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‘We can use peace’: Trump and Pope Francis meet

May 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.…

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Texas Senate attaches voucher plan to school finance fix

May 23, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate voted Monday to attach a modest voucher plan to a sweeping, bipartisan school finance bill that already cleared the House — potentially dooming an effort to pump an extra $1.6 billion into classrooms and begin overhauling the troubled way the state pays for public education.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 22, 2017

May 23, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith’s 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.…

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UK blast: Blood, horror as bomber strikes young crowd

May 23, 2017

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — For the young crowd of music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a night of high-energy candy pop and fun on a school night. The scene quickly turned into sheer terror when a bomb went off at the end, sending terrified parents into a desperate search for their loved ones.…

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Trump pushes for Mideast peace, but avoids thorny details

May 23, 2017

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pushed for elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling on both sides to put aside the “pain and disagreements of the past.”

Trump met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his quick stop in the region.…

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Texas lawmakers send texting while driving ban to governor

May 22, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A statewide ban on texting while driving is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk after being defeated repeatedly over the last decade.

The House first approved a ban in March. The Senate version pre-empted local texting bans while allowing for using satellite navigation systems.

House lawmakers then voted Sunday night to accept those changes.…

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Texas Senate approves ‘religious refusal’ adoption measure

May 22, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas’ Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.

The “Freedom to Serve Children Act” received a late push in the Legislature ahead of the May 29 end of session.…

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Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

May 22, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country’s second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago.…

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Texas House OKs requiring seat belts on new school buses

May 19, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — More Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.

The state House approved legislation 91-43 on Thursday requiring new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts. The Senate approved a similar measure last month.

Supporters say seat belts cost around $7,000 on new buses costing around $100,000 total.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 18, 2017

May 19, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — More Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.

The state House approved legislation 91-43 on Thursday to require new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts. The Senate passed a similar measure last month.

Supporters say seat belts cost around $7,000 on new buses costing around $100,000 total.…

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