News For Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Santiago Arce

The Brief: Jan. 23, 2013

Tuesday's shooting on a college campus in Houston has inflamed the already heated debate over gun rights in Texas.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Ben Hasson / Kym McLeod

Lost in Translation: From Legislature to English

The Legislature has its own jargon, and it sometimes feels like members are speaking a different language. Blocker bills? WADA? Chubbing? LARS? Here's a guide — in the form of a multiple-choice quiz — to what they're saying.

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Matthew C. Wright

Slow Start to Legislative Session Part of Texas Tradition

Texas lawmakers are back at work Wednesday after nearly a week off, and they’ve got about 125 days left in their 140-day session. And while it might seem like a lazy start to their biennial meeting, it is, in fact, all part of the plan.

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Bob Daemmrich

Senators Draw Lots to Determine Terms

The Texas Senate relied on chance Wednesday to determine which of them would serve for four years and which would serve for two years. For some legislators, the luck of the draw could have bigger political implications.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribCast: Guns, Health and Politics

Ross, Reeve, Emily and Morgan discuss how legislators might react to a recent shooting incident, the state's approach to the women's health services and the upshot of the recently announced Senate Committee assignments.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 23, 2013

Your evening reading: senators draw re-election terms; five Texas Republicans vote against debt ceiling extension; major Democratic donor spending big in Houston special election

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