BUDGET PLANS ADVANCE -House Republicans started advancing two budget-rebalancing proposals Wednesday that would cut more deeply than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants and hit agencies the Democratic governor wanted to protect. Approval of the competing plans by the House Appropriations Committee came a day after budget negotiations broke down between House GOP leaders and Edwards over how to close the state's $304 million deficit in the short special session called by the governor. Both plans were backed by the committee in largely party-line votes, with Democrats in opposition.
HERE COME THE JUDGES - The Texas Supreme court is coming to Longview Thursday. It’s all part of Free community education outreach for Texans to see the high court in action as nine justices will hear oral arguments from two cases in the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University. The event is part of a community education outreach on behalf the court to allow citizens a chance to attend the court in session and experience the legal process. The event is free to the public and for more information: http://greggcountybar.com