Republican lawmakers have rubber-stamped most of the legislation Gov. Rick Perry added for the special session, leaving Democrats voiceless. Four major bills are hurtling past the final roadblocks to becoming law after passing at least one chamber this week.
About 57 percent of the state is suffering from an “exceptional” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor's most severe designation. Weather forecasts leave no reason to expect relief soon, and that spells trouble for farmers.
A U.N. humanitarian report and aid workers caught in the crossfire reported on Wednesday an increase in violence in a new front near the already tense internal border between north and south Sudan, with dozens of people reported killed in attacks.