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City Council members control the agenda and microphones, but can’t talk during meetings about anything that’s not on the official agenda. So on Wednesday, a pair of council members planned to leave their seats and head for the public microphone. The topic? What could be the hottest issue in May’s election: the proposed Trinity toll road. At the last minute, though, the city attorney put the kibosh on their plans.

Urban Gardening Could Get Easier In Dallas This Week

Mar 24, 2015
Jeff Whittington / KERA News

For the first time since 2010, the Dallas City Council this week is considering new rules around agriculture within the city limits. The new ordinance was put together by a team of food activists, gardeners, city staff and elected officials. Susie Marshall, executive director of GROW North Texas, was one of those people. 

Mark Graham / The Texas Tribune

As policy dilemmas go, the one triggered when Denton voters decided last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city looked like a whopper: The oil and gas industry versus local control — two things Texas holds dear — in intractable opposition. There seemed little doubt lawmakers would weigh in upon their return to Austin.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stopped in Dallas Monday after an ice storm kept him away earlier this month. With his first legislative session almost at its midpoint, the governor talked about his priorities, his experience and progress so far.

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

State lawmakers this session will consider bills to limit the power of cities to enact certain laws. Those local ordinances could include bans on hydraulic fracturing, using plastic bags at stores, and LGBT non-discrimination ordinances.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress at 10 a.m. Central Tuesday. 

White House Hopes To Move Forward With Immigration Order On Monday

Feb 20, 2015
Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration order to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program this week.

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WASHINGTON- House Speaker John Boehner says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration underscores that he acted beyond his authority.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

President Barack Obama is arguing the law and history are on his side in a legal dispute over his executive order to protect millions of immigrants from deportation.

Federal Halt On Immigration Executive Action Stalls Anti-Deportation Program

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON-- The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it.

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