News For Thursday, January 17, 2013

Spencer Selvidge

The Brief: Jan. 17, 2013

Sweeping new gun-control efforts this week have provoked a fierce reaction — and even an ad campaign — in Texas.

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Business Group Offers Tax Cut Plan

After Texas lawmakers were told they’d be working with a budget surplus this session, some immediately began calling for tax cuts. Now, one prominent business lobbying group has unveiled a plan for what those cuts could look like.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

For Ethics Commission, Big Hurdles to Reform

The Texas Ethics Commission stands poised for change during the 83rd legislative session. But any efforts to reform it will face a challenge, because the lawmakers the commission was set up to regulate are the ones setting the rules.

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Michael Stravato

Plans for New Reservoir Could End Long-Running Battle

The Lower Colorado River Authority this week approved a plan that should ease the strain on the Highland Lakes, the Central Texas water source that has long pitted rice farmers against municipalities.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 17, 2013

Your evening reading: Cruz says gun control efforts will backfire on Obama; at least 20 gun-related bills filed so far in Legislature; Democrats question women's health provider list

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