Changes to ‘bathroom Bill,' Spike in Hospital Bill Cost, Cowboys' Lewis Found Not Guilty: Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Good morning! Here is a look at the top headlines as we start the day.Weather: Heat Advisory. Mostly sunny and hot. High: 99.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.Texas Senate OKs bathroom bill with minor changesThe Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bathroom bill that would limit restroom use by transgender men, women and children in Texas.Senate Bill 3 passed 21-10 with all Republicans and one Democrat voting in favor. A majority of senators must give the bill one more nod of approval before it is sent to the House, where it is expected to have a much tougher time passing.Several amendments were adopted Tuesday, the most significant of which would allow Texans to use facilities that match the sex on their state-issued identification card. Transgender children, many of whom cannot change their birth certificates or don't have driver's licenses, would be barred from school bathrooms that don't match these documents.The bill was also amended to exempt privately leased government buildings, such as stadiums and convention centers. Custodians, parents of young children, emergency responders and caretakers of people with disabilities would be allowed to enter opposite-sex facilities under the bill.Under the bill, there would be no penalties for individuals who violate the law, so transgender Texans could not be arrested for simply using the restroom that matches their gender identity.U.S. politics: Donald Trump's public derision of his own attorney general prompted discomfort bordering on alarm Tuesday in Congress, with the president showing no sign of relenting -- or of ending the standoff by firing Jeff Sessions.More from Texas: A panel of House lawmakers on Tuesday got the ball rolling on one of Gov. Greg Abbott's top priorities of the special legislative session, a measure that aims to address local property tax growth.Editorial: What Texas needs to do as its schoolkids get poorer and poorer.  Continue reading...

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