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Ryan E. Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a person to lead the State Board of Education during his time in office.   But he’s now being criticized for selecting someone whose own kids have never attended a public school.

For the last two years Houston Republican Donna Bahorich served as a member of the State Board of Education.  Before that she worked for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s previous state senate campaign, and she was one his top choices when asked who should succeed outgoing chair Barbara Cargil.

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Before the end of the month the U.S. Supreme Court will make several ruling that will directly impact Texas – one could upend the Fair Housing Act, another could make same sex marriage legal and another could basically end the Affordable Care Act in Texas by ruling that the Federal government can’t provide health insurance subsidies to states that didn’t set up their own ACA exchanges.

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Walker v. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In a five-to-four ruling the high court found that the Texas state government can reject the Confederate Veterans specialty license plate. The court ruled that the plates were a form of government speech and rejecting the confederate plate was within the state’s freedom of speech.

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  This week on Fronteras:

--Texas is the number one U.S. destination for refugees.  The decision to leave home for the journey is a tough choice.

--In the wake of police confrontations, more Texas police departments are buying body cameras for their officers.  

--A Texas company is a go-to source in the growing market for police body cameras.

--Mexicans who have been departed say it’s hard to earn the parole they need to fight their cases in the United States.

--Women make up only 25 percent of workers in the male dominated oil business. 

Brent Boller

  Just three weeks into the 2015 hurricane season, most of Texas has already seen the damage even a minor storm can do. The Texas Dept. of Insurance says now is the time to review home insurance policies - before the next tropical event.   Spokesman Jerry Hagins said the typical homeowner policy does not cover wind damage. He says property owners on the coast must get special coverage from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association -- and timing is critical.  “That kind of policy is available to folks in the 14 coastal counties – also in parts of Harris County," Hagins said.

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