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2 years after DACA, state responses vary

WASHINGTON — Phoenix resident Franko Milan is happy to have qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the federal program that allows him to work in the U.S. for a two-year renewable period without fear of being deported, even though his parents brought him to this country illegally when he was a baby.

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Texas judge overturns state’s school finance system

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge overturned Texas’ school finance system for the second time in 18 months on Thursday, ruling that the Legislature’s funding boost last year failed to fix a system that is unfair and inadequate for the state’s 5 million public school students.

Ohio Water Crisis a Warning for Texas, Other States

The harmful toxin found in Lake Erie that caused a water crisis in Ohio’s fourth-largest city this weekend has raised concerns nationally. That’s because no states — including Texas — require testing for such toxins, which are caused by algal blooms. And there are no federal or state standards for acceptable levels of the toxins, even though they can be lethal.

Tax-free weekends help with back-to-school bills

It’s as regular as clockwork. All across Texoma, budgets are tightening as families begin the expensive process of preparing their kids for another year of school. Lucky for them, another annual tradition is just around the corner: tax-free weekend in Texas and Oklahoma.