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Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would set up a state licensing program for nonprofits that help settle refugees in the state.  Senate Republicans are concerned about being left out of the loop when it comes to the city where these families are being placed by the federal government.


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The term “crisis” has been used in recent years to describe the state of Texas’ foster care system and state lawmakers are examining what can be done to fix it.

There were 65,000 cases of confirmed child abuse that were investigated by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services in 2015. That’s down by 14 percent, according to state’s Child Protective Services Division.  

But Judge John Specia, the head of the state agency, told lawmakers while those numbers have decreased, 50 percent of case workers are leaving the job because of low pay and high caseloads.

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With oil revenues down and job losses across multiple sectors of the state’s economy, lawmakers are looking at available money going into next year’s legislative session.  But Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is optimistic about the Texas economy and how much money the legislature will have during the 2017 session.

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Investigators with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission have filed formal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  The charges allege Paxton promoted investment in a North Texas tech start-up without informing anyone that they he was being paid to promote the company.  

While serving in the Texas House of Representatives, Paxton solicited close to a million dollars in investment funds for the company Servergy, Inc.  He received a hundred-thousand shares of stock in return according to court documents.

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Gov. Greg Abbott helps usher in the latest expansion of jobs and services for the San Antonio area as General Motors breaks ground on a new facility on the city’s West Side.

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