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The Evening Brief: June 26, 2012

Your evening reading: appeals court upholds EPA emissions rules; charter school group to join school-finance suit; A&M partnering with Texas Wesleyan to create law school

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  • Court Backs E.P.A. on Emissions Rules (The New York Times): "A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that heat-trapping gases from industry and vehicles endanger public health, dealing a decisive blow to companies and states that had sued to block agency rules. A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared that the agency was 'unambiguously correct' that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits once it has determined that emissions are causing harm."
  • Rick Perry blasts President Obama over immigration, disagrees with Texas Republican Party’s call for guest worker program (The Dallas Morning News): "Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of 'pandering' to Hispanic voters by issuing an executive order that allows young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. … The governor even dismissed the recently developed Texas Republican Party platform plank that supports a guest worker program for immigrants. 'The Republican Party has a pretty broad platform, but the most important part of that platform is what we talked about during the presidential election,' Perry said during a news conference in Irving. 'You cannot have a conversation about how to deal with the number of illegal individuals who are in this state and our country until you secure the border.'"

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Charter Schools to File School-Finance Lawsuit: "Texas is now about to face six lawsuits targeting the way it funds public schools. The Texas Charter School Association announced Tuesday it would join in legal action against the state over school financing."
  • A&M, Texas Wesleyan to Create New Law School: "Despite its size and reputation, Texas A&M University has never had a law school. That's about to change. A&M is entering into a partnership with Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth to create a new law school that will be known as the Texas A&M School of Law at Texas Wesleyan University."
  • Family Sues TDCJ Over Heat-Related Death: "As summer temperatures rise, so do worries about conditions in state prisons. Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Texas prison officials on behalf of the family of an inmate who died last summer."
  • Amid Controversy, CPRIT Reassesses Priorities: "Advisers to the state's $3 billion Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on Tuesday held the first of several meetings aimed at reforming an entity reeling from the controversial resignation of its chief scientific officer."

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