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Three Options For Julián Castro, Now That VP Is Out

Jul 26, 2016
Texas Public Radio

Four years ago, Julián Castro – then-mayor of San Antonio – delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. That moment was expected to launch him into the political stratosphere as one of the party’s brightest stars, and his 2014 appointment as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affirmed that trajectory.

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Doctors at Brook Army Medical Center are keeping Governor Greg Abbott in the hospital for at least another night.  The governor's physicians recommended that Abbott take another day to recover and heal after undergoing surgery to repair areas of severely burned skin.

Abbott’s second and third degree burns from scalding hot water cover his lower legs and feet.


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In the wake of a shootout that took the lives of five Dallas police officers, Democratic State Sen. Royce West is urging fellow legislators and Gov. Greg Abbott to do more to bridge the cultural divide between police and Texas’ African-American community. 

He and his staff attended Thursday night’s protest march in downtown Dallas and were three blocks away when a gunman began shooting at police in the crowd.

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A civil rights group in Texas is criticizing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for blaming protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement for the shootings in Dallas.  Officials with the group call the lieutenant governor’s comments irresponsible.

Patrick was asked to share his observations about the shootings on the Fox News Channel’s "Fox and Friends First" program during his interview, Patrick said that “Too many people in the general public, who have a big mouth are creating the situations like the shooting in Dallas.

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Bracing for a tough budget next session, leaders at the state capitol are preemptively instructing state agencies to reduce their request for state funding, but those requested cuts do not apply to all state agencies.

With the oil and gas industry in Texas still struggling to get back on its feet, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus have sent state agencies a directive asking that they reduce their proposed 2018-2019 budget by 4 percent way ahead of the 2017 session.