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Governor signs Texas’ $217B budget, cuts $120M with vetoes

June 13, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a 2018-2019 state budget worth around $217 billion, but vetoed about $120 million in planned expenditures.

Squeezed by the oil price slump, the budget includes funding increases for the state’s beleaguered child welfare system and $800 million for border security.

Abbott signed the budget Monday.…

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Texas improves to 41st nationally in child well-being report

June 13, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A much-watched annual report shows Texas making slight improvements but still remaining among the 10 worst states to be a kid.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Kids Count assessment released Tuesday ranked Texas 41st, two spots better than last year.

Texas has remained low ranking despite a fast-growing, richly diverse population and an economy that’s strong despite the prolonged oil-price slump.…

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3 Amarillo highway workers killed when hit by trailer

June 12, 2017

AMARILLO (AP) — Three workers on a road paving crew on an Amarillo interstate are dead and two others were hurt after a trailer separated from the back of a pickup truck and slammed into them.

Police believe a pin came loose from a hitch on a 16-foot flatbed trailer hauling construction materials and disconnected from the truck.…

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Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

June 12, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S.…

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Dallas police arrest legislator Victoria Neave on DWI count

June 8, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas legislator has been arrested in Dallas on a misdemeanor intoxicated-driving charge.

Records show 36-year-old Victoria Neave (nee-AH’-vay) of Dallas was booked early Wednesday and released on $500 bond.

Dallas police on Tuesday night found her after her car slammed into a tree.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Neave said she disappointed her family, constituents, supporters and herself.…

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Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who’s in charge

June 8, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is demonstrating his power and wants to quiet doubts over who’s really calling the shots in the biggest conservative state in America. But that doesn’t mean the Legislature he is summoning back to work will deliver on his wishes.

Abbott surprised lawmakers by reviving a long list of conservative measures that failed despite Republicans fully in charge at the Texas Capitol, including a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people that has deepened a GOP rift and is opposed by major corporations such as Apple and Google.…

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Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in deaths of 3 in house

June 8, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities suspect carbon monoxide poisoning in the deaths of three people whose bodies have been found in a house in eastern Dallas.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue statement says the situation came to light about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a relative of the family inside came to the house but got no response at the front door.…

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Texas Gov. Calls for 30-Day Special Session

June 7, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he’s calling lawmakers back for a special legislative session starting July 18. 

But he’s not just calling them back to finish up must-pass legislation that keeps agencies afloat. And he added a lot more to the call than two issues that were anticipated: property tax relief and bathroom restrictions for transgender Texans.…

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Federal agents arrest 70 immigrants in Oklahoma, Texas

June 7, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say agents have arrested 70 people in Oklahoma and Texas as part of a three-day sweep targeting immigrants with criminal records or who were in the U.S. illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a release that the sweep concluded Saturday and the vast majority of those arrested came from Mexico.…

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4 killed, 6 hospitalized after 5-vehicle North Texas crash

June 7, 2017

WESTMINSTER (AP) — Four people were killed and six people have been taken to hospitals with a variety of injuries after a five-vehicle crash on a rural North Texas highway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says two of those injured were airlifted to Dallas hospitals. Three other people suffered minor injuries in the 4 p.m.…

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