News For Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Special Session Revives Class-Size Debate

Talk of lifting the state's student-teacher class-size ratio has returned after a bill on the matter died in May. As Mose Buchele of KUT News reports, though some say debate on the issue has downplayed the potential harm for students, others call the worries overblown.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

This Session, One Immigration Bill May Have Bucked the Trend

A bill recently signed into law gives law enforcement agencies and lawyers more power to fight wage theft, to which illegal immigrants often fall victim. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, even in a session dominated by efforts to enact strict immigration legislation, the bill met little resistance.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: June 7, 2011

Republicans warned Democrats they'd regret forcing a special session. On Monday, Democrats got another taste of that.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Redistricting: A Better Way? Many Think So

Tuesday's contentious debate on the state Senate floor over a proposed congressional redistricting map, which passed on a party line vote, was just a hint of why graduate students at Texas A&M University — and even some lawmakers — are studying alternative ways to handle the process.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Midday Brief: June 7, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry adds sanctuary cities to special-session agenda; House Democratic leader fined; the politics (or not) of the governor's prayer event

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LCRA Boss Resigns

The general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority announced his resignation Tuesday, setting off a potential battle over the future of the enormous Central Texas wholesale electricity and water supplier.

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