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Texas is one of five states to have more than 10 percent of its voting age population behind bars for felony convictions, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts that looks at the rise in felony incarcerations between 1980 and 2010.

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Texas has joined a dozen states in a lawsuit over cage-free products sales. 

The national unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent in October, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A nearly decade-long land dispute between the Federal Bureau of Land Management and private property owners along the Red River has ended in a settlement favoring the landowners.  

While national numbers for hate crime were up in 2016, numbers for Texas showed a slight drop.

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On Nov. 7, Texas voters will decide what to do with seven proposed amendments to the state Constitution. It is an uncommonly uncontroversial set of bills that have generated almost no enemies.

Here’s a rundown of what those propositions are and what they mean.

On Tuesday, Texas voters will decide whether to approve seven amendments to the state Constitution. One measure, Proposition 2, looks to make it easier for Texas homeowners to borrow against home equity. The proposition lowers fees for tapping into home equity loans and lowers financial limits on borrowers who want to refinance.

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Almost five months after an outbreak of cyclospora parasites started making Texans sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still don’t know exactly why. 

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After eight terms in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Larry Phillips (R-62nd) will end his time in office next year.

Photo courtesy Trident Lakes
Photo courtesy Trident Lakes

Trident Lakes, the Ector-based community designed for upscale living with extreme survivalist security measures plans to double in size in the wake of recent global events.

No Gas Shortage, But People Panic Anyway

Aug 31, 2017
The mobile app GasBuddy, which accepts consumer reports of gasoline prices at various locations, is one way that people have been tracking the recent rise in gasoline prices.
Mark Haslett

Fears of a gasoline shortage in Texas that began Wednesday night led to a consumer panic that continued across the region through Thursday. However, state officials urged people not to hoard gasoline, and to be patient with the current price spike related to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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A survey by the Texas Tribune finds that several Texas members of Congress oppose President Trump’s assertion that both left-wing and right-wing activists were to blame for last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.

But half of the state’s federal lawmakers have chosen to remain mum.

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Over the past month, The Texas Department of State Health Services has seen a spike in the intestinal illness that comes from consuming food or water contaminated with Cyclospora parasites.

Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, who has represented Northeast Texas on the Texas State Board of Education since 2011, chose not to run for re-election in this year's Republican Party primary election. The top two finishers in that contest - Mary Lou Bruner and Keven M. Ellis - will face one another in a May 24 runoff election, as neither candidate won a majority of the March 1 vote. Ratliff is candid in his concerns about Bruner, who he sees as someone who would be a "distraction" on the 15-member body that manages the state's Permanent School Funs and sets textbook standards for the state's public schools.

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