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The Texas Department of Public Safety is considering a policy change to the state’s limited medical-marijuana law that would raise the fees for dispensaries and growers from $6,000 to $1.3-million dollars.   

At the end of 2015, the Public Safety Commission passed an initial set of rules, part of which set the rate that would be imposed on businesses wanting to become dispensaries and grow operations at $6,000.  This month, the state agency proposed raising that fee to $1.3 million dollars.

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Early voting begins in the state today, Oct. 24, and runs through Nov. 4. Any registered voter may vote early in person. Or, to vote early by mail, you must complete an application that must be received by Oct. 28. Then you must submit your ballot by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

TPR and Texas public radio stations recently asked: What questions do you have about the upcoming Nov. 8 election?  This week we’re answering your most pressing questions in a series of reports, #TXDecides.

Listen for the stories produced by public radio reporters from around the state Monday through Friday, at 7:45 a.m. during “Morning Edition” and during “Texas Standard” which begins at 11 a.m.  

We’re your station for Election News and Views, Texas Public Radio 89.1 and tpr.org.

Here are the questions we’ll be answering: 

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The Russian consulate general in Houston has asked if its delegation can monitor polling places during the Nov. 8th election in Texas.  The state's Secretary of State Carlos Cascos not only denied the Russians' request but said if it happened they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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The head of Texas’ Republican Party agrees with Donald Trump’s ongoing concerns about there being voter fraud during this November’s election.  Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler says voter fraud is a rampant problem we know is happening in Texas.

Mechler says he’s seen proof that voter fraud is a problem in the Lone Star State.

“The problem has been in the Democrat-controlled areas of the state, in the Valley there has been issues and they’ve had issues in the Primary Election where their own candidates are being cheated of their election results," Mechler says.

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