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The Midday Brief: Top Texas News for June 30, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry lagging in New Hampshire; a new interim chancellor for Texas A&M; the most expensive colleges; Texas wetland restoration a model for the Gulf. 

The Midday Brief: June 29, 2011

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, sits at his desk on the House floor with an airplane drawing and the "Come and Take It" slogan visible on May 27, 2011.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, sits at his desk on the House floor with an airplane drawing and the "Come and Take It" slogan visible on May 27, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: anti-TSA groping bill dies; House adjourns Sine Die; Texas may be Glenn Beck's new home; a record number of counties with burn bans; the sanctuary cities blame game. 

The Brief: Top Texas News For June 29, 2011

House Speaker Joe Straus (r) greets Republican members at a press conference after the chamber adjourned sine die on May 30, 2011. Kelly Hancock is in the purple tie to Straus' right.
House Speaker Joe Straus (r) greets Republican members at a press conference after the chamber adjourned sine die on May 30, 2011. Kelly Hancock is in the purple tie to Straus' right.

After a short-lived scare to the contrary,  today will really — and finally — mark the end of the 82nd legislative session. 

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 27, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Sanctuary cities bill isn't dead; UT System and former adviser Rick O'Donnell reach settlement; House passes health reform bill; George Will says Rick Perry is a "potentially potent candidate"; debating how much credit Perry deserves for jobs creation; TSA removes 95-year-old woman's diaper

The Brief: Top Texas News for June 27, 2011

The Texas House adjourned until Friday morning after meeting for about a half-hour on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.
The Texas House adjourned until Friday morning after meeting for about a half-hour on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Will they or won't they? That's the question lawmakers, who seem to have met for a matter of minutes in the waning days of the special legislative session, face today on a series of controversial measures Gov. Rick Perry added to the call.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 24, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO  National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

House Speaker Joe Straus knocks down the TSA "anti-groping" bill. Are voters ready for another Texan in the White House? News of the "tepid" response to Perry's NALEO speech spreads inside the Beltway. 

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines For June 22, 2011

State Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston, raises a point of order on HB400 that sends the bill back to the House Education Committee on April 26, 2011.
State Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston, raises a point of order on HB400 that sends the bill back to the House Education Committee on April 26, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Borris Miles takes school trustees to Costa Rica; lawmakers and governors across the U.S. locked in budget and education funding feuds; TWIA overhaul may make for a long summer.