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State Capital Highlights April 16, 2015

AUSTIN — Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney's Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the…
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Weather Whys April 16, 2015

Q: What exactly is "Doppler radar" that the weather people refer to? A: It's the type of radar that uses microwave radiation to detect the strength and movement of severe storms, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. It's named…
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Weather Whys April 9, 2015

Q: For most of Texas, what is the average date of the last freeze each year? A: Because Texas is so large, there is a lot of variation in the average last freeze date (LFD), says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. "In the panhandle area, the…
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Texas House approves ban on texting while driving

The Texas House on Wednesday tentatively approved a ban on texting while driving, a measure that made it to Gov. Rick Perry's desk in 2011 before getting vetoed. House Bill 80 by state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, passed 102 to 40. It would make…
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State Capital Highlights April 2, 2105

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
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Weather Whys March 26, 2015

Q: I see that a few weeks ago, it was proved that there was snow on the ground in all 50 states. Has there ever been a day when it was sunny all over the United States? A: The short answer is probably no, but no one really knows for sure, says Brent…
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State Capital Highlights March 19, 2015

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week. SB 20 by Senate Finance…
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Weather Whys March 19, 2015

Q: You sometimes hear in the forecast of either "scattered" or "isolated" showers. What is the difference? A: The terms can be confusing, but both refer to rain chances, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. "In general, weather…
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Texas Campus Carry debate hits Senate floor

Texas may soon be a step closer to requiring public colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus — a policy opposed by many higher education leaders. The state Senate began debate on a bill Wednesday that would repeal existing law…
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