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New Harris County Policy Reignites Marijuana Decriminalization Debate In Austin

  By Sanya Mansoor, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Some state officials are fuming at Harris County’s forthcoming policy to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, while others say local jurisdictions should have discretion when it comes to enforcing laws. The policy, announced Thursday by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and […]

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Former President George H.W. Bush Discharged from Hospital

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune HOUSTON (The Texas Tribune) – Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday after recovering from bacterial pneumonia and respiratory problems, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. “He is thankful for many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the […]

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Courtesy Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Calls for House, Senate Vote on School Choice this Session

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – Addressing a crowd of cheering supporters on the Texas Capitol’s south steps, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declared Tuesday that he wanted both the House and Senate to take a vote on an upcoming private school choice bill. “We want a vote up or down in the Senate and […]

A school choice rally drew advocates to the Texas Capitol in Austin on Jan. 30, 2015. Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

School Choice Advocates Expected to Rally at Texas Capitol

  By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune Thousands of students, activists and family members are expected to flood the Texas Capitol lawn Tuesday morning in a sea of signature yellow scarves as the Legislature prepares for a fight on whether to let parents use public money for private school tuition. In advance of the “National School Choice […]

Gov. Greg Abbott following his speech Sept. 19, 2016 to the Texas Education & Workforce Summit luncheon. Courtesy Texas Tribune/Bob Daemmrich

On “bathroom bill,” Greg Abbott staying neutral as pressure builds

  By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Tribune) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is maintaining his largely neutral stance on Texas’ “bathroom bill” as pressure picks up on him to weigh in on the legislation. “This is an alarming issue that is an obvious concern to a lot of Texans,” Abbott told The […]

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At confirmation hearing, Rick Perry vows to pursue “sound science” on climate change

  By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON (The Texas Tribune) –  Testifying before the committee overseeing his confirmation as U.S. energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he believes humans cause climate change and that he no longer supports eliminating the department he’s been appointed to lead. “My past statements made over […]

An attendee sports a pair of "Make America Great Again" boots at the 2017 Black Tie and Boots Ball. Courtesy: Allison Shelley/The Texas Tribune

Texans celebrate Trump at Black Tie and Boots Ball

  By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune OXON HILL, Md. (Texas Tribune) — An estimated 12,000 people adorned in cowboy hats, boots, furs, formal wear and an occasional “Make America Great Again” ballcap contributed to a jovial scene at the Texas State Society’s Black Tie and Boots Ball, just outside of the city limits of Washington, D.C., on […]

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Texas Educators Criticize Discrepancies between New A-F and Past Ratings

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Kevin Houchin saw the praise roll in for McGregor Independent School District when the Central Texas district’s high school received top marks from the state in 2016 for high academic achievement and preparing students for college. So the superintendent was surprised to see an F […]

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Katy Rep. Schofield Files Bill to Cap Growth of State Spending

  AUSTIN (Covering Katy) – Texas State Representative Mike Schofield, (R-Katy), filed House Bill 936 this week to prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population, allowing for inflation. The bill would change the spending cap currently in the Texas Constitution to prevent the state budget from growing above the […]