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Gov. Perry challenges NY governor on business

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

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Gov. Perry's passed-over pick for Texas A&M president resigns

A Texas A&M University executive who Gov. Rick Perry wanted promoted to school president quietly resigned after not getting the job, becoming the latest top campus official to step down in recent months.

Texting while driving ban could revive after Gov. Perry leaves office

Efforts to implement a statewide texting while driving ban in Texas are likely to resurface next year no matter who replaces Gov. Rick Perry.

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Report: FBI probe includes legal work by Wendy Davis

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the agency.

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Texas unemployment rate slips to 5.5 percent in March

The Texas unemployment rate has slipped to 5.5 percent.

Julian Castro, Dan Patrick debate immigration

Prominent Texas figures in the debate over the country's immigration policies took their dispute from Twitter to the airwaves on Tuesday, facing off in person for audiences on the Internet and Spanish-language television.

Fire chief urges changes ahead of West plant explosion anniversary

This week's anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities.

Texas grand jury to be seated in Gov. Rick Perry ethics case

A Texas judge was expected to seat a grand jury Monday in an investigation into whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors last year.

Democrat Wendy Davis calls for universal pre-K in Texas

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is calling for pre-kindergarten for all Texas youngsters — fresh off a much-publicized chat with President Barack Obama,

President Obama marks 50th anniversary

A three day civil rights summit has wrapped up in Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library.

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President Obama departs Houston

April 10, 2014: President Obama left Houston Thursday morning after spending the night downtown. Mark Boyle reports.

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President Obama to speak at Civil Rights Summit

April 10, 2014: President Obama is one of the high-profile speakers at the Civil Rights Summit. Keith Garvin reports.

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Pres. Obama to depart Houston after overnight stay

April 10, 2014: Extra security is in place in downtown Houston where President Obama spent the night. Mark Boyle reports.

Clinton speaks at Civil Rights Summit in Austin

Former President Bill Clinton took the stage as Wednesday's featured speaker at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill.

Clinton to speak at Civil Rights Summit in Austin

April 9, 2014: An address by former President Bill Clinton will cap a day of discussion by key leaders of the 1960s civil rights movement. Keith Garvin reports.

Obama to offer solace to nation at Fort Hood memorial

President Barack Obama returns to Fort Hood on Wednesday to mourn with families of those killed last week at the military base and to offer solace to the nation.

Perry, Cruz visit wounded at Fort Hood in Texas

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen Ted Cruz say they've visited with military personnel wounded in Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood that left four dead and 16 wounded.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Fort Hood

April 4, 2014: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood while visiting the base.

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Gov. Rick Perry speaks at Fort Hood

April 4, 2014: Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood while visiting the base. 

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Perry, Cruz answer questions about Fort Hood shooting

April 4, 2014: Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz answer questions following a briefing and tour at the Fort Hood military base.

Mayor Parker delivers State of the City address

Houston Mayor Annise Parker delivers the State of the City address Thursday afternoon.

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Preview of Mayor Parker's State of the City

April 3, 2014: Mayor Parker is set to make her annual State of the City Thursday afternoon. Mary Benton reports.

2nd suit filed challenging Texas' new abortion law

An advocacy group filed another federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new provision in Texas' tough restrictions on abortion, less than a week after a federal appeals court reversed a previous suit and found that the stricter limits don't impose an undue burden on women's health.

Perry: Texas won't follow parts of jail rape law

Gov. Rick Perry says Texas won't comply with parts of a federal law that adds new regulations intended to prevent prison rape.

Family Court Judge Denise Pratt ends re-election bid

A family court judge in the Houston area heavily criticized for dismissing hundreds of cases without notifying the parties involved has decided not to seek re-election.

Cost of Gov. Perry's security detail tops $2.9M

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the cost since 2010 to provide security for Gov. Rick Perry when he travels out of state is more than $2.9 million.

Concerns over HFD shakeup after mayor's restructuring memo

Houston Mayor Annise Parker released a memo Tuesday restructuring who reports to which department.

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Buc-ee's endorses Dan Patrick for Texas lt. governor

A candidate in the runoff for Texas lieutenant governor received a buck-toothed endorsement.

Harris County Republicans elect new county chairman

Harris County Republicans elected a new county chairman Tuesday night.

Heated race expected for Texas governor

It's the first full day of official campaign mode for the two candidates running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Greg Abbott wins Republican primary for Texas governor

March 4, 2014: Greg Abbott addressed supporters in San Antonio after winning the Republican primary for Texas governor.

Cornyn over Stockman for US Sen nom

Incumbent John Cornyn has crushed tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman and six lesser-known primary challengers to win Texas' Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Dewhurst, Patrick enter Texas lt. gov. runoff

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick have advanced to a runoff for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, extending an already bruising campaign for one of the state's most powerful offices. Watch Local 2 News at 10 p.m. for the latest.

Abbott, Davis secure gubernatorial noms; Cornyn wins GOP nom for US Senate

Wendy Davis wins Democratic primary for Texas governor, while Texas Attorney General Abbott easily wins Republican nomination. We'll have live reaction on Local 2 News tonight at 10pm.

Davis expected to win Democratic primary for governor

Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, is expected to clinch the nomination and become the Democratic nominee for governor. Jen Bauer reports.

Abbott predicted to win without a runoff

Attorney General Greg Abbott is predicted to easily win the GOP gubernatorial nomination without a runoff. Phil Archer reports.

Voter turnout could make difference in heated Texas races

One contentious race is the Republican primary for Texas lieutenant governor. Phil Archer reports.

Early voting wraps up Friday for Texas primaries

The deadline has arrived for Texas voters to cast ballots early for next week's Democratic and Republican primaries.

Common theme in campaign ads

Lots of candidates want your vote in the Texas Primary on Tuesday, but there is one politician who is not running for office but is showing up in a lot of ads.

Sen. Dan Patrick accused of hiring illegal immigrants

With the Republican primary just a few day away, state Sen. Dan Patrick is taking a lot of heat from the other candidates in the race for lieutenant governor.

City hall salary raises during budget battle

Mayor Annise Parker appears to be the second highest-paid mayor in the United States after a recent 11.75 percent raise, according to a Local 2 review of U.S. mayor salaries.

Military to purchase flags made in U.S.

It may seem odd: U.S. military using flags that were made in other countries.

Galveston's top administrator removed from office

The City of Galveston is searching for a new city manager, after their current one Michael Kovacs was removed from office Tuesday.

Court hearing underway in alleged election fraud case

A Republican candidate will soon find out whether her name will remain on a ballot in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race.

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Court hearing underway in alleged election fraud case

Feb. 18, 2014: A Republican candidate will soon find out whether her name will remain on a ballot in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race. Phil Archer reports.

Early voting begins Tuesday for Texas primaries

Early voting begins Tuesday for the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries on March 4.

State representative candidate will host event discussing gun rights issues

The point of the event is to spend some time discussing gun rights issues and gun laws with voters. He knows it's one issue that resonates with both sides.

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State Sen. Wendy Davis in Houston to talk education, open carry law

State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, visited Houston on Wednesday to talk about some of her education reform proposals.

Pay raise approved for many of Harris County's elected officials

Many of Harris County’s elected officials will soon be getting a raise.

Campaign workers indicted for alleged election fraud

Four political campaign workers have been indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury in the wake of allegations of election fraud in a Harris County Justice of the Peace race, first reported by Local 2 News in January.

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Registration deadline Monday for Texas primaries

Texas voters have one last day to register for next month's primary elections.

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Abbott ahead of Davis in governor race campaign funding

New campaign finance numbers show Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is well ahead of Democratic challenger Wendy Davis when it comes to money in the bank.

Stockman says he was working overseas, not missing

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he's back from a 10-day official visit to Egypt, Israel and Russia -- and is bristling at the notion he was ever missing.

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Stafford officer heading to Washington

A Stafford police officer who was shot in the face while chasing down two suspects is getting a special honor.

Where is U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman?

The Republican congressman representing the 36th District hasn't been seen since Jan. 14 and hasn't cast a vote since Jan. 9.

Democratic Justice of Peace files suit against Republican challenger

Democratic Justice of the Peace George Risner has filed suit to throw his Republican challenger off the March ballot.

Voter signature investigation

January 23, 2014: Democratic justice of the peace, George Risner, filed suit to throw his Republican challenger off the March ballot.

City of Houston sues firefighter pension system

The City of Houston filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF).

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City sues firefighter pension system

Jan. 22, 2014: The City of Houston has filed a lawsuit against the firefighters pension system. Mark Boyle reports.

Dave Wilson to take seat on HCC board

Harris County dropped a request to have Dave Wilson barred from taking his seat while a dispute on his residency is resolved.

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis facing questions about her life story

She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year. Now State Sen.Wendy Davis is facing questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for governor.

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis facing questions about her life story

She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year. Now State Sen.Wendy Davis is facing questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for governor. Lauren Freeman reports.

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Dewhurst: Texas teachers paid 'very fair salary'

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says Texas teachers pull "a very fair salary" as a judge begins weighing whether the state is adequately funding public schools.

Pasadena election investigation: Forged signatures on ballot

Harris County Justice of the Peace George Risner a Democrat, is accusing his Republican opponent of using forged signatures to get her name placed on the Republican primary ballot.

Texas politicians file campaign finance reports

Texas politicians are filing their campaign finance reports, providing a clue as to how well they're doing ahead of the March 4 primaries.

HCC Board Member-Elect Dave Wilson in court to fight for seat

In a packed downtown courtroom the controversy is far from over as to just who will ultimately hold the Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat.

HCC Board Member-Elect Dave Wilson in court to fight for seat

In a packed downtown courtroom the controversy is far from over as to just who will ultimately hold the Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat. Irika Sargent reports.

Attempts to block HCC trustee's inauguration over residency questions

The newly elected trustee was accused of tricking voters in a predominately African-American community into thinking he was African-American by sending election flyers that featured blacks and linked him to prominent community leaders.

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Mayor Parker, city council members sworn in

Thursday morning was a time for pomp and circumstance as hundreds of people attended the swearing-in ceremony for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Controller Ronald Green and city council members.

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Raw video: Mayor Annise Parker sworn in

Jan. 2, 2014: Houston Mayor Annise Parker was sworn in for her final two-year term Thursday morning.

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Governor Rick Perry picks next Texas Secretary of State

A University of Houston graduate will become Texas' next Secretary of State.

Low turnout expected for voting

The Harris County Clerk's office predicted about five percent or less of eligible voters would cast their ballots in Saturday's runoff election.

Possible change to Houston's alcohol sales ordinance

Houston City Council members discussed a way to help bring larger grocery stores into low income areas on Wednesday.

Judge to run for DA after resigning following unethical conduct allegations

A district court judge who resigned Friday following allegations of unethical conduct, will run for Polk County District Attorney.

Stockman challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate race

In a last-minute surprise, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman has filed paperwork to challenge fellow Republican and incumbent John Cornyn for U.S. Senate in Texas.

Early voting ends Tuesday in runoff elections

Tuesday is the last day for early voting in the runoff elections for Houston City Council and HCCS Board of Trustees.

Political leaders react to Nelson Mandela's death

President Obama, both Presidents Bush, Governor Perry and state and U.S. senators from Texas react to the passing of Nelson Mandela.

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VP Joe Biden says Port of Houston will create commerce, jobs

Vice President Joe Biden has brought to the busy Port of Houston the Obama administration's assertion that boosting federal investment in the nation's infrastructure will help create jobs and grow the economy.

Community leaders address recent gun violence involving teens

Another deadly shooting at a high school party is bringing awareness to the issue of gun violence.

Rep. Lee addresses teenage gun violence

Nov. 18, 2013: Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee brings attention to the recent gun violence involving teenagers in Houston. Courtney Gilmore reports.

VP Joe Biden to visit Port of Houston

Nov. 18, 2013: Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit the Port of Houston on Monday. Ryan Korgard previews the event.

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Controversy surrounds Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat

There's controversy surrounding a Houston Community College position and how the person who's sitting in the seat won it. While some would say David Wilson's campaign strategy was clever, others say it was deceitful.

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Controversy surrounds Houston Community College Board of Trustees seat

There's controversy surrounding a Houston Community College position and how the person who's sitting in the seat won it. While some would say David Wilson's campaign strategy was clever, others say it was deceitful. Mary Benton reports.

Politician flying private plane at taxpayers' expense

Local 2 Investigates has discovered State Senator Kevin Eltife used a state aircraft a total of 26 times in 2011 and 2013 to fly from Austin to his home in Tyler when the legislative week ended.

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Perry: Obama's Texas visit won't save health law

President Barack Obama spent Wednesday night in Dallas to rally support for his new health care reform law, since Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state.

Election Day changes the face of Houston City Council

Mayor Annise Parker was greeted by a round of applause and hugs when she returned to City Hall Wednesday after fending off eight challengers to win a third and final term in office.

Changing face of Houston city council

November 5, 2013: The results are in and election night has created a lot of changes and potential shifts in how the city of Houston government will operate. Mary Benton reports.

What's next for the Astrodome?

Nov. 6, 2013: A plan that would have saved the Astrodome was narrowly defeated Tuesday night. Mark Boyle reports.    

AP: Proposal to save Astrodome fails

November 5, 2013: Memories will likely be all that's left of the Astrodome. Robert Arnold reports.

Annise Parker re-elected Houston mayor

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been re-elected to a third and final term after challenger Ben Hall conceded the race. Phil Archer reports.

Ben Hall concedes mayor's race to Annise Parker

Challenger Ben Hall remained optimistic until the very end and thanked his supporters for helping him run a wonderfully competitive campaign. Andy Cerota reports.

Recap of Houston City Council races

We're also learning election results for some very important city council seats. Mary Benton reports.

Katy votes down bond issue to build $69 million stadium

Voters in the Katy school district on Tuesday voted down a bond package that would have provided $69.5 million for a new, 14,000-seat football stadium. Jennifer Bauer reports.

Texas voters OK spending $2 billion on future water projects

Texas voters have backed a plan that would use $2 billion in reserve funds to help the state meet the future water needs of its booming population and economy.

Voters deciding fate of Astrodome

November 5, 2013: When voters in Houston head to the polls Tuesday, they could be deciding whether shuttered Astrodome is saved or razed. Robert Arnold reports.

Houston mayoral race down to the wire

November 5, 2013: Houston Mayor Annise Parker is hoping voters will elect her to a third and final term. Phil Archer reports.

Texans help seniors cast ballots

November 5, 2013: Former and current Houston Texans players are did their part on Election Day to make sure some of Houston’s older voters got their chance to vote. Idolina Peralez reports.

Texans vote on first Election Day under new voter ID law

The first Election Day in Texas under a new photo ID law was being as closely watched for how voters fare under the mandate.

Voters headed to the polls

November 5, 2013: The first Election Day in Texas under a new photo ID law is being as closely watched for how voters fare under the mandate as how they vote. Mary Benton reports.

Voters head to polls on Election Day

Nov. 5, 2013: Voters are heading to the polls on Election Day to vote for a number of races and issues on the ballot. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Houston hit with record numbers during early voting

Houston voters are showing up to the polls in record-breaking numbers, responding to everything from the proposal to save the Astrodome to a bitter race for mayor.

Record numbers for early voting

The city of Houston experiences record breaking numbers for early voting.Mary Benton reports.

History of Republican, Democratic parties

The Republican Party is the second oldest currently existing political party in the U.S. behind the Democratic Party.

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Mayoral race heats up

With just two days to the election, Mayor Parker spent her Sunday manning the phones, calling voters herself, right along side members of her campaign team.

Annise Parker, Ben Hall compete for mayor

Nov. 3, 2013: Election Day is Tuesday and the candidates for mayor are making a final push for votes. Bill Spencer reports.

Early voting ends Friday

Voters have a final day to cast ballots early for Tuesday's election on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Nov. 3: New voter ID law for Election Day

With election day right around the corner, voters throughout Texas have new rules to follow. Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart stops by Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall to talk about what you need to know.

Texas appeals court approves sexually explicit messages to minors online

A Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday sexually explicit images can now be sent online to children from other minors and even adults.

Judge: Texas abortion law unconstitutional

October 28, 2013: New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled. Irika Sargent reports.

Attorney Vega challenging Sen. Cornyn in GOP primary

An attorney and immigration activist has announced she will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in next year's Republican primary.

Katy ISD bond battle

October 22, 2013: As early voting gets under way, parents and taxpayers in the Katy ISD are trying to decide if they support a controversial bond proposal. Mary Benton reports.

Katy taxpayers to decide on controversial $99 million bond proposal

As early voting gets under way, parents and taxpayers in the Katy ISD are trying to decide if they support a controversial bond proposal.

No reported problems so far over new voter ID law

According to the Harris County Clerk, the new voter law did not keep people away from polls as some critics predicted.

New ID laws for voters

October 22, 2013: According to the Harris County Clerk, the new voter law did not keep people away from polls as some critics predicted. Mary Benton reports.

Welcome home rally held for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston

Ted Cruz is home in Houston for a rally Monday night less than a week after the partial government shutdown ended.

Welcome home rally for Sen. Ted Cruz

October 21, 2013: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz remains focused as was welcomed back to Texas by supporters. Keith Garvin reports.

Early voting begins for Nov. 5 Texas election

Voters have a chance to cast ballots early for the Nov. 5 election involving nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

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Investigators looking into Twitter threats against Sen. Ted Cruz

Local 2 Investigates confirmed the FBI and U.S. Capitol police are looking into a series of tweets directed at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Voters need photo ID to vote in early voting starting Oct. 21

Harris County is alerting voters of a big voting-related change for the upcoming election. Citizens can vote early in person starting Monday, October 21. Early voting ends Friday, November 1.

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley died at his home in Washington, D.C., his wife Heather confirmed Friday.

Furloughed NASA employees return to work

Oct. 17, 2013: Previously furloughed workers, including those at the Johnson Space Center, are getting back to work on Thursday. Courtney Gilmore reports.

Houston Newsmakers: Oct. 13, 2013

The latest estimate is that Houston drivers lose an average of $1,090 a year because of the time we spend idle in traffic.

State Sen. Wendy Davis talks with Local 2 about running for governor

"It was a tough decision of course, but ultimately I wanted to run for this position, run for the next governor of Texas because Texas is looking for a new voice," Davis said.

State Sen. Wendy Davis talks with Local 2 about running for governor

"It was a tough decision of course, but ultimately I wanted to run for this position, run for the next governor of Texas because Texas is looking for a new voice," Davis said.

Rep. Al Green arrested at Capitol immigration rally

Houston Congressman Al Green was arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Houston mayoral debate to be held Tuesday night

The eight candidates running for Houston mayor in November will hold their one and only debate Tuesday night.

President Obama urges Boehner to hold vote to reopen government

After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a threatened default -- in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on measures to reduce deficits and change the…

Houston Newsmakers: Oct. 6, 2013

In this highly politicized environment, the challenge is monumental in finding the truth about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Finance Chairman Williams to resign

Texas state Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, says he'll resign before the 2015 legislative session.

Oct. 6: NO Spin Zone for Affordable Care Act

In this highly politicized environment, the challenge is monumental in finding the truth about the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act.

State Sen. Wendy Davis announces bid to run for governor of Texas

Texas Democrats are looking to Wendy Davis to lead them out of the political wilderness for the first time in 20 years. Phil Archer reports.

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Texas Congressman confronts park ranger over closed WWII Memorial

Since the shutdown began, hundreds of veterans have shown up at the World War II Memorial crossing barricades to enter the site. That's lead to several confrontations including one between an officer and a Texas Congressman.

Sen. Wendy Davis to make announcement

October 3, 2013: Sen. Wendy Davis is expected to announce her politcal plans to run for Texas governor. Phil Archer reports.

Shutdown furloughs 94% of Johnson Space Center workers

More than 3,000 Johnson Space Center employees were among the 750,000 federal workers in the Houston area that were sent home from work Tuesday morning.

Social Security services during the shutdown

During the government shutdown, Social Security benefits will continue, but not all services will be available.

Johnson Space Center workers furloughed

Oct. 1, 2013: More than 3,000 Johnson Space Center employees are among the federal works that were send home from work because of the government shutdown. Mary Benton reports.

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NBC, CNN back out of Hillary Clinton TV projects

NBC and CNN have both packed out of high-profile television projects about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Houston debate features 4 GOP Lt. Gov. hopefuls

The crowded Republican primary field for lieutenant governor is squaring off in another debate.

Sen. Cruz pledges salary to charity

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pledging to donate his salary to charity for the duration of the government shutdown.

Local 2 answers questions on the government shutdown

Up to 800,000 federal workers across the country, including those at NASA, could be without paychecks to take care of food, bills and other needs for as long as the shutdown lasts.

Local workers face shutdown furloughs

Oct. 1, 2013: Many at the Johnson Space Center are waking up Tuesday knowing that they don’t have to report for duty and won’t get paid. Mary Benton reports.

How will government shutdown affect you?

It could still be avoided but it's looking more and more likely that we will see a partial government shutdown. Robert Arnold reports.

Kim Ogg announces candidacy for Harris County DA

A former assistant prosecutor announced Monday her candidacy to become the next Harris County District Attorney.

President Obama on possible government shutdown

September 30, 2013: Pres. Barack Obama speaks on budget negotiations and a possible government shutdown.

AP sources: Wendy Davis running for Texas governor

Two people with knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press that Democrat Wendy Davis is running for Texas governor.

Senator Cruz ends marathon session on Affordable Care Act

Senator Ted Cruz says he feels energized after ending a marathon session of standing and speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate to draw attention to his fight to de-fund the Affordable Care Act.

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Cruz ends talkathon, Senate heads toward vote

Since Tuesday afternoon, Cruz -- with occasional remarks by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and other GOP conservatives -- controlled the Senate floor and railed against Obamacare.

Sen. Cruz crusades against Obamacare

Sept. 25, 2013: Local politicians respond to Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-Obamacare effort from the Senate floor. Mary Benton reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to defund Obamacare enters 15th hour

Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to defund Obamacare

The Senator from Houston has not left the Senate chamber since 2 p.m. Tuesday.  Courtney Zavala reports.

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Cruz takes control with 8-hour filibuster

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas not only spoke about his effort to defund Obamacare -- at times the Houston resident's speech on the Senate floor has touched on everything from family and children's stories, to social media and Hollywood, to White Castle hamburgers.

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Mike Anderson's widow appointed new Harris Co. District Attorney

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed the widow of Mike Anderson to take over as Harris County District Attorney after Anderson lost his battle with cancer last month.

A Historic Handshake?

The U.N. General Assembly convenes today, and the question for many is whether Obama will shake hands with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas appellate court

A Texas appeals court has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Tom DeLay conviction overturned

Sept. 19, 2013: The former U.S. House majority leader has been acquitted after he was convicted of money laundering in 2010. Mary Benton reports.

Davis for governor campaign begins slow roll out

State Sen. Wendy Davis has begun the slow roll out of her campaign for Texas governor with an e-mail to supporters to spread the word and raise money.

President Obama's speech on Syria: Hit or miss?

Sept. 11, 2013: Local 2’s Andy Cerota interviews Andrew Bowen, a scholar of Middle Eastern Affairs for the Baker Institute at Rice University, about President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria.

U.S. comes closer to taking action in Syria

The U.S. is one step closer to taking action in Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

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Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.

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Houstonians mourn death of Harris County District Attorney

The death of District Attorney Mike Anderson leaves a hole in the hearts of his friends and family, and a void at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.

New state laws take effect

It's a new month, and with that, new laws are on the books.

New state laws take effect

Sept. 2, 2013: It's a new month, and with that, new laws are on the books. Courtney Gilmore reports.

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Houstonians react to possible U.S. strike against Syria

The potential for U.S. involvement in Syria brought dozens of Houstonians to the intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak.

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Crisis in Syria

August 30, 2013: Former ambassador of Qater, Chase Untermeyer, joins Local 2 to talk more about the crisis in Syria.

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Gun-friendly Texas gets even friendlier on Sunday

Already a gun-friendly state, Texas is taking steps to be even cozier for concealed handgun license holders.

Crisis in Syria

Houston-area congressman speaks on Obama and crisis in Syria

With a potential U.S. military strike against Syria looming, a Houston-area congressman says President Barack Obama should consult Congress before taking action.

Leaders divided over crisis in Syria

August 29, 2013: Not everyone is ready to support President Obama if he decides to move forward with military action against Syria. Mary Benton reports.

Crisis in Syria

Intelligence officials brief lawmakers on Syria

August 29, 2013: With a potential U.S. military strike against Syria looming, a Houston area congressman says President Barack Obama should consult congress before taking action. Mary Benton reports.

VP Joe Biden speaks at American Legion convention

Vice President Joe Biden returned to Houston Tuesday afternoon to speak to delegates attending the 95th annual American Legion Convention.

Vice President Joe Biden to speak in Houston

August 27, 2013: The American Legion Convention welcomes Vice President Joe Biden to Houston on Tuesday. Mary Benton reports.

Judge: Early education tax proposal not on Nov. ballot

A campaign to put a tax increase for early childhood education on November's ballot for Harris County votes has been struck down by Judge Ed Emmett.

Dewhurst staying out of spotlight after potentially damaging call

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is staying out of the public spotlight following the release of a potentially damaging phone call he made to the Allen Police Department.

Dewhurst staying out of spotlight after potentially damaging call

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is staying out of the public spotlight following the release of a potentially damaging phone call he made to the Allen Police Department. Mary Benton reports.

RAW: Audio recording of call Lt. Gov. Dewhurst made to Allen PD

In an unusual move the Allen Police Department released an audio recording of a call made to the department by LT. Gov. David Dewhurst following the arrest of a family member.

Lt. Governor asks for family member not to spend night in jail

In an unusual move the Allen Police Department released an audio recording of a call made to the department by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst following the arrest of a family member.

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Justice Department sues Texas on voter ID law

The Justice Department says it will sue Texas over the state's voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over the state's redistricting laws.

Mayoral candidate Ben Hall officially announces candidacy

Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall held a rally Tuesday night officially announcing his candidacy.

Sen. Cruz talks Obamacare, citizenship while in Houston

Sen. Ted Cruz spoke in Houston Tuesday about Obamacare and his dual citizenship.

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Ted Cruz tours to stop Obamacare

August 20, 2013: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited the Texas Medical Center in Houston on Tuesday to continue his call to defund Obamacare. Mary Benton reports.

Abbott, Cruz meeting with Republican groups in Houston

Two Texas political figures are making their way to the Houston area on Monday.

Houston mayoral candidates share stage

Houston mayoral candidates gather to discuss issues

Five candidates vying to be the next mayor gather in southeast Houston to share their views for the Bayou City.

Mayor's race heats up early

Decision 2013 is beginning to heat up. The top two candidates for Houston mayor will meet for a 'discussion' ion Saturday night. Meantime, there's a debate about whether it should be called a 'debate.'

Mayor's race heats up early

Decision 2013 is beginning to heat up. The top two candidates for Houston mayor will meet for a 'discussion' ion Saturday night. Meantime, there's a debate about whether it should be called a 'debate.' Mary Benton reports.

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Sen. Wendy Davis in Vogue’s September issue

State Sen. Wendy Davis is coming to a newsstand near you.

Mayor Parker attacks opponent in new mayoral campaign ad

A week after her opponent questioned her handling of the city's finances in a TV ad, Mayor Annise Parker is firing back.

Ire over Hillary film

NBC plans a four-hour miniseries on Clinton starring Diane Lane, and CNN is separately planning a documentary to air in 2014.

Pres. George W. Bush recovering after stent procedure

August 6, 2013: Former President George W. Bush is recovering after having a stent placed in an artery in his heart. Mary Benton reports.

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Third special session ends with transportation bill

The Texas Legislature has adjourned, ending the third special session of the year after passing a major transportation measure.

Sen. Wendy Davis considering a run for governor

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis says she’s considering a run for governor.

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Perry, Cruz speaking at RedState Gathering 2013 in New Orleans

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz are among the speakers at the RedState Gathering 2013.

Obama orders review of chemical plant rules in response to West explosion

President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant.

July 21: State senators debate successes, failures of current session

State Senator Patrick and Senator Rodney Ellis discussed the good and the not so good from this year's legislative session so far.

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Local 2 Investigates: County judge impeachment effort

An embattled Polk County district court judge already under investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct could be removed from public office by way of impeachment.

Gov. Perry signs into law sweeping abortion restrictions

Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions that could shutter most of the clinics in the state.

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Greg Abbott speaks in Houston about gubernatorial plans

One day after announcing his campaign for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Houston.

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Greg Abbott stops in Houston

One day after announces his campaign for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Houston.

Texas House approves abortion bill

The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests.

Call for action after plant explosion

July 9, 2013: On the same day a congressional leader presses our nation's governors to enhance oversight of facilities handling ammonium nitrate, Governor Rick Perry is writing his own letter to President Barack Obama. Robert Arnold reports.

Dueling letters mark calls for action over West plant explosion

A key U.S. senator is calling for action and tougher standards following the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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1,100 attend rally in downtown Houston for Texas women

An estimated 1,100 people packed Discovery Green in downtown Houston Tuesday night for the "Stand with Texas Women" bus tour.

1,100 attend rally for Texas women

July 9, 2013: An estimated 1,100 people packed Discovery Green in downtown Houston Tuesday night for the "Stand with Texas Women" bus tour. Ryan Korsgard reports.

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House approves abortion bill

July 9, 2013: The Texas House provisionally approved the abortion bill Tuesday night. Phil Archer reports.

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Pro-choice rally underway in Houston

A pro-choice rally is underway in downtown Houston as the abortion debate takes place in the Texas House.

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Security at state Capitol has "doubled"

A Texas senator says security at the state Capitol has "at least doubled" to handle crowds

House debates abortion bill

July 9, 2013: The battle over abortion rights is once again taking center stage at the Texas State Capitol. Phil Archer reports.

What's next for Rick Perry?

July 8, 2013: Gov. Rick Perry said he will not seek re-election, a decision that has man speculating about what he will do instead. Phil Archer reports.

Special session abortion debate

The debate over the Texas abortion bill is making its way from Austin to Houston.

Reaction to Gov. Perry's announcement

Reaction to Gov. Perry's announcement

Hear what this may mean for the governor's future political plans. Robert Arnold reports.

Perry won't seek re-election in 2014

Perry won't seek re-election in 2014

The longest-serving governor in Texas announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year to a fourth full term. Phil Archer reports.

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RAW VIDEO: Perry announces he will not seek re-election

The longest-serving governor in Texas announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year to a fourth full term.

Local protesters speak out against government surveillance

Restore the Fourth describes itself as a grass-roots, non-profit, non-violent organization that sought to organize national protests on July Fourth.

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New Chevron tower bringing more than 1,700 jobs to Houston

A new skyscraper and more than 1,700 jobs are coming to downtown Houston.

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Hundreds sign up to testify on Texas abortion bill

More than 700 people signed up to testify about proposed abortion restrictions before a Texas House committee on Tuesday.

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Hundreds sign up to testify on Texas abortion bill

Live video of the hearing was fed into nine other hearing rooms, where demonstrators filled up more than 1,200 additional seats and overflowed into hallways. Phil Archer reports.

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Student loan rates double without Congress' action

Interest rates on some new federally backed loans for college students are now double what they were last week.

Will Wendy Davis challenge Rick Perry for Texas governor's seat?

Will Wendy Davis challenge Rick Perry for Texas governor's seat?

After a heated grudge match over the abortion issue, many are now speculating that Texas Senator Wendy Davis may be gunning for Governor Rick Perry's job.

Will Wendy Davis challenge Rick Perry for Texas governor's seat?

Will Wendy Davis challenge Rick Perry for Texas governor's seat?

After a heated grudge match over the abortion issue, many are now speculating that Texas Senator Wendy Davis may be gunning for Governor Rick Perry's job. Mary Benton reports.

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June 27, 2013: Gov. Rick Perry addressed a national convention of anti-abortion activists in North Texas on Thursday. Camille Williams reports.

Sen. Dan Patrick announces campaign for lieutenant governor

State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) says he’s running for lieutenant governor.

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Gov. Perry calls for second special session of Texas Legislature

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called a second special session of the Texas Legislature to pass widespread abortion restrictions, after the first attempt by Republicans died overnight following a marathon one-woman filibuster.

Texas abortion bill falls after challenge

Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country.

Capitol chaos: Abortion bill fails

A day-long filibuster ended with a controversial vote on abortion restrictions at the State Capitol in Austin.

Houstonians react to SCOTUS same-sex rulings

June 26, 2013: Houstonians react to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage. Courtney Zavala reports.

Reaction to abortion bill filibuster on social media

June 26, 2013: The late-night abortion debate played out on social media where 4,900 tweets were going out per minute early Wednesday morning. Owen Conflenti reports.

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Texas lawmakers approve abortion restrictions

The measure would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and limit abortions to surgical centers.

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Texas lawmakers approve abortion restrictions

June 22, 2013: Texas Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country. Owen Conflenti reports.

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Perry set to sign 'Merry Christmas' bill into law

Christmas may be more than six months away, but it's already on the minds of Gov. Rick Perry and some lawmakers in the state Legislature. Mary Benton reports.

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Gov. Perry signs bill allowing service dogs in more food stores, restaurants

People with service dogs will soon be allowed to have their animals inside more businesses, thanks to a new law.

Federal furloughs affect Texas military

Members of the Texas Military Forces are being forced to take unpaid furlough days due to the sequester.

Federal furloughs affect Texas military

May 30, 2013: Members of the Texas Military Forces are being forced to take unpaid furlough days due to the sequester. Mary Benton reports.

Christopher Dupuy

Embattled Galveston Co. judge now in custody fight

Legal troubles have already cost suspended Galveston County Judge Christopher Dupuy his seat on the bench. Now they may cost him custody of his children.

Galveston Co. judge suspended without pay

A Galveston County judge has been suspended without pay one day after he was arrested on eight criminal counts.

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Texas sues BP over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

The State of Texas filed a lawsuit against BP America and others for their role in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Harris County DA Mike Anderson reveals he has cancer

Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson announced Thursday that he has cancer.

Mayor Parker unveils Houston's 2014 budget

Calling it a plan focused on Houston’s future, Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday her 2014 budget proposal gets the City back on track after tough budget cuts two years in a row.

Council changes city's MWBE contracting program

The Houston City Council approves changes to the city's Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise contracting program.

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City council approves safe-passing ordinance

The Houston City Council approves a safe-passing ordinance aimed at protecting bicyclists and other vulnerable road users.

CEOs name Texas best for business

More than 700 CEOs across the U.S. name Texas as the best state to do business.

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Campaign aims to end chronic homelessness

Mayor Annise Parker takes part in Houston Registry Week, a week-long campaign aimed at getting 2,500 of the city's chronic homeless off the streets by 2016.

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Houston considers safe-passing ordinance

The Houston city council is considering a safe-passing ordinance to protect bicyclist and pedestrians using the road.

Texas senator Ted Cruz for president in 2016?

May 1, 2013: He's considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a standout in the U.S. Senate, but a national report that Ted Cruz will run for president is provoking mixed reaction from Houston voters. Mary Benton reports.

Report: Texas senator Ted Cruz for president in 2016?

He's considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a standout in the U.S. Senate, but a national report that Ted Cruz will run for president is provoking mixed reaction from Houston voters.

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Houston-area couples voice support for marriage equality

While same-sex marriages are not legal in Texas, there are many Houston-area couples who will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.

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Supreme Court hears first of 2 same-sex marriage cases

A two-day showdown over same-sex marriage began Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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Who's watching you? Fast growth of drones raises concerns in Texas

Texas cities and legislators have struggled with the benefits and potential harm of drones in terms of privacy and public safety.

Texas considers drug testing for unemployment

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drug testing for unemployment benefits.

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Another George Bush throws his hat into the Texas political ring

George Prescott Bush filed the official paperwork Tuesday to run for Texas land commissioner next year, hoping to use a little-known but powerful post to continue his family's political dynasty in one of the country's most-conservative states.

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Texas pot smokers may skip jail if new bill passes

State lawmakers are mulling over a bill that would reduce marijuana penalties and would eliminate jail time for those possessing a small amount of pot.

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Candidate jumps into mayoral race

The battle for Houston's top job is underway as Mayor Annise Parker gains some official competition.

Sylvia Garcia

Garcia wins runoff for Gallegos' Texas Senate seat

Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia defeated fellow Democrat, state Rep. Carol Alvarado, on Saturday in the runoff election to fill the seat of the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos.

Sequester Showdown

How will spending cuts effect Houston?

Hours before $85 billion in forced spending cuts kick in, there is almost no hope of a last-minute deal in Washington.

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Voting deadline looms for special election

The deadline to vote in a special election for State Senate District 6 is looming, and both candidates are pushing for last-minute votes.

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FAA: Sequester could close air traffic control towers

Congress faces a Friday deadline to stop a series of automatic spending cuts that pose a threat to jobs, school funding and other services in Texas.

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FAA: Sequester could close air traffic control towers

Feb. 25, 2013: Congress faces a Friday deadline to stop a series of automatic spending cuts that pose a threat to jobs, school funding and other services in Texas. Amy Davis reports.

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Texas lawmaker proposes soda tax

A Texas lawmaker has proposed a soda tax that would levy a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

Poll: Texas voters don't want Perry to run again

 Just hours after Gov. Rick Perry gave his State of the State address, a new poll was released showing the majority of Texas voters don't want him to run for governor again, or seek another presidential bid.

Perry calls for tax relief, spending some of Rainy Day fund

Jan. 29, 2013: Gov. Rick Perry presents a glowing assessment of the Texas economy and says there is more than enough money in the state's Rainy Day fund for a one-time, $3.7 billion-investment in water and transportation upgrades while also cutting taxes. Mary Benton reports.

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Houston groups call for comprehensive immigration reform

Several groups rally on the steps of Houston City Hall and call for changes that would put undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship.

Runoff election needed for District 6

Voters will soon head back to the polls to fill the seat left open when a deceased state senator won re-election.

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Election held Saturday for Gallegos' seat

Jan. 25, 2013: Voters will head to the polls to fill the seat left open when a deceased state senator won re-election. Andy Cerota reports.

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President sworn-in for second term

Jan. 21, 2013: President Barack Obama is ceremonially sworn-in for his second term in office. Rachel McNeill reports from Washington.

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Congressman threatens impeachment over gun control

A congressman from the Houston area says he would do anything in his power to prevent President Barack Obama from pushing gun control measures into practice without congressional approval.

Steve Stockman

Lawmaker threatens to impeach Obama over gun control

Jan. 15, 2013: A congressman from the Houston area says he would do anything in his power to prevent President Barack Obama from pushing gun control measures into practice without congressional approval. Camille Williams reports.

First Texas House budget bill leaves $5.5B unspent

The first budget bill considered by the Texas House this session will leave $5.5 billion in unspent revenue on the table and cut off grant funding to the state's troubled cancer-fighting agency, which is under criminal investigation, a top Republican budget writer said Monday.

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New Texas Legislature session begins

Texas legislators open their 140-day session, poised to debate how to pay for public schools, decide whether to drug test unemployment recipients and possibly confront a mounting water crisis under the strain of a rapidly growing population.

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Early voting soon starts for District 6

Early voting will soon begin to fill the seat left open when a deceased state senator won re-election.

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Voters go to polls Saturday in District 6 election

Voters will head to the polls to fill the seat left open when a deceased state senator won re-election.

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Cruz sworn in as Texas' first Hispanic US senator

Tea party darling Ted Cruz is sworn into the U.S. Senate and promises to begin his career by introducing a bill he knows will never pass -- a repeal of "every syllable of every word" of the White House's signature health care reform law.

Fiscal cliff could lead to tax return delay

The fiscal cliff may seem like a problem for Washington, but experts say lawmakers' failure to make a deal will affect the average person, too.

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Special election for Gallegos' seat set

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has scheduled a special election to fill the state Senate seat held by the late Sen. Mario Gallegos.

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Former U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks dies

Former U.S. representative Jack Brooks, a Democrat who spent 42 years representing his Southeast Texas district, dies at age 89.

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City council reschedules mayor's salary vote

The Paton Village city council will meet later this week to decide whether they should implement a drastic cut to Mayor Munoz's salary.

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How will fiscal cliff affect your paycheck?

Nov. 14, 2012: Lawmakers have about seven weeks to reach a budget deal that will avoid massive tax increases and budget cuts, known as a fiscal cliff. The bottom line: You could pay thousands more in taxes. Mary Benton reports.

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Welfare and unemployment drug tests

There is a new push to drug test Texans on welfare and those getting unemployment benefits a well.

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Alvarado runs for Gallegos' state senate seat

Mario Gallegos Jr. was re-elected after his death to serve State Senate District 6, so a special election will be held to determine his replacement. Carol Alvarado wants that job.

Romney and Obama

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Obama wins Harris County, Romney wins Texas

President Barack Obama won re-election, but he lost Texas yet won Harris County.

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Obama wins US, loses Texas, wins Harris County

Nov. 7, 2012: President Barack Obama won re-election, but he lost Texas yet won Harris County. Mary Benton reports.

Decision 2012: President chosen

Nov. 7, 2012: President Barack Obama is elected to serve another four years in office. Rachel McNeill reports.

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Voters approve HISD's $1.89 billion bond

Voters approve a $1.89 billion bond for the Houston Independent School District to rebuild several high schools and make other building and technology improvements.

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Romney wins Republican-dominated Texas

Mitt Romney overwhelmingly defeated President Barack Obama to carry Republican-dominated Texas.

Voters approve HISD, HCC, METRO bonds

Voters approve several bonds that will result in big changes in education and transportation.

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Bonds pass for HISD improvements

Nov. 7, 2012: Bonds pass for HISD improvements. Courtney Gilmore reports.

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Ted Cruz wins U.S. senate seat

Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat.

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Cruz wins U.S. Senate seat

Nov. 7, 2012: Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat. Mary Benton reports.

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Late state Sen. Mario Gallegos wins re-election

A state senator who died before Tuesday's election wins re-election. A special election will determine who will fill the seat.

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Garcia re-elected sheriff; Anderson elected DA

Voters in Harris County decide their next sheriff and district attorney.

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Anderson wins Harris County D.A. race

Nov. 7, 2012: Republican Mike Anderson won the race for District Attorney. Anderson had 52 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Lloyd Oliver's 48 percent. Irika Sargent reports.

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Houston Democrats excited about Obama's re-election

Democrats in Houston cheer when it is announced that Barack Obama will be re-elected as president.

Republicans lose supermajority in Texas House

Republicans have lost their 102-member supermajority in the Texas House, opening the door for Democrats to slow or block the majority's conservative agenda.

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Gallegos wins re-election after death

Nov. 6, 2012: A state senator who died before Tuesday's election wins re-election. A special election will determine who will fill the seat. Robert Arnold reports.

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Obama wins re-election

Nov. 6, 2012: President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. Rachel McNeill, Phil Archer, Keith Garvin and Andy Cerota report.

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Chester Pitts helps voters get to polls

A former Houston Texans player is taking on a key role on Election Day by helping voters get to the polls.

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Chester Pitts helps voters get to polls

Nov. 6, 2012: A former Houston Texans player is taking on a key role on Election Day by helping voters get to the polls. Gary Striewski reports.

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Presidential candidates campaign on Election Day

Nov. 6, 2012: The presidential and vice presidential candidates keep campaigning for every possible vote until the polls close. Rachel McNeill reports from Democracy Plaza in New York City.

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Delays, outages cause problems for voters

Galveston County voters will be able to cast their ballots until 8:54 p.m. after some polling places opened an hour later than scheduled.

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Team Coverage: Voter problems; No problems

Nov. 6, 2012: Some southeast Texas voters run into problems trying to cast their ballots while others have smooth sailing. Courtney Gilmore, Mark Boyle report.

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METRO offers free rides to voters

Nov 6, 2012: METRO offers free rides to voters on Election Day. Damon Sales reports.

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Texans head to polls on Election Day

Texans head to the polls to decide the next president, a U.S. senator, U.S. representatives and a host of other elected officials.

Houstonians take to phones for election support

Texas isn't getting a lot of attention from either presidential candidates, but voters in Houston are trying to help swing the election outcome.

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