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U.S. Rep. Bill Flores is the fifth recent Republican to announce his retirement in Texas.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Flores announced Wednesday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2020 — making him the fifth Texas Republican to announce his retirement from Congress.

The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave tentative approval to a measure that pre-empts local ordinances on drivers’ mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back safety laws in the 45 Texas cities where local governments enforce stricter regulations than the state. 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday promised to make an announcement "later this week" on whether he will call a special session.

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The Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote.

Senate Bill 6, a legislative priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and other publicly-owned facilities that match their “biological sex” and not gender identity. And it would preempt local anti-discrimination laws meant to allow transgender residents to use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a day of meeting with the elected officials who hold his political future in their hands, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the Capitol with one thing in mind.

"I gotta go study my lessons for the night," Perry was overheard saying. "Preparation. Preparation. Preparation."

Perry met with several key GOP senators on Wednesday ahead of upcoming confirmation hearings to serve as Secretary of Energy in the Trump administration.

Immigrant 'Dreamers' Fear Deportation Nightmare Under Trump

Nov 10, 2016
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for The Texas Tribune

 The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration. This part of the project focuses on how violent gang warfare and grinding poverty are driving new waves of Central American immigration to the United States. Sign up to get story alerts.

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  Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care — one of about 56 recommendations it made in a report released Friday.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and  Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers.

Cornyn Won't Endorse Cruz in 2018 Primary

Sep 8, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is declining to endorse fellow Texas Republican Ted Cruz for re-election to the Senate in 2018, just as Cruz did not back Cornyn for another term two years ago.

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A San Antonio web design firm has grown into the single biggest vendor to the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, elevating one of its partners to the forefront of national politics and drawing attention to the Alamo City's burgeoning technology scene. 

The Texas Education Agency is penalizing the New Jersey-based company that develops and administers the state's controversial STAAR tests to the tune of $20.7 million — over widespread logistical and technical issues reported with the spring administration, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday.

The problems caused thousands of students to lose answers to online standardized tests.

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