Texas classrooms could be hit hard by federal sequestration cuts – automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal programs that will go into effect on March 1 if Congress doesn’t pass a deficit reduction bill.
In Texas, the largest cuts would happen to public education, with $517 million dollars automatically cut according to the Texas Education Agency.
The Texas Department of Transportation has received approval to use explosives to demolish the 80-year-old U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls in March. Workers have already begun to take down streetlights, guardrails and parts of the bridge structure.
Kelli Reyna with TxDOT says that using explosives will speed up the process.