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Lawyers: Nothing amiss in Dallas leader's money exchange

DALLAS (AP) — Lawyers for a longtime Dallas County commissioner facing bribery and other charges say money he received from his chief of staff was repayment of a loan and not evidence of a scheme to avoid paying taxes.

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April 17 is deadline for property tax rendition

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds business owners that April 17 is the deadline for filing property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. A rendition is a list of the taxable inventory, furniture and fixtures, machinery, equipment and other property owned or managed as of Jan. 1 of each year. The appraisal district may use the information to set property values.

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Area oil & gas drilling up slightly

AUSTIN — The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,310 original drilling permits in March 2017 compared to 511 in March 2016.

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Texas House OKs online tracking system for sexual offense cases

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has preliminarily approved a bill creating a statewide electronic tracking system for forensic evidence collected in sex offense cases.

The chamber used a voice vote Tuesday to pass Austin Democratic Rep. Donna How?ard's proposal, which would create an online system making cases easier to follow once physical evidence has been collected. It's expected to cost about $1.5 million during Texas' 2018-2019 budget cycle.

Howard says a sizeable rape kit testing backlog has made it difficult for victims to track their cases. She said the idea for the bill came from an assault victim who told of being frustrated with the lack of information about the progress of her case after evidence was collected.

A final vote, likely coming Wednesday, will send Howard's bill to the state Senate.

Branch Davidian TV series to start filming soon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A six-part television series covering a deadly standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect more than two decades ago will be filmed in New Mexico.

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