News For Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Phil Roeder

The Brief: Feb. 13, 2013

The State of the Union may have inspired some real debate in Texas, but a certain musician still managed to steal much of the post-speech spotlight.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Greg McMullen

Pension Privacy Gets Attention of Legislators

Texas' public pension systems — including the one state lawmakers pay into — have an airtight exemption from the landmark 1973 sunshine law that was designed to let taxpayers known how public money is being spent. But some lawmakers want to change that.

 

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Plan Emerging for Legislature to Pay IOUs

As they do every two years, state lawmakers are preparing to pay billions in lingering bills. What is usually an easy process could become challenging as House Democrats plan to push to restore public education cuts made in 2011.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Bill Would Aid Students Seeking Vocational Training

In recent years, state lawmakers have focused on increasing the rigor of high school courses, hoping to prepare students for college. But some business leaders say that has come at the expense of career and technical education, and they're hoping for legislative change.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Updated: Former President Owes UT Southwestern Money

Updated: UT-Southwestern officials said they will reclassify nearly $15,000 that former President Kern Wildenthal originally gave to the university on checks marked as gifts. The total he now owes the institution is less than $6,200.

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Gage Skidmore

Norquist Wants to "Unite Center Right" on Immigration

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist said Wednesday that Republicans are not the anti-immigrant party, and that a few loud “bullfrogs” have created “a completely bizarre view of where the modern conservative movement is” on immigration reform. 

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: Feb. 13, 2013

Your evening reading: House Democrats file measure to test GOP support for immigration reform; Paul to make talk radio debut; Norquist says Texas could change national immigration debate

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