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Texas News
11:25 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Austin, San Antonio Drivers Prepare For Cellphone Bans

The new year brings some new laws in Texas, including a ban on handheld devices while driving in Austin and San Antonio.
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Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 8:26 am

Five stories that have North Texas talking: phone bans start soon for Austin and San Antonio drivers; part of Kyle Field implodes; could North Texas’ Scott Turner be the next Texas House speaker?; and more.

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Texas News
11:24 am
Mon December 22, 2014

UT Forms Committee to Investigate Missing Brains

The University of Texas at Austin disposed of 100 brains donated from the Texas State Hospital. Now a committee will look into the decision-making process behind the disposal.
Adam Voorhes

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:11 pm

The University of Texas at Austin made international news in recent weeks over confusion about what happened to hundreds of donated human brains. Now the university is forming a special three-member committee to look into the case.

Last month, a KUT story highlighted the mystery of 100 missing brain specimens that had been donated from the Austin State Hospital, what they used to call the Texas State Lunatic Asylum.

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World
9:51 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism.
Andreas Solaro AP

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 10:26 am

Pope Francis has blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and and lusting for power at all costs.

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World
9:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

A supporter of newly elected Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essibsi flashes the V-sign from a car as they celebrate the first results of the Tunisian elections in Sousse, Tunisia.
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A tense runoff election in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, has ended with a win for Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes. Essebsi defeated interim leader Moncef Marzouki.

Affiliated with the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party, Essebsi won Tunisia's first democratic presidential election by taking more than 55 percent of the vote. Election officials announced the results Monday.

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Nation
9:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend.
Carlow Allegri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:39 am

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. Bratton spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York. Brinsley had been arrested at least 19 times and reportedly had tried to hang himself last year.

The tragic shooting has also exposed fault lines in the relationship between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's police department.

Here's a rundown of news we're seeing about this story, beginning with NPR's report from WNYC's Brigid Bergin:

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