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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — These Texas lotteries were drawn Monday:

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "Lotto" game were:

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "Cash 5" game were:

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This photo provided by HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital shows Justin Timberlake visiting patients at the San Antonio, Texas hospital Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Anthony McCartney/HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital via AP)

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This photo provided by HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital shows Justin Timberlake visiting patients at the San Antonio, Texas hospital Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Anthony McCartney/HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital via AP)

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President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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In this April 25, 2016 photo provided by The Great Red Snapper Count project, fisheries scientist Amanda Jefferson uses a dart tag applicator to tag a red snapper for release into Gulf of Mexico waters off the coast of Alabama. When the red snapper season begins this summer in the Gulf of Me…

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the red snapper season begins this summer in the Gulf of Mexico, some fish will carry $250 and even $500 worth of tags, as part of a study to estimate just how many of the popular sport and table fish live in the Gulf. The fish can be released as long as the tags are …

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — These Texas lotteries were drawn Saturday:

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — When harpist Lauren Meier performs at a wedding, she doesn't play just the bridal march or Pachelbel's "Canon in D." She might also play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Texas Lottery's "Cash 5" game were:

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This Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of 376 Central Americans the Border Patrol says it arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families, who used short holes dug under a barrier to cross the border in multiple spots abou…

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This Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of 376 Central Americans the Border Patrol says it arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families, who used short holes dug under a barrier to cross the border in multiple spots abou…

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This Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some of 376 Central Americans the Border Patrol says it arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families, who used short holes dug under a barrier to cross the border in multiple spots abou…

Since officially winning the gavel this month, new Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has been adamant that boosting public school finance is a top priority this year — and that some of the new money schools receive should be tied to performance.

As the Trump administration considers weakening Obama-era safeguards for the disposal of toxic coal waste, a new report shows that groundwater near all of Texas’ 16 monitored coal-fired power plants is contaminated with pollutants — including known carcinogens — linked to so-called coal ash.

As Texas’ Republican leadership calls for property tax cuts and a school finance overhaul, the Texas House on Monday pitched a bold proposal: pump roughly $7 billion more state funds into public schools — but only if lawmakers can satisfactorily overhaul the school finance system to slow the growth of property taxes.

Leaders of the Texas Senate are proposing giving schools $3.7 billion to provide $5,000 pay raises to all full-time classroom teachers — on the heels of a House budget proposal that includes $7 billion more for public education.

Rep. Chris Paddie represents Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Sabine and Shelby Counties in the Texas House of Representatives. His weekly Capitol Updates will run during the current Texas Legislative session.

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Friday he would oppose any effort to redirect Hurricane Harvey relief funds to pay for a border wall — a move that he and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz agreed was unlikely to happen.

At a time when legislators are vowing to spend more money on public schools and slow the growth of Texans’ property tax bills, the state should have enough money at its disposal to do just that.

Joshua Raines worried about going to his son’s choir concert in December — not because of his son, but because he himself would be sitting among throngs of people, which was sure to raise his anxieties.

The first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 mid-term elections on Monday saw record numbers with almost 1,700 Harrison County voters turning out by 5 p.m., Harrison County Elections Administrator Mike McMurry said.

Texas State Technical College and its 10 satellite campuses across the state have operated with about a $25 million drop in promised funding from the state and are hoping Texas legislators stick to their promised funding formula during the coming legislative session.

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath made a trip to East Texas on Wednesday and made a stop by Marshall ISD to visiting the district’s most improved campus.

KILGORE — Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath made a stop at Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore on Wednesday where he met with the almost 95 public school district superintendents in East Texas to take their questions and listen to their concerns.

WASKOM — Waskom and East Texas Baptist University police teamed up Tuesday to undergo specialized training with San Antonio Police Department Vice Unit detectives, in order to combat teen drinking.

East Texas shoppers on Saturday took advantage of the tax free weekend, as well as area store’s local deals, ahead of the start of the 2018 -19 school year.

JEFFERSON — The Caddo Lake National Heritage Act bill, proposed by law makers on both the Texas and Louisiana sides of the Caddo Lake area, has had its congressional support pulled after opposition from residents.

East Texas school districts’ preliminary 2018 state standardized test results varied greatly from district to district this year, with half of the six districts easily surpassing state averages and the other three coming in well below, excluding Marshall ISD.

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AUSTIN (AP) - A federal audit released Tuesday heaped more criticism onto Texas' troubled child welfare system and warned of foster kids potentially put in jeopardy over missed deadlines during abuse and neglect investigations.

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DALLAS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of a black 15-year-old by a white police officer, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday.

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DALLAS (AP) - A gunman opened fire on emergency responders treating a gunshot victim in a Dallas street on Monday, critically injuring a paramedic and prompting police to lock down the area until the suspect - and another person - were found dead in a local home, authorities said.

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SUNDAY UPDATES: CANTON — Authorities now say at least four people have been killed as a series of tornadoes pummeled parts of three counties in East Texas. They caution that the death toll, originally put at five, could rise again as search teams go through the extensive wreckage.

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AUSTIN (AP) - Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday, at press time, to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

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AUSTIN — Eight Texas House members will chair committees for the first time in the 85th Texas Legislature, while 11 returning chairs are now leading new committees. East Texans will serve on several of the top committees.

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HOUSTON (AP) - At Tacos Tierra Caliente - a food truck parked in a section of Houston where Spanish is spoken as often as English - $1.50 can buy such street taco staples as pollo (chicken), barbacoa (shredded beef) and lengua (tongue).

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AUSTIN - Parents who entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America will have an easier time getting birth certificates for their children born in Texas following a lawsuit settlement with the state, lawyers for immigration advocates said on Monday.