- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Racing Commission says it has formally received approval to stay in business through November following a funding standoff that briefly closed horse and dog tracks statewide.

The deal confirmed Thursday by the commission is only a temporary fix. Leaders in the Texas Senate have accused the regulatory agency of overstepping its authority and trying to circumvent lawmakers.

Commissioners last week voted to let Texas tracks use “historical racing” terminals, which allow people to bet on already-run races that are stripped of identifying information.

Some lawmakers oppose such betting and threatened to withhold funding for the commission.

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