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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for March 9, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry says state shouldn't be blamed for teacher layoffs; Craddick's condition said to not be serious; bill would close Youth Commission

Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.

Your afternoon reading:

  • At a press conference this morning to discuss states’ rights, Gov. Rick Perry was asked about the thousands of Texas teachers expected at the Capitol this weekend to protest legislative proposals to cut billions of dollars in funding from school districts. … 'The lieutenant governor, the speaker, their colleagues aren’t going to hire or fire one teacher, as best I can tell,' Perry said. 'That is a local decision that will be made at the local districts.'" — Perry: Don’t blame state for teacher layoffs, Postcards
  • "Closing outlying youth lockups and creating community programs for offenders would save the state money and would modernize the juvenile justice system, said two criminal justice leaders who filed legislation to shutter the Texas Youth Commission and combine it with another agency." — House bill would close the Texas Youth Commission, Trail Blazers
  • "If you ask Rick Perry, he hasn't thought much about the race for president. I asked him Tuesday if any of the Republicans contenders could beat President Barack Obama in 2012. 'I have no idea,' Perry said, moments after urging Texas lawmakers not to use the rainy day fund to close budget gaps." — Rick Perry says he won't endorse a candidate for president

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Former House Speaker Tom Craddick collapsed in the Capitol this morning while laying out a bill before the House Transportation Committee. His office said EMS doesn't consider the situation serious." — Craddick's Collapse Not Serious, His Office Says
  • "The next execution is scheduled to take place April 5 — less than a month from now — but the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has not yet decided which drug it will use to replace sodium thiopental, one of three used in the state's execution protocol." — Execution Set for April, but State Out of Key Drug

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