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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 […]

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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 […]