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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature has approved a contentious proposal issuing A through F grades rating its public schools’ academic performance.

The House voted 119 to 17 on Sunday to pass a compromise after both it and the Senate approved separate versions of the plan earlier in the session. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

Schools will be rated primarily based on student performance on standardized tests. But also, graduation rates and community and parent engagement will be considered.

Sun Returns To Texas, Reveals Devastating Flood Damage Across State

May 31, 2015
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DALLAS — Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million.

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-seven of the deaths have been in Texas, and at least 10 people were still missing over the weekend.

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Legislation requiring the state’s public universities to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings is now one step away from becoming law. 

After final approval from the Texas House Sunday, Senate Bill 11 now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he will sign the measure.

The state Senate approved the bill Saturday. 

It took about an hour Sunday for the chamber to pass the controversial measure — over the passionate pleas of several Democrats who rose to speak against it — on a 98-to-47 vote. 

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ROSENBERG, Texas  — The seemingly ceaseless rain swept across areas of Texas again on Saturday, bringing fears of renewed flooding but no new serious problems.

Vice President Biden Announces Death Of 46-Year-Old Son, Beau, Of Brain Cancer

May 30, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Beau Biden, who followed his father, Vice President Joe Biden, into politics and was twice elected attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday of brain cancer nearly two years after he was first diagnosed. Beau Biden was 46.

The younger Biden, who suffered from various health problems in recent years, was hospitalized this month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for then-undisclosed reasons.

He suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and three years later underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center to remove what was describe as a small lesion.

He announced last year that he would not seek a third term as attorney general and instead planned to run for governor in 2016.

“It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life,” the vice president said late Saturday, announcing the death of the oldest of his three children.

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