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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 to help reduce wait times

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Q&A: Brian McCall on the trials, achievements of Texas State

IN BOBCAT MAGAZINE | The chancellor of the Texas State University System on the system’s ongoing struggles in the shadow of UT and A&M — and progress during the first four years of his administration

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

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas Rangers’ closest call came at the capitol

At the end of a lengthy public probe into charges of corruption and criminal misdeeds, the question Lone Star legislators faced on Apr. 2, 1919 was whether to do away with the Texas Rangers altogether or give...

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.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Video: Campbell, Isaac in Texas Tribune’s ‘hot seat’

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, and state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, talked about water, transportation, public education and other issues in play in the 83rd session during a Texas Tribune event on Tuesday at Texas...

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session

The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Texas State campus construction projects not dead yet

The Texas State University System could pursue campus construction projects totaling about $213.5 million — including $73.3 million for an engineering and sciences building in San Marcos — under a bill approved by a key Texas House...

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Audio: Campus construction in the state spotlight

Everything was going so well for higher education during the 2013 legislative session. With less than a week left in the session, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, was pleased.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Redistricting is harder than it looked

The Texas Legislature’s redistricting mission was supposed to be easy-peasy: Zip in for a special session, ratify the court-drawn maps used as a stopgap in the 2012 elections, close the legislative books and go home.

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