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The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials. A 48-hour test of the Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale" began...
Concerns about hosting an affordable housing complex for veterans here have been eased, but not erased, by new project details released by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Kerrville Mission Homeless project slated to be built and run by River Vista LP should feature 40...
Most participants at the Dallas brainstorming session on the national debt couldn't quite lop $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. But organizers refuse to be disappointed that so few hit the target. "Frankly, that tells you something," said anti-debt crusader David Walker ,...
A spending bill approved by the House this week includes a rare Texas-specific provision that would establish strict requirements for the state to get almost $820 million in federal education funds. Specifically, the bill approved Thursday states that in order for Texas to be...
Despite a renewed emphasis on physical fitness in Texas schools, an annual study shows high school students are even more out of shape than last year, and most students are still short of the state's "healthy zone" benchmarks. Fitness tests on 2.9 million students in third grade...
BP could plug its gushing Gulf oil well by the end of July, ahead of a projected target of August, if weather conditions permit and the drilling of relief wells keeps going smoothly, the newly appointed executive in charge of the company's response said Friday. http://www.chron...
Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff will be paid more than $303,000 over 14 months, plus benefits, to help modernize the Texas Department of Transportation, according to an interagency contract signed Friday. Jay Kimbrough, a former Marine who previously was Perry's go-to...
A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said. The fire fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles from the Arizona border, near the city...
Some of the trailers provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina and banned from being used for housing again are showing up back on the coast as housing for oil spill cleanup workers. In the wake of Katrina, the 120,000 or so trailers became a symbol of the government's inept...