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There was little suspense Tuesday when it came to New York’s Republican presidential primary. But while Donald Trump easily won his home state, GOP rival Ted Cruz was already looking to one of the campaign’s next big prizes.

The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston reported that Trump coasted to victory in New York, as most news outlets called the GOP race immediately after polls closed. Cruz, R-Texas, finished in a distant third behind Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Livingston added that it “was a rocky campaign in a tough state for Cruz, and he telegraphed as much when he opted to host his watch party out of state.” Cruz angered many New Yorkers in January when he criticized Trump for having "New York values."

Cruz, whose campaign is preparing for a convention floor fight, barely touched on the primary Tuesday during remarks in Philadelphia before the polls closed in New York. 

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As Trump added to his delegate lead, the GOP candidates now focus on primaries in five states on April 26. The largest prize among those is Pennsylvania, where Cruz is focusing much of his current efforts. He’s scheduled to campaign Wednesday in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with former Hewlett Packard CEO and former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. But polls show Trump with a significant lead there.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a decisive victory Tuesday in New York over Bernie Sanders.

Trib Must Reads

Petition Seeks Ban on Sex Offender Pen Pals, by Johnathan Silver — Lori Williams was searching online last year when she found a plea apparently written by a Texas prison inmate looking for pen pals to write him in prison. The accompanying photo was of the man who assaulted her at knifepoint.

Bexar Sheriff: ICE "Disingenuous" With Detainer Claims, by Jay Root and Julián Aguilar — Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is being "disingenuous" by claiming in administrative records that her jail declined 11 "detainers" seeking custody of undocumented immigrants.

Texas Drawing Millions Moving from Other States, by Alexa Ura and Jolie McCullough — Texas has become the top destination for people moving from other states, according to a report from the Office of the State Demographer. Leading the way are Californians.

Analysis: Sid Miller's Lonely Political Rodeo, by Ross Ramsey — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's itch for public attention earned him his latest headline, aided by his overdeveloped political reflex for deflecting blame. But the attention comes at an inopportune time.

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FDA Blocks Texas Import of Execution Drug, by Madlin Mekelburg — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told the Texas Department of Criminal Justice it is tentatively barred from importing a drug used in executions.

Texas Asks Feds for Short-Term Medicaid Funds, by Edgar Walters — State health officials confirmed Tuesday they have asked the Obama administration to keep a 15-month lifeline of federal Medicaid money flowing into Texas to help hospitals treat uninsured patients.

UnitedHealthcare Drops Obamacare Plans in Texas, by Edgar Walters — UnitedHealthcare, a major health insurer, will no longer sell insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Texas next year, according to a letter filed with state regulators.

Hunt Group Asks For Re-hearing on Oncor Bid, by Jim Malewitz — Nearly one month after Texas regulators approved — with major stipulations — Ray L. Hunt’s plan to buy Oncor and reshape it into a real estate investment trust, the Dallas oilman and his investors want a do-over.

The Day Ahead

•    The Senate Health & Human Service Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Senate Chamber to discuss the frequency, causes and effects of disrupted foster care adoptions, and examine the current process the Child Protective Services uses to track the recurrence of child abuse and neglect.

•   The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles I, IV & V meets at 10 a.m. in the Capitol extension to monitor the implementation of House Bill 9 and study updated projections towards actuarial soundness of the Employees Retirement System.


Big Tex’s economic impact? Try $50 million, says new study on the State Fair, The Dallas Morning News 

As rescues continue, officials eye recovery from flood, Houston Chronicle

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Public help sought in solving series of Austin sex assaults, The Associated Press

The Texas secession debate is getting kind of real, The Washington Post 

Fort Worth wants Oncor to prove why rates shouldn’t be reduced, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cruz trolls Trump with ‘Trumpertantrum’ baby gear, The Dallas Morning News 

Cruz campaign hunts for delegate deserters, Politico

The battle in Big Bend, Houston Chronicle

Combating human trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen Monitor

Space industry insider speaks on ‘Creating New Space City’, Brownsville Herald

Court battle looms in search for new water supply, Odessa American

Rate of infants born with abnormally small heads triples, Austin American-Statesman 

Quote to Note

“I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination."

— U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, who voted for John Kasich over Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

News From Home

•    Tickets for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival are on sale today — get yours and join us Sept. 23-25 on the UT-Austin campus.

Trib Events for the Calendar

•    A Conversation with Dawn Buckingham on April 21 at the Austin Club

•    A Conversation on San Antonio & the Legislature: The Issues in the Interim on April 26 at the University of Texas at San Antonio

•    A Symposium on the Texas Economy on April 29 at the University of Houston

•    The Texas Tribune's third Texas-centric Trivia Night on May 1 at The Highball in Austin

•    A Conversation on Mental Health Matters on May 10 at KLRU Studio 6A in Austin