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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for April 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Budget cut-induced furor; an ongoing controversy at UT; House approval for school board disclosures.

House Appropriations Committee chairman State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie (r), ponders HB1 the state budget as State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (l) listens on April 1, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "It is hard to overstate the budget-cutting furor that has gripped lawmakers in this capital, where the Republicans who control the Legislature and all statewide offices believe voters sent them an iron-clad mandate last year to shrink the size of government." — In Texas, Furor Over Proposal for Huge State Budget Cuts, The New York Times
  • "A prestigious group of Texas business men and women who have raised "several billion dollars" for University of Texas programs urged the UT Board of Regents to re-affirm its commitment to research." — UT Controversy Continues, Houston Chronicle
  • "Billionaire T. Boone Pickens and a Panhandle water authority have reached a tentative deal for the sale of most of Pickens' Panhandle water rights to the authority, both sides announced on Thursday." — Pickens sells water rights to Panhandle authority, Associated Press
  • "School board candidates in urban districts may have to post campaign finance reports online under a bill that tentatively passed the Texas House on Thursday. The bill by state Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso, faced some pushback from a few Republican members of the House, but ultimately it was passed by a 108-31 vote." — House OKs contribution posting bill, The El Paso Times

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