Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:


GOP Tax Plan Latest:

President Trump went to Capitol Hill today in an effort to push the Republican tax reform plan across the finish line. A vote on the bill is expected later this week in the Senate.

We explain why several hurdles still exist for Republicans to accomplish a much-needed legislative victory.


Texas Charities Fear Drop in Donations Under Tax Plan:

Just as the season of giving kicks off, charities in Texas and across the country are bracing for a potential loss of billions of dollars in annual contributions. It’s the result of the GOP tax overhaul plan which would eliminate the incentive to donate for nearly all Americans.

Both the House and Senate proposals would raise the standard deduction — resulting in a loss of the number of taxpayers who itemize.

Major Andrew Kelly, Salvation Army Austin Area Commander, joins us to discuss how it could affect his organization and what he’s calling on lawmakers to include.


Digital Privacy Case:

Your cell phone is constantly sending out information about where you are and it can give out clues about what you’re doing. How that data can be used is the subject of a case set to be heard before the Supreme Court Wednesday.

After a string of cell phone store robberies near Detroit, police pinned one suspect to the crimes using cell tower data, which showed his location.

But police didn’t use a warrant. Now, the suspect is saying his Fourth Amendment rights were violated. It’s sparking a debate about privacy in the digital age and Texas police are watching closely.

Max Gorden has the latest at 7.


Family of Sutherland Springs Shooting Victims File Claim Against Air Force:

A family who lost 9 people in the Sutherland Springs church shooting has filed a federal claim against the Air Force. They say the military branch is partly to blame for the deaths of 26 people.

Joe and Claryce Holcombe say the Air Force’s failure to report the gunman’s criminal history to the FBI database helped cause the Nov. 5 shooting.

Their claim could lead to a lawsuit if the Air Force denies it was at fault.

Meanwhile, the Air Force said Tuesday its failure to report the shooter’s criminal history was part of a pattern of such lapses.

The gunman had been convicted of domestic violence while in the Air Force and was kicked out. That conviction should have prevented him from ever getting any of the guns used in the attack.

The Air Force cited failures in training and compliance and says it’s taken actions to prevent such problems in the future.


Future of CPRIT:

Ten years ago this month, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas or CPRIT.

The goal: to make Texas a leader in fighting cancer by doling out $3 billion in grants for research and prevention.

Lawmakers designed it to last 15 years on state bond funding and so far CPRIT says it’s awarded about $1.8 billion.

Now with five years left and about a billion dollars to go, some in the legislature say the agency needs to be self-sufficient when that state money runs out.

Cam Scott with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network joins us at 7 to discuss the difficulty in that and an upcoming forum about the future of CPRIT.


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