Posted 4:49 PM 5/22/2013 by Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hecklers demanding that Texas expand the Medicaid program under the White House-backed health care law repeatedly interrupted a speech by Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, then descended on his office for a meeting to keep pressing their case. Perry was speaking at an (More)
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Posted 8:09 AM 5/22/2013
AUSTIN - A bill that would allow the state to drug screen unemployment applicants passed the Texas House late Tuesday.The proposal sponsored by Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, would require applicants to answer a questionnaire to see whether they are at risk of abusing drugs, and (More)
Posted 8:08 AM 5/22/2013
WACO - The head of a federal safety board says federal agents and the state fire marshal are blocking the board from investigating a deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant blast.Rafael Moure-Eraso chairs the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. He has told a senator planning hearings into the (More)
Posted 8:04 AM 5/22/2013
AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he is taking House leaders at their word, and that delicate pieces of a complicated Texas budget deal will be passed.A big test comes today. That is when the House is expected to finally take up a new state water plan that is crucial to a spending (More)
Posted 8:02 AM 5/22/2013
MIDLAND - The agency looking into last year's train collision that killed four veterans on a parade float in Texas is set to release documents from its investigation.A release from the National Transportation Safety Board says the documents will be released Wednesday on the agency's (More)
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Posted 8:00 AM 5/22/2013
LUFKIN - An East Texas restaurant worker standing outside the eatery and holding an umbrella during a storm has died after being hit by lightning.Lufkin police say the lightning strike happened Tuesday night. The woman died at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin.Lt. (More)
Posted 8:02 AM 5/21/2013
AUSTIN - A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that says 18-20-year-olds cannot receive a concealed handgun license.The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Texas law limiting handgun licenses is constitutional. Lawmakers had decided that those under 21 were not (More)
Posted 7:59 AM 5/21/2013
AUSTIN - The Texas House is considering a proposal that would create special districts operated by turnaround experts to improve struggling schools.The bill by Dallas Democratic Sen. Royce West cleared the Senate May 1.The House will likely vote on it on Tuesday - but has (More)
Posted 7:54 AM 5/21/2013
AUSTIN - Members of an elite search and rescue team from Texas have been dispatched to Oklahoma to help with recovery following a deadly tornado.Gov. Rick Perry on Monday night announced activation of Texas Task Force 1 (one). The emergency response came after a massive twister Monday (More)
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Posted 6:40 PM 5/20/2013 by Associated Press
BLANKET, Texas (AP) - A strong storm winds authorities suspect was a tornado smashed the public school complex in a small town in the rolling hills southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a tornado about 6 p.m. Monday in Blanket, a town (More)
Posted 5:17 PM 5/20/2013 by Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that says 18-20-year-olds cannot receive a concealed handgun license. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Texas law limiting handgun licenses is constitutional. Lawmakers had decided that those (More)
Posted 11:11 AM 5/20/2013 by Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A classroom curriculum system used by hundreds of Texas school districts will stop offering lesson plans after some conservative groups claimed it was promoting anti-American values. State Sen. Dan Patrick said Monday that officials who created the system known as (More)
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