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LISD removes controversial books from classrooms

Students with the Leander ISD high school book clubs will find that their suggested reading lists have formally changed.According to a report from the district’s Community Curriculum Advisory …

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As critical race theory and mask mandate debates heat up, Texas GOP takes aim at local school board and municipal races

Texas Republicans are increasing their involvement in local races, hoping to do more to influence municipal and school board elections that have turned into political battlegrounds during the …

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Rouse season ends with loss to Liberty Hill in regional semifinals

PFLUGERVILLE — Rouse head coach Josh Mann and the Raiders lingered on the Pfield for a little bit longer on Friday night after a spectacular run came to an end.

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RJ Barrett gets hot, Knicks hit 18 threes to beat Spurs in San Antonio

At least for one night, RJ Barrett and the Knicks got their groove back. New York set the nets ablaze Tuesday against the Spurs, burying 18 of its 38 3-pointers in an …

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Democrat Matthew Dowd ends campaign for Texas lieutenant governor, citing need for “greater diversity” Matthew Dowd, a former George W. Bush political strategist who had launched a bid to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2022, ended his campaign Tuesday, six days before the …
With the federal vaccine mandate for health care workers halted, Texas nursing homes dodge furloughs and fines Ronald Payne was on the verge of carrying out companywide furloughs this week at the nursing home chain he runs in Texas, letting go of anyone on staff who had not gotten at least one shot of the …
Texas reports its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant Texas has identified its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant, a strain flagged as potentially more infectious than any that has come before it, including the delta variant responsible for …
Travis Scott reportedly asks judge to dismiss Astroworld lawsuit Rapper Travis Scott is asking a judge to dismiss one of the lawsuits he’s facing after the deadly Astroworld concert. According to TMZ, Scott requested that a suit filed against him and …
‘You’ve got a great body for Mr. Epstein’: Woman says she was 14 when Maxwell hired her “You’ve got a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends,” Ghislaine Maxwell told one of the financier’s accusers when she was an underage teen, the woman …
Supreme Court poised to further open the door for taxpayer funding of religious schools After imposing a strict church-state separation for decades, the Supreme Court appears poised to allow — and in some cases even require — more government funding of …
Shock then resolve after the attack on Pearl Harbor: ‘We’ll whip ’em, but it’ll take a few months’ Charles Collins thought he’d do a little Christmas shopping on Dec. 7, 1941.  It was a Sunday, and he’d already filed the next installment of “A Line 'O' Type Or Two," a …
Michigan school officials legally could have searched suspect's locker, backpack before shooting, prosecutor says A Michigan prosecutor says authorities at the high school where four teenagers were fatally shot last week could have searched the suspect’s locker and backpack before the gunfire …
US payrolls growth slowed in November while jobless rate fell U.S. job growth registered its smallest gain this year while the unemployment rate fell by more than forecast to 4.2%, offering a mixed picture of labor-market progress. Nonfarm payrolls climbed …
US jobless claims remain low following prior week’s plunge Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits rose by less than forecast last week after a plunge tied to seasonal adjustments in the prior period. Initial unemployment claims in regular state …
Powell says Fed policy will adapt amid risk of persistent inflation Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reinforced his message that the U.S. central bank would keep inflation in check and said for the second time in two days that officials should …
Jon Talton: People are quitting their jobs in record numbers. What will they do instead?  Dubbed “The Great Resignation,” the causes are many. Among them: Health concerns, long-growing unhappiness with a job brought into focus by the pandemic ...
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