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A top official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly has admitted that the agency has been sluggish in responding to Texans' needs after Hurricane Ike. Deputy FEMA Administrator Harvey E. Johnson Jr. says he intends to improve the help the agency provides to...
The Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the University of Texas Longhorns by a score of 39-33 on a last-second touchdown pass Saturday night. The Horns were poised to win the game when they took the lead 33-32 with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Tech was able to drive...
Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez says leaders of the union representing Capital Metro bus drivers will support his plan for a short-term contract. Martinez made that proposal on Friday after leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 announced plans for their...
A record number of voters took advantage of the two-week early voting period in Travis County. Officials with the Travis County Clerk’s Office say 299,325 people cast their ballots in the period that ended Friday night at 9:00pm. That’s 49.13% of registered voters. County...
Voters of Tom Craddick's oil-rich West Texas state House district first sent him to the Capitol in 1968. Since then, the Midland Republican's coasted to re-election after re-election. Even before Texas winds blew Republican red, Craddick swatted away Democratic opponents with...
A report released Friday says the state's top law enforcement agency is in need of a major overhaul. The state's 10-week study on the Texas Department of Public Safety identified significant problems in DPS' organization, business processes and information systems. The...
A group of death row survivors called on the Texas Legislature to halt executions and establish an innocence commission to free other wrongfully convicted inmates. Former Bexar County District Attorney Sam Millsap said Texas, which has executed 419 people since the reinstatement...
mikemartinezproposal1.jpg On Friday afternoon, an Austin City Councilman who serves on the Capital Metro board announced his own alternative contract proposal, including an independent external audit of Capital Metro. The announcement from Mike Martinez came during a planned...
The union backing nearly 800 drivers who work for Capital Metro's contractor StarTran has decided to call a strike date of Wednesday, November 5. Now, the transit agency is announcing its plans for contingency coverage during the strike period, however long it may be. "On day...