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Texas News
5:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Three Construction Workers Die In Downtown Dallas Fire

Three workers died in a fire at the Thanksgiving Tower in downtown Dallas Thursday afternoon, Dallas Fire-Rescue says.
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Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:21 pm

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked Thursday's fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper that killed three construction workers.

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Health
5:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Public Can Comment on Whether Texas Should Merge Its Health Agencies Into One

On Dec. 10, 2014, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission voted unanimously to approve a merger of the state's five health agencies into one.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:21 pm

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is recommending that all Texas health agencies be consolidated into one “mega-agency," but the move would need approval from Texas lawmakers next legislative session.

Back in 2003, Texas lawmakers passed a measure that reduced the number of health and human services agencies from 12 to five. Now, the Sunset Advisory Commission has approved merging those five agencies into one.

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Rainy Day Fund
5:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers Set Rainy Day Fund Minimum For Credit, Emergencies

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Texas’ so-called Rainy Day Fund is an emergency pool of money that comes from oil and gas taxes. The account has ballooned with Texas’ most recent oil and gas boom and has been turned to recently to shore up statewide water and road projects. State lawmakers established a minimum balance for the fund to make sure Texas always has some extra cash on hand.


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Texas News
10:46 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Petition Seeks to Get Posthumous Degree for Texas Man Cleared by DNA

An online petition has more than 12,000 signatures in support of asking Texas Tech University to grant a posthumous degree to Timothy Cole.
thepetitionsite.com

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:48 am

Timothy Cole was the first person to receive a Texas posthumous pardon for a crime he didn’t commit. That happened in 2010. Now, a Texas resident wants Texas Tech University to grant Cole an honorary degree.

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Likely Stories: The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke
Jim McKeown

Spies, lies, and family ties all spin together in this slightly comic, slightly dark romp from Denmark to a tiny town in Upstate New York.


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