AUSTIN (KXAN) - A new cast of lawmakers will gather in Austin this week for the 83rd Texas Legislature. But they bring with them a familiar agenda that includes taxes, education, health care, abortion, guns and even groping.
Republicans retain control of the House, the Senate and the governor's mansion, so they will set the agenda. Democrats, as in years past, will try persuasive arguments, fiery debates and parliamentary maneuvers to try and shape the bills that will end up on Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus have promised a more conservative session.
The one piece of legislation that must pass every session is the state budget. Comptroller Susan Combs will declare Monday how much money lawmakers have available to spend.
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Embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is court Monday for a civil trial that could end her career as the county's top prosecutor..
American Airlines has emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner after the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.
Even though there were no reports of iced over bridges or roadways like last week, officials are urging people to use extra caution while driving.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
Texas will face one of the nations top offenses in their second straight trip to the Alamo Bowl