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Texas Vs. The Feds: A Look At The Lawsuits

Feb 16, 2015
photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman / Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Pete Souza / Texas Tribune

During his time as attorney general, now-Gov. Greg Abbott made his lawsuits against the Obama administration — 31 in total — a point of pride. The attorney general’s office provided cost estimates for 29 of the cases, which totaled about $4.25 million.

District 8 trustee hopeful Miguel Solis asked the judge to dismiss opponent Kristi Lara's suit alleging he hasn't lived in the district the legally required six months. Solis denies the allegation, saying he meets all requirements. The case continues.

In a 3-2 vote Dallas County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit that seeks to stop the implementation of Texas' Voter ID law. One Democrat on the court, Elba Garcia, voted against joining the lawsuit.

The Department of Justice wants to preserve the competition between American Airlines and US Airways and is moving to block their proposed merger. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is also suing, along with the state of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Texas schools will begin this year with more state money than last year, but most are getting less than they did in 2011, before state lawmakers dramatically cut the education budget.

Funding still varies dramatically from district to district, which is one of the reasons a state judge in February found Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional for the second time in a decade.

As part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative KERA took a look at the funding gap and how it’s affecting kids in a district that is often at the end of the receiving line.

Autumn Miller

A former inmate says she’s suing the private company that operates the Dawson State Jail in Dallas to prevent future deaths. Autumn Miller’s four-day old daughter died after being born in one of the jail’s toilets.