News For Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bob Daemmrich

A&M Wants More Funding for State Climatologist

Texas A&M University has requested $284,000 from the Legislature to expand the operations of the state climatologist, John Nielsen-Gammon, who says more money would help support research and relieve some of his ever-growing workload.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Ed Schipul

At House Hearing, Mayors Stress Water Conservation

A who's who of mayors, lawmakers and agency officials testified at the Capitol on Tuesday in support of using $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for water projects. But before that, they said, the state must focus on conservation.

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Bob Daemmrich

Dewhurst, Straus Renew Higher Ed Oversight Committee

The Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency, created in 2011 amid controversy surrounding the leadership of university system regents, will be renewed this session.

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Tom Harris

Lawmakers Support Trade Deal With European Union

With the release of a study that indicates Texas could gain billions each year from a trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, Texas lawmakers urge Congress to support a deal.

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Tamir Kalifa

Prison Employee Union Calls for Pay Raise

A union representing Texas prison employees is calling on the Legislature to consider a pay raise for correctional officers, citing a rise in drilling jobs that can be more lucrative than prison jobs.

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The Evening Brief: Feb. 20, 2013

Your evening reading: Florida governor, a Perry ally, agrees to Medicaid expansion; Laura Bush asks to be removed from gay marriage ad; Perry trying to lure Colorado ammo maker to Texas 

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