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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.

HOUSTON — Like most of those who cast a ballot in the Texas Democratic Primary in March, Sheereen Ibtesam voted for Hillary Clinton. But last month’s Wikileaks release of emails that showed Democratic National Committee officials strategizing about how to weaken the candidacy of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made her regret her vote and question the process she had participated in.

Trump Rules Out Rick Perry as Running Mate

Jun 8, 2016
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Donald Trump on Wednesday ruled out picking former rival Rick Perry as his running mate but said there could still be a role for the former Texas governor in a Trump administration.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two Texas death penalty cases next term, both related to crimes that occurred in Houston, the high court revealed Monday.

Death row inmate Duane Buck was condemned for the 1997 shooting death of ex-girlfriend Debra Gardner and her friend Kenneth Butler. His guilt isn't in contention, but the decision to sentence him to death is.

Sid Miller Says Campaign Finance Probes Going Nowhere

Jun 7, 2016

More than two years after being accused by a political foe of violating state campaign finance laws — including a charge that he improperly paid himself interest on a campaign loan — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says he believes the complaints dating to his days as a state legislator are languishing and will amount to nothing.

Texas Congressman To Trump: 'Take Your Border Wall And Shove It'

Jun 7, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela took a poison pen to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday morning.

Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018

May 11, 2016
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*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is officially running for re-election in 2018.

Cruz filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon to seek a second term, adding some clarity to his political future just over a week after he ended his presidential campaign.

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An attorney for former Texas death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown is asking state Comptroller Glenn Hegar to reconsider denying his client almost $2 million in compensation from a state fund that compensates the wrongly imprisoned. Otherwise, he said, the next appeal might be before the Texas Supreme Court.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday ended his campaign for the presidency after suffering a devastating loss to front runner Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.

“I said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory," the Texas senator told supporters here, spawning some pained shouts of "No!" "Tonight I am sorry to say that it appears that path has foreclosed.”

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