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The One Matchup Texas Republicans Keep Losing

Jun 23, 2016
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Not long after the break of dawn recently, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams hit baseballs on a basketball court here in suburban Washington. “Atta boy,” he cheered when his partner shagged the balls.

Abortion, Race, Immigration Among Last Supreme Court Cases

Jun 22, 2016
Katie Harbath / The Texas Tribune

It happens every June. The Supreme Court nears the finish line with the most contentious cases still to be resolved.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk is once again seeking treatment for depression. In a statement Monday afternoon, she said she’s entering a facility in Arizona that specializes in mood disorders.

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Higher demand for housing across North Texas pushed up residential property values nine to 13 percent in the latest county appraisal notices. But those higher values can mean higher taxes. Homeowners who believe they owe less have a recourse: They can file a protest with the county appraisal district by May 31.

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Sen. John Cornyn says that while he has a "good working relationship" with Sen. Ted Cruz, his Texas colleague in the Senate went to Washington to run for president.

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The Fort Worth City Council voted late Tuesday to create a historic district around the core of the city’s iconic Stockyards district. In a historic district, developers that want to build or expand must have their plans reviewed by the city to make sure they are compatible with the neighborhood. The decision came after about three hours of public comments, including from preservationists who were hoping for much larger boundaries.

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State regulators have to decide whether control of Texas power lines can change hands. At issue is whether an investment group led by Dallas businessman Ray Hunt gets to buy Oncor. The company connects power plants with the companies you pay for electricity.

Irving has been in the national spotlight in recent months, especially after a Muslim teen was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school. But during her annual State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Beth Van Duyne steered clear of controversy. Instead, she highlighted several economic development efforts.

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President Barack Obama says that contrary to the claims of some GOP presidential candidates, he's not plotting to take away everyone's guns.

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A federal judge ruled recently that Texas’ long-term foster care system is “broken.” In North Texas, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit has been working out the kinks in a model that could redesign the entire system, giving more flexibility to local organizations to address the problems outlined in the judge’s opinion.

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