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Larson Files Bill to Abolish Public Utility Commission

Posted: 02/14/2011 - A bill filed Monday would abolish the Public Utility Commission (PUC), transfer its duties to the Railroad Commission (RRC) and rename the Railroad Commission the Texas Energy and Communications Commission.

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Free Tax Filing Available to Qualified Texans

Posted: 02/14/2011 - April 18, the 2010 federal income tax filing deadline, is just around the corner. For Texans trying to wade through their federal income tax return, it can often be challenging.

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Texas Lawmakers Propose $10 Million for Film Productions

Posted: 02/13/2011 - Lawmakers eager to attract film productions to Texas have proposed allocating $10 million for the task as a time when cuts appear increasingly likely in education and health care programs.

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Texas Deals with Lethal Injection Drug Shortage

Updated: 02/12/2011 - Texas' prison director says he's optimistic the state can find the drug sodium thiopental or an alternative to carry out executions after Texas' supply expires at the end of March.

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Perry Fires Back at Democrat Congressional Delegation

Posted: 02/12/2011 - Gov. Rick Perry is asking Texas Democrats in Congress to repeal a federal provision that has stirred up a political hornet's nest and tied up about $830 million intended to help struggling Texas schools.

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Valley Company Recalls Okra from HEB Stores

Posted: 02/12/2011 - Magic Valley Fresh Frozen Inc. says it is voluntarily recalling breaded okra produced under the HEB label from July 1, 2010, until Jan. 31 of this year because it may contain undeclared whey, a milk ingredient.

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3 Texas Men Due In Va Court On Fraud Charges

Posted: 02/11/2011 - Three Texas businessmen accused of defrauding hundreds of investors out of more than $100 million will be arraigned in federal court in Virginia.

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New Food Safety Law Protects Whistleblowers

Posted: 02/11/2011 - Food industry workers who blow the whistle on bad practices have new protection against retaliation under a little-noticed provision in the sweeping food safety law President Barack Obama signed last month.

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Ala. Beach Attendance Shows Big Drop

Posted: 02/11/2011 - State tourism figures show Alabama's beaches had a million fewer visitors in 2010 than the year before, a decline attributed to the Gulf oil spill.

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Texas Prank Caller Gets 18-Month Prison Sentence

Updated: 02/11/2011 - A mentally ill suburban Dallas man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for making thousands of prank phone calls to the National Runaway Switchboard in Illinois.

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Texas Men's Arraignment On Fraud Charges Postponed

Posted: 02/11/2011 - The arraignment of three Texas businessmen accused of defrauding hundreds of investors out of more than $100 million has been postponed in federal court in Virginia.

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Budget Proposals Could Violate Legal Settlement

Posted: 02/10/2011 - A state official says a proposal to cut reimbursement rates to certain Medicaid providers could violate a 2007 court settlement in which the state agreed to improve access to medical care for poor children.

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