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Airs Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Commentator Dr. Cheryl White explores the facts and fictions behind the tale of William Tell.

Courtesy: State of Texas Legislature

The 85th Texas State Legislature convened in Austin Tuesday, Jan. 10th and one of the first orders of business was to re-elect Representative Joe Straus (R) of San Antonio as Speaker.  Straus was unanimously re-elected by house members and sworn in.  Afterward he addressed the chamber and offered some thoughts on issues before the 2017 session including a so-called: "Bathroom Bill" similar to what North Carolina legislature passed last year.  Also he shared thoughts on problems facing education and foster care in the Lone Star State.

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FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards knew he was entering the governor’s office in crisis mode, inheriting a massive financial mess when his term began a year ago—if only that was the sole crisis to cross his desk before his first anniversary. The Democrat, who won office with 56% of the vote, got more tragedy and upheaval than many governors see in their full tenure. Gov. Edwards enters his second year with a other challenges including fixing a state budget deficit, addressing TOPS tuition costs and more.

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