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Districts face taxing dilemma Gary Scharrer Express-News AUSTIN — The much ballyhooed school property tax relief could lose some of its luster if voters in upcoming elections agree their school districts need to raise taxes. At least 120 Texas school districts are seeking the...
NASA Refuses to Disclose Air Safety Survey MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more...
Texas 2nd in sanctions for teacher sexual misconduct By JEFF CARLTON The Associated Press From Aug. 4 to Aug. 17, an assistant band director was arrested, a former substitute teacher was convicted, and an ex-middle school teacher was sentenced. The three men -- one in suburban...
Vultures Are Circling Over Distressed Properties By Kenneth R. Harney Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page F01 Call them grave dancers, vulture funds, turnaround specialists or the more euphemistic "opportunity investors." However you identify them, the deal is the same: When...
What happened to the tax cut? Much-touted rate cut has not lowered school taxes bill as much as was hoped. Click-2-Listen By Jason Embry , Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Monday, October 22, 2007 In many Central Texas school districts, the tax bill due on an average-value...
The Dems' Post-Veto Vote Plan By Jay Newton-Small/Washington The G.O.P. has had a rough month. But if Republicans think things will improve now that House Democrats have failed in their vote Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion of the popular...
Transgender pastor prompts uneasy questions for Methodists By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service BALTIMORE — The Rev. Drew Phoenix is many things to many people. To St. John's of Baltimore City, he's the fun-loving pastor who counsels them, takes their kids hiking, explains...
Schools take hard line against public displays of affection Critics say bans on hugging, touching go too far in bid to prevent sexual harassment suits 04:51 AM CDT on Friday, October 19, 2007 By STELLA M. CHAVEZ / The Dallas Morning News schavez@dallasnews.com A 7-year-old boy...