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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The bill proposed Friday by Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, would ease requirements for deducting individual property losses and allow people to draw on their retirement funds without penalty. The legislation also seeks to encourage donations to hurricane relief efforts.

WACO, Texas (AP) - A court filing this week reveals that the former interim president of Baylor University referred to some women who had been sexually assaulted as willing victims. The remark was part of an email exchange last year between David Garland and a Baylor administrator. The email was obtained by lawyers for former students who say they were sexually assaulted and are suing Baylor on claims the school ignored their rape allegations.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' chief oil and gas regulator has resigned and a Republican leader is asking whether her abrupt ouster violated open meeting laws. Kim Corley is a former Shell Oil executive who has led the Texas Railroad Commission since 2016. Republican Christi Craddick, the commission's chairwoman, says the agency "needed to move in a different direction." But another commissioner, Republican Ryan Sitton, accused Craddick of unilaterally forcing a change.

DALLAS (AP) - The Texas state climatologist says climate change means engineers must fundamentally change how they design dams and other fail-safe structures to withstand ferocious storms that are increasing in frequency. Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says past storms are no longer a reliable measure by which future projects are designed to withstand. He told a conference of civil engineers Friday that powerful storms are unleashing significantly more rain than they did decades ago.

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