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Bill could return power to Texas board of education

Bill could return power to Texas board of education

AUSTIN -- The often-combative Texas Board of Education would expand its ability to reject textbooks it doesn't like, rolling back limits that have been in place for more than two decades, under a proposal on the verge of clearing the state Legislature.

Budget office set to release report on House GOP health bill

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Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso Zaldivar

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Keeping former President Barack Obama's health care law is "completely unacceptable and totally unsustainable," the Senate's top Republican said Wednesday as the two parties braced for a Congressional Budget Office report on a House-passed bill overhauling that statute.

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Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and pope focus on peace

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Jonathan Lemire, Nicole Winfield and Julie Pace

Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace: Setting past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican.

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Mentally ill languish in jails despite funding hike

Mentally ill languish in jails despite funding hike

Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

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Denton school board contemplates tax ratification election

Denton school board contemplates tax ratification election

If an election is called, voters would be asked to approve an increase in the district's maintenance and operations tax rate, bringing it from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.06. The tax money goes into the district's operating budget that pays for salaries, supplies and other daily expenditures.