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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 […]

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House Education Leaders Won’t Budge on School Finance, Private School Choice

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune The top House education leader said Sunday that “private school choice” is still dead in the lower chamber. “We only voted six times against it in the House,” House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty said. “I’m prepared to have that discussion again. I don’t think [the Senate is] going to like it — because now I’m […]

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California’s Texas Travel Ban Creates Confusion in College Sports

By Matthew Watkins and Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune The politicians running Texas and California continue to prove that they want nothing to do with each other. But athletes in the two states are inextricably linked. As a result, the latest salvo in the Texas v. California culture wars has created widespread confusion in the college […]

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Cruz declines to support Senate GOP health care bill, while Cornyn defends it

  By Abby Livingston, Marissa Evans and Andy Duehren,The Texas Tribune   WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama’s 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas’ two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure. While U.S. Sen. John Cornyn took to the floor early Thursday […]