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One of the top legislative agenda items for Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp was to secure more funds for his Healthy South Texas 2025 initiative. The Legislature has appropriated $10 million for the project. The aim is to reduce preventable diseases by 25 percent in South Texas by 2025. It is project being coordinated by Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

In today’s News in Pictures feature we look at legislation that has been passed by both the Texas House and Texas Senate, legislation that has recently been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, and new appropriations to the state budget for 2016-17.