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With Trump in D.C., Texas might spend less on border

If President-Elect Donald Trump delivers on his promise to dramatically beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border, leading Texas lawmakers say they might quit spending so much state tax money on it. With a tight Texas budget session ahead in … Continue reading

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Texas Lawmakers Criticize Border Surge For Moving Crime but Not Stopping It

The assessment by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw came during a House Homeland Security and Public Safety meeting in Brownsville, where Democrats hammered away at the DPS chief and questioned whether the buildup is successful is if … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Push Back on Railroad Commission Overhaul Proposals

State lawmakers on Monday considered a host of recommendations to reshape and rename the Texas Railroad Commission, a powerful agency that oversees a host of oil and gas activities but not railroads. Staff of the Sunset Advisory Commission, the legislative … Continue reading

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Sul Ross Dean of Student Life: Campus Carry “Probably Doesn’t” Lead to Safer Environment

The Dean of Student Life at Sul Ross State University in Alpine said in an interview Monday that while he personally believes Texas’ new “campus carry” law is “pretty convoluted”, has “a lot of flaws” and “probably doesn’t” make for … Continue reading

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With Texas Now a Campus Carry State, Here’s What You Need to Know

After months of meetings, protests and political debates, the time has come: It’s legal to carry handguns into university buildings in Texas. The state’s new campus carry law, passed in 2015, went into effect Monday. Here’s what it means at … Continue reading

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DPS Border Surge Saps Officers from Rest of Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety is making security and staffing improvements on the state’s border with Mexico. But other parts of Texas will continue to feel a public-safety void while the agency continues pouring resources near the Rio Grande, … Continue reading

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House Sends Border Security Bill to Governor

After a months-long staring contest between the House and the Senate, the lower chamber gave a sweeping border security bill a final blessing Thursday. State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, agreed to accept changes the Senate made to his House Bill … Continue reading

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Border Security Bill Passes Senate

This story has been updated to reflect the bill’s final passage on third reading. An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was passed Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the end of a months-long disagreement between … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Question Cost Effectiveness Of DPS, Texas National Guard Border Surge

Texas lawmakers are questioning the heads of state agencies about the overall cost analysis related to the influx of border crossings. The legislative committee is charged with determining the short-term and potential long-term financial impact that could cost taxpayers $17 … Continue reading

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Despite Obstacles, Solar Gains Ground in Texas

This week we have examined the opportunity and challenge for solar power in Texas. There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. And the head of the Public Utilities Commission says Congress should end solar’s 30 per cent federal tax credit. Despite that landscape solar is … Continue reading

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