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News, policy discussions, and major events happening in or related to Texas, told from an Austin perspective

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From Texas Standard:

Monday morning, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain told CBS there is "no doubt" of Russian intelligence services hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s servers earlier this year.

"It's another form of warfare,” McCain said. “It's a threat to our national security."

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From Texas Standard:

Susan Combs, former Texas Comptroller, is unsatisfied with the treatment and position of women. She was the state’s top money manager for close to a decade, serving as Comptroller until last year. Before that, she was Texas Agriculture Commissioner and a state representative.

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From Texas Standard:

Adolf Hitler said "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

Many historians agree that one of Hitler's most dangerous weapons was his words. With the help of Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's words mobilized anger, anti-Semitism, homophobia and white supremacy, fueling a political machine that began one of the world's largest wars.

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Three of nine Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners officials resigned Thursday after Texas' review board of state agencies issued a scathing report detailing problems with the board.

 

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From the Texas Tribune: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Cameron County health department announced Friday they've identified four more locally-transmitted cases of Zika in Cameron County.

In late November, the first such case in Texas, contracted by mosquito bite, was reported out of Cameron County.

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From Texas Standard:

Outside of election year politics, few issues generate as much intense outrage – on both sides – as that of mandatory childhood vaccination.

According to the National Institute of Health, public concern about the adverse effects of vaccines has been part of our conversation since the first smallpox inoculation by Dr. Edward Jenner in 1796.

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From Texas Standard:

Texas is currently under a federal court order to fix its foster care system after allegations of child deaths in the system, high caseworker turnover, system mismanagement and a host of other problems. Foster care in Texas has been declared so dangerous it’s unconstitutional.

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From Texas Standard:

State lawmakers filed resolutions on Tuesday calling for a convention of states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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From the Texas Tribune:

COLLEGE STATION — When white nationalist Richard Spencer took the stage at Texas A&M University on Tuesday, about two dozen of the 400 people in the room stood and applauded. Many others hissed.

“That means you love me,” he said to the hecklers. “Hisssss back to all of y’all.” 

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From Texas Standard:

Doug Phillips and his team are the busiest they’ve ever been. He’s the director of investigations at the Texas Education Agency. When there’s a report of an inappropriate student-teacher relationship in a Texas public school, Phillips is the guy who looks into it.

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From Texas Standard:

The debate over "bathroom bills" – laws that prohibit people who identify as transgender from using the bathroom of their choice – is on the books for the upcoming legislative session.

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For roughly six million law-abiding gun owners in Texas, part of the routine of legally purchasing a firearm from a gun shop involves completing a federal background check. It's a pretty straightforward affair – or at least has been, until now.

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Richard Spencer’s planned appearance at Texas A&M University has created an outcry among students and made headlines nationwide.

The white nationalist came into the spotlight when he shouted “Hail Trump” and “Hail victory” to Nazi salutes during a recent speech in Washington, D.C.

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From Texas Standard:

At a time the president-elect dismisses inappropriate comments about sexual assault as "locker-room banter", others are trying to define and teach appropriate sexual behavior. The Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Education Agency are teaming up in a campaign they're calling "Starting the Conversation" to address issues surrounding consent.

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After a series of bad gambles on real-estate investments and a history of mismanagement, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system has amassed $2 billion in liabilities. In a panic, employees have been pulling out their money – a move that could potentially bankrupt the city.

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From Texas Standard:

Over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump took a controversial call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

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From Texas Standard:

Willie Nelson may have sung it best :

I saw miles and miles of Texas, all the stars up in the sky

I saw miles and miles of Texas, gonna live here till I die

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From Texas Standard:

On Jan. 4, 2016, 16-year-old David Molak killed himself. The San Antonio teen had undergone extensive cyberbullying.

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From Texas Standard:

Nearly one million military reservists have deployed around the world since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Pentagon's Defense Manpower Data Center. Many of those reservists and Guard members rely on receiving benefits under the GI Bill once they return from abroad.

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From Texas Standard:

In this era of hyper-partisan politics, the denouement of the Democrat's house leadership fight on capitol hill today is an important reminder of something: not all the major battles are initiated by the other side.

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