TORNADOES: An estimated 10 tornadoes ripped through north Texas on Wednesday, devastating entire neighborhoods, injuring dozens and killing at least six people.
JULIAN CASTRO: The Economist has a political profile of Julian Castro and speculates that by 2018, he might have a real shot at Governor.
TERM LIMITS: The Texas House of Representatives rejected, by a vote of 80-61, a resolution that would have limited statewide officeholders to two consecutive terms.
WEST, TEXAS: The folks at the Texas Tribune have produced a great interactive map of the known 110 facilities that work with ammonium nitrate in Texas, along with esimates of those facilities' proximity to schools and hospitals.EDUCATION: Senator Leticia Van de Putte has an Op-Ed on minimum standards for Texas education published in multiple Texas papers today.
MORTON ACT: The Texas House tentatively approved the Morton Act on Wednesday. The Morton Act would compel prosecutors to share case files with defense attorneys that can help defendants' cases.
FUSION CENTERS: It looks like the Department of Public Safety's Fusion Center, originally created to organize localized domestic intelligence into a single system, may be shutting down. A bipartisan U.S. Senate Subcommittee report (pdf) in October of 2012 was very critical of state and local fusion centers.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Texas House is expected to consider Houston Republican Dan Patrick's bill to expand Charter Schools today.