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OTTUMWA, Iowa — The questions came almost immediately, as they usually do.

Do you think you think you'll be picked as her running mate? No. 

Are you auditioning to be vice president? No.

Do you want to be vice president? No.

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

The move comes more than four months after Perry dropped out of the race himself — and a week before the first-in-the-country caucus in Iowa. Cruz, the Republican U.S. senator from Texas, is locked in a tight battle there with billionaire Donald Trump. 

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The chancellors of Texas’ top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth. 

But the chancellors also told members of the Texas House Higher Education Committee that they aren't ignoring input from state officials who worry that the schools are growing irresponsibly. 

Despite a federal judge's scathing finding last month that Texas has failed to protect foster children in its care, reform advocates are steeling themselves for a lengthy battle to force state officials to make fixes ordered by the court.

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University leaders from across Texas may face tough audiences this week as they are asked to explain their ambitious expansion plans before two key higher education policy boards. 

On Wednesday, the Texas House Higher Education Committee will discuss state colleges' efforts to grow "educational offerings and programs." The next day, University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven will brief the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on his strategic vision. 

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Texas continues to be home to some of the poorest counties in the country with poverty most prevalent along the Texas-Mexico border, census figures show.

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Two Fort Worth attorneys have been appointed to investigate a complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over a land sale in Collin County, an attorney for Paxton said Friday. 

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 The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration, reporting on the reality and rhetoric around these topics.

More than 18,000 times over the past two years, local jails across the country have failed to hand over deportable immigrants to federal authorities, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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Trinity University in San Antonio announced Thursday it will continue banning guns on its campus, despite a new state law opening the door for campus carry.

The university is the 20th private college in the state to opt out of the new law. Campus carry, which goes into effect Aug. 1., allows concealed license holders to carry guns into university buildings.  But private universities are given the choice of whether they want to comply. So far, no private schools have opted in. 

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A year out of office, former Gov. Rick Perry has a new job: chief strategy officer at MCNA Dental, the largest privately held dental insurance company in the country, according to a spokesman for Perry.

The Florida-based insurer does business in Texas, and was a major donor to Perry’s presidential campaign.

Jeff Miller, a Perry aide, confirmed Perry’s new gig on Tuesday, as news broke that the longest-serving governor in Texas history was in Florida, meeting with Gov. Rick Scott.

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