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A green lawn in the Olmos Park neighborhood of San Antonio, shown on June 5, 2012.
 Jenn Whitney

Report: Smart Lawn Watering Could Save Big

Even Texans with the greenest of lawns are watering them too much, experts say. And if everyone would turn on the sprinklers only twice a week — still probably more than necessary — the water savings would be significant, according to a report released Tuesday.

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State's STAAR Calculator Directive Draws Concerns

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, eighth-graders in Texas public schools will be required to have graphing calculators or tablets for STAAR assessments. Some poorer school districts are concerned that the mandate ignores fiscal challenges they're already facing.

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