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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Sharp cuts smooth course for major changes at A&M

When the Texas A&M University System was looking for a new chancellor in 2011, alumni groups told Richard Box, the chairman of the board of regents, that the board should conduct nationwide search of academics.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Napolitano discusses impact of sequestration on Texas

In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that wait times at the nation’s busiest land port in Laredo could double to six hours and that more than $6 million in emergency...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Perry backs changes to student testing requirements

Gov. Rick Perry has added his voice to the growing chorus of state leaders who support revamping the state's newly implemented student assessment system.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Lawmakers debate texting while driving ban

Lawmakers on Tuesday took their first crack at a bill designed to ban texting while driving, reviewing statistics suggesting that bans in other states have not reduced accidents and are difficult to enforce, and discussing ways to...

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Rick Perry to address resurgent Hays County GOP

As legislators slog through the second month of their biennial session, Gov. Rick Perry will headline the Hays County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln/Reagan Dinner next week.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Texas renewable energy faces hurdles in Legislature

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama doubled down on his vision for renewable energy, calling for more wind and solar power. In Texas, the Legislature is less enthusiastic.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Perry launches pro-Texas business tour in California

Californians heard from Texas Gov. Rick Perry on radio airwaves this week. Next week, they can expect to see the man himself, pitching Texas as the business frontier to high tech, insurance and film industry leaders throughout...

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Castro: Current immigration laws create ‘ugly realities’

Discussing immigration policies with Texas business leaders Thursday, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said that current laws lead to "ugly realities" and need to be changed to create a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lawmakers renew push to ban texting while driving

At a legislative briefing Tuesday, relatives of men and women killed in accidents caused by texting while driving sat in committee chairs at a room in the Capitol. In front of each was a framed photograph of...

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Report: Texans need expanded Medicaid

Expanding Medicaid is a "smart, affordable and fair" decision for Texas, according to a report issued by Billy Hamilton, a non-partisan consultant commissioned by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and Texas Impact, a statewide interfaith network.

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