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Budget Cuts May Force State Parks to Close

Here we go again. The legislative session is coming in January, and we're hearing the usual predictions of budgetary doom and gloom.  This year we are hearing that if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department doesn't get the money it needs, nearly two dozen state parks may have to close.

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via Angelina County GOP
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Trent Ashby Heading for Austin Early

Lufkin School Board President Trent Ashby won't "officially" become the State Representative from House District 57 until he takes the oath of office in January, when the next legislative session convenes.  But Ashby's not waiting until then to learn his new job.  He's "chompin' at the bit", and ready to hit the ground running.

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via scazon
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Lawsuit Challenges School Funding Cuts

Texas school districts are headed back to court in another effort to get more equitable funding for public schools.  A coalition representing more than 150 independent public school districts, taxpayers and parents has filed a lawsuit against the state.  All six school districts in Angelina County are in this coalition.

They claim the state's public school finance system is unconstitutional because it does not treat Texas taxpayers and school children fairly.

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via wiseleyb
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LISD School Board President Running For State Legislature

Lufkin businessman and LISD School Board President Trent Ashby says he's throwing his hat in the ring and he will run for the Republican nomination for the newly redrawn Texas House District 57.

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via joseluis6000
via joseluis6000
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Texas Redistricting Maps on Hold Pending Federal Court Approval

A three-judge federal panel has issued a temporary injunction against the state of Texas, saying the state's new redistricting maps cannot be implemented until they are cleared by a federal court in Washington, D.C.

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Jeff Topping, Getty Images
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TSA Pat-down Bill is Dead – For Now

Texas lawmakers adjourned their special session Wednesday without passing a ban on Transportation Security Administration pat-downs, to the dismay of staunch conservative critics of the agency.

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Does New Congressional District Map Treat Angelina County Fairly?

We now know the new shape of the east Texas Congressional District that includes Angelina County. The legislature has redrawn the Congressional District map, and at first glance, it appears nothing will change for Angelina County.

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via lorenzolambertino
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Texas Senate Passes Bill Making “Sanctuary Cities” Illegal

The Texas State Senate has confronted one of the GOP's priority issues by passing a bill designed to make it easier for law officers to corral illegal immigrants.

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