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Anti-government citizen militia groups want to 'secure the border' in Texas

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: A slew of anti-government groups -- many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch -- are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in "Operation Secure Our Border," which aims to stop the surge of immigrants into the country.

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Jury selected for Hays Street Bridge trial

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a community group's lawsuit seeking to stop the city of San Antonio from transfering land next to the historic Hays Street Bridge to the Alamo Beer Co. Opening arguments are expected to get underway Tuesday.

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Texas Democrat: What would be the point of an Obama border visit?

THE HILL: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) said Monday she does not want to see President Obama visit the border during his trip to Texas later this week. Johnson, who represents a district that encompasses much of Dallas, said information is readily available to him about the huge influx of child immigrants captured crossing the border illegally this year.

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The Brief: Cigarroa and Powers — A Broken Relationship

TEXAS TRIBUNE: The fate of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers continued to draw the attention of lawmakers on Monday while a new statement from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa made explicit the breakdown in the working relationship between the two men.

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State Bar Moves Ahead on Grievance Against Anthony Graves' Prosecutor

TEXAS TRIBUNE: The State Bar of Texas has found enough evidence of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that it will launch a hearing in front of an administrative judge to determine whether former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta should be sanctioned for his role in securing a wrongful death sentence for Anthony Graves in 1994.

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State Halts Foster Care Placements With Contractor

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Following the drowning of two foster children in Lake Georgetown on Sunday, the Department of Family and Protective Services has placed a temporary hold on foster care placements by a state contractor that was responsible for overseeing the children’s care.

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Perry Seeks Private Talk With Obama About Border Crisis

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Arguing that a “quick handshake on the tarmac” isn’t enough time for a true dialogue, Gov. Rick Perry on Monday offered to rearrange his schedule if President Obama will discuss at length the continuing surge of undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Cigarroa: Communication Problems Led to Powers Decision

TEXAS TRIBUNE: University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Monday attributed his recent request that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers resign or be fired to "a breakdown of communication, collegiality, trust and a willingness to work together for the good of the university."

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In Border Crisis, Perry Finds a Political Advantage

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Even if you believe that Gov. Rick Perry’s motivations are purely about the security of the border between Texas and Mexico, his running dispute with the federal government makes for good politics.

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Despite Success, Some Shortcomings in Texas Higher Ed

TEXAS TRIBUNE: For nearly 14 years, the state’s higher education policy has been guided by a plan, adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, called “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” As the name suggests, time is running short. Many of those who have tracked the progress of the plan, which was designed to bring the state’s higher education performance up to par with — not move it ahead of — comparable states, credit it with pushing back a discouraging tide.

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AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO: Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.

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Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO: Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.

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Bill Powers and the Sad State of Texas Politics

TEXAS OBSERVER: The years-long brawl between the University of Texas System Board of Regents and UT-Austin President Bill Powers may be coming to a conclusion this week. Word broke on Friday—July 4th, when few Texans were paying attention to the news—that the regents were moving to sack Powers.

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Pre-K wheels are turning in election's wake

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: City officials began moving quickly Wednesday to execute the logistics of Pre-K 4 SA, readying leases for two early childhood education centers and beginning the process of notifying school districts of their proposed locations.

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The Revenge Of Rick Perry

THE NEW REPUBLIC: Of all the characters who littered the strange campaign of 2012, none was a bigger laughingstock than Rick Perry, who will go down in political lore for three things: threatening bodily harm to the chairman of the Federal Reserve, declaring that our staunch ally Turkey is run by "Islamic terrorists", and, oops, I can’t remember the third thing. But now that the election is over, it’s looking like Perry had the last laugh.

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Marijuana Ballot Measures Spark Discussion in Texas

TEXAS TRIBUNE: After Colorado and Washington voted on Tuesday to ease marijuana laws, some proponents of legalization think their cause could pick up steam in other states, including Texas.

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With Presidency Decided, Lawmakers Face Policy Hurdles

TEXAS TRIBUNE: “Wait until we see who’s president.” It’s been an oft-repeated refrain in the last year from state agency heads and Republican elected officials pressed to act on everything from the federal health care act to environmental reforms.

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