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Gov. Abbott Taps Texas Racing Commission Chairman As Secretary Of State

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Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos is resigning, and Gov. Greg Abbott has tapped Rolando Pablos, the chairman of the Texas Racing Commission, to replace him, the governor's office said Monday. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has filed a lawsuit to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A recent report spelled more bad news for the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. Credit rating and financial analysis firm Moody’s found Dallas has one of the highest pension shortfalls among U.S. cities.

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After a downturn in 2015, a rare disease affecting the nervous system is on the rise again. The CDC says 89 cases of acute flaccid myelitis has been confirmed this year in 33 states, including Texas. Five of those were in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ag Commissioner Sid Miller is a standout disseminator of “fake news”; what’s next for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund; Fort Worth symphony management and musicians reach an agreement; and more.

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Fort Worth symphony management and the musicians' union have reached a “tentative agreement” regarding a new contract — the first sign of progress in restoring the musicians to the symphony in nearly three months.

On Texas Ag Chief Sid Miller's Facebook, Fake News Flows Freely

Dec 3, 2016
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Thousands of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's followers on social media might believe that terrorists are — in his words —preparing "for their jihad against the state and our nation” from a training compound outside of Houston.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

The cigar box guitar was an invention of poor musicians during the mid-1800s, but recently there’s been a renaissance. Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh talks with historians, musicians and makers of cigar box guitars to learn about the instrument.

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On Friday, a state district judge ruled that members of the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund can vote on proposed benefit cuts. Some firefighters and police officers had filed a lawsuit in part to block members from voting on the cuts. The pension fund has been struggling – and some worry it could ultimately bankrupt the city.

Billions In Pension Shortfalls Threatening Texas Cities' Budgets

Dec 2, 2016
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The state’s largest cities face tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to employee pension funds, a series of separate financial situations that is spurring massive account withdrawals, ongoing lawsuits, mounting political friction and national media attention.

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