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Texas congressional redistricting plan gets final approval
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to a new map for the state's expanded congressional delegation, completing a politically volatile task they are required to undertake once a decade. The Republican-led state Senate voted 19-12 along party lines to accept House amendments and sent the plan to Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to approve it. Redistricting plans for the state House and Senate and the State Board of Education were approved during the Legislature's regular session. More

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Water woes threaten growth
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Late this summer, a new state water plan will warn Texans — not for the first time — that they're running out of water. That will not surprise folks along the Guadalupe, the Llano or any of the other parched rivers, lakes and streams around the state. And it won't be a shock in Kendall County, where the Trinity Aquifer continues to disappear. More

As special session winds down, TWIA fight continues
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Calling it "absolutely" must-pass legislation, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he is working with senators to hammer out a bill to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. His optimistic pronouncement came after a Senate panel earlier in the day was unable to muster the votes to approve the bill — one of the key reasons lawmakers are in special session. "I think we're going to reach consensus," Dewhurst said. More

DFW area residential foreclosure postings drop
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Residential foreclosure postings for the July auction dropped significantly in Denton County and across the Dallas-Fort Worth region, records show. A total of 512 homes were listed for the upcoming auction, down from 715 posted for the July sale a year ago, according to records from Foreclosure Listing Service Inc. of Addison. More

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Governor signs appraisal legislation
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Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation that would keep appraisal review boards independent of county appraisal districts. The bill, authored by Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, bans appraisal districts from training ARB members or communicating with ARB members about individual property cases outside of formal hearings. More

Perry revives airport pat-down bill for special session
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Gov. Rick Perry, under pressure from tea party activists, on Monday added to lawmakers' to-do list a ban on airport security searches. The measure died in the regular legislative session in the wake of warnings from federal officials that it would conflict with federal law and could force flight cancellations if the safety of passengers and crew couldn't be assured. More

Texas becomes 1st to require fracking disclosure
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill requiring drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use when extracting oil and gas from dense rock formations, the first state to pass such a law. Several other state agencies have passed regulations forcing some disclosure, but none have made it a law. More

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Sanctuary cities bill: Comply or lose state money
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Like parents threatening to withhold allowance from a misbehaving child, proponents of the Republican-backed sanctuary cities bill are warning local authorities across the state: Comply with the bill or face the fiscal consequences. More

Texas fires rage: 1,800 homes, businesses evacuate
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Officials issued an evacuation order Monday for about 1,800 southeast Texas homes and businesses as a wildfire believed to have been sparked by a barbecue pit and fueled by triple-digit temperatures raked across a rural community northwest of Houston. A Grimes County judge issued the order after the fire that had burned 5,000 acres since Sunday crossed containment lines, said Texas Forest Service spokesman Justice Jones. More

Caterpillar to expand Texas manufacturing site
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Caterpillar Inc. has marked $70 million to expand capacity at a hydraulic excavator plant in Texas, a plant still under construction and due to begin operations midway through next year. The Victoria, Tex., project was announced in August 2010, as a $130-million, 850,000 square foot plant to manufacture excavators for the domestic market. More
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