State Rep. John Raney tests positive for coronavirus after being inside Capitol this week

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. State Rep. John Raney, R-College Station, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office confirmed Thursday night. The lawmaker tested positive Thursday morning before heading to the House floor and was not exhibiting symptoms, which …

“Serious, harmful consequences”: Texas continues placing foster children in harm’s way, court monitors find

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. At least 23 children have died in Texas’ long-term foster care system since summer 2019, according to a new report by court-appointed monitors for state agencies in charge of the system. Six of the children …

Texas’ larger cities would face financial penalties for cutting police budgets under bill House tentatively approves

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The Texas House on Thursday voted to financially penalize the state’s largest cities if they cut their police budgets. House Bill 1900 comes after a year of civil rights advocates calling on cities to reduce …

Local Texas Democratic party declines to accept resignation of chair who called U.S. Sen Tim Scott an “oreo”

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The Lamar County Democratic Party is not accepting the resignation of its chair after he reportedly used the slur “oreo” to describe U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is Black, in a now-deleted Facebook post, according …

Texas Senate bill restricting transgender students’ sports participation stalls in House committee, casting doubts on its fate

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Correction, May 4, 2021: This story previously stated that state Rep. Gary VanDeaver voted against advancing Senate Bill 29 out of a House committee. VanDeaver voted for advancing the bill. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A bill that would prevent …

Tensions boil at UT-Austin over “The Eyes of Texas”, where students are refusing to work and a man with a gun crashed a virtual event

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Dozens of students at the University of Texas at Austin who give campus tours to prospective Longhorns are refusing to work this week over a dispute about a plaque with “The Eyes of Texas” lyrics …