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Ryan Poppe

The Department of Public Safety has added 51 new state troopers to its growing list of officers stationed along the border and of the recent DPS cadet graduating class, two are a husband and wife team from the Rio Grande Valley.

Maira and Enrico Salinas are originally from Edinburg.  Less than a year ago Enrico lost his job in the oil field.  At that time neither one of them thought they would be walking across a stage in Austin to become state troopers, let alone, together.

Ryan Poppe

What is a school board member’s role in improving student performance and how should the state hold them accountable? Those are questions state lawmakers are asking ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

The release of the 2016 school accountability ratings has spurred many conversations this week at the state capitol, including how to help the lowest performing schools.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath said it’s wrong to point the finger at underperforming teachers.

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In 2015, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that would allow patients suffering from epilepsy to take  a type of marijuana oil high in CBD-oil but low in the psychoactive chemical THC to treat their chronic illness. 

Ryan Poppe

Groups outraged by the state awarding the Heidi Group a $1.6 million contract to provide women’s healthcare have called for an investigation of the procurement of that state money.  Houston Democratic State Rep. Jessica Farrar says the group that was founded by anti-abortion activist Carol Everett does not possess a medical license in order operate.

The Texas Tribune

Local health officials meeting in Austin Wednesday want state lawmakers to attract more federal dollars to combat mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika.

Eddie Olivarez is the chief administrative officer for the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department. He says the Rio Grande Valley is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and more education about avoiding mosquito bites is needed.