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Texas House budgets $545 million for prison air conditioning. The Senate hasn’t offered anything.

Sweltering heat has killed inmates, driven away prison workers and cost taxpayers millions in lawsuits. The House budget would provide air conditioning for 46 prisons, but it’s unclear if the Senate will sign on.

Inmates walk down a hallway at Brazoria County's Darrington prison in July 2017.

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