Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Some state leaders in the new year are saying, “Out with the old and in with the new” — at least as far as Texas’ judicial bench is concerned.

Better Business Bureau

Consumers might want to keep their photo IDs handy when they use their credit cards in 2018. That’s because of a new law that allows businesses to request an additional picture ID for all in-person credit and debit purchases.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Former state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon was laid to rest Thursday. McClendon, 74, represented San Antonio’s predominantly African-American east side for 20 years. She died on Dec. 19 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given San Antonio a pass on air pollution until spring of 2018. But in a letter to Governor Greg Abbott last week, the agency requested additional environmental data on Bexar County by Feb. 28.

Texas Humane Legislation Network

The types of PACS financially contributing to campaigns in 2018 is vast and growing.

One of those is a statewide animal-welfare group looking to show a little more “teeth” when it comes to convincing politicians to support its legislative efforts.