More than a year after Texas and the federal government settled a civil rights complaint from residents of a Corpus Christi neighborhood of Hillcrest, both sides are at an impasse, potentially leaving hundreds in the lurch.

The Texas Senate’s proposed budget, with one exception, is a carefully assembled conservative start to a 20-week legislative spending negotiation. But they finished off their work with a chain saw.

One day after Gov. Greg Abbott appointed three new University of Texas System regents, the Senate has scheduled a confirmation hearing. One of the regents being replaced, Wallace Hall, is asking the Senate and Abbott to slow the process down.

Four Austin Democrats pitched ideas for representing House District 46, even though state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, abruptly decided not to step down from her seat.

At a “National School Choice Week” rally Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott urged the Legislature to take a vote on school choice legislation this session.

What you need to know

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday ordering the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to multiple reports. The president is also expected to order a reduction in the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, according to The New York Times.

  • There are still many questions about Trump’s border wall. How much will it cost? Somewhere between $15 billion to $25 billion. How tall will the wall be? Trump has given widely different measurements. Will Mexico really pay for it? That president says no way.
  • We asked all 38 Texans in Congress last month if they’d endorse the “complete” border wall Trump wants — and none of them would. Most Texas Republicans in Congress want a “virtual wall” in some places and a physical one elsewhere.
  • Trump is speaking to a top concern for many Texans. According to a University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll in June 2016, 52 percent of Texans either “strongly” or “somewhat” support building a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
  • Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night, promising a “big day” ahead on national security. For updates on this story, follow Texas Tribune reporter Julian Aguilar or subscribe to our breaking news alerts.

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