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Officials say they won’t include math scores on state-mandated standardized tests for students in third through eighth grade when calculating this year’s state accountability ratings. Education Commissioner Michael Williams said in a statement Wednesday that he’s spoken to...
Setting up a pointed debate between the Texas House and Senate on the best way to cut taxes, House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a $4.9 billion plan to cut both the state sales tax and the margins tax paid by businesses. House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen , R-...
It's almost time. The Masters starts in less than 24 hours, and the ponies are lining up at the gate for the first men's major of the year. With 98 players in the field, there are a lot of choice picks to slip on a green jacket on Sunday, but there can only be one winner. The...
A South Carolina officer has been charged with murder after a video surfaced that appears to show him shooting an unarmed man who was running away. Michael Slager, an officer with the North Charleston Police Department, was arrested Tuesday, according to a statement from the...
There's nothing fun about being on welfare , and a new Kansas bill aims to keep it that way. If House Bill 2258 is signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback , R, this week, Kansas families receiving government assistance will no longer be able to use those funds to visit swimming...
Ellen Pao, the interim CEO of Reddit , has seen women struggle with salary negotiations. So she's eliminating money talk from the company's hiring process. In her first interview since losing the landmark Silicon Valley trial, Pao told The Wall Street Journal that she has...
After more than 11 hours of public testimony from witnesses overwhelmingly opposed to repealing a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, a senate subcommittee on border security voted along party lines early Tuesday morning to send the measure to the...
Starbucks soon may find itself almost as famous for college diplomas as it is for java. The coffee giant late Monday announced it was doubling its free college tuition plan for employees to cover a full four years of college instead of two. It also will offer employees faster...
A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl, was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night. Shaffer, a Fox News...