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The Week After Election Day, Some Texas Races Remain In Limbo

Election Day was more than a week ago. But a handful of Texas candidates who lost by roughly 1,000 votes or less have yet to concede — or are already calling for recounts in their own races.

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History, science, politics, books and more with Krys Boyd. Monday-Thursday, noon-2 pm; Friday, 1-2 pm on KERA 90.1.

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Call it "The Little Education Reform Bill That Could."

Well, if you're Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) or Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, you might call it that.

But if you're House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland), you might call it "The Little Education Reform Bill That WON'T" - as in WON'T pass in the House.

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Ka-BOOM!

First House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland) tosses a grenade by announcing that the Second Called Session is a waste of time and money, there is nothing even remotely close to a consensus on public school reform and property tax relief and everybody should go home.

Ka-BOOM!!

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It was known as the "anti-discrimination" amendment, and Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) tried repeatedly, although unsuccessfully, to get it added to the contentious "telecom bill," whose goal is to further competition in the communications industry.

Commentary: Surviving the Latest Great Awakening

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Are we ever going to survive the current Great Awakening in our country? What should be a moment of spiritual quickening for many is turning into an age of anxious contention for all.

Dallas City Council considers a $15 million bond package for new homeless shelter

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Larry James, President and CEO of Central Dallas Ministries, spoke with 90.1's Marla Crockett. He'll be on the Glenn Mitchell Show Tuesday at noon to discuss Dallas's homelessness problem.

 

Thanks to the Reading and Radio Resource in Dallas for assistance with this interview.

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"Senate Bill 8 lowers property taxes but is also contingent on passage of a tax bill that currently does not exist," said Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) as he laid out his SJR 11 on the Senate floor tonight. After much debate, Ogden used a rules suspension to allow the Senate to bypass requirements that the resolution have three readings and it was adopted.

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Public schools will open on time in Texas, says Gov. Rick Perry, after the governor today signed HB 1, the $33.1 billion Texas Education Agency budget.

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It was one of the most high profile amendments to SB 8, and when it was tabled, a hush came over the Senate chamber.

Sens. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) offered an amendment that would spend available funds to restore the health insurance pass-through to teachers and school support staff, provide for teacher pay increases and ensure that previously ordered textbooks for the state's public schools would be paid for and distributed.

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Calling herself the "perennial author" of public school reform legislation, Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) today once again brought an education reform bill to the Senate Floor for what has turned into perennial debate.

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"All that we can do in the Senate is all we can do," said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst today as he announced that the Senate will move forward toward seeking passage of a public school reform bill.

Despite House Speaker Tom Craddick's (R-Midland) call last week for the 79th Second Called Session to end sine die, Dewhurst said there is a consensus among Senate members not to quit.

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More than 600 people are missing in the wake of the Northern California wildfire known as the Camp Fire, authorities say. It's a number that has ballooned rapidly and is expected to continue to fluctuate. The Butte County Sheriff's Office had said late Wednesday that 130 people were missing; on Thursday evening, the list had grown to 631.

A big car company is going small. Ford is buying electric scooter company Spin.

Ford and Spin won't confirm the price tag, but reports put the purchase price at $100 million and an overall investment from Ford of $200 million.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students.

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The U.S. government may be preparing criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to suggestions in a document filed in an unrelated case.

Assange's name appeared at least twice in papers filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, both times appearing to say that Assange has already been made the subject of his own case.

Prosecutors in Virginia say the court document was an error.

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Here Are 39 Things You Should Do In Texas Before You Die

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a list of things you should do in the Lone Star State before you kick the bucket.

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