News For Monday, January 28, 2013

Tamir Kalifa

Railroad Commissioner Wants Firearm Training for Employees

With the debate over gun rights still raging in Texas and across the nation, the head of one Texas agency, the Railroad Commission, is pushing to provide training for employees so they can carry concealed handguns on the job.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Some Public Business Remains in the Shadows

Politicians love transparency right now — or love to talk about it. But some of their efforts at providing it aren't clear, and some that are clear aren't timely. Some public records just aren't readily available to the public.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Texplainer: What is the Blocker Bill?

The blocker bill, a tradition of the Texas Senate, gives the minority party power, because it requires that two-thirds of the Senate must agree before a bill is heard on the floor.

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Steve Pribut

The Evening Brief: Jan. 28, 2013

Your evening reading: Texans react to senators' immigration plan; report urges state to expand Medicaid; Boy Scouts may end ban on gay leaders

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Senators Hold Hearing on Guns in Schools

Police and educators were among those who testified before senators on Monday about how to ensure school safety and whether school employees should carry concealed handguns on campus.

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