Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Tensions continued last week concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans - primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children - who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.

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Dewhurst appoints Senate Finance chair

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.

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Perry, Obama meet for border security discussion

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Ed Sterling

As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.

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Panel gets input on population influx at border

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, "Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors," was conducted in McAllen on July 3.

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Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits.

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Top officials order surge to secure border

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.

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Senate panel addresses slowness of VA

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities.

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EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed "the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants."

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Lieutenant governor’s challenger wins runoff

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November.

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Big posts at stake in primary runoffs

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day.

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Speaker wants highway fund for transportation only

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By Ed Sterling

House Speaker Joe Straus said May 14 the Texas House of Representatives would propose a budget next year that uses all of the money in the state highway fund for transportation instead of sending chunks of it to other state agencies.

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Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Governmental bodies' right to begin meetings with a prayer - so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination - was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5.

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Toyota picks Plano for North America headquarters

Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Toyota Motor Corp. on April 28 announced its decision to relocate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano.

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Texas officials jump into Red River boundary case

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Ed Sterling

When a temperamental river with mud banks and sand bars defines the border between two states or two countries, there's a natural potential for conflict between humans on both sides of it.

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City of West receives additional grant

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on April 16 granted a request by the city of West for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts in the West fertilizer plant explosion that occurred April 17, 2013.

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LBJ School hosts civil rights summit

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin.

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State responds to Fort Hood shooting

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself.

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DPS creates center to protect children

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Public Safety March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency's Texas Rangers Division.

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Many registered but few voted in primaries

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters who registered in time to cast a ballot.

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Abbott, Davis win primaries for governor

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Texas' March 4 primary night returns confirmed Greg Abbott and Wendy R. Davis as nominees for governor.

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