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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for April 5, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Supreme Court stays first execution set to use new drug; Senate rejects House's voter ID bill; Leppert cites "positive conversations" with Cornyn

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "The Texas Senate just refused to agree to changes in the controversial voter ID bill — Senate Bill 14 — that were made by the House of Representatives." — Senators: No to House-passed Voter ID bill, Postcards
  • "The most comprehensive bill this session reining in homeowners associations just passed the Senate, an action homeowner advocates view as a barometer for change." — Major HOA reform bill passes Senate, Trail Blazers
  • "The Confederate flag no longer flies over Anderson County government. Members of a local Sons of Confederate Veterans group took the flag down late Monday, even as the City Council was passing a resolution asking for the flag's removal." — Confederate flag down from Palestine courthouse, PoliTex

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 30-day stay for death row inmate Cleve Foster, who was scheduled tonight to become the first Texas inmate executed using the state's new three-drug lethal injection cocktail." — Supreme Court Stays First Pentobarbital Execution
  • "With a football helmet in hand, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-San Benito, won preliminary approval from the House today for a bill to ensure school districts keep close tabs on how often helmets are checked and repaired." — House Gives Helmet Safety Bill Early Approval
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