AUSTIN (KXAN) - The 2013 legislative session is now in the homestretch, and last week's deal on a state budget could help lawmakers avoid having to stay in Austin for the summer.
House-Senate negotiators came to an agreement on the state's two-year spending plan that restores much of the $4 billion cut from public education last year. The agreement must be formally approved by both chambers before being sent to Gov. Rick Perry.
But when it does reach the governor's desk, it could face a big obstacle: It falls short of the $1.8 billion in tax relief that the governor says it will take to get his signature. If Perry vetoes the budget, it's back to square one for lawmakers.
Other items still not finally past are deals to shore up the state's water and transportation infrastructures and the proposal to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry those guns insides college campus buildings. A bill has already cleared the House and has made it through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
Lawmakers are facing a fast-ticking clock. The session ends May 27.
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An armed robbery in South Austin set off a search for two men with guns early Friday morning.
Two school buses and a car crashed on eastbound Parmer Lane near Ranch Road 620 on Friday morning but there were no reports of injuries.
A local road project more than two decades in the making won't save drivers as much time as many had hoped.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Patchy light rain is forecast in Central Texas on Friday as an upper level disturbance moves across the state. Rainfall totals are expected to be very light, and showers will end by Friday night. Sunshine, but breezy and cool conditions …