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  • Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:57 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.

  • Texas authorities question lawmakers in hidden video scandal 
    Updated: May-08-15 9:02 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly begun interviewing state lawmakers, asking about a conservative group that sent shockwaves through the Legislature when it said it had secretly videotaped elected officials to try to capture them in embarrassing situations.

  • Despite spat with House, Patrick expects no special session 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 2:13 pm

    HOUSTON - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick predicts a looming legislative deadlock will be broken and that odds are "20 percent or less" that a special legislative session will be needed this summer, despite his argument with House Speaker Joe Straus at a breakfast meeting over border security bills passed by each chamber.

  • Texas GOP bills denounced by gay rights groups stagnant 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 10:13 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Proposals that critics say could be used to discriminate against gays have largely gone nowhere in the Texas Legislature, a bastion of conservatives, and some gay rights activists believe a big reason is because of the backlash over religious objection laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana.

  • Abbott doesn't talk border in visit with Honduran president story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 6:46 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott met with the Honduran president Thursday in his first visit with a Central American leader since he took office and promised to stanch the flow of immigrants coming across the border.