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Immigration activists are gathering in Austin Wednesday to rally for reforms. The activists have a long list of complaints. Among them is a demand that National Guard troops be removed from the border.

Last summer, Republican leaders at the Legislature approved the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, which cost taxpayers an estimated $12 million a month for each month of their deployment. They had stated that the extra security was needed to protect the state from illegal immigrants and cross-border crime.

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The wagons are circling to convince the San Antonio city council to work with ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber.   

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff met with the mayor this week and sent her a follow-up letter supporting a compromise in the ordinance scheduled to go into effect March 1.   

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It was April 16, 2007, when the quiet of an early morning was shattered at Virginia Tech University. A troubled senior armed with a 9-millimeter handgun, a 22-caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition entered a building and walked from classroom to classroom shooting.

When the melee ended, he had killed 33 people — students, including himself, and faculty members — and wounded 17 others. It’s that incident some Texas lawmakers cite again as they try to pass legislation that would allow those with a concealed handgun license to bring their guns to campuses.

The three highest profile candidates running for San Antonio mayor squared off in their first debate Saturday. It was sponsored by the Asian-American Alliance of San Antonio.  If elected in May, each candidate promised to resolve the contentious issue of the police and firefighters’ contracts.

State parties, once the cornerstone of American politics, don't get much attention anymore. And when they do, it's often negative.

One long-standing example: the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with Jimmy Stewart as a young and naive senator battling the evil political boss in his (unnamed) home state. As the climax approaches, Stewart launches a filibuster to expose the boss, "a man who controls a political machine, and controls everything else worth controlling in my state."