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Emergency preparedness supplies are tax-free this weekend. The sales tax holiday runs April 22 - 24. It’s a good time to stock up on emergency supplies since Texas is in the midst of ‘tornado season,’ which runs from March to August. Be aware though: tornadoes can occur anytime, anywhere.

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Online retailer Amazon.com is doing an about-face in Texas, saying it will bring jobs back to the state and start paying sales tax barely a year after closing a distribution center in a dispute over the levies.

Amazon and Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday they had an agreement for the company to bring at least 2,500 jobs and $200 million in capital investments. The company will begin collecting and paying sales tax on July 1.

After yesterday’s fatal shooting at DART’s Arapaho Station, the transit agency may get additional security help from local and federal officers.

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State sales tax revenue was up 12.2 percent last month in Texas.That's compared to receipts from the previous November. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced the figures Wednesday.

She says it marks the 20th consecutive month of revenue growth. Sales taxes are one of the largest sources of revenue for the state and a 2009 slump contributed to this year's state budget shortfall.