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5:32 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor-Elect Abbott Brings Agenda To North Texas

Texas Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott, center, is surrounded by North Texas Legislators in Arlington Tuesday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington Tuesday to talk with local lawmakers about his priorities heading into his new job and the January legislative session.

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Government
6:36 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Marcos Ronquillo Enters Dallas Mayor's Race

Marcos Ronquillo stands on a pot hole on Samuell Blvd to make his point that Dallas infrastructure needs more attention than it's getting now
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Attorney Marcos Ronquillo announced his plans to challenge Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in the May 2015 municipal election Thursday. 

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Government
7:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Uber, Lyft Get The Green Light To Operate Legally In Dallas

It was a full house in the Dallas City Council chamber Wednesday where members discussed a controversial transportation ordinance that would include ride-share services including Lyft and Uber.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Months after controversy erupted, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved new rules that will regulate Uber, Lyft and other car-sharing services in the city. The vote was 13-2.

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Government
6:40 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Veterans' Mental Health Care: 'Filling In The Gaps'

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The state moves forward today on a project to improve mental health services for veterans.

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Government
6:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Catholic Charities Gets Ready For New Clients: Republicans Prepare Their Next Move

Catholic Charities CEO Arne Nelson and its Director of Immigration and Legal Services, Vanna Slaughter welcomed President Obama's executive order on immigration reform. It will help thousands of clients they work with every day
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Catholic Charities and other advocates for immigrants are making plans to deal with 180,000 North Texans covered by the policy change President Obama unveiled Thursday night. So how’s the idea playing on both sides of the issue?

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Government
11:30 am
Thu November 13, 2014

John Cornyn Picked to Be Next Senate Majority Whip

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will be the first Texan to serve as Senate majority whip since Lyndon Johnson from 1951-1953.
Texas Tribune/Flickr

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will be the Senate's next majority whip, Republicans in the upper chamber decided in a Thursday morning vote.

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Government
2:28 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

First Day of Legislative Filing Draws More Than 350 Bills

Anneke Paterson The Texas Tribune

There might still be two months before the 84th legislative session starts, but eager lawmakers aren't waiting to get their legislation on the table.

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Government
12:04 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Feds Have New Leverage In Medicaid Showdown

Marjorie Cotera The Texas Tribune

If Texas wants to keep receiving billions of federal dollars to help hospitals care for uninsured patients, state lawmakers may have to look again at expanding Medicaid coverage for impoverished adults, some political observers say.

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Government
6:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Griggs: Dallas Will Consider Requiring Landlords To Accept Public Housing Vouchers

Federal housing subsidies helped replace older, low-income apartments at the Wynnewood complex in South Dallas with new affordable units.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The city of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have settled a complaint that involved the city’s use of incentives for locating low-income housing.

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Government
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

TxDOT Commissioner Says New Funding Could Change Reliance On Toll Roads

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck presents a volunteerism award to Victor Vandergriff in 2011.
City of Arlington

In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

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