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Monday, March 20th, 2017

Feds: Travis County recently released more than 140 undocumented inmates wanted by feds

Travis County officials declined dozens of requests from federal immigration agents to hold inmates in the days leading up to the county's recent showdown with Gov. Greg Abbott over its new "sanctuary" policy.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Should ‘made in Texas’ mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on Jason Isaac’s wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Texas poised to spend $2.5B on urban highway projects

As budget writers and lawmakers eye billions in voter-approved highway money for other matters, transportation officials are touting high-profile projects that will benefit from those funds.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Trump water directive cheered by ranchers, blasted by environmentalists

State leaders and agriculture groups applauded an executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday that suggests the controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule finalized under President Obama could be reversed.

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Proposal would keep Texas cities from restricting short-term home rentals

Senate Bill 451 would prevent Texas cities from banning or restricting short-term home rentals. Austin, San Antonio and Fort Worth are among the cities that have enacted such restrictions.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Thousands at Texas immigration rally told they’re being heard in D.C.

Thousands of Texans gathered Saturday afternoon to protest President Trump’s refugee ban and border wall proposal, hearing from speakers like U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, that their efforts are making a difference.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

New Harris County policy reignites marijuana decriminalization debate

After Harris County’s move to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, Texas lawmakers disagree about whether local jurisdictions have the discretion to enact such policies.

Monday, February 13th, 2017

With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Abbott proposes removing any officeholder who ‘promotes sanctuary cities’

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he and state lawmakers will pursue legislation that would “remove from office any officeholder who promotes sanctuary cities.”

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Gov. Abbott demands Travis County reverse new ‘sanctuary’ policy

Gov. Greg Abbott is formally demanding that Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez reverse her new policy on cooperation with federal immigration authorities or lose state dollars, further escalating a showdown over "sanctuary cities" that have been in...

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