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Texans Approve 9 Propositions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas voters are more than willing to spend big bucks on future water projects - but not on sports stadiums. 

In Tuesday's most-watched decision, voters statewide approved $2 billion to finance ambitious drought-fighting initiatives.

But those in Houston refused to authorize $217 million in bonds to convert the long-shuttered Astrodome into a convention center. That likely dooms the iconic venue to the wrecking the ball.

And, in the well-to-do Houston suburb of Katy, voters rejected a bond package that would have provided $69.5 million for a new, 14,000-seat high school football stadium.

The off-year Election Day's other big winner was openly gay Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

She took a majority of the votes cast despite facing eight challengers to secure a third and final term leading America's fourth-largest city.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texans voted on nine proposed constitutional amendments during the Nov. 5 statewide referendum. Here is a summary of the amendments:


     - Proposition 1: Provides property tax breaks to the spouses of military veterans killed in the line of duty. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 2: Eliminates requirements for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 3:  Extends tax exemptions for aircraft parts brought into the state for resale, APPROVED.

     - Proposition 4: Provides property tax exemptions for disabled military veterans and their spouses. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 5: Expands "reverse mortgage" lending. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 6: Authorizes the state to tap up to $2 billion from its savings account to create the State Water Infrastructure Fund. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 7: Allows the appointment of city leaders when an elected official resigns with less than a year left in office. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 8: Increases the taxing authority of a Hidalgo County hospital district. APPROVED.

     - Proposition 9: Expands the powers of the state commissioner on judicial conduct. APPROVED.

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