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TribBlog: Insurance Department Could Ban Discretionary Clauses

The Texas Department of Insurance has drafted rules that would ban health insurance policies from including so-called “discretionary clauses.” Those are the rules that many patients hate, which allow their health insurers to decide exactly what they cover and what they don’t — and give the insurers a degree of protection from litigation.

2010: Sibley, Standing By

Former state Sen. David Sibley, R-Waco, is talking to people about getting back into the Legislature when Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco, gets out. But he's not out yet, and there are two exits.

The Brief: March 5, 2010

Pundits and political observers may finally get what they’ve been wanting in Texas — a close race for governor.

2010: Bill White's No Truther

There’s one sure-fire lesson to be taken from the recently ended primary battle in Texas.  When it comes to the position of governor, 9/11 “Truthers” need not apply.

2010: Cook Calls Guv Race a Toss-Up

The Cook Political Report calls Bill White the strongest Democratic candidate since Ann Richards — possibly strong enough to oust Rick Perry.

TribBlog: DPS to Spring Breakers: Ten Cuidado

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw issued a warning today to spring breakers planning to travel to Mexican border cities like Juarez or Nuevo Laredo: Don't.

TribBlog: Texas Unemployment Rises

More than 1 million Texans were unemployed in January, according to new numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission. Unemployment in the state hit 8.6 percent in January, up from 8 percent the month before and 6.8 percent in January 2009. The comparable national rate was 10.6 percent.

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