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5:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Judge Declares Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

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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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Government
7:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, talk with KERA's Shelley Kofler about the transportation measure on the November ballot.
BJ Austin KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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Government
9:50 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Lawmakers Ready To Again Back A 'Texas Solution' To Obamacare

Texas Tribune Editor-In-Chief Evan Smith, Rep. Garnet Coleman, and Rep. John Zerwas discuss another try at passing legislation to access billions in Affordable Care Act funding.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties say they haven’t given up on creating a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
6:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry Indicted For Abusing Power

Gov. Rick Perry announcing the deployment of National Guard Troops to the Texas border in July.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

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Government
11:21 am
Thu August 14, 2014

President Obama Expresses Concern About Missouri Violence

President Obama, in an earlier picture, is expected to talk about violence in Missouri.
YouTube/White House

President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and no excuse for violence against the police.

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3:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Proposed Dallas Budget Would Increase Money For Libraries, Cut Cash For Police

Dallas city manager A.C. Gonzalez has released his proposed budget today, which would cut money from the police department to help increase funds for other city services such as streets, animal services, and libraries. Gonzalez is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. He says it will allow 12 library branches and the central library downtown to return to opening their doors seven days per week.
  • Source: Dallasnews
  • | Via: The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas city manager's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year calls for cuts in the police department to help restore funding for other city services. Those other services - including libraries, streets, and animal services - have been neglected in recent years, according to City Manager A.C. Gonzalez.
Government
8:22 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

As Republican Leaders Meet In Dallas, Protesters Rally Outside

Protesters outside the Dallas Anatole opposing the meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Some of the nation’s most powerful Republican politicians are in Dallas this week for the annual convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council – known as ALEC. There was action inside and protests outside.

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Government
2:40 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Obama Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

President Obama, in an earlier picture, is expected to talk about the Ukraine.
YouTube/White House

President Barack Obama is announcing new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy, in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

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Government
8:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Federal Prosecutor Says More Evidence Possible In Price Case

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is the top federal target, says former U.S. prosecutor Mike Uhl. And he says it's unlikely any businesses tied to Price's alleged corrupt actions will be indicted or added as defendants.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Corruption cases like the ones against John Wiley Price aren’t new. An attorney involved in an earlier case offers his insights.

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