From Texas Standard:

Over the past several months, Texas has become home to hundreds of Syrian refugees. These people fled their homes because of terrible war conditions that made life dangerous, unstable and completely unpredictable – a far cry from the ideals of freedom that both Texas and France uphold today.

After Friday’s attacks, and a report that at least one of the Paris attackers slipped through Europe’s refugee screening system from Syria, many are beginning to wonder if Western countries will continue to be as welcoming.


Election-Day Rundown: What You Need To Know

Nov 3, 2015
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Today is Election Day, and voters across the Lone Star State will be asked to weigh in on seven constitutional amendments. We’ll take a closer look at those propositions and just exactly what they mean for the state. After that, we’ll have a rundown of some of the local ballot items in McLennan County.

Our Friday coverage of the Hidden Pines fire is here.

A wildfire that started Tuesday in Bastrop County continues to spread, thanks in part to high, shifting winds on Wednesday, officials say. 

This year, Texas public schools won’t measure instructional time by days, but they’ll do it by minutes. In the past, Texas public schools years were required to be provide 180 days of instruction. Now, a school year must provide a minimum of 75,600 minutes.

Carlos Morales

Earlier this week Blue Bell Creameries returned after a months-long hiatus that was prompted by a listeria outbreak, which The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ultimately connected to 10 cases, 3 of which resulted in deaths. In that time, the Brenham, Texas-based company shuttered its 4 production facilities to clean and update its equipment and now it’s slowly returning to Texas shelves and people are people are flocking to stores to get some. KWBU’s Carlos Morales has more on what's driving Texans’ true blue loyalty.

Blue Bell Set to Return Aug. 31

Aug 17, 2015
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It’s been about 3 months since Blue Bell Creameries halted production and temporarily closed it’s doors, but by next week the wait will be over.

Today, the U.S. 5th circuit court of Appeals ruled that Texas’ voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act.

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For the first time since 2010, none of Texas is in drought condition.  But that doesn’t mean water worries don’t still plague many parts of the state as KUT's Ben Philpott reports.

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Immigrant Detention Centers in Texas are starting to release some mothers and their children. That's because Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made some changes earlier this week to the way mothers and children are detained. KUT's Joy Diaz reports immigrant advocates are calling the changes a victory – though – a partial one.

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Fewer Texans are taking the new General Education Development test since it became computerized and more expensive last year. Today, the State Board of Education will start discussing whether to offer another high school equivalency test—or multiple tests.   KUT’s Kate McGee has more.