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AUSTIN – School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F – using student test scores and other measures – under a bill tentatively approved late Thursday by the House. The measure by House Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don...
A 10-year-old boy has been charged in the death of a small Fort Worth dog. Authorities say the boy, who was charged with cruelty and torture of an animal, will remain with his parents as Juvenile Services investigates the case. Cookie, a 15-pound King Charles Spaniel mix, died...
Most of the talk in this town of 8,000 people this week has been about the rain, flash flooding and a growing sinkhole in a parking lot near the lake. That doesn't mean people aren't still talking about J.C. Baughman. The 64-year-old bachelor is once again on the road with a...
What would make a smoker more likely to quit, a big reward for succeeding or a little penalty for failing? That is what researchers wanted to know when they assigned a large group of CVS employees, their relatives and friends to different smoking cessation programs. The answer...
The Texas Tribune has released a government salaries chart which breaks down the salaries of different government officials, including state and municipal employees in Texas and its elected officials. Texas Tribune says it publishes this information because "its journalists...
DISD Superintendent Mike Miles is promising change to Dade Middle School parents after a school year full of problems. Miles spoke to parents at a special meeting Wednesday evening at the school. Media was not allowed inside. Several teachers have been let go, two principals are...
Facebook is known for offering its staff some enviable perks. Now it wants to give janitors and other low-wage workers a lift as well. The social network announced plans Wednesday to require its U.S. contractors and vendors to pay their employees at least $15 an hour and offer...
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top...
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