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It may be one of the most innovative merit scholarship programs anywhere in America.

Going to the Emergency Room in Texas and you should brace yourself for some surprises – even you have great insurance coverage. According to a new report Texans are Charged More Than 650% The Going Rate Of Medicare For ER  services. Jamie Dudensing is the CEO of the Texas Association of Health Plans.

Two months ago the EPA announced a major step forward in addressing air quality concerns and climate change with the Clean Power Plan. It established the first ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Critics such as Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have attacked the plan as unworkable and too big a burden on the economy.

Thousands of immigration born in other counties are finding their way to Texas. And they are doing so at a rate that’s out pacing native Texas births. The lion’s share are now coming from Asia. This could be the greatest alteration in the state population growth trend since statehood.

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Get ready, folks. We're officially a week away from the biggest event in Texas: the Texas Tribune Festival, that annual gathering of the state and nation's political elite with regular Texans who want the inside track on politics and policy.