RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — U.S. Senator John Cornyn will be in Rio Grande City today to discuss security and trade matters with local law enforcement and business officials. The second-ranking Republican's visit to the port of entry comes as Congress grapples with comprehensive immigration reform.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House is set to begin slowly and selectively whittling down the state business tax this week, as Republicans work to make good on promised cut taxes. The House will consider at least $410 million in credits and exemptions to the state franchise tax, one of the most maligned sources of state revenue.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will be at an offshore energy trade conference in Houston today. He's trying to build momentum for drilling off the coast of North Carolina and other states.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — FEMA's paying for transitional shelter for residents of West whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by last month's fertilizer plant explosion. The federal government is covering the cost of motels while state and local officials work on a long-term housing solution.

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