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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.

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.”

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Travis County sheriff announces new ‘sanctuary’ policy

A Friday announcement by newly-elected Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez that her office would reduce cooperation with federal immigration authorities will set up a showdown with Texas Republican leaders, especially Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan...

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Abbott vows to cut funding for ‘sanctuary campus’ schools

Though the definition of a "sanctuary campus" is murky, Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday made it clear they're not welcome in Texas.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

GOP state senators spar over value of pre-K spending

At an education committee hearing Tuesday, Republican lawmakers, including State Sen. Donna Campbell, debated whether a $118 million pre-K initiative championed by Gov. Greg Abbott is worth the money.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Texas facing hurricane season with drained disaster fund

As Texas takes on another hurricane season, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has nearly committed all of the 2016-17 emergency funds reserved for state disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other natural disasters.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Abbott asks feds for Zika funding, guidance

As Texas braces for a possible Zika virus outbreak via local mosquito populations, Gov. Greg Abbott asked federal health officials Wednesday to review the state’s plan to combat the disease, which has been linked to serious birth...

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Texas attorney general unveils unit to fight human trafficking

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Governor names Comal ISD superintendent to lead committee on public school accountability

Gov. Greg Abbott has named Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim as chair of a working committee charged with recommending a new system for student assessment and public schools accountability.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Texas officials criticize Obama’s executive order on guns

Texas' elected leaders lashed out Tuesday at President Obama's executive orders prompting more background checks during gun purchases. But those officials offered no specifics on how they planned to fight Obama's actions.

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