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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bill Could Return Power to Texas Board of Ed.

Bill Could Return Power to Texas Board of Ed.

The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Efforts to End 'Lunch Shaming' Move Forward in Texas

Efforts to End 'Lunch Shaming' Move Forward in Texas

A bill to stop "lunch shaming" is dead, but a Dallas representative's fight to help hungry kids continues.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Senate Bans Drones Over Stadiums, Jails

Senate Bans Drones Over Stadiums, Jails

Drone flights could soon face new restrictions in America's largest conservative state.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Senate Passes Bill to Save Dallas Police, Fire Pension

Senate Passes Bill to Save Dallas Police, Fire Pension

The Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that could help make the Dallas Police and Fire pension system solvent over the next 46 years.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lt. Governor Signals Special Session May Still Be Necessary

Lt. Governor Signals Special Session May Still Be Necessary

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is signaling concern about votes taken this weekend in the Texas House.

Monday, May 22, 2017

More Texas High Schoolers Who Fail Tests Could Graduate

More Texas High Schoolers Who Fail Tests Could Graduate

More Texas high schoolers could soon have a chance to graduate without passing all of the state's mandatory tests.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Secrets of Transgender Kids

Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Secrets of Transgender Kids

Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas Senate Approves 'Religious Refusal' Adoption Measure

Texas Senate Approves 'Religious Refusal' Adoption Measure

Texas' Republican-controlled Senate has given final approval to a law that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children because of religious objections.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas' 'Second-Chance' Bill Would Seal Some Criminal Records

Texas' 'Second-Chance' Bill Would Seal Some Criminal Records

The Texas Legislature is moving closer to approving a bipartisan law letting some first-time, low-level offenders seal their criminal records -- keeping them from being made public when doing things like...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas Revives 'Bathroom Bill,' But Only for Public Schools

Texas Revives 'Bathroom Bill,' But Only for Public Schools

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas -- though it may only apply to public schools.