TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state's largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion.

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Governor meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel.

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Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profits

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs.

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Governor proposes slate of amendments to U.S. Constitution

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his "Texas Plan," a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments "to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the states and the United States," he said.

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Texas sues EPA over new ozone standards

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The state of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 23 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new ozone standards rule.

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Texans to start openly packing on Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015.

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Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November "are on average two to three times higher than last year."

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Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

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Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government's plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas.

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15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31.

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Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama "the state of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris."

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5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge's Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration's implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

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Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won't receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests.

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Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her "case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas."

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State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut.

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Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office's Certification Revenue Estimate.

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BP settles with five states, federal government

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

BP, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Governor requests border help from Washington

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address "the significant increase of illegal border crossings."

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Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees.

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American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas' poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Sept. 17.

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