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Texas governor appoints Keven Ellis chair of State Board of Education

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Keven Ellis, D.C. as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for a term set to expire on September 16, 2021.

  Democratic debate covered expected issues: immigration, guns, health care

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race

Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program ends next month. Here’s what that means for you.

Pastor who lost child in Texas church attack runs for office

Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick receives stent after heart blockage

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Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans

Governor forms new anti-terrorism unit after El Paso attack

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Texas House committee to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

Swalwell ends presidential bid

  Angelina County commissioners hold special meeting on public comment

  State Rep. Clardy discusses legislative session at chamber event

State Rep. Travis Clardy is set to discuss the 86th Legislative Session with community members Friday during a Nacogdoches County Chamber luncheon.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Shanahan withdraws as nominee for defense secretary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn as a nominee for defense secretary.

Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021

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Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

  VIDEO: Sen. Hughes discusses passage of ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill'

Governor Abbott signs Amarillo representative’s bill that aims to provide mental health services to students

LIVE ON EAST TEXAS NOW: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert talks recent developments in Washington, D.C.

LIVE: Mueller makes public statement on Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to make a public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation letter Monday. He did so just before the Texas Legislature was set to adjourn without taking the confirmation note Whitley needed to keep his job.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

The embattled Texas elections chief who questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters has resigned ahead of being forced out of office.

Bill known as ‘Sam’s Law’ heading to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk

The Texas House and Senate voted unanimous approval today on a bill that mandates seizure response training for all public school employees.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  Bill to remove limit on Texas school marshals passes senate

New bill will remove limits on how many armed school marshals can serve on campuses.

Lauren’s Law passes final hurdle, headed to Governor Abbott

The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.

Texas’ legislative leaders say they have a deal on school finance and property tax reform

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced they have finalized the details of the three bills that will accomplish their top policy goals.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

If the House approves changes made by the upper chamber, the bill will head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state.

  Angelina County elections office to test new voting machines ahead of November elections

The public will have the opportunity to test them by early June, well ahead of the Nov. 2019 elections.

Texas House passes bill allowing handgun owners to carry weapons in church

Consideration of the bill comes more than a year after a gunman killed 26 in a Sutherland Springs church.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

LIVE: President Trump to unveil new immigration plan

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his new immigration plan Thursday.

U.S. China trade negotiations impacts West Texas cotton industry

Trade negotiations between the United States and China halted this week, forcing many American industries to face uncertainty, including agriculture.

Texas farmers could begin growing hemp under legislation gaining steam in both chambers

Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry joked before the upper chamber unanimously approved a bill that would legalize the farming of industrial hemp in Texas.

Texas farmers could begin growing hemp under legislation gaining steam in both chambers

Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry joked before the upper chamber unanimously approved a bill that would legalize the farming of industrial hemp in Texas.

  Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

Former first lady Laura Bush’s mother dies in Texas at 99

Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, has died in Texas. She was 99.

WATCH: Sen. Cornyn visits Komatsu in Longview to discuss new law

A U.S. senator for Texas is set to visit a Longview manufacturer Friday to discuss a new act expected to impact the East Texas industry.

Texas House passes bill sponsored by ETX rep to ease requirements for plumbing careers

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to make pursuing a career in the plumbing industry easier for Texans.

Congressman’s ex-aide says she was fired for being pregnant

A former senior aide to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has filed a lawsuit against the Texas Democrat that claims she was wrongly fired for being pregnant

Texas Senate approves school finance reform bill, but opts not to fund it with a sales tax hike

The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.

Electric scooters could soon be kicked off Texas sidewalks, if state Senate gets its way

Texans could soon be banned from riding electric scooters along sidewalks in the cities where the divisive devices have recently popped up. The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would add that prohibition and require that scooter users be at least 16 years old.

Texas will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

The state had questioned the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, but many naturalized citizens turned out to be on the list.

New bills would stop Daylight Saving Time in Texas

A new bill that would get rid of the twice a year clock change is receiving mixed reviews.

From “baseless” to “damning portrait”: Texans in Congress react to the Mueller Report along party lines

The handful of Republican Texas officials who offered statements said the report definitively proved there was no obstruction. Some Democrats suggested Congress should launch its own inquiry.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

Read it here: Attorney General releases redacted Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr released the redacted report made by special counsel Robert Mueller.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

Mike Pence to hold fundraisers in Dallas, Midland next week

Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Texas next week for a pair of fundraisers.

  Volunteering, passion for community at heart of Ward 3 city council election in Lufkin

One candidate has served on the council for 20 years, the other says he presents the people a fresh perspective.

As Texas lawmakers negotiate on property tax reform, Gov. Greg Abbott says school taxes must be capped

The Republican governor weighed in on the issue Thursday as both chambers maneuvered to bring the legislation to a floor vote.

  President Trump signs executive action on oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump spoke in Texas today where he announced executive action to boost the oil and gas industry.

  ’There’s a future in Lufkin’: City council opponents look forward to May elections

Two women who are vying for the Ward 1 City Council seat in Lufkin said they are looking forward to a clean campaign ahead of the May 2019 elections.

After high school shooting, Texas campuses could soon have more armed marshals

Armed marshal program in Texas schools gains steam as a bill passes in the Senate and now moves to the Texas House for debate.

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

U.S. House committee investigating Texas voter roll review

The U.S. House’s main investigative committee has opened an inquiry into the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens.

  Commissioners court to consider updating Nacogdoches County voting technology

By replacing the older tablets with newer software, it would allow elections employees to become familiar with the newer models before the 2020 election.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

  Election officials in Nacogdoches hope to carry momentum from midterms into May

As a new round of elections near, city election officials are hoping to carry over the momentum from a midterm election cycle into May, which typically presents a much lower turnout than November.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of U.S. House, dies at 95

Former Rep. Ralph Hall, who served in the U.S. House, has died at age 95.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.