The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 25, 2013

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The quickly approaching sequester deadline in Washington has brought the potential consequences for Texas into sharp relief.

Hoping to gain leverage in its fight with congressional Republicans, the Obama administration on Sunday released details of how the sequester — a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts designed to goad Congress toward a budget compromise — would affect each state. The cuts are set to take effect Friday.

A White House memo said that if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avert the cuts, Texas could lose more than 900 teaching jobs as a result of a $68 million cut ...

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