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School Superintendents Say Education Will Suffer if School Funds are Cut

The Texas Legislature has passed a new state budget that cuts, among other things, $4 billion dollars out of funding for the state's public schools. School Superintendents around the state say that's a recipe for educational disaster.

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LISD Cuts $1.5 Million Out of Schools’ Budget. Many More Cuts Probable.

The Lufkin School Board is in the process of cutting roughly one and a half million dollars out of the annual budget, and the cuts aren't expected to stop there.

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Texas House OKs New Political Map With Mixed Bag of Changes

The GOP controlled Texas House approved a redistricting plan early Thursday that would all but guarantee a continued - but smaller - Republican majority.

The map was approved on a 92-52 vote after a marathon debate that dragged into the wee morning hours Thursday.

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Redistricting Will Change East Texas Political Landscape

The Texas House is redrawing state legislative districts, as required every ten years.  At first glance, it appears East Texas will lose at least two House seats, and Angelina County will be moved into a different House district and get a new state representative. 

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Texas House Votes to Ban Texting While Driving

Calling it a hazard more dangerous than drunk driving, the Texas House has tentatively approved a bill that would outlaw the practice statewide.

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85 MPH Speed Limit? Maybe. But Probably Not in East Texas

The Texas House approved a bill that would allow the speed limit on some  highways to be raised to 85 mph, which would be the highest in the nation. Not everybody thinks it's a good idea.

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Angelina School Districts Could Lose $1 Million if Budget Passes

The state budget bill just passed by the Texas  House would cut state funding of public schools by $8 billion dollars.  Every school district in the state would be affected.  School districts in Angelina County would lose $1 million each, and local school officials say they're worried.

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Texas House Passes Bare Bones Budget

The Texas House voted 98-49 Sunday night to slash funding for public schools, nursing homes and college financial aid in a dramatic show by Republicans elected on a limited-government message in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

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