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Texas leaders announce $1.2 billion in state cuts
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State leaders facing a budget shortfall announced $1.2 billion in cuts, trimming such expenditures as Medicaid reimbursement rates for doctors but sparing areas including state psychiatric hospitals and most of the prison budget. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus had asked state agencies to identify savings because of a looming budget gap through the next two-year fiscal period. Some put the shortfall as high as $18 billion. More



Mortgage delinquencies drop in Texas
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The number of Texans who are behind on their mortgages fell significantly in the first quarter. Fewer than 9 percent of Texas homeowners with loans missed at least one payment during the first three months of 2010, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. That's down from 10.3 percent at the end of 2009. More

Keller considers tightening water-well regulation over concerns about nitrate contamination
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Concerns about possible nitrate contamination of some water wells in north Keller are prompting officials to look into regulating water well drilling and requiring annual water tests. "More and more water wells are being drilled out there, and we have come across information that there is some contamination in some of the wells," City Manager Dan O'Leary said during a City Council work session. More

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Attorney seeks to combine 100-plus oil lawsuits
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An attorney is asking a panel of federal judges to quickly consolidate more than 100 lawsuits filed against BP and other companies involved in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Louisiana lawyer Daniel Becnel said Wednesday that legal chaos could break out in five Gulf Coast states if the lawsuits aren't combined. More

Bill White echoes Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison with criticism of Gov. Rick Perry
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Bill White's arsenal of issues against Rick Perry – school dropouts, toll roads, the governor's business subsidy fund, his longevity in office and divisive campaigning and governing — has a familiar ring. Kay Bailey Hutchison used them all in the Republican primary. And lost. More

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Lawmakers raise questions on oil dispersant
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When BP and federal officials decided to use a chemical dispersant to break up oil spewing from an underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, they settled on a chemical cocktail known as Corexit. But 655,000 gallons later, that decision is drawing fire from congressional critics who say there are more powerful, less toxic dispersants that could be used to combat the crude. More

Labor group offers Texas Gov. Perry a mobile home
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There's no pool or fancy ice machine, but a home the Texas AFL-CIO wants to rent to Gov. Rick Perry is a delightful shade of dark green — and it's mobile. The Texas labor group bought a manufactured home and suggested Wednesday that Perry lease it for $1 per year. That would save the state nearly $10,000 per month that's being paid for his sprawling rental home. More



State board to finalize social studies guidelines
The Associated Press via The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
he State Board of Education is set to make final edits on new social studies and history guidelines. The board spent more than 12 hours listening to public testimony on Wednesday and they're expected to take a final vote on Friday. But Thursday, the 15-member board will be debating final amendments to the proposed curricula. More

Senators press for National Guard troops on border
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Homeland Security and Pentagon officials are at loggerheads over a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Barack Obama is pledging to bolster security there. The Guard stalemate has festered for nearly a year, and frustrated lawmakers are demanding action to stem the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states. The inaction raises questions about whether the White House is convinced the federally funded deployment is necessary, or whether border states will be forced to bear the costs of dispatching the Guard troops on their own. More

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