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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

‘Tea Party’ conservatives win top GOP runoffs

After 16 years in statewide office, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost a bitterly fought battle to State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston. In the GOP attorney general race, state Sen. Ken Paxton prevailed over State Rep. Dan Branch

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Legislators look to help cut wait times at VA clinics

More attention is being paid to the quality of care at VA medical centers in Texas. Though the state is limited in what it can do to assist the federal facilities, legislators are still proposing possible methods...

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Texas’ deteriorating highways about to take center stage

Funding for transportation could draw an unusual amount of attention in coming months as federal highway dollars threaten to dry up and Texans prepare to vote in November on a measure to increase road funds

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Texas strip clubs lose appeal on ‘pole tax’

A $5-per-patron fee is not an unconstitutional occupation tax and must be paid by Texas strip clubs that serve alcohol, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Texas to strip clubs: Time to pay ‘pole tax’

A controversial strip club fee that lawmakers approved in 2007 is still winding its way through the courts, but Comptroller Susan Combs is pressing the clubs to pay six years' worth of “pole taxes.”

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Dan Patrick allegedly bought radio station with laundered money borrowed from backer

Two days after the candidates’ white-hot debate in Houston, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for re-election, saying challenger Dan Patrick has “consistently proven to be unable to tell the truth.” | WITH VIDEO...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Craft brewers seek further reforms from lawmakers

The 2013 legislative session was viewed by many observers as a watershed moment for craft brewers in Texas. But at a Thursday hearing, the House Economic Development Committee was encouraged to do more

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Poll: Few Texans would keep marijuana illegal

Most Texans would support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, and close to a majority would support legalization for any use, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Expecting pot decriminalization in Texas? Slow your roll

Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks about states’ rights and marijuana laws drew national attention, though his staff said they were nothing new. Despite the clamor over the remarks, Texans shouldn't expect marijuana laws to change anytime soon

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Group urges ban on use of Tasers, pepper spray in schools

Citing new federal guidelines and recent violent incidents between school police officers and students, a coalition of interest groups has asked the Texas Education Agency to ban the use of “less lethal” weapons, including Tasers and pepper...

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