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Dallas, TX – A group of seniors rallied at Congressman Jeb Hensarling's Dallas office today. They had a simple message; cutting senior benefits won't fix the deficit. KERA's Courtney Collins reports.

"Mr. Garcia, I brought some more petitions and postcards for Mr. Hensarling."

Some two dozen members of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans trooped up to Representative Jeb Hensarling's office to speak out against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Austin, TX – Right now early voters are considering 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. Supporters of Proposition 4 say it would give counties new opportunities to develop blighted areas. Opponents claim it could lead to eminent domain abuse. Andy Uhler from KUT in Austin takes a look.

Austin, TX – Early voting has begun for the November 8th election. Texans are voting on 10 constitutional amendments - dealing with everything from water projects to student loans. KUT's Matt Largey explains Proposition One on this fall's ballot.

Dallas, TX – Early voting began October 24th next month's state constitutional amendment election. There are 10 amendments on the ballot.

Proposition 3 would increase the amount of bonds the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board can sell to provide low-interest student loans.

Dominic Chavez, with the Board says increasing debt is a red flag for some voters. But he says this "borrowing" will not burden taxpayers.

Dallas TX – Two state constitutional amendments on the ballot next month deal with water, and how Texas can ensure there's enough of it as the population grows.

Amendment 8 encourages conservation by offering a property tax break to landowners who practice conservation techniques.

The Texas Sierra Club is backing Proposition 8. Jennifer Walker is the water resources specialist with the Lone Star Chapter.

Dallas, TX – A group of Dallas Hispanics want the City Council to re-draw the redistricting map approved two weeks ago. KERA's BJ Austin says about 100 people took that demand to City Hall today.

The new election district boundaries provide six traditionally white majority districts, four African-American, and four Hispanic. But, activist Hector Flores said that doesn't compute when Latinos are 42% of the population.

Dallas, TX – A laid-off Dallas teacher shared the stage with President Barack Obama Tuesday as he lobbied for his jobs bill at Eastfield College in Mesquite.

Dallas social studies teacher Kimberly Russell lost her job when state budget cuts triggered teacher layoffs. She put a face on unemployment as she endorsed the President's plan.

Russell: I'm hoping Congress will pass the American Jobs Act to help teachers like me get back to work soon.

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