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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Updated: Amended payday lending bill passes Senate

The Texas Senate approved a bill to regulate short-term lenders on Monday night, a milestone some thought the chamber wouldn't reach after a personal and divisive floor fight on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Study: Texting while driving unsafe under any means

Typing out a text message while driving may be illegal by later this year, but the alternatives that drivers may turn to — including voice-to-text technology — will not be any safer, suggests a new study by...

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Updated: House passes texting while driving ban

A bill that would make sending text messages while driving a crime — a measure that Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed in the past — is scheduled to be heard Wednesday on the House floor.

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...

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Turner to speak at MLK ceremony

Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) will speak at the commemorative celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday next month at Texas State.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

TSUS names legislator as chancellor finalist

The Texas State University System Board of Regents has named State Representative Brian McCall as the lone finalist to become chancellor of the seven-university system. McCall announced last November that he would not seek re-election for his...

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Rose retains committee chair

Although the Texas House of Representatives is operating with a new speaker this session, local Rep. Patrick Rose has retained his chairmanship of the House Human Services Committee.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Rose second only to House speaker in amassing campaign war chest in first test since falling-out

The latest round of campaign finance disclosures show Rose is holding his own in the fund raising race even relative to the speaker, a position traditionally at least as powerful as the governor and a symbol of...