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School students in Smithville ISD will soon have to put away their phones for the entire school day. The Smithville school board just voted to ban cell phone use the entire school day eliminating a previous exception for instructional purposes. Their web site says the change...
Starting next school year, the Lake Travis district will randomly drug test high school students whose parents have given permission. District officials said the voluntary testing program — part of a larger districtwide drug prevention effort — is an opportunity for students to...
Two weeks after new president Greg Fenves publicly endorsed the idea , the University of Texas at Austin announced Wednesday that it will begin selling beer at its football games. Fans worried about the mixture of alcohol and guns don't need to fret, however. The state's new law...
Americans have little confidence in most of their major institutions including Congress, the presidency , the Supreme Court, banks and organized religion, according to the latest Gallup poll. "Americans' confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical...
This is what you get when you put a community organizer in the White House — he tries to reorganize your community from Washington. Apparently, President Obama thinks your neighborhood may not be inclusive enough, so he has instructed his Department of Housing and Urban...
A St. Petersburg mom says she was kicked out of a doctor’s office for nursing her 8-month-old baby during an appointment. "He said, 'I couldn't give him my full attention,'" recalled Nichole Moore. Moore told ABC Action News she waited two months to see Dr. Mark Simko, a...
The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on a resolution to study and amend the code regulating short term rentals (STRs), properties rented out for less than 30 consecutive days in a row. The council approved an ordinance requiring owners to register their properties back in...
In her first interview since being accused of misrepresenting her racial background and stepping down as an N.A.A.C.P. official, Rachel A. Dolezal did not back down on Tuesday, stating “I identify as black,” although she comes from a white family. When Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today...