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    1. Texas pushes closer to licensed open carry of handguns

      San Antonio Express-NewsApr 17 15:50 PM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved closer Friday to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House. The state Senate has already approved a similar version, and while some work remains to work out any differences, the chambers could send the measure to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to sign an open carry...

    2. Texas looking again for execution drug supply

      San Antonio Express-NewsApr 17 10:43 AM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' prison chief expressed confidence Friday that his agency will track down more of the state's preferred execution drug once supplies are exhausted, and said he's unaware of any official consideration of alternatives. Prison agencies nationwide are struggling to find execution drugs as manufacturers — bowing to pressure from death penalty opponents — refuse to sell ...

    3. Texas House OKs rules to prohibit city fracking bans

      San Antonio Express-NewsApr 17 11:51 AM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oil and gas companies putting Texas awash in money moved closer Friday to stopping cities from banning fracking, an early victory for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and his sights on what he calls runaway local overregulation. A scramble to change the law comes months after voters in Denton, a university town near Dallas, imposed a hydraulic fracturing ban to keep encroaching...

    4. Texas unemployment rate slips to 4.2 percent during March

      San Antonio Express-NewsApr 17 9:20 AM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.2 percent in March, marking the seventh straight month of declines due to continuing job growth, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. "While the state of Texas has achieved enormous success in creating jobs and spurring economic growth, it's time to renew our focus on promoting smarter tax policies that energize our economy and...

    5. Doug G. Ware AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 (UPI) -- Wednesday, in an interview with CBS Sports, Shaka Smart said the reason he left Richmond, Va., for Austin, Texas was simple: It's the Longhorns.

    6. Texas executes man for murder of San Antonio policeman

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsApr 15 17:36 PM

      By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 34-year-old man convicted of seizing a gun from a San Antonio police officer and fatally shooting him in a struggle in 2001, a prison spokesman said. Manuel Garza was killed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. The execution was the 524th in Texas since the U.S ...

    7. AUSTINTexas students would no longer face criminal charges for skipping school under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate. The bill would abolish the class C misdemeanor charge for truant students but leave the charge as an option to be filed against parents.

    8. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard is making progress in the quarterback competition with returning starter Tyrone Swoopes.

    9. Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

    10. Texas lawmakers press to shield suppliers of execution drugs

      San Antonio Express-NewsApr 15 15:35 PM

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Saying that executions in Texas are becoming "increasingly difficult to carry out," state officials Wednesday urged lawmakers to send Republican Gov. Greg Abbott a bill that would prevent even death row inmates from knowing the identity of lethal injection drug suppliers. Attorneys for death row inmates are pressing Republicans to at least make supplier names available to ...

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