Texas Lunch Links: Tornadoes, Charter Schools and the Economist on Julian Castro

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texas our texasTexas Lunch Links is a lunchtime buffet of Texas News and Views with a heavy emphasis on happenings at the Texas Legislature.

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.

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