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Legislature's 'budget tricks' targeted under bills

Posted: 03/05/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Accounting loopholes the Texas Legislature has long used to balance the state budget would be tightened under two key proposals filed by House Republicans.

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Senate panel endorses closing $54M private prison

Posted: 03/05/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A key Senate panel has endorsed the closure of a $54 million private state prison in North Texas that ranks among the most dangerous lockups in the state.

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DPS ends 'stupid' screenings at governor's mansion

Posted: 03/05/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State officials say they're ending a "stupid" policy that required lawmakers to submit to background checks each time they entered the Texas governor's mansion.

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Clergy call for more women's health funding

Posted: 03/05/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than 300 members of the clergy are calling on the Texas Legislature to boost funding for women's health programs.

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Repubs in Texas House oppose Medicaid expansion

Posted: 03/05/2013 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republicans in the Texas House have voted against expanding Medicaid in its current form, but left open the door to negotiations with the federal government.

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Pottsboro searching for a new police chief

Updated: 03/05/2013 - POTTSBORO, TEXAS -- The city of Pottsboro is searching for a new police chief, after their chief of eight years, Brett Arterburn, resigned last week.

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Blue shirts and signs on sale

Updated: 03/05/2013 - Once again, the Fannin County Children’s Center is already making plans for April for Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. As part of this effort, they are taking orders for their Blue Shirts and Signs. The royal blue shirts, yard signs and banners proclaim "No Excuse for Child Abuse" in bold letters. The back of the shirt includes the words "I stand up for kids."

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Red Cross releases free tornado app

Posted: 03/04/2013 - With severe weather season right around the corner the American Red Cross has launched a free tornado app for iPhone and Android smart phones.

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Funding plan unclear for backlogged Okla. jails

Posted: 03/04/2013 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have yet to respond to a request from the Department of Corrections for additional funding, leaving the DOC worried that the day may come when it cannot accept any more inmates.

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Okla. legislators take aim at needy Oklahomans

Posted: 03/04/2013 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's Republican legislators this session are seeking changes in federal assistance programs that are popular among low-income and needy Oklahomans.

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Boehner: No reason to block Keystone XL pipeline

Posted: 03/04/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas say that a new State Department report is the latest evidence the project should be approved.

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