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8:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Texas Valentine: LBJ's Love Letters To Lady Bird

LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:37 am

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is releasing never-before-seen love letters written by the former president and his soon-to-be bride.

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Texas Education
1:53 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Will Surplus Revenue go to Public Education?

The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 7:24 pm

One of the men who controls the state’s checkbook is leaving the door open to restoring some of the $5.4 billion in public education cuts enacted two years ago.

House Appropriations chair Jim Pitts took questions from lawmakers on the House floor today, including one from Austin Democrat Donna Howard.

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Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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Texas Politics
9:13 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Dewhurst Aide Accused Of Stealing $1 Million From Senate Campaign

Ben Philpott, KUT News

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:46 pm

A former aide to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is being accused of stealing at least $1 million from Dewhurt’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield was already facing accusations that he embezzled at least $600,000 from a state campaign account. Now, a spokesperson for Dewhurst says they believe Barfield stole more than $1 million from a separate campaign fund aimed at securing Dewhurst the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. 

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Boy Scouts of America
4:40 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Boy Scouts Delay Gay Ban Decision

Bill Zeeble KERA

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 2:13 pm

 It’ll be another three months before we know if the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America will change its gay ban policy. More than 100 supporters of the policy rallied at Scout headquarters after the organization said it would keep its gay ban, for now.                                             

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Texas School Safety
9:11 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Creating Marshals to Watch Over Schools

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:22 am

Story as heard on KUT 90.5

Texas lawmakers have rallied around the idea of making elementary schools safer. There have been calls to allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to bring guns onto public school campuses. Or for teachers to get concealed carry licenses.

The latest idea comes from a bill filed by State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). He wanted to know what schools and professional school security organizations wanted.

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Texas Education
5:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Judge Finds Texas School Funding System Unconstitutional

Sara Robberson Special to KERA

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:27 pm

District Judge John Dietz has ruled the Texas school finance system, which serves over 5 million public schoolchildren, is unconstitutional. 

“The court declares the school finance system  is not adequately funded and therefore fails to make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of the system,” Dietz said Monday, explaining one of the reasons he ruled against the state. 

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Texas Matters
12:08 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Following State-of-the-State, What Are Gov. Perry's Next Steps?

Rick Perry gets ready to take the podium for his 2013 State-of-the-State address where he outlined his goals for the legislative session.
Texas Tribune

Texas Matters: Gov. Rick Perry uses the State-of-the-State address to propose giving tax breaks, but should the state use the extra money to restore education funding instead? A new poll shows that a majority of Texans disapprove of the job he is doing and 62 percent think he should not run for re-election. Since he is a primary torch-bearer for the conservatives in the state, what will he do next?

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Texas
10:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Poll Shows Castro Is Not As Popular Across The State

Mayor Castro has become a voice for Latino issues in the national media, and now gears up for another term as mayor of San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is frequently mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor or other statewide elected office, but a new poll shows that Texas voters still aren’t ready to vote for Castro. 

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The Poverty Line
2:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Study Shows Half Of All Texans Have No Savings

Flickr user Images of Money, bit.ly/LeSsiT

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:39 pm

State leaders routinely hail the "Texas Miracle" that's created one of the strongest economies in the country. 

Everyone mentions the growth and job opportunities across the Lone Star State, but a recent study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows that many Texans are striving on the edge of poverty.

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