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Contractors began dismantling the historic water tower in downtown Needville on Wednesday after years of political wrangling that saw several mayors and council members elected and dismissed by voters who either wanted to keep the tower or have the eyesore removed.

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott announced 152 Jobs and Education for Texans grants totaling over $54 million have been awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission to public community, state, and technical colleges, school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools across the state.

 District 22 Congressman Troy Nehls will move his office over the next three months and thus will be without a local district office, his staff reported.

During this time of partisan politics, Congressman Troy E. Nehls (R-TX-22) and Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06) introduced the Trucker Bathroom Access Act.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Kolkhorst replaces retiring Sen. Jane Nelson on the board, which is composed of the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house, as well as four lawmakers from both the Senate …

Newly-elected state Rep. Jacey Jetton filed his first round of legislation for the 88th Legislative Session, the first such action since winning election Nov. 8. Jetton’s first filed bills include:

Two incumbent Republicans representing Fort Bend County in the Texas Senate earned easy electorate wins Tuesday, defeating Democrat challengers in part of a state-wide trend of conservative dominance at the polls.

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House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, told The Dallas Morning News and other media outlets that he is open to bringing resort-style casinos to Texas. But don’t expect to find slot machines in 7-Eleven stores if casino gambling is legalized.

The 2023 Texas legislative session opened Jan. 10, with property taxes, gun control and the power grid expected to be among the top issues on the agenda.

Massive flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines during the Christmas holiday week are prompting the federal government to look into why thousands of travelers were left stranded across the country, along with huge piles of luggage in airports served by the beleaguered airline.

Massive flight cancellations by Southwest Airlines during the Christmas holiday week are prompting the federal government to look into why thousands of travelers were left stranded across the country, along with huge piles of luggage in airports served by the beleaguered airline.

A long-awaited state report concludes most pregnancy-related deaths in Texas in 2019 were preventable and disproportionately affected Black women.

Retiring state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been named the next secretary of state by Gov. Greg Abbott. She replaces John Scott, who announced his resignation effective at year’s end.

A report submitted to state leaders ahead of the 88th legislative session’s opening in January urges lawmakers to develop “an innovative new model” to fund community colleges.

(The Center Square) – Two politicians representing almost the entirety of Washington east of the Cascades in Congress want to stop a particular group of foreign nationals from owning, controlling, or profiting from American agricultural land.