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Appeals Court Orders New Trial for Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis speaks during an interview at the C. T. Terrell Unit in Rosharon on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Davis is serving 36 years in prison for the 1985 murder of Natalie Antonetti.
Dennis Davis speaks during an interview at the C. T. Terrell Unit in Rosharon on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Davis is serving 36 years in prison for the 1985 murder of Natalie Antonetti.

UPDATED: A Texas appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial for Dennis Davis, who is serving 36 years in prison for the 1985 murder of Natalie Antonetti of Austin. 

 

Minors Can No Longer Use Tanning Salons

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Kori Polston, 20, a UT student undergoes an indoor tanning session in an ultraviolet tanning bet at Aruba Tan salon in Austin, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013.
Kori Polston, 20, a UT student undergoes an indoor tanning session in an ultraviolet tanning bet at Aruba Tan salon in Austin, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013.

This year, Texas joined several other states that ban minors from tanning indoors. Previously, certain minors — those between 16 ½ and 18 — could tan with parental consent. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series. 

Educators Taking New Approach to College Readiness

Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.
Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.

Higher education innovators are stepping up their efforts to promote college readiness at the high school and community college level.  

Turner: Needy Should Apply for Electricity Rebates

February 6th, 2013 House appropriations committee hearing with Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston and Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie.
February 6th, 2013 House appropriations committee hearing with Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston and Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie.

State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, on Thursday urged low-income Texans to participate in a program that provides rebates on their electric bills. The Legislature increased the discount to 82 percent this year, but the program is set to expire. 

Leave HB 5 to School Districts, Aycock Tells SBOE

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Lawmakers wanted flexibility for local school districts to “have it their way” in implementing new high school curriculum requirements, House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock told the State Board of Education on Friday.

CSCOPE Changes Focus of Confusion at SBOE Meeting

State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.

UPDATED: The State Board of Education will take up the issue of whether school districts can continue to use lessons from a controversial state curriculum system at its September meeting. And the Texas Attorney General's office, along with Education Chairman Dan Patrick, has requested an official state audit of the program.