AUSTIN (KXAN) - This is the last weekend before the 2013 Texas legislature kicks off this coming Tuesday at the State Capitol.
There are some big issues this go-around-- starting with your child's education.
School districts are still reeling from major cuts in the 2011 Session-- with $5.4 billion axed.
A coalition of districts are currently suing the state over those cuts.
Health Care will also be huge.
Since the last session, several of the national Health Care Reforms have taken effect, meaning state leaders will have to make several important decisions including what health programs to fund.
Then there's the future drought.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has proposed creating a Water Infrastructure Development Bank with money out of the Rainy Day Fund.
Transportation is also a big deal with the state's growth.
For the budget lawmakers will start the session with a record eight billion dollars in unspent cash.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.