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Most migrant children held in shelters nationwide are in Texas

1/22/2019
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The closure of a temporary shelter in Tornillo led to a decline in the number of migrant children housed in Texas — and nationwide. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:54

State scores wins in two separate court fights

1/18/2019
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Federal appeals court lifts order blocking Texas from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid. Texas moved to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid years ago after a highly-edited video from an anti-abortion group suggested abortion providers sold fetal tissue. And, a Travis County court says Austin must allow guns in its city hall, siding with Ken Paxton. The court ordered Austin to pay a fine to the state for each day it prevented investigators from the attorney general's office from...

Duration:00:03:22

Beto O'Rourke hits the road amid 2020 speculation

1/17/2019
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The former Democratic congressman from El Paso, facing calls to run for president, says he's "been stuck lately" and hopes a road trip will help clear his mind. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:45

House, Senate differ on best way to reform Texas public schools

1/16/2019
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Leaders of the Texas Senate are proposing giving schools $3.7 billion to provide $5,000 pay raises to all full-time classroom teachers — on the heels of a House budget proposal that includes $7 billion more for public education. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:09

Gov. Greg Abbott kicks off second term today

1/15/2019
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After winning re-election in November, both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are embarking on their second, four-year term. Watch their swearings-in and inaugural speeches here. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:07

Julián Castro kicks off 2020 presidential run

1/14/2019
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Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, made his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination official Saturday: He's running for president. Castro chose Puerto Rico for his first campaign trip following his weekend announcement. www.texastribune.org www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:31

Trump: Dan Patrick offered Texas’ help to build border wall

1/11/2019
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President Donald Trump says Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered Texas' help building the border wall. It's unclear how serious the president is about the idea, but Gov. Greg Abbott expressed skepticism for such a plan since the federal government isn't committing the billions of dollars Trump wants. Plus, Tarrant County party officials overwhelmingly rejected attempts to remove Shahid Shafi because he's Muslim. The 139-49 vote in his favor came after the state's top Republican officials denounced...

Duration:00:03:46

Trump travels to Texas-Mexico border to address 'crisis'

1/10/2019
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President Donald Trump is visiting the border Thursday to meet with folks on the ground in McAllen, TX. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:01

Dan Patrick misses first day of Senate to aid Trump

1/9/2019
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick missed the first day of the Texas Legislature on Tuesday to attend a border security meeting at the White House, where he helped with President Donald Trump's nationally televised address from the Oval Office. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:35

The 86th Texas Legislature starts today

1/8/2019
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The 140-day sprint to the finish line will finally begin today, when state lawmakers convene in Austin to convene the Texas Legislature's 86th regular session. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:18

House, Senate leadership quiet in lead-up to session

1/7/2019
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Lawmakers have coalesced behind school finance and property taxes as top priorities, a stark contrast with the hot-button social legislation that headlined the 85th Legislature in 2017. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:03

House Democrats back Pelosi for Speaker

1/4/2019
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took back the chamber gavel amid a gloomy partial government shutdown. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:47

Retiring Texas lawmakers reflect on time on Capitol Hill

1/3/2019
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The Texas Tribune interviewed seven of the nine Texas members departing Congress and asked them to reflect on their time in Washington. U.S. Reps. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and John Culberson, R-Houston, declined requests for interviews. www.texastribune.org www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:34

State congressional delegation grapples with shift in power

1/2/2019
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As Congress prepares to begin a new term, most of the Texans returning to the U.S. House will by adjusting to a new reality – either as a member of the majority or the minority for the first time. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:04

UT System Board of Regents gets new leader

12/21/2018
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The board unanimously voted for former state Sen. Kevin Eltife to chair the prestigious panel, which oversees UT’s 14 academic and health institutions across the state – and one of the largest university endowments in the country. www.texastribune.org by Shannon Najmabadi Dec. 20, 2018 Appointed to the University of Texas System's Board of Regents in 2017, the Republican has been an outspoken critic of system-level spending

Duration:00:03:44

Democrats hope to raise Texas' minimum wage

12/20/2018
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This year alone, 18 states increased their minimum wage and 30 states now have a minimum wage that exceeds the federal government's $7.25-per-hour rate. Many of Texas' major cities have boosted pay, too. Will the state follow suit? www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:54

UT concludes investigation into Charles Schwertner

12/19/2018
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The University of Texas has ended its investigation of state Sen. Charles Schwertner, concluding that the “available evidence does not support a finding" that the Georgetown Republican, accused of sending sexually-explicit text messages to a graduate student, had violated university policy and the federal gender equity law Title IX. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:50

In Texas, "a perception that tuberculosis no longer exists" raises alarm

12/18/2018
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Tuberculosis is a rare disease, but public health experts are urging Texas legislators to invest in expensive medication, nurses who can help patients and supporting local health departments to test and treat people who may have been exposed. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:30

Family of Guatemalan girl who died in federal custody speaks out

12/17/2018
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“Premature and inaccurate statements undermine the integrity of the investigation,” attorneys for the family of Jakelin Caal Maquin said in a statement over the weekend. The seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:49

Apple announces $1 billion expansion in Austin

12/14/2018
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The company will reportedly receive as much as $25 million from a state job-creation fund. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:26