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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for Feb. 15, 2011

Your afternoon reading: blackout hearings, more Ron Paul vs. Donald Trump, and a deeper look at Texas vs. Amazon

ERCOT's Trip Doggett testifies at the joint Senate hearing on power outages on February 15, 2011

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Rep. Ron Paul responded to criticism from Donald Trump who said that he had 'zero chance of getting elected.' Paul came out swinging on Monday during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe." — Paul fires back at Donald Trump for CPAC swipe, Trail Blazers

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Comptroller Susan Combs says Amazon owes $269 million in sales taxes. The company says it will close its warehouse and fire its Texas employees if the state doesn't back down. The two sides are in the early stages of a legal fight over the money and the bigger question about who's required to collect taxes in Texas. State officials say Texas is losing $600 million annually on taxable items purchased online. And as they work to close a budget gap of up to $27 billion, they're chasing every penny." — What's at Stake in the Texas-Amazon Fight Over State Sales Taxes?
  • "In an interview with KRLD's Scott Braddock in Dallas, David Anthony, the departing superintendent of the state's third largest school district, said districts are in a 'difficult situation' as they try to meet new student achievement measures while coping with cuts." — Cy-Fair Superintendent on Education Cuts

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