After Deal With State, Amazon Charging Sales Tax in Texas

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On Sunday, Texas became the sixth state in the country to charge sales tax on items sold by the online megaretailer Amazon. The switch comes after a deal was struck earlier this year in response to the state's claims that Amazon owed millions of dollars in uncollected sales tax.

Interactive Map: Texas House Committees in 82nd Session

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Use this interactive to explore the geographic distribution of committee members in the Texas House, by committee, to see who's got what clout on what subject. Choose a committee and the map highlights the district of each member and, in a different color, the home districts of the chairs, vice chairs and co-chairs.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/25/12

Aaronson on the crackdown on barratry, Batheja on the scant differences between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst, Grissom on a newsmaking trial's new venue, Hamilton on the UVA-UT parallels, Ramsey on corporate political giving and disclosure, Ramshaw and Luthra on what constitutional health reform means for Texas, my interview with three presidential campaign strategists, M. Smith on San Antonio's plan for full-day pre-K and Part 5 of Tan's series on family planning: The best of our best from June 25-28, 2012.

San Antonio May Seek Tax to Support Full-Day Pre-K

Teacher Silvia Corado works with students in her pre-kindergarten class as they learn syllables and word identification, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio.
Teacher Silvia Corado works with students in her pre-kindergarten class as they learn syllables and word identification, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio.

An eighth-of-a-cent sales tax increase is being proposed in San Antonio to fund full-day pre-kindergarten for primarily low-income children in the city.

More of Gulf of Mexico to Open for Drilling

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The Obama administration has announced plans to to expand drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico, even as lingering effects of the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still felt along parts of the Texas coastline.