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The Integrity of the Criminal Justice System

(Texas Department of Public Safety 2016)

1. There are concerns that Texas has been too free in its imposition of the death penalty and too unquestioning of the evidence that leads to the imposition of criminal punishments. Texas is the home of more verified wrongful convictions than any other state.

Transportation Funding

(Texas Infrastructure Now 2017)

Even with this combination of resources, it’s hard to keep up with the demands of a growing Texas. Beginning in 2014, the Legislature made a commitment to prioritize transportation funding. If funding falls short, or a funding source is threatened, our needs won’t be met and the Legislature’s promise won’t be kept. After voters overwhelmingly approved additional transportation funding through Proposition 7, some members of the Texas Legislature are now considering diverting those funds away from transportation.

Insurer lost $230 million last quarter but says Texas market remains strong Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Houston Chronicle Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Molina Healthcare, one of three health insurers expected to remain on the Affordable Care Act's exchange in Houston next year, announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter.

Molina Healthcare this week announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter and said it would stop offering plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges in Utah and Wisconsin. It's also looking at participation levels in other states.


But Texas, apparently, remains a bright spot for the California-based company. It's one of three health insurers expected to remain on the exchange in Houston next year.

"There's no doubt performance in Texas has been very nice," interim CEO Joseph White said during an earnings call this week to analysts. "Performance in some of the smaller states, Michigan and New Mexico, has been nice. California has been OK. Florida, though, has not been a good market for us. We're going to have to look closely at it."


White also said participation in Washington state will be reduced.

Dynegy reports nearly $300 million loss for second quarter

By Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle 
Updated 7:00 am, Friday, August 4, 2017

Houston-based power company Dynegy said it lost nearly $300 million in the second quarter as it  rote off the value of Midwestern coal-fired power plants. 

The loss was narrower than a year ago, when the company reported losing $803 million during the second quarter of 2016. 

Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

You can peek at the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.


Texas school districts are hoping to gain greater flexibility for the start date of the school year. Here, students attend the first day of school at Willis Lane Elementary on Aug. 25, 2014. Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram

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Veterans’ health-care gap creates ‘greater risk’ for opioid abuse

The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing.

“At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and depression,” the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported.

Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices for Immigrants in the Heartland

HAMPTON, Iowa — It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive.

Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no driver’s license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet.

Health care

© Al Drago for The New York Times

President Trump in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. He has threatened repeatedly to cut off health care subsidies as a way of getting Democrats to negotiate on the Affordable Care Act.

These GOP lawmakers voted against Harvey aid, debt limit extension

The House approved the legislation 316-90, in a vote that authorized $15.3 billion in aid for those affected by Harvey, raised the debt ceiling, and extended government funding for three months into December. But a handful of those "no" votes came from members of the Texas delegation, and from members of the Florida delegation who will soon likely have to grapple with the need for funding for Hurricane Irma. No Democrats in the House voted against the legislation. The Senate approved the legislation in an 80-17 vote on Thursday.

Trump is dismantling Obama’s executive action legacy

We're going to be unsigning a lot of executive orders, especially his order that basically lets anybody they want just pour into our country," Trump told a crowd during a campaign rally in Virginia in 2015. 

"This is a feeble attempt to erase Barack Obama's legacy. What the current POTUS has done is awaken the American public how important it is to vote". Byron A. Bradford 


Even as they lower tax rates, North Texas cities are failing to offset spike in property values

City governments in North Texas are reaping the benefits from rising property values — and saying they're holding the line on taxes.Your issue summary goes here. This text will appear on your Issues page.

Plano pledges funding for Cotton Belt rail stations, but final call has yet to be made

The city of Plano has pledged millions of dollars toward the proposed Cotton Belt passenger rail project in an effort to ensure the project includes three stops in Plano.

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