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From Texas Standard:

Capitol Hill is quiet this time of year. Congress is out of session. All the senators and representatives have scattered to their respective districts, except the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. The committee’s leader, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady from Texas (R-Woodlands), called lawmakers back to Washington to map out the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Texas State University

The president of Texas State University says the San Marcos campus will not become a sanctuary campus. The idea was part of a growing statewide movement aimed at protecting undocumented students who are fearful about some of the promises made by incoming President Donald Trump.

Wikicommons

Beginning Thursday the State of Texas will cut the amount it pays to therapists who treat some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Families are now worried they’ll lose care that is teaching their children important life skills. 

In the living room of her family’s home outside of Austin,  9- year old Briana Dupuie smiles broadly as her physical therapist tosses a fuzzy yellow tennis ball and Briana tries to catch it. 

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President-elect Donald Trump is on a tour of battleground states that delivered him victory on Election Day. Last Thursday, he spoke in Cincinnati, Ohio, and this week stopped in Iowa, Michigan, and Louisiana. Next week, Trump's tour takes him to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Alabama. On Tuesday night, Trump spoke in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

It is this speech that NPR reporters and editors have drawn on for the fact-check and annotation below. 

Ryan Poppe

When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools.   Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program.  Supporters tend to call it school choice.  And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.

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