News For Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kurt Nordstrom

Oil Boom Moves Fracking to Forefront in Legislature

Despite mounting concerns over disruptions to the environment and infrastructure, Texas lawmakers haven't soured on fracking. But that hasn't kept the practice out of the sights of legislators pushing for more regulations.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Report Backs Push for Board to Oversee Prisons

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has released a report calling on lawmakers to approve several bills that would increase supervision over the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which oversees the state’s prisons.

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TribuneFest: Building a Better Teacher

At the Trib's February 25 symposium on public education at Rice University, Morgan Smith talked about what it takes to find and retain great teachers with Linda McSpadden McNeil of Rice University, Elisa Villanueva Beard of Teach for America, Gayle Fallon of the Houston Federation of Teachers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

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Todd Wiseman

Guest Column: A Voucher is a Voucher is a Voucher

Just as death and taxes are certainties, we can be sure that several cloaked voucher bills will be introduced by the Legislature. No matter how it is sliced and diced, no matter its moniker, if passed it will result in public dollars going to private schools.

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Jacob Villanueva

Craft Brew Bills Raise Questions Over Alcohol Code

Craft breweries and the Texas Beer Alliance, which represents major-brand beer distributors, joined forces to lobby the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, but not all distributing groups are on board. 

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Todd Wiseman

The Evening Brief: March 5, 2013

Your evening reading: Senate passes Medicaid IOU bill after school finance debate; protesters rally for Medicaid expansion; House Republicans file "fetal pain" bill

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