Texas House members on April 26, 2017, voted on an amendment to Senate Bill 4, legislation that would outlaw "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Texas.
<p>Texas House members on April 26, 2017, voted on an amendment to Senate Bill 4, legislation that would&nbsp;outlaw "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Texas.</p>

After emotional debate, Texas House tentatively passes "sanctuary" legislation

After more than 16 hours of emotional debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas. The 93-54 vote on second reading fell along party lines.

 
The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.
<p>The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.</p>

Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn

Dozens of Texas cities have passed ordinances regulating payday and auto title lenders that are stricter than current state and federal rules. Some state lawmakers are hoping to eliminate them.

Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn

The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.
<p>The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.</p>

Dozens of Texas cities have passed ordinances regulating payday and auto title lenders that are stricter than current state and federal rules. Some state lawmakers are hoping to eliminate them.

 

Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

James Stone's ranch outside of Lockhart on May 10, 2011. Hogs have hobbled Stone's property, ruining pasture land, killing trees and damaging fences. He estimates taking out over 500 hogs during the last three years.
<p>James Stone's ranch outside of Lockhart on May 10, 2011. Hogs have hobbled Stone's property, ruining pasture land, killing trees and damaging fences. He estimates taking out over 500 hogs during the last three years.</p>

The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin-based poison’s safety is finished.