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Patrick reverses course, says Senate now can focus on open carry

chron.com — By Lauren McGaughy | January 28, 2015 AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared to walk back comments he made this week that open carry legislation lacked the support necessary to pass this session, issuing a press release late Wednesday that said he has "consistently supported" the effort.
Jan 29, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

RT @lmcgaughy: If media is to blame, why did it take @DanPatrick 2 days after Trib remarks to say he supports #opencarry? houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/… #txlege

Jan 29, 2015

RT @lmcgaughy: Media repeatedly asked Patrick to say he supports #opencarry. He still blames us for misinterpreting remarks houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/… #txlege

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Bill would allow Texas teachers to use deadly force against students

blog.chron.com — AUSTIN - Teachers would be able to use deadly force against students, and would be safe from prosecution, under legislation filed last week in the state House. The Teacher's Protection Act by Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, would allow educators to use force or deadly force if they feel they need to protect themselves against a student or anyone else on school grounds.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

ICYMI: Bill would further protect teachers who use deadly force against students blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/… #txlege #txed via @HoustonChron

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Settlement deal near in Waller County landfill lawsuit

chron.com — Photo By Jerry Baker/for the Chronicle Photo By Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle Photo By Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said he expects attorneys to present a settlement deal Wednesday in the lawsuit over a controversial proposed landfill - one that has divided the small rural county for the better part of two years.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Interactive: Demographics of Texas' undocumented population

chron.com — Despite concerns that the undocumented immigrant population in Texas is growing, it has remained stable in recent years. In fact, more than half of the state's undocumented immigrants have lived in Texas for more than 10 years , according to data released this month from the Migration Policy Institute.

Jeb Bush plans Houston fundraising stop

chron.com — Jeb Bush will bring his likely presidential campaign to Houston Thursday evening to raise money for his political action committee. Bush, who grew up in the city and had deep ties to its donor class, launched a leadership PAC called Right to Rise last month that is hosting events across the country to raise money ahead of a presidential bid that could feature three other Texans.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @teddyschleifer: JEB, with deep, deep ties to Houston's biz community, begins to collect checks here tmrw evening with fundraiser. | chron.com/news/houston-t…

Jan 28, 2015

.@JebBush heads to Houston for Thursday fundraiser. "Raising money for Bushes is different, especially in Houston." bit.ly/1v5ss6q

Jan 28, 2015

RT @teddyschleifer: JEB, with deep, deep ties to Houston's biz community, begins to collect checks here tmrw evening with fundraiser. | chron.com/news/houston-t…

Police: Teen fatally shot at Texas station had knife

chron.com — LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a teenager was fatally shot in an East Texas police station lobby after she lunged at an officer with a butcher knife and a Taser failed to stop her. The girl's family has said she had mental health problems and have questioned why police had to shoot her.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @HoustonChron: Police release new details, this video after officers kill Texas teen girl chron.ly/18wsTfO

Parker advisers split as mayoral campaign teams taking shape

blog.chron.com — The eleven-month race for mayor is expected to be the most competitive contest in decades, so a top-flight campaign team can make the difference between advancing to a run-off and just falling short.

Abbott orders state agencies to boost contract oversight

chron.com — By Brian M. Rosenthal | January 28, 2015 AUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas state agencies Wednesday to increase their administrative oversight of contracts in the aftermath of a scandal over a deal awarded by the health commission without competition.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Tempest-tossed - Houston Chronicle

chron.com — Like immigrants before them, Syrian refugees seek a new home in Houston. Since our founding, Houston has been a place that welcomed refugees. From Germans fleeing the fallout of a failed revolution and Jews escaping pogroms, to Vietnamese and Iraqis rescued from their war-torn nations, people from around the globe look to our city as a new beginning.

Urban Land Institute gives top honors to Houston’s standout projects

blog.chron.com — The winners of the Urban Land Institute's 2015 Development of Distinction awards were announced at an event at the Rice Crystal ballroom Tuesday evening. The awards recognize developments that exem...

What book is Mark Appel reading? The other sides of his offseason

blog.chron.com — Astros top prospect Mark Appel has been getting a lot of the same questions in the last year: about his bad regular season, about his attempts to rebound. Would he ever like to talk about something else? Like what he's reading right now, perhaps? The answer: Bonhoeffer, the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.
Jan 28, 2015

What book is Mark Appel reading? The other sides of his offseason blog.chron.com/ultimateastros…

Basketball: Manvel’s Hosey named to McDonald’s All-American Game

blog.chron.com — Jorday Hosey played alongside an All-American last year in Brianna Turner, who is now the second-leading scorer at Notre Dame. Now Hosey, who will play for the Texas Longhorns next season, can also call herself an All-American. She was one of 24 players picked from across the country to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Astros banking on rotation remaining a strength in 2015

blog.chron.com — Evan Gattis, Luke Gregerson, Colby Rasmus, Pat Neshekand Jed Lowrie all have something in common as new Astros. None of them are starting pitchers. The Astros' rotation went essentially untouched this winter, and not because of neglect on the part of a front office.
Jan 28, 2015

Collin McHugh on his favorite city from first trip to Europe, Keuchel on possibly being Opening Day SP & much more! blog.chron.com/ultimateastros…

Texas lawmakers don ‘I’m Poncho’ stickers after open carry confrontation

blog.chron.com — AUSTIN - First it was panic buttons. Then one member got a security detail. Now, state lawmakers are pushing against the actions of some open carry activists with...stickers? On Wednesday, a number of House members donned "I'm Poncho" stickers in an effort to stand with Rep.

Inmate admits threatening federal judge

chron.com — A Texas inmate who threatened to kill the Houston federal judge who dismissed his civil rights lawsuit against state prison officials pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of mailing threatening communication. George Yarbrough, 61, admitted sending the handwritten letter last September to U.S. District Judge David Hittner.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations

chron.com — (AP) - Local officials who already are barred from imposing restrictions on gun owners also would be prohibited from imposing special taxes on gun sales under a bill considered Wednesday by Kansas legislators. Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist Patricia Stoneking said existing federal and state regulations on the state's 1,388 licensed gun dealers are stringent enough and this bill would prevent local governments from "piling on."
Jan 28, 2015

Somehow, gun-rights advocates missed banning gun taxes or fees last year in barring local gun regulations. bit.ly/1zdWtzi #ksleg

Panel advances effort to continue Arkansas Medicaid plan

chron.com — (AP) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion structure through 2016 advanced to a Senate vote Wednesday, as lawmakers rejected a bid to abolish the program by this year's end.

Justice Sotomayor imparts life lessons on Utah students

chron.com — SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Utah students that the key to navigating a world filled with drastically different opinions is being able to understand the unique experiences that shape other people's views.

Wednesday letters: Fighting cancer

chron.com — The importance of prevention's critical role is reflected in our establishment of the Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center to provide evidence-based cancer screenings, clinical preventive care, tobacco cessation services and conduct research to develop new strategies for stopping the disease before it starts. [...] defeating cancer requires action on several fronts.
Jan 28, 2015

Interesting Chronicle letter to the editor about CPRIT -- Fighting cancer houstonchronicle.com/opinion/letter… via @HoustonChron