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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Ebola task force’s report calls for new facility

In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lawmakers approve $86 million for border surge

The Legislative Budget Board approved another $86 million to continue heightened law enforcement at the border, though some questioned whether the funds could be better used elsewhere.

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Prop. 1 passed. What’s next for Texas transportation?

With the support of 80 percent of Texas voters, Proposition 1 is expected to add billions to the state highway fund without raising taxes or fees. For lawmakers, state officials and local stakeholders, now the real work...

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Supreme Court declines to peek at ‘pole tax’

The Texas Supreme Court will not review whether a $5-per-patron fee at live nude entertainment clubs is an occupation tax in disguise, letting stand a ruling that found alcohol-serving strip clubs must pay up when it comes...

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

First bullet train meeting focuses on station locations

Attendees at the first public meeting on a proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston told federal officials they’re for the project — so long as the stations are conveniently located downtown.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

What is Prop 1? Why do Hays County’s top officials unanimously support it?

WITH VIDEO | Local leaders have lined up behind a ballot initiative that would free up $1.7 billion-plus each year to expand and improve the state’s roadways.

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Women’s league plans debates in San Marcos, Wimberley

The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters will play host to a series of three candidate debates in San Marcos and Wimberley beginning next week.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Texas State system, university mark robust enrollment increases

Led by unprecedented gains at its unofficial flagship in San Marcos, enrollment at the Texas State University System’s eight universities and colleges grew 2.8 percent, the largest collective increase in three years.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Abbott opinion murky on plastic bag bans

Plastic bag bans in Texas cities such as Austin and Laredo may be legally sound, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott's office handed down on Friday afternoon — that is, as long as...

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Texas buys coastal ranch with oil spill money

WITH PHOTO GALLERY | Amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of money that became available in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, state officials announced the largest conservation...

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