaving thousands without power, damaging buildings and pouring down rain that is expected to cause catastrophic flooding in coming days. The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane — with sustained winds of 85 […]

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Licensing director is seventh official out at troubled Texas liquor agency

  AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Tribune) – Licensing Director Amy Harrison is the seventh official out at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission since April. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said Friday Harrison “separated” from the agency Wednesday. Jo Ann Joseph, previously the deputy director of licensing, will act as licensing director until a decision is made about Harrison’s permanent […]

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions for Teachers

  AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – With less than a week before the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal Thursday to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money from the Texas lottery. Patrick called a press conference […]

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Lawmaker urged Abbott to Veto Bill Legalizing Hot Air Balloon Hog Hunting

  A Republican lawmaker trying to convince Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill allowing the hunting of wild pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons wrote that it could lead to “future catastrophes” because of lax regulation of commercial ballooning. “The serious problems that currently exist with hot air balloon flights were not adequately addressed during this […]