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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for March 3, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Combs calls on state to tap Rainy Day Fund; U.S. wants murderer handed over; slot machine bill filed

Comptroller Susan Combs giving a biennial revenue estimate in Austin on Jan. 10, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The United States has formally asked Mexico to turn over to the suspected murder of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata for trial in an American court, President Obama told a news conference today at the White House." — US asks Mexico to turn over suspect in killing of ICE agent, Texas on the Potomac

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "With the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facing budget cuts and park closures, lawmakers are looking at an unconventional solution — advertising in parks — to help pay for maintenance and promote tourism." — Bill Would Allow Advertising at State Parks
  • "Curious what legislators are saying on the House and Senate floor? Since the start of the 82nd legislative session, the Tribune has posted day-after transcripts. Now we’re brainstorming ways to make them more searchable and interactive." — Interactive: Word Count From House Transcripts

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