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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas in Funding Fight

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit to block the state of Texas from excluding their health centers from the Medicaid Women's Health Program.

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Officials Vow Fight to Keep Fed Courthouse Open

Lufkin area officials and others say they are girding their loins for a fight to keep the government from closing the Lufkin Federal Courthouse.

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Governor Scrambles for Women’s Health Funds

In what is described  by some as a fiscal switcheroo, Governor Rick Perry is hoping to free up state dollars to fund the embattled Women’s Health Program -- by seeking federal block grants for other programs, and rerouting some of the funds to women's health.

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Angry State Official Wants Judges Ousted

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on voters to replace the five members of the Texas Supreme Court who issued an opinion he says weakens the Texas Open Beaches Act.

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Lufkin Outlaws Roadside Panhandling

It's official.  By unanimous vote, the Lufkin City Council has adopted a city ordinance that prohibits panhandling and solicitation of vehicle occupants on city roadways.

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TransCanada Changes Keystone XL Pipeline Route

The developer of the Keystone XL international pipeline has identified a new corridor that goes around the environmentally sensitive area where the Ogallala Aquifer provides drinking water for millions of people in Nebraska and several other midwestern states.

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Now We Know: Perry was on Painkillers

In a book that would seem to explain a lot of things, two reporters for Politico say Texas Gov. Rick Perry was under the influence of prescription painkillers during the Republican presidential debates of recent months.

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State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
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Lawmaker Wants to Change Texas “Castle Doctrine”

A Houston State Representative says he will work to repeal Texas’ “Castle Doctrine”, the law that gives Texans protections similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law that is coming under fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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