Lavelle Hendricks, a professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, teaches a "signature course" on mental health, drugs and alcohol to a class of freshmen. University officials have reimagined the first-year experience at A&M-Commerce, and each freshman is required to take at least one signature course. 
<p>Lavelle Hendricks, a professor at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce, teaches a "signature course" on mental health, drugs and alcohol to a class of freshmen. University officials have reimagined the first-year experience at A&amp;M-Commerce, and each freshman is required to take at least one signature course.&nbsp;</p>

A $10,000 degree that freshmen are discouraged from pursuing

At the urging of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas A&M University-Commerce developed an online degree program that can be completed for less than $10,000. So why doesn't it want its freshmen to sign up?

 
One of three approved debris removal sites in Port Arthur, where some residents have raised concerns about the city&rsquo;s plans for post-Harvey clean up. "It&rsquo;s just not right,&rdquo; said Tami Pinkney, who lives in a home across the street from one of the sites. &ldquo;This is not safe. It&rsquo;s just not safe.&rdquo;
<p><span id="docs-internal-guid-74fde164-bfe4-525c-5e4f-81113fbbc11f"><span>One of three approved debris removal sites in Port Arthur, where some residents have raised concerns about the city&rsquo;s plans for post-Harvey clean up. "It&rsquo;s just not right,&rdquo; said Tami Pinkney, who lives in a home across the street from one of the sites. &ldquo;This is not safe. It&rsquo;s just not safe.&rdquo;</span></span></p>

The Brief: Texans focused on cleanup, housing and health in wake of Harvey

Texas voters are pretty content with how all levels of government responded to Hurricane Harvey, per the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

Hurricane Harvey struck Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017, causing widespread flooding and property damage.&nbsp;
<p>Hurricane Harvey struck Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017, causing widespread flooding and property damage.&nbsp;</p>

Harvey's next blow: Home values, tax collections expected to drop

Some — but not all — southeast Texans could see property tax breaks after the hurricane damaged their homes. The inequity has reignited intra-GOP tensions from earlier this year over disaster-related property tax re-assessments.

The Brief: Texans focused on cleanup, housing and health in wake of Harvey

One of three approved debris removal sites in Port Arthur, where some residents have raised concerns about the city&rsquo;s plans for post-Harvey clean up. "It&rsquo;s just not right,&rdquo; said Tami Pinkney, who lives in a home across the street from one of the sites. &ldquo;This is not safe. It&rsquo;s just not safe.&rdquo;
<p><span id="docs-internal-guid-74fde164-bfe4-525c-5e4f-81113fbbc11f"><span>One of three approved debris removal sites in Port Arthur, where some residents have raised concerns about the city&rsquo;s plans for post-Harvey clean up. "It&rsquo;s just not right,&rdquo; said Tami Pinkney, who lives in a home across the street from one of the sites. &ldquo;This is not safe. It&rsquo;s just not safe.&rdquo;</span></span></p>

Texas voters are pretty content with how all levels of government responded to Hurricane Harvey, per the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

Harvey's next blow: Home values, tax collections expected to drop

Hurricane Harvey struck Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017, causing widespread flooding and property damage.&nbsp;
<p>Hurricane Harvey struck Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017, causing widespread flooding and property damage.&nbsp;</p>

Some — but not all — southeast Texans could see property tax breaks after the hurricane damaged their homes. The inequity has reignited intra-GOP tensions from earlier this year over disaster-related property tax re-assessments.

 

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Parents push for Texas to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy

Beth Moore plays with two of her children, William, 6, and Mary, 2, who both have spinal muscular atrophy. Moore asked the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee in August to add the disease to a list of diseases for which newborns are automatically screened in Texas.
<p><span>Beth Moore plays with two of her children, William, 6, and Mary, 2, who both have spinal muscular atrophy. Moore asked the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee in August to add the disease to a list of diseases for which newborns are automatically screened in Texas.</span></p>

A group of parents is asking the state to test all babies for spinal muscular atrophy, the most common genetic cause of infant death. They hope that a treatment newly approved by the FDA will bolster their cause.

Cornyn: Trump assured me more Harvey aid for Texas coming in November

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.
<p>U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.</p>

Many Texas officials were disappointed with the details of a disaster aid bill currently moving through Congress. Rather than changing the bill in the Senate, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said a follow-up bill in November will do more for the state.

Federal appeals court to consider blocking undocumented teen's scheduled abortion

A small opening at the base of the border fence in Brownsville is meant to let small, endangered wild cats like the ocelot through. The “cat holes,” which are the size of a piece of printer paper, appear every 500 feet or so.
A small opening at the base of the border fence in Brownsville is meant to let small, endangered wild cats like the ocelot through. The “cat holes,” which are the size of a piece of printer paper, appear every 500 feet or so.

Whether an undocumented Texas teen can get a scheduled abortion Friday remains up in the air ahead of a court hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Federal judge rules pregnant, undocumented teen in Texas has right to abortion access

A small opening at the base of the border fence in Brownsville is meant to let small, endangered wild cats like the ocelot through. The “cat holes,” which are the size of a piece of printer paper, appear every 500 feet or so.
A small opening at the base of the border fence in Brownsville is meant to let small, endangered wild cats like the ocelot through. The “cat holes,” which are the size of a piece of printer paper, appear every 500 feet or so.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a pregnant, undocumented teenager under federal custody in Brownsville has the right to access abortion services in Texas. 

Cruz presses Sessions on Trump administration's "catch-and-release" policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the 30th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on July 11, 2017.
<p><span>U.S. Attorney General <span>Jeff Sessions speaks at the 30th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on July 11, 2017.</span><br /></span></p>

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pressed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on why the Trump administration was still operating under a "catch-and-release" policy for undocumented immigrants in federal custody.