Money Issues for Texas Schools, Atmos Energy, Middle Eastern Airlines: Your Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.More money for Texas public schools dies, a casualty of lawmakers' vouchers fightThe two-year state budget nearing passage contains almost no new money for public schools, a victim of infighting over school vouchers.On Wednesday, House members reaffirmed their opposition to use of state funds for voucher or "school choice" programs such as savings accounts and tax-credit scholarships.After rejecting Senate changes to a House-passed school finance bill, House members voted 101-45 to instruct their negotiators to honor the spirit of the chamber's April budget vote against vouchers. That included education savings accounts for disabled students, which was one of the changes the Senate made.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said lawmakers must pass at least the private-school vouchers for disabled students or there will be a special session. The session ends Monday.More from the Texas Legislature: A conservative lawmaker fired back at Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, who successfully made a last-minute move to save her anti-lunch shaming legislation before the end of session by adding it onto another bill.In Washington, D.C.: Citing internet rumors, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, suggested that the DNC hack could have been an “insider job.”  Continue reading...

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