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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Toll road projects in limbo following legislative session

Texas' network of tolled highways stretches for more than 500 miles, but its growth was curtailed this session as lawmakers passed several measures that make it tougher for toll projects to move forward.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

St. David’s contributes $5M to new building at Texas State’s Round Rock campus

St. David’s Foundation has donated $5 million to Texas State University to help fund construction of a new Health Professions Building at the university's Round Rock Campus.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hays County groundwater bill becomes law

Closing a 170.8-square-mile loophole in local groundwater regulation, legislation that dramatically expands the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District became law on Sunday.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

In pockets of Texas, prosecutors just say no to marijuana prosecutions

Texas lawmakers may be reluctant to ease up on punishing small-time pot smokers, but local prosecutors across the state are increasingly looking for ways to keep two-bit toking cases from clogging court dockets.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Capitol may finally get African-American monument

After more than 20 years of efforts to place a monument to African-Americans on Capitol grounds "littered" with Confederate tributes, state lawmakers have approved $1.5 million that should bring the African-American Texans memorial monument to fruition.

Friday, June 12th, 2015

State budget includes $500K to keep Texas Almanac in print

Tucked in the $209 billion budget lawmakers passed last month is a budget rider allocating $500,000 for a nonprofit to publish the Texas Almanac, a reference guide that had gotten by for over a century as a...

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Abbott makes pass at wooing restless General Electric

Gov. Greg Abbott is making good on his promise to pick up where his predecessor left off, using Texas' new tax-relief package to pitch the state's business climate to Connecticut-based General Electric.

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Commentary: Why Texas universities scored big during this legislative session

Texas State University Chancellor BRIAN McCALL writes that lawmakers made a firm commitment to higher education at a time when other states are struggling to keep their colleges and universities open, accessible and affordable.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Legislature passes Hays County groundwater bill in session’s final hours

A bill designed to protect western Hays County residents' water wells in light of a massive groundwater pumping project is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk following an emotional week of political drama over the issue.

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Legislature sends campus construction bill to governor

Texas universities hoping for state help in constructing new buildings are close to receiving their wish after the House and Senate gave final approval to legislation authorizing $3.1 billion worth of construction bonds.

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