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As the school year comes to a close across the city, results continue to show in changes to truancy policy at one major school district. A plan enacted in 2010 between the city's largest school district, Northside ISD, and the city's municipal court has been showing a dramatic improvement in in keeping kids out of courts, and  keeping them in the classroom. A 50 percent reduction in truancy cases were filed in the past year compared to 2010, with a small uptick in attendance. 

An Announcement On ‘The’ Announcement: Bush Decision On June 15

Jun 4, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush is giving a strong indication that he’ll join the ever-expanding Republican presidential campaign field later this month, announcing Thursday morning that his decision will come on June 15 in Miami.

The former Florida governor, widely expected to run for the Republican nomination, wrote “coming soon” on Twitter with a link to the website

On that page, the date 06.15.15 was listed, followed by the tease, “BE THE FIRST TO KNOW. RSVP NOW!” Bush also tweeted it in Spanish, “Próximamente 6.15.15.”

“My expectation, my hope is I’ll be a candidate,” Bush said earlier in the week, while attending an economic forum in Florida with other 2016 GOP prospects.

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WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is apologizing for cracking a joke at Vice President Joe Biden’s expense even as Biden mourns the death of his son.

During an appearance Wednesday in Howell, Michigan, Cruz rattled off a Biden line he’s been using in speeches on the stump.

In the joke, Cruz pokes fun at Biden’s occasionally controversial remarks and tells his audience that one need only mention Biden’s name to get people to laugh.

“Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punchline,” the Texas senator said at a GOP dinner.

“I promise you it works. The next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, ‘Vice President Joe Biden’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing,” he said.

His audience laughed  but by Thursday morning, Cruz used his Facebook account to say he was sorry.

In his post, the Texas senator said, “It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize.”

New UT-Austin President Supports Beer at Football Games

Jun 4, 2015
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New University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves ran through a long list of ambitious goals at his first-day press conference Wednesday — strengthening the school's undergraduate education, growing research initiatives and improving the school’s relationship with East Austin.  

Then, he got to the real news: He said he supports beer sales at Longhorn football games. 

He was clear and unequivocal about the idea: “I do support beer sale at the football games,” he said. “They have worked well at the basketball games. They have worked well across the state.” 

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AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who spent his first months on the job dismantling legacies of Rick Perry, revealed Wednesday he is reviving a famous hallmark of his predecessor: traveling the U.S. and world to recruit businesses to Texas.

Doing so gives Abbott the chance to raise his national political profile after taking office in January and immediately presiding over the Legislature, which adjourned this week until 2017 after delivering on his orders to cut taxes and boost border security spending.

Abbott wouldn’t reveal his first destinations but said he would go only where there’s a deal to make.