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The search continues. The Houston ISD board of trustees voted to continue the district's superintendent search. The trustees weighed ending the search because they were concerned that a possible state takeover would hamper their ability to attract qualified candidates.

The state has threatened to take over the district because of low academic results. HISD faced even more turmoil last month when the Texas Education Agency launched an investigation into potential Open Meetings Act violations by five trustees.

From Mexico to emergency. President Trump plans to sign a budget deal to avert an impending government shutdown, but he will also use his executive power to declare a national emergency at the southern border.

That will allow Trump to redirect federal dollars to pay for a border wall, since the border security compromise allocated only $1.4 billion for 55 miles of border barriers, instead of the $5.7 billion previously requested by Trump to cover 200 miles of a wall.

But getting the money won't be easy. Democrats are already threatening legal action against Trump.

Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler apologized for supporting a church leader who was accused of concealing abuses at his former church. Mohler said he regrets backing C.J. Mahaney, the former leader of Sovereign Grace Ministries. Mahaney was sued by 11 people who alleged their abuses were concealed by church leaders.

Mohler has long refused to comment on his support of Mahaney until the Chronicle published reports of hundreds of sexual abuses committed by Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers.

 
SPEED READ

  • Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 plans are still uncertain, but he plans to visit the Midwest today for a meet-and-greet with students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.




 
LIFESTYLE
Yes, those are scorpions on a pizza. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has a food lineup that can't be missed. With more than 100 vendors, the event will satisfy the traditional cravings of cotton candy, corn dogs and turkey legs, as well as the unusual like scorpion pizza, funnel-cake-cheeseburger sandwich and popcorncicles.
 
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SPORTS
Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are the Astros' Nos. 1 and 2 staring arms. But what happens when their contracts expire after the 2019 World Series? The Astros have some big decisions to make about the future of the ace players.
 
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