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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for March 11, 2011

Your afternoon reading: another Perry nominee lacks votes for confirmation; Mike Leach wants the Legislature's help; lawmakers file last-minute spate of abortion bills

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "On the cusp of a major House bill filing deadline, Texas representatives proposed several pieces of abortion-related legislation, on topics ranging from the outright banning of the procedure except when medically necessary, to a penalty for coercing someone to have an abortion." — Bill by Texas Rep. Parker bans abortion except when medically necessary, The Texas Independent
  • "The Texas Supreme Court said today that it will reconsider a 6-2 November ruling that blunted state enforcement of the Open Beaches Act, a 51-year-old law meant to preserve public access to the shoreline." — Supreme Court to rehear open beaches case, Austin American-Statesman

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Sen. Bob Deuell, who chairs the Senate Nominations committee, says Gail Lowe has not been scheduled for a hearing as chair of the State Board of Education because she lacks the votes for a confirmation on the floor." — Deuell: Lowe Lacks Votes for Senate Confirmation
  • "State Rep. Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, filed legislation he said will explore the possibility of a state-run guest-worker program." — Peña Files Guest-Worker Bill to Address Immigration
  • "You can’t buy liquor on Sundays and car dealerships can only be open one day over a weekend because of the last remnants of so-called 'blue laws' in Texas. But a state Senate bill would change that for alcohol sales." — Texplainer: Why Can't I Buy a Car or Liquor on Sundays?

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