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Outraged groups — from doctors and health executives to teachers, the elderly, advocates for abused children and even some Republicans — ripped the proposed House budget Wednesday, saying it would send the state backward. Critics heaped scorn on the House GOP leaders’ all-cuts...
A Dallas police officer has filed the latest in a string of lawsuits around the country that claim jolts of electricity received during Taser training caused fractured backs and other severe injuries. The makers of the popular stun gun, however, say that their products are safe...
Proposed state budget cuts could have a major impact on the Austin area. The first draft, released Tuesday night, would cut about $13.7 billion in state spending. Texas public schools will have to cut their budgets by $5 billion, a nd 9,600 state workers could lose their jobs...
In the end, it was a political exercise — predictable and orderly. Every Texas Republican — indeed every House Republican — did what they promised to do in the campaign: They voted to repeal the health-reform overhaul they deride as "ObamaCare." And every Texas Democrat — and...
Gov. Rick Perry took his unprecedented fourth oath of office on Tuesday overshadowed by the state’s equally unprecedented budget challenge, but promising that Texas can show the nation how to set priorities and limit government. Perry used his Inaugural to once again lambaste...
The University of Texas has partnered with Zipcar Inc. to launch a campus car-sharing program. The school will host a press conference and launch event on Wednesday, Jan. 19, where officials will explain the partnership and showcase one of the cars. Beginning this week, students...
The Texas House opened the conversation on state spending Tuesday with a $156.4 billion budget that's $31.1 billion smaller than its predecessor, a drop of 16.6 percent from the current two-year spending plan. The cuts are deep, but the proposed budget doesn't call for an...
On the eve of his inauguration — and the beginning of his second decade as governor of Texas — Rick Perry 's goals don't turn on new initiatives. He doesn't want to change the world, in the way that a new officeholder might. Instead his plans for the session are to deal with the...
A bill that would allow first-time drunken drivers to avoid a final conviction on their record after completing probation is gaining momentum among legislators thanks to widespread support from groups that pride themselves on being tough on DWI. After years of hammering drunk en...