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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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Government
11:26 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Requires Texas Voter ID For Voting That Begins Monday

When early voting begins Monday Texans will be required to show a valid Voter ID at the polls.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

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Government
5:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Federal Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID For Upcoming Election

Julian Aguilar Texas Tribune

A federal court today confirmed that Texas voters will need a valid photo ID when early voting begins next Monday. 

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Government
7:19 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama Orders Airstrikes In Syria, Saying U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State

President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night.
White House/YouTube/PBS

President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

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Government
12:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hensarling's Political Muscle Tested In His Fight Against Export-Import Bank

Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Late Tuesday, Republicans in the U.S. House moved to temporarily extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank as part of a funding bill needed to prevent a government shutdown at month's end.

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, has bucked businesses and some Republicans in his battle to phase out the agency that finances U.S. exports.

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Government
1:52 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

George W. Bush And Bill Clinton Launch Presidential Center Leadership Program

Presidents Clinton and Bush gathered Monday in Washington, D.C., to announce a partnership to help people learn about presidential leadership.
George W. Bush Presidential Center Twitter/@TheBushCenter

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership.

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Government
2:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sen. Cornyn Calls For U.S. Arming Ukrainian Soldiers

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, in a 2011 picture at the Texas Tribune Festival.
Texas Tribune/Flickr

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told KERA Tuesday that the United States should help the Ukrainians repel Russian aggression by giving them weapons.

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Government
8:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schools Applaud Ruling That Texas Education Funding System Is Unconstitutional

State Judge John Dietz in February 2013 found the state school funding system unconstitutional and issued a written order declaring the same on Thursday.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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Government
5:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Judge Declares Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

Shawn Hempel Shutterstock

A judge has again declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional, reaffirming his 2013 decision despite $3.4 billion in extra classroom funding approved by the Legislature last summer. 

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Think
5:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After 25 Years In Prison, An Innocent Man Learns To Forgive

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In 1987, Michael Morton was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife – a crime he didn’t commit. He served 25 years before having his conviction overturned. Monday on Think, he told Krys Boyd that for many of those years, his life was ruled by resentment and thoughts of revenge.

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