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PEGGY FIKAC Houston Chronicle Call it gambling for college kids' future. Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and John Carona, R-Dallas, on today will tout a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize resort casinos in Texas and allow video lottery terminals — VLTs, or slot...
Jessica Fargen Boston Herald Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the seemingly unassailable Democratic presidential candidate, has been driving around with a dark secret for nearly two decades: A stack of Cambridge parking tickets from his student days, unpaid until after he began his...
W. Gardner Selby AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Legislative simmering over GOP Gov. Rick Perry's vision of privately funded toll roads around Texas bubbled afresh Tuesday in measures that would freeze state attempts to contract toll roads for two years and would bar local communities...
KXAN.com The University of Texas Health Center put Plan B birth control over the counter. Sometimes referred to as the "morning after" pill, the drug stops ovaries from releasing an egg. A nurse with UT's Health Center said many students would miss their window to take it...
David Rauf AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, has filed legislation that would regulate commercial party boats, but some boat owners say it doesn't adequately address safety concerns and could make it hard to stay afloat. Watson's Senate Bill 997 would place...
Eve Tahmincioglu MSNBC contributor Hillary Clinton might want to sit up and pay attention to results of our exclusive survey on attitudes in the workplace. While Clinton hopes to smash through the ultimate glass ceiling to become the nation's first female president, the Work...
AMAN BATHEJA STAR-TELEGRAM Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy legislative session. Lawmakers in Austin are weighing several changes directed at drivers. Some have been proposed in the past only to be stalled by outraged opposition. Others have already been enacted in other...
Sarah Coppola AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Wal-Mart held an open house Monday to show residents new designs for a store that is planned for Northcross Mall in North Austin. Around the corner, a group of people gathered to tell reporters that they still oppose the planned...
Jim Vertuno ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas could sentence some child molesters to death under a measure given preliminary approval Monday by the state House of Representatives. With approval of the bill designed to crack down on sex offenders who repeatedly prey on children, the House...