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The Texas Senate approved a plan to spend $117.9 billion in state general revenue and billions more in federal and other funds after a pandemic-induced economic collapse never materialized.

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Pending bills in the Texas Legislature would prohibit drive-thru voting, make it illegal for election officials to send vote-by-mail applications without being asked, block 24-hour early voting like that offered in Harris County last year, prohibit voting in tents and other temporary structu…

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The Texas Senate last week passed several bills listed as major priorities by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Though most bills are numbered in the order in which they are filed, Patrick reserves the first 30 numbers for legislation he feels are top priorities for the state. A number of these marquee …

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Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $762.5 million in local sales tax allocations for March, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. That’s down 0.5% from March 2020. The allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that repor…

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NEW YORK — Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVI…

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Before the Wednesday announcement, already between 10 million and 13 million people — more than one-third of Texas’ population — were eligible, according to state health officials.