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As model students go, Eric Balderas had it all. He was the valedictorian of his 2009 Highlands High School graduating class. He was on the academic decathlon team and student council. He played varsity soccer. And he got a full scholarship to Harvard. But this week, it's what...
Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are poised to usher in a new era of college athletics, a major realignment that could gut the Big 12 and lead to the nation's first megaconference. The four South Division members of the Big 12 Conference are planning to exit to the...
A Texas border town police chief and members of Mexican drug cartel cells operating in Houston and across the state are among 429 accused traffickers arrested as part of a nationwide sweep this week, federal authorities announced Thursday. The captures are the culmination of a...
Colorado stepped on the accelerator Thursday and announced it is joining the Pacific-10 Conference, while Texas A&M and Texas eased off the gas in their considerations of replacement homes outside the Big 12. The Southeastern Conference is very much in play for A&M,...
City Council members remained silent Thursday on a proposal to stiffen San Antonio's smoking ban while members of the public spoke out passionately at a public hearing. More than 125 people signed up to voice their opinions on whether the council should prohibit smoking in...
Pausing during flood cleanup efforts Thursday, Susan Pichot said she's had enough. She rebuilt after floods damaged her home in 2002 and now is faced with rebuilding again. However, this time she said she isn't coming back. “I can't believe I'm doing this again,” she said. “I...
Texas high school students are more likely to graduate than a decade ago, but more than a third of them still won't earn a diploma in four years, a new national study found. Plus, the Dallas and Houston school districts are among the 25 "dropout epicenters" that produce one-...
The 12,000 Republican activists in Dallas for their state convention will face a political scene that bears few reminders of a once-dominant local party. Previously counted on to amplify votes and clout for Texas Republicans, the Dallas County GOP has been swept out of power...
The reefs that David Walter makes for anglers to drop into the Gulf of Mexico are fake, but his frustration as he tries to win compensation from BP for lost income is real. State regulators stopped issuing permits for the reefs on May 4 because of the oil spill, effectively...