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Kori Polston, 20, a UT student undergoes an indoor tanning session in an ultraviolet tanning bet at Aruba Tan salon in Austin, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013.
 Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Minors Can No Longer Use Tanning Salons

This year, Texas joined several other states that ban minors from tanning indoors. Previously, certain minors — those between 16 ½ and 18 — could tan with parental consent. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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 Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Dewhurst, Patrick Continue Push to End CSCOPE

An extended drama over a controversial curriculum tool used by Texas public schools took a new turn Wednesday as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst entered the fray with a letter to the State Board of Education and Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick pushed to add the issue to the special session agenda.

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State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
 Caleb Bryant Miller

CSCOPE Changes Focus of Confusion at SBOE Meeting

UPDATED: The State Board of Education will take up the issue of whether school districts can continue to use lessons from a controversial state curriculum system at its September meeting. And the Texas Attorney General's office, along with Education Chairman Dan Patrick, has requested an official state audit of the program.

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