TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings

Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released Aug. 8 by the Texas Education Agency.

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Paxton sends letters to cities that passed bag ban ordinances

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on July 2 notified 11 Texas cities that their ordinances against plastic shopping bags had been knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court.

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Troops on border draws mixed reviews

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 4 welcomed the announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that the federal government would deploy some 4,000 National Guard personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist in stemming the flow of illegal immigration.

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Census question stirs opposition

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

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Bombing suspect ends own life

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Ed Sterling

The primary suspect in a string of terrorist-style bombings died in his pickup truck March 21.

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Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities.

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Primary turnout increases

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

In early voting, Texans participated in greater numbers in the state Democratic primary than the Republican primary, but on Election Day, March 6, the Republican turnout exceeded the Democratic turnout by half a million votes.

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Abbott orders increased security at JUCOs

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for immediate action to ensure the safety of Texas' junior college campuses following a Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

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Governor orders action to address safety at schools

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath Feb. 21, ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the multi-fatality shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Feb. 14.

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Hazard mitigation funding for Harvey recovery becomes available

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Rockport and Houston on Feb. 13 to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

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Legislation includes hurricane relief funds

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 9 lauded Congress' approval of legislation that contains nearly $90 billion in hurricane and wildfire disaster relief funding for Texas, Florida, California and Puerto Rico.

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Straus urges for oversight of agency

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Ed Sterling

House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 31 said a new state audit raises questions about the management of the state Health and Human Services Commission and illustrates the need for legislative hearings.

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Governors urge congress to pass disaster aid

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and the governors of California, Puerto Rico and Florida asked U.S. House and Senate leaders Jan. 24 to hurry up and pass supplemental disaster funding, and to send the legislation to President Trump.

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Hurricane recovery efforts continue

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 17 extended for 30 days the state disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, which pounded and flooded the Gulf Coast and moved deeply inland, spreading its destructive power.

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DPS takes precautions at capitol

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.

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FEMA clears way for public assistance to churches that aid in disasters

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 3 announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approval of their request to allow churches and religious organizations to receive the same public assistance available to other nonprofits aiding in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives' preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.

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Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.

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Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas' participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

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Highway fund, Rainy Day fund receive hefty infusions

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 29 announced the transfer of $1.47 billion into the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund, with $734 million going into each fund.

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