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The Midday Brief: April 15, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Faster speeds on the highway; more authority for Susan Combs; EPA cuts in Texas

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Your afternoon reading: 

  • "The Texas House voted to transfer new authority to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Friday, and members only vaguely alluded to the significant data breach at her agency that was revealed earlier this week." — House OKs new authority for comptroller, Postcards
  • "Robert Paul, a doctor who lives in Fort Worth, is saying maybe, telling a newspaper that he has 'thought about running' for the seat representing Texas in the Senate that is being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not running for reelection." — Another Paul son is mulling a Senate run, Politico
  •  "The authorities have arrested 16 police officers and charged them with protecting a criminal gang suspected of murdering dozens of people and dumping their bodies in farmland about 90 miles south of the Texas border." — 16 Officers Arrested in Mexico Deaths, The New York Times

New in The Texas Tribune: 

  • "The Texas Legislature is faced with a budget challenge that pits the Republican majority’s desire to cut government spending against a vulnerable target: nursing homes." — At Nursing Homes, Fears of a Budget Armageddon

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