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Friday, Jun 14

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Texas students’ STAAR scores decline in math and science

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The latest results in math are a setback after two years of modest progress toward recovering from the pandemic.

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Supreme Court overturns federal bump stock ban, siding with Austin gun dealer

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Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, sued over the ban. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with him in a 6-3 decision Friday.

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Texas Supreme Court rejects case that could have imperiled IVF access

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The justices allowed a lower court’s opinion to stand, and, for now, sidestepped the question of whether a frozen embryo has the same rights as a living child.

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As a Texas city debates an abortion “travel ban,” maternal care is scarce in nearby rural counties

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Amid a fight over an “abortion travel ban,” women health care experts say more attention is needed to the plight of pregnant Texans in the Panhandle where there are few hospitals and OBGYNs.

04

Texas billionaire Harlan Crow provided Clarence Thomas previously undisclosed private jet trips, Senate probe finds

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The Supreme Court justice flew to Montana and other destinations on the billionaire GOP donor’s dime.

Thursday, Jun 13

23

Voter advocacy groups ask feds to step in after Texas allowed some voters’ ballots to be identified

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The request comes as state and local officials undermined ballot secrecy in their bids for election transparency.

Speakers pull out of prominent activist group’s pro-Christian nationalist conference

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The venue also canceled, but Fort Worth city officials demanded it still host the event. True Texas Project blamed public backlash on “woke attacks.”

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U.S. Supreme Court allows access to abortion pill, unanimously rejecting Texas challenge

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In the high court’s first abortion-related ruling since it overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, the justices ruled unanimously to change nothing about mifepristone’s legal status.

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For the first time, West Texas has a permanent LGBTQ+ community center

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A local volunteer died by suicide ahead of the center’s grand opening, reminding the West Texas community why such spaces are important.

Democrats think they can flip Texas House seats by going after GOP’s education funding and school voucher policies

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Much of the House battlefield is centered in districts with struggling schools, where Democrats hope public education will resonate at the ballot box.

02

Texas immigrants’ rights groups sue Biden administration over asylum restrictions

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Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized the order, which limits asylum requests when illegal border crossings ramp up.

01

Judge upholds Austin ordinance decriminalizing pot

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The Texas attorney general accused Austin of violating state law after voters in 2022 approved an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession.

Wednesday, Jun 12

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Democrats block Cruz’ IVF bill, saying it doesn’t go far enough to protect the procedure

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The senator’s bill to protect in vitro fertilization would have withheld Medicaid funding from states that ban the procedure. Democrats say IVF should be a federal right.

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Federal judge blocks Biden administration’s Title IX guidelines to protect LGBTQ+ students

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Judge Reed O’Connor said the Biden administration didn’t have the authority to make the changes, which would expand anti-discrimination protections.

14

“War on white America”: Influential Texas group hosting pro-Christian nationalism conference

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True Texas Project has for years worked with Attorney General Ken Paxton, Sen. Ted Cruz and other prominent Republicans.

Texas conservatives want to end countywide voting. The costs could be high.

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More than 80% of the state’s registered voters can cast their ballot anywhere in the county on election day. Scrapping that option could lead to disenfranchisement, experts say.

06

Amarillo City Council rejects so-called abortion travel ban

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A group of anti-abortion advocates must now decide whether they want the city voters to have the final say on their proposed policy.

03

Abbott appoints first judges to new appeals court for cases involving state government, businesses

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The Texas Legislature created the court last year, with proponents saying it would increase efficiency and opponents arguing that it was an effort by Republicans to circumvent Democrat-dominated courts.

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How the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling may change San Antonio’s contracting decisions

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San Antonio and Bexar County officials have delayed action on some policies amid a national push to end race-conscious procurement decisions.

Tuesday, Jun 11

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Four Texas House Republicans censured for campaigning against incumbents

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The censured members said they had been punished for campaigning against “liberal incumbents” alongside statewide elected officials like Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Texas sues to block new Biden administration rule protecting access to some gender transition care

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In March, the federal government said providers can’t deny gender care to transgender people that would be provided to others for other purposes.

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Liz Cheney, John Fetterman and Kevin Stitt are joining The Texas Tribune Festival’s lineup

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The three big names are joining a stellar lineup of newsmakers Sept. 5-7 at Texas’ breakout politics and policy event.

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Water is bursting from another abandoned West Texas oil well, continuing a troubling trend

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Pecos County rancher Schuyler Wight says the Railroad Commission continues to plug wells. But each time they do, another one starts flowing.

With new platform, Texas Democrats may find common ground with Republicans on housing affordability crisis

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The Democrats’ recently approved platform includes calls to loosen zoning rules, which housing experts believe contribute to high housing costs.

Monday, Jun 10

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Uvalde shooting survivors’ families sue UPS, FedEx for shipping weapon used by gunman in school massacre

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The lawsuit claims the companies shipped an enhanced trigger system that allowed the gunman to convert a firearm into a fully automatic or semi-automatic weapon.

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To fight poverty, some Texas cities gave aid with no strings attached. Conservatives are pushing back.

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Guaranteed income programs let participants use funds however they see fit. Critics argue they're not a good use of taxpayer dollars.

With new rules, the Texas GOP seeks to keep its elected officials in line

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The state party plans to limit primaries to registered Republicans and keep elected officials it censured off the ballot. It’s unclear if it can without legislative approval.

Saturday, Jun 8

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Texas Democrats try to unify against GOP “extremism” as their own challenges and strife persist

The party faces internal tension over the Israel-Hamas war and Biden’s new immigration policy heading into November.

06

Henry Cuellar’s corruption trial delayed until after election

The Laredo Democrat faces allegations of bribery, money laundering and working on behalf of a foreign government.

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Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledges he should have disclosed free trips from Texas billionaire

The trips include vacations in Indonesia and at the exclusive, men’s-only Bohemian Grove retreat, which were first reported by ProPublica last year.