Texas The Senate lays out its demands to the federal government it wants to see before expanding Medicaid in the Texas, while the House explains its plan to secure the border. Meanwhile, a Senate committee considers tax cuts, a bill to reign in risky school bonds, and an effort to force a conversation in the Texas Legislature about climate change. 08:25 PM
The Austin Independent School District wants to arm every school bus with cameras, and it wants to use the video to ticket drivers who pass illegally while the red lights and stop signs are activated. Our Jeff Stensland found a few parts of Austin had much higher violation rates during the pilot program.
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Texas songwriter and Cheatham Street Warehouse founder Kent Finlay died Monday morning. Finlay was known for helping young musicians hone their craft. Our Hays County bureau chief Russell Wilde remembers the man that would sing your story.
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Need for Construction Workers Increases as Housing Market Grows
It's no secret that the housing market is booming. The Texas Association of Realtors released its annual report Monday morning, which showed prices are increasing, thus making it harder for people to buy a first home. Our Chris Cybulski shows us what's behind the report and what's being done to make homes more affordable. 07:17 PM
Texas Republicans Demand Medicaid Flexibility
Texas Senate Republicans are calling for big flexibility in the state's Medicaid program. They used Texas Independence Day to demand leeway from the federal government to manage the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled. Senate Republicans say unless their demands are met, any talk of expansion under the Affordable Care Act is off the table. Our Karina Kling takes a look at what the list for more flexibility includes. 08:21 PM
Push for Climate Change Legislation
Rep. Rafael Anchia has filed two bills to drastically reduce greenhouse emissions by 2030. Critics have called environmental regulations unnecessary red tape for businesses, but Anchia says it's time to put the politics behind us in the climate change debate and focus on the practical effects not only to the environment but also to things like industry and even homeland security. 07:02 PM
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On the Agenda: CPAC Straw Poll
The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg gives his weekly analysis, including a deeper look into the CPAC straw poll and a move by former Governor Rick Perry to form a Super PAC. 08:25 PM
Jim Henson Interview
Jim Henson from the Texas Politics Project joins the show to break down the latest polling UT/Texas Tribune polling numbers, including a look at the favorability rating -- and lack of awareness -- of some of Texas' top lawmakers. 08:25 PM
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Bill Filed to Limit Use of Capital Appreciation Bonds
State Rep. Tony Dale is trying to cut back on the use of high-risk loans by Texas school districts. Dale announced a new bill Monday that would limit the use of Capital Appreciation Bonds, which are loans that don't require any payments until the end of the bond. 05:42 PM
Texans Celebrate Texas Independence Day Monday
March 2 is Texas Independence Day, which celebrates Texas' time as an independent nation. Our Jess Mitchell stopped by the Bullock Texas State History Museum Monday morning to find out more. 01:49 PM
Symposium Discusses Future of Connected Cars
Transit leaders held the first Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Symposium Monday. Representatives discussed how increasing wireless technology in cars can be used to make transportation more efficient. 05:39 PM
2 Lanes Reopen After 18-Wheeler Fire on I-35 Near FM 1431
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Update: Two southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near FM 1431 are now open, according to Round Rock police. The department says one lane remains closed for TxDOT repairs. Earlier: An 18-wheeler fire shut down a portion of Southbound I-35 near 1431 in Round Rock Monday morning. The area is expected to reopen between 11 a.m. and noon. Updated 02:40 PM
Brave Kite Fliers Brace Cold for Annual Fest
This year marked the 86th annual Zilker Kite Festival a tradition that typically brings out thousands to celebrate the start of spring, but Sunday's weather was anything but spring-like. Our Alex Stockwell shows us some brave kite fliers who didn't let the cold ruin their day. 11:13 AM