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June 28, 2023

As one special session ends, the next one begins

By: Angela Kocherga

Has the Texas border become like the Iowa State Fair, a mandatory stop for Republican presidential candidates?

It’s a long, hot summer for Texas lawmakers as the governor calls another special session, focusing solely on property taxes.

Rethink35, the organization questioning another expansion of the interstate highway that cuts through Austin, has given up its legal battle – at least for now. Why other cities in Texas
are watching closely.

Also, how Muslims in Texas are celebrating a holiday often referred to as Big Eid.


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June 24, 2024

After devastating tornadoes, Sanderson residents begin to rebuild and recover

The Texas Medical Board has offered guidance to doctors on the emergency medical exception to the state’s abortion ban.How the small town of Sanderson in West Texas is recovering after a pair of tornadoes.Shipments of avocados and mangoes from the Mexican state of Michoacán to the U.S. are suspended after two U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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June 21, 2024

Supreme Court upholds domestic violence gun law in North Texas case

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court has issued a major ruling on gun rights, effectively disarming domestic abusers.A meeting today to consider the exceptions to the state’s near-total abortion ban: It’s an effort to deal with fears about prosecution cited by many Texas doctors.The latest on what could be upcoming federal rules on heat […]

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June 20, 2024

Director Jeff Nichols returns to the big screen with ‘The Bikeriders’

Tropical Storm Alberto bears down on Mexico, bringing rain wind and stormy weather to South Texas. We’ll have an update on the latest.Texas has the second largest population of Indian Americans in the U.S., many of them closely following the shifting political picture in New Delhi. We’ll hear reactions to a rare third term for […]

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June 19, 2024

Shining a light on Black Seminoles this Juneteenth

The Biden administration has announced a policy that will protect about half a million undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation. NPR’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has the details on the new directive.Juneteenth is a holiday about visibility – and some people use the occasion to turn the spotlight on communities that have been overlooked. KUT reporter […]

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June 18, 2024

A rare strawberry moon lights the Texas sky this week

It’s been a year since the state took over the Houston Independent School District. How has that affected student scores on the STAAR test?How the state’s rules on diversity, equity and inclusion may put an end to some university scholarships.Why more hedge fund managers are making their home in Texas, rather than New York.A new […]

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June 17, 2024

Meet Emma, the AI assistant answering the phones at Amarillo City Hall

Just in time for high summer, a surge in COVID cases? What officials are saying about a new subvariant.It could be a very wet 72 hours of so for much of Southeast Texas and beyond as meteorologists focus on what could be the first big storm of hurricane season coming together in the Gulf of […]

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June 14, 2024

Supreme Court rejects a Trump-era ban on bump stocks

The Supreme Court has struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks – devices that can be attached to a semiautomatic gun to make it fire more quickly – in a case brought by Michael Cargill, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of a gun store in Austin.The State of Texas wants to replace the […]

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June 13, 2024

Texas’ Jamestown Revival talk Tony-nominated score

The U.S. Supreme Court makes a key decision on abortion access, but is it the final word on the matter? The highest court in the land makes a unanimous decision on the abortion drug mifepristone, in a case that was originally filed in Amarillo.The producers of the hit Broadway musical “The Outsiders” wanted someone outside […]

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