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Bills targeting employment practices ordinances head to House

After facing unexpected friction in Texas’ Republican-dominated Legislature, a pair of bills to override local rules mandating paid sick leave and standardize employment practices across the state …

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Texas estimates it may owe feds $223 million after illegally decreasing special education funding

Last October, Texas education officials told lawmakers they would likely owe the federal government $33 million for illegally decreasing funding for kids with disabilities. They reassured them it was …

Texas lawmakers want to fix wait times at driver's license offices. Will they agree on a solution?

The Senate Finance Committee came down hard Monday on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s inefficient driver's license offices. “I would personally just say, Steve, fix the damn …

Lawmakers rely on villainized "Robin Hood" to pay for schools.

For some in the debate over how to fund Texas' schools, "Robin Hood" is decidedly a villain. The program, baked into state education law since 1993, requires the state to take funding from …

Tax preparers warn your refund may be smaller than usual this year. Here's why

Doing your taxes isn't just about placing the correct numbers in the boxes of a form and then, as many hope, collecting a refund. There's also how you feel about your taxes."It's a very emotional …

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Chief justice refuses to block new ban on rifle bump stocks

WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts refused to halt a new federal ban on ownership of bump stocks, the attachments that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire more rapidly, like a machine …

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