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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for April 12, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Doggett amendment repealed; House approves space flight bill; data-breach call center flooded

US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a National Night Out event in Austin, TX.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The House gave unanimous final approval Tuesday to a proposal by Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, to allow private citizens launched into space from Texas to sign a special waiver of liability." — Space flight bill wins House approval, heads to governor, Trail Blazers
  • "Legislation designed to crackdown on the shadowy criminal world of forced labor and forced-sex trade is on its way to Gov. Rick Perry for a signature, legislative leaders said this morning." — Human-trafficking bill on way to governor, Postcards
  • "The demand is high for answers at the call center set up for people whose personal data was left unprotected on a Texas Comptroller’s Office public server. Some people have reported waiting for as long as an hour before speaking to someone." — Data breach call center getting high volume, Postcards

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "The state’s two leading anti-abortion groups — Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life — agree on where life begins, but not on how it may come to an end. Their disagreement on Texas' end-of-life care law marks a rare division for the two organizations, who have worked side by side on abortion sonogram legislation and cuts to family planning this session." — Anti-Abortion Groups Disagree on End-Of-Life Legislation
  • "To avoid government shutdown, congressional Democrats agreed to repeal an amendment that would have prohibited Texas from using federal funds to replace, rather than supplement, state funding of schools." — Doggett Amendment on Federal Education Money Repealed

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