A high-profile hit-and-run trial is coming to a close in Austin, but its impact on the community will likely be talked about much more this legislative session.

Democratic State Sen. Kirk Watson has just filed a bill that would attach stricter penalties to drivers who fail to stop and render aid after hitting a pedestrian. We spoke to Sen. Watson Thursday about what he hopes the bill will achieve.

Although House lawmakers voted to pay off nearly $4.5 billion in Medicaid debts Thursday, the question of future spending is still up in the air. Capital Tonight’s Karina Kling spoke to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who’s making headlines by urging state lawmakers to say yes to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

The man who could ultimately determine the fate of Eastside Memorial High School took the time to visit the at-risk campus Thursday, after the school’s class president sent him a personal invitation.

Click the image below to see more from Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams’ visit.