The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Feb. 19, 2013

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•    Cruz Talks Guns, Deflects Hagel Accusations: "Calling President Obama’s recent gun control initiatives 'cynical' and 'wrong,' U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that lawmakers 'should focus our efforts on deterring and punishing violent criminals.'"

•    Texas Senators Slam State's Testing Regime: "State senators took turns publicly condemning Texas' student assessment system — the implementation of which one lawmaker called a 'colossal failure' — at a Tuesday Education Committee meeting."

•    Bill Calls for Emergency Alarms at Texas Schools: "Legislation filed by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would require Texas school districts to equip their campuses ...

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