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Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.
Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.

Lawmakers Reviewing Video in Texas Planned Parenthood Inquiry

Legislators on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee are being offered the chance to view a video obtained by the Texas Attorney General's Office as part of its inquiry into Planned Parenthood's practices regarding fetal tissue donation. 

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The Brief: July 27, 2015

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took a drubbing on the Senate floor Sunday from GOP leaders, who scolded him for calling the Republican majority leader a liar.

More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse

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Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.
Information packets for those seeking help with substance abuse treatment at The Council on Recovery, formerly Austin Recovery, on July 24, 2015.

A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing pseudoephedrine.  

Texas State Digs Up Forensic Advances From the Grave

After bodies decompose into bones, researchers organize the skeletons in the labs of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.
After bodies decompose into bones, researchers organize the skeletons in the labs of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.

Texas State University's Forensic Anthropology Center is home to about 50 donated human corpses, which are used in research that can help doctors identify bodies, rescuers find missing persons and law enforcement solve crimes.

 

Bland Case Spotlights Gaps in Jail Oversight

Hempstead resident Adrienne Holland holds a sign outside of the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead.
Hempstead resident Adrienne Holland holds a sign outside of the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead.

Like many Texas lockups, the Waller County Jail staff had not been sufficiently trained in safeguarding suicidal or mentally ill inmates. Part of the problem is underfunding and understaffing at the state agency overseeing the disparate network of 244 local and private jails.

AG's Office Probing Valley Election Fraud Claims

Gilberto Hinojosa chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, at a September 10th, 2014 Tribune event.
Gilberto Hinojosa chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, at a September 10th, 2014 Tribune event.

The Texas attorney general's office has opened an investigation into a contested election in the Rio Grande Valley won by a client of Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa two years ago, according to a lawyer for the losing candidate.

In Big Bend, Pipeline Opponents Claim Small Victory

A sign opposing the Trans-Pecos pipeline hangs in a neighborhood near where the pipeline could run near Alpine.
A sign opposing the Trans-Pecos pipeline hangs in a neighborhood near where the pipeline could run near Alpine.

A coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and other disgruntled landowners is claiming a small victory in its long-shot battle to block a hefty pipeline planned to carry natural gas beneath 143-miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land into Mexico.

 

Cruz Calls Senate Majority Leader McConnell a Liar

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

There are few places in modern life where strict decorum remains like the halls and the floor of the United States Senate. And on Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz shattered one of the surest unwritten rules of the upper chamber.