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The unemployment rate in Texas rose to 4.3 percent in March. State officials say employers added 13,500 jobs, but more people are out of work too. Unemployment was 4.1 percent in February, which was a record low since statistics have been kept. Midland has the lowest...
President Bush's plan for improving education on a national level draws some criticism Friday from a group of teachers and school administrators from across Texas. The Texas Education Forum meets at Austin's Convention Center to hash out topics like the TAKS ( Texas Assessment...
There have been two armed robberies on the University of Texas Campus in the past two weeks. In both cases, Assistant Chief Terry McMahan says the suspect used a gun while demanding money from the victims. The suspect is described as a male standing approximately 6 feet tall...
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Austin Mayor Will Wynn announced details of what they are calling an historic solar energy lease today. Austin Energy has agreed to lease 438 acres in Reeves County from the state. Patterson calls the partnership between the Renewable...
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A cult expert today told a judge in San Angelo that the belief system at a polygamous sect in West Texas is abusive. Psychiatrist Bruce Perry testified that teen girls don't resist early marriages because they are trained to be obedient and compliant...
Someone broke into several portable buildings at Cedar Park Middle School overnight, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and stealing cell phones and other electronic equipment. Leander ISD officials say classes that would have been held in those portable buildings...
The man found floating in Lady Bird Lake Wednesday afternoon claimed on a videotape that he was being targeted by federal agents because he ran the Palestine Children's Welfare Fund out of south Austin. "All of our work is very transparent. We don't work with any militant group...
Officials with the Texas Youth Commission say they're studying ways to regionalize its facilities. Agency officials say they're working with state legislators to reduce the number of facilities in the juvenile prison system. TYC spokesman Jim Hurley says they're still assessing...
More than a thousand students and the teachers at a southwest Austin middle school where Riad Hamad, 55, taught a technology class are in silent reflection now. "A lot of the teachers drew camels today and wore those to remember him by," says Sheila Anderson , Clint Small Middle...