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Deep fryers and soda machines will be allowed back in Texas public schools this fall. KUT’s Kate McGee reports the Texas Agriculture Commissioner—who monitors school nutrition policy—announced today he’s lifting a decade-old ban to give schools more local control.


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Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a handful of bills that provide record-level spending on a state-led effort to provide more security along the Texas-Mexico border.   Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports.  


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The bonds for the 174 bikers charged with engaging in organized criminal activity have been set at $1 million each. 

The term “sanctuary city” took root in 2010 when the State of Arizona passed a law prohibiting local police departments from having policies that said officers would not check a person’s immigration status. Cities with those policies were accused of giving sanction to residents in the country illegally.


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By the time it's put into practice, even a basic city ordinance can become complex and confusing.

Texas Public Radio’s Eileen Pace reports such is the case with the New Braunfels “Can Ban” that prohibits tubers from taking disposable containers onto the water, which is now in the hands of the state’s 3rd Court of Appeals.

Ted Cruz Criticizes 'Net Neutrality' In Austin

Nov 14, 2014

On Friday U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas visited the Capital Factory, a startup business incubator in Austin, to make a speech opposing net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Last week President Obama called for more regulation of Internet service providers to prevent them from providing preferential access to some companies. Cruz argued that regulating the Internet will still end up favoring large companies with armies of lobbyists.

Texas Launches Health Site For Low-Income Women

Nov 13, 2014

Today Texas lawmakers unveiled a new website designed to connect women with health services around the state. Lawmakers say that in the past, accessing these programs wasn’t easy.

Abbott, GOP Sweep Texas Statewide Elections

Nov 5, 2014

Texas attorney general Greg Abbott will be the next governor of Texas, ushering in a new wave of Republican leadership across the state. Abbott won yesterday’s election by a margin of 20 percentage points over Democratic candidate Wendy Davis.


Election day is next Tuesday and several Texas statewide offices are on the ballot. With Democrats trailing in the polls, there don't appear to be any hotly contested races.

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Students who enroll in the Texas State Technical College system range from recent high school grads to older folks who’ve been out of school for years. But all of the students are trying to learn skill sets to improve their career opportunities, and usually, make more money. Last year the Texas Legislature changed the way TSTC is funded—no longer would the school be funded based on how many students were at the school or how long they stayed—but rather, the school would be rewarded for how much alumni wages are above the minimum wage.