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Texas' rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course

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John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.
John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.

A private firm's proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America's biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don't want to give up. 

Texas congressional Democrats fear "dreamers" will lose benefits

Clockwise from top left: U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth and Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Houston.
Clockwise from top left: U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth and Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Houston.

Texas Democrats in Congress are bracing for the possibility of the Trump administration ending benefits for people who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children.

Trump administration directs Border Patrol, ICE to expand deportations

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016.
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016.

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved one step closer to implementing the president’s plans to aggressively rid the country of undocumented immigrants and expand local police-based enforcement of border security operations.

Texas Attorney General first in country to file brief backing Trump travel ban

Texas AG Ken Paxton during a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.
Texas AG Ken Paxton during a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an amicus brief Wednesday expressing his support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, effectively becoming the first state attorney general to back the controversial executive order. 

Is an ICE detainer legal? Texas AG and immigration attorneys disagree

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.

After Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton insisted in a letter last week that Texas' anti-"sanctuary cities" bill would survive a legal challenge, immigration attorneys are trying to convince members of the Legislature that he's wrong.

 

Texas Senate approves anti-"sanctuary" legislation, sending bill to House

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, answers questions regarding Senate Bill 4, better known as the anti-"sanctuary cities" bill, on Feb. 7, 2017 in the state Capitol in Austin.
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, answers questions regarding Senate Bill 4, better known as the anti-"sanctuary cities" bill, on Feb. 7, 2017 in the state Capitol in Austin.

The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave its final stamp of approval on Wednesday to a controversial bill that would gut funding from local and state entities that don’t enforce immigration laws.

Texas families are struggling to pay for college — but so is the state

Tuition costs are rising in Texas as per-student state funding for higher education shrinks.
Tuition costs are rising in Texas as per-student state funding for higher education shrinks.

Rising tuition is making it hard for parents and students to pay for college in Texas. But state funding is strained, too. So where will the money come from to grow enrollment and elevate Texas universities?

With Trump on their side, Abbott and Cruz hopeful for term limits on Congress

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

With his calls to “drain the swamp,” President Trump has cast his election victory as a rebuke against career politicians. Now two Texas Republican leaders suggest that the timing is right to impose term limits on members of Congress.  

Hope turns to heartache for Texas volunteers looking to help refugees

A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.
A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.

President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries and halting refugee admissions left many refugee resettlement agencies wondering what was left of their mission. But they were undeterred.

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