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Can the governor of Texas do anything to combat the state's mediocre high school graduation rate? Past governors haven't had much success – if they tried at all. And Republican Gov. Rick Perry says he's making progress in cracking the decades-old problem. But his challenger in...
When the environmental group Conservation International was working a couple of years ago with an Indonesian energy company to figure out how to develop some land sensitively, it turned to a University of Texas philosophy professor. Sahotra Sarkar, who specializes in...
As the Deepwater Horizon's well continued to gush 42,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, response teams that were unable on Sunday to seal off the wellhead about a mile underwater turned their attention to containing the spill at its source. Officials at BP,...
Monday will be San Antonio's first chance to comment on possible changes to the management of the Edwards Aquifer that aim to balance the demand for water and the need to sustain endangered species. For the past two decades, those who depend on the aquifer, including the San...
Last year, food banks had to step up to help hundreds of families when the recession and a meltdown of Texas' food stamp application process caused them to miss out on months' worth of benefits. Food stamp outreach worker Tina-Marie Sigler interviewed Maria and Rubi Bocanegra,...
On a rainy winter day shortly after Christmas three years ago, Kate Hanni sat on an American Airlines Inc. jet diverted to Austin. And sat. And sat.The airplane remained parked near the airport gates for hours, but no one could get off. As the hours passed, her impatience grew...
If prison officials were surprised when a 19-year-old burglar sneaked out of a state prison trusty camp and went shopping at Walmart for cigarettes, they might have been equally shocked by how easily the minimum-security trusty got back in with his contraband. Undetected, prison...
Police officials believe they have an untapped world of anonymous sources at their fingertips — and now they are trying to reach out. Houston and Baytown are among the first area police agencies to test a Crime Stoppers program that allows tipsters to anonymously text...
A small earthquake has rattled awake some residents in southeast Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit an area near Alice, about 50 miles west of Corpus Christi, around 9:10 p.m. Saturday. No damage or injuries have been reported. But...